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THROUGH THE WEEK OF Jan. 17, 2016

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Sometimes an art exhibit is more than just a presentation of lovely art. That’s the case for the current exhibition at Hub Coffee Roasters on Riverside Drive. Photography, paintings and prayer wheels all tell the story of a people who are survivors of the earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015. More than 9,000 people died and more than 20,000 people were injured in the devastation.

Matt Rockwell, an American from Pennsylvania, was visiting the country when the quake hit. Instead of doing what most would — hightailing it out of the country — he stayed and formed an emergency relief organization called Nepal Grassroots Recovery. With more than 150 volunteers, the initiative distributed tents, tarps, rice, water architectural assessments, and art supplies in remote regions of the Himalayas.

Rockwell is in the U.S. raising funds by displaying artwork by a few of Nepal’s artists and some of his own photography. The images reveal talent and emotion. He stayed in Reno after working as an IT specialist for Burning Man, using the Generator to turn his RV into a Himalayan temple in which he plans to travel around the states.

Definitely go see this exhibit, and make a contribution, before he takes his show on the road.

What: Global Art Collective – A Benefit for Nepal

Where: Hub Coffee Roasters, Riverside Drive

When: On exhibit through January, with the reception on Jan. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.