Claire Vaye Watkins Reading at Fallon’s Oats Park Arts Center


Reading of Award Winning Fiction by Michigan Writer

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow.

She is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, Pushcart Prize XLIII and many others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Lannan Foundation Fellow, one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” and one of Granta’s “Best Young American Novelists.”

Art Bar & Galleries Open at 5pm, Reading at 5:30 pm
Free to the Public
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Thomas the Tank Engine Steams into Virginia City Two Weekends in October

Family fun in Virginia City with Thomas the Tank Engine™
on the V&T on October 19 & 20 and 25, 26 and 27.

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019Children can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Virginia City on October 19, 20; 25, 26, 27, 2019. Continue reading

36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Celebrates Black Cowboys, Tickets Now On Sale

Trail Blazers quilt
The wait is over! Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the
36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which will take place in Elko
January 27 – February 1, 2020. Many shows and workshops are already filling up after the member pre-sale, so don’t wait to get the best seats to the hottest shows!
For 36 years during the heart of winter, thousands have traveled to Elko to listen, learn, and share stories of ranching and the rural West through poetry, music, and stories. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, presented by the Western Folklife Center, has been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America.

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Fall Art Reception & Historical Exhibition at St. Mary’s Art Center Virginia City October 12th, 1-4 pm

Fall Art Reception & Historical Exhibition Soft Opening – October 12th
Imaginations Children’s Art Class – Magical Crystals – October 12th
Edible Art with Chef Pete – October 13th
Halloween Games, Trick or Treats & Crafts for Kids – October 31st
W.I.G.S. Halloween Weekend Paranormal Investigation & Sleepover Fundraiser – October 31st-November 2nd
& Special Breaking Ground Installation Event at the Donovan Mill by Valery Lyman

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Churchill Arts Council 2019-20 Season Announcement

Churchill Arts Council

Updated Website & Season Brochure

We are pleased to announce that our 2019-20 Season is now available on our website and season brochures will be mailing out next week. View our upcoming 2019-20 Season events at

To receive a printed copy of the season brochure please send an email to with your mailing address.
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Upcoming in August:

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