Building on a Creative Life

Last fall we had our first 'Playin' at Plein Aire' event at The Flower Tree Nursery. We are so very thankful that we not only had an amazing turn out of  artists, but the generous support of our local community who bid on the completed projects. We are now in a position to fund the art scholarship that was created in memory of our dear friend and creative spirit, Linny Moore, who left us to soon. If you are interested in applying, we still have funds available for the Winter 2013 season. Please also watch for our Spring Plein Air event which will take place in May.
Building on a Creative Life
Twice a year, the committee for “Building on a Creative Life”, an art scholarship created in the memory of Linny Moore, offers two (or more) awards. These awards (renewable ~ provided approval and criteria are met) are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of an art portfolio and artists statement. All artists, in every format, are encouraged to participate in this process. The objective of this scholarship fund is to give money for educational expenses--books, tuition, art supplies, and more ~ to people who meet specific criteria. All artists receiving awards through this program are also encouraged to participate in a semi-annual outdoor art event “Playin’ at Plein Aire” where all funds raised are used to further the scholarship program and raise awareness of the Lahontan Valley art community.
The artist portfolio should include a minimum of 10 images in digital format. All materials should be labeled with artist’s name, title of each piece (if any), media, dimensions, and year completed. Portfolio artwork may include drawings, painting, photography, watercolors, oil, digital works, mixed media, printmaking, sculptures, et cetera.  Portfolios may include artwork created outside of art courses, preferably within the past two years.
The Artist Statement should include your reasons for wanting to be an artist, a description of artists and/or work that you admire, and your academic and artistic goals. Your statement should be a minimum of 300-500 words (double spaced) in length. Be sure to include your name at the top of your statement. Your statement must also include a detailed description on how you intend to use the scholarship funds.
Preferably, a letter of recommendation from a current or past instructor and/or mentor familiar with your artistic qualifications should be included with the application.
Return this completed form along with your portfolio and artist statement by:
December 1st to be considered for the upcoming season starting January 1st
June 30th to be considered for the upcoming season starting August 1st
Please type or print:
Personal Information
Last Name: _______________________First Name:____________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________________
City: _________________________State: ____________Zip: ______________
Telephone Number: (____) ________________      Cell (____)___________________________
Email address:______________________Blog:___________________Website:____________________

Requested amount of scholarship $____________________
CHECKLIST for art scholarship:
______ 1) This completed application form
______ 2) One-page artist statement
______ 3) 10 image portfolio (digital format), with name & media (i.e.: ink, watercolor, photography)
______ 4) Self-addressed, stamped return envelope large enough for portfolio, if you would like it returned. Please use precaution when packaging and labeling application materials. The committee is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Please return all of the above material to :
Building on A Creative Life
2975 Reno Highway
Fallon, NV 89406

"Playin' at Plein Air"....the 1st. Annual

Plein air, a French phrase, literally translates as 'open air', and is defined as painting or drawing done outside, in the open air. These works were taken directly from nature, and infused with a feeling of the open air.

We have hosted a lot of events at The Flower Tree over the last 12 years, but I don’t think any have ever come together smoother or quicker than the Plein Air event we had today. We had been trying to come up with an art event that would help us fill the coffers of the scholarship fund that we set up in memory of our dear friend Linny Moore who passed away last winter. While we have been adding to the account from the sale of her artwork in the gift shop, we were hoping to increase it enough to be able to offer three scholarships for local art students this next spring semester. Enter the idea for "Playin' at Plein Air" at The Flower Tree. With only two weeks to put this together because of the rapidly advancing cool weather, we looked to a group of local artists from Fallon and Fernley to help us. With their assistance and participation, I am extremely happy to say, we have met our goal. With only TWO HOURS to set up and create their vision I think you will agree, there was some amazing talent represented. A vast spectrum of medias - everything from pastels, oils, watercolor, mixed media, glass, acrylics to...yes….gun powder art.  The best part, we all agreed - Linny would have loved the day. We would all like to thank everyone that came out and enjoyed the warm afternoon and generously bid on the artwork. Take a view of the day below, and please…please… make plans to attend next season’s event when we capture spring at the nursery.