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Northern Nevada is home to the world’s grandest annual celebration of eclectic artistry, and Reno is the gateway to the creativity-embracing playa each summer. Given this connection, a coalition of nonprofit arts organizations and volunteers formed the Gateway Project, which will launch a two-day fundraising event to enrich the city’s public art collection Oct. 16-17.

The Gateway Project has commissioned nine playa-inspired sculptures crafted by local artists and made with bicycle parts. Proceeds from these auctioned sculptures, combined with Gala ticket sales, will support the temporary installation of the large-scale, interactive “Pentamonium” sculpture created by Gary Gunderson in collaboration with Jeff Tangen.

The Gateway Gala kicks off at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. A tapestry of entertainment provided by Controlled Burn, silk aerialists, stilt walkers, fortune tellers, magicians and more will color this inaugural fundraiser, while a gourmet, multi-course seated dinner will also be provided by the Eldorado Resort Casino. Silent and live auctions will also enhance the fundraising event. DJ-driven rhythms and playa-inspired performances in multiple venues will keep the festivities going within the Pioneer Center at the Gala After-Party that will run until 2 a.m.

In collaboration with RenOpen Streets, a burner-inspired bike parade and full day of family-friendly fun will take place starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at Lunsford Park, located at the corner of Riverside Drive and Washington Street in Reno, and culminate with the dedication of the “Pentamonium” sculpture at the Lear Theatre. Prior to the bike parade down Riverside Drive -- which will be closed to traffic -- face-painting plus materials for bike and helmet decoration will be provided that morning for free.

Parade-goers will gather at the corner of Riverside Drive and Vine Street at 2 p.m., when the Envision Drum Corps will lead the colorful two-wheeled conglomeration a few blocks east to the Lear Theatre sculpture dedication site. After the ceremony, prizes will be given for the best-decorated bike, helmet and best burner costume.

Tickets to the Gateway Gala cost $250 per person, with tables of 10 available by request. Tickets for the after-party are available for $65 online, and $75 at the door.

More information can be found at RenoGatewayProject.com, and tickets can be purchased at PioneerCenter.com, by calling 866-553-6605 or by visiting the Pioneer Center box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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