‘Nadaville’ in the Heart of Artown

Take an old hotel, add a generous mix of artists and performers and you get “Nadaville”.

~Story, Photos, and Video by Dana Nollsch~

The photos and video are from the 2016 edition of NadaDada.

This is the 12th year that there has been a “Nada”, first there was NadaDada and now “Nadaville”. The transition of this event has been very interesting to follow and at times dramatic as well. The event started at the El Cortez Hotel, spearheaded by 6 local artists,  but soon had added venues at local motels and the occasional bar. As the motels started to become less attractive and now just about nonexistent the Nada event has found its home at the Morris Burner Hostel on 4th street. Along with these changes, the name has evolved from NadaDada to “Nadaville”.

So you ask just what is this “Nadaville”?

The premise is simple, “Get a Room, Make a Show”.

Each artist is in charge of their own room and their own show. The event is definitely not juried, there is a “Show What you Brought” feel and with that you will find work that you cannot see anywhere else. In years past, we have seen paintings and photos as well as performance art and music.

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What to expect this year?

As far as the art, well that we will find out this weekend. As we all know, 4th street has been in the process of being totally reworked and the work is not done yet, it is a bit of a mess. I can tell you this, do not let that stop you! There will be parking across the street and it will be worth whatever challenge you may have to get to the Morris Burner Hostile. If you have not been inside of the Morris, then you are in for quite a treat exploring this great piece of Reno’s history.

 From July 19-22, more than twenty local artists will be converting guest rooms and spaces in the Morris Burner Hostel at 400 East Fourth Street, into individual self-curated galleries.  No theme, no rules; each room is the sole creation of its artist and the result will be three floors of the unpredictable.  Nadaville kicks-off  with the Opening Ceremony at 7 pm on Thursday, July 19, with rooms open until 11 pm.  Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, rooms open Noon to 11 pm.  Sunday, July 22, rooms open 11 am to 4 pm.  The event is free. 

Here is a link to the website: http://nadadadamotel.weebly.com/


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