Mural Marathon artists compete for $2K purse
A group of seven artists will transform the Virginia street side of the Circus Circus Reno building into several beautiful paintings in less than one day’s work when the fourth annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon takes place from 10 a.m. July 15 to 10 a.m. July 16 outside the casino. An awards show takes place at noon July 16.
Spectators are invited to watch the artists create their murals while also enjoying a variety of other attractions that are new for this year’s event. While the artists compete for the $2,000 grand prize, the street will be lined with art cars, sidewalk chalk art, food trucks, beverage booths, hula-hoopers, face-painters, a Red Bull DJ truck and Cuddles the Clown. The nearby Playa Art Park will feature costumed stilt-walkers, an aerial silk show, a Beaupromo puppet show and a Controlled Burn fire show.
Food trucks include Bodawgs, Java Ship Coffee, Slater’s Ding-a-Wing, Island Ice, Kenji’s Food Truck, Lazy Sundae, Bam! Dogs, and Ramblin’ Rose.
The event is part of the monthlong Artown festival with support from the Regional Alliance for Downtown, Artech and Nevada Fine Arts.
“There are so many events and organizations in northern Nevada that support and promote arts in our state and this event brings all of them together in one place,” said Cindy Carano, executive director of Community Relations for the Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties and organizer of this year’s 24-Hour Mural Marathon. “It gives artists the opportunity to put their name out there and in return it (their work) stays out there on the side of our building for a whole year. We think the new attractions will better connect families to the event and, at times, even make them a part of it.”
The seven artists — Rafael Blanco of Quincy, Calif.; Marv Riley of Austin, Texas; Stephanie Cellier of Virginia City; Anthony Ortega of Sparks; and Hannah Sproul, Kendal Leslie and Seth McCorkle of Reno — were chosen by local business owners who have a background in and a passion for art.
The artists were given a $750 stipend for materials only and will compete for cash prizes — $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. They will cover an area about 20 feet wide by 14 feet tall.
“Each artist is painting their own mural,” Carano said. “It will be the mural they submitted with their application and they have complete freedom with the design concept.”
While the artists are surely the stars of the event, it takes a community to make it all come together for what’s certain to be a fun-filled free family outing, she said.
“Take part!” Carano said. “Get your face painted. Try out food from the local food trucks. Encourage the artists — participation is key.”