Join Visiting Artist Kat Shepard from Friends of Nevada Wilderness to celebrate the wonderful relationship we have with our local environment. Kat has taken local flora and created a unique line of “nature paints,” with special focus on harvesting invasive and noxious weeds and using them for good! You too can make paint using natural pigments, including stuff we find outside everyday. We will use things like dirt and plants to make our own unique art. Learn how to make your own natural paint and be a steward of your local ecosystem.
You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate on a special painting which will be featured in the Wild Artivist Gallery at Friends of Nevada Wilderness during Artown this July!
About Kat Shepard
Kat has a diverse artistic background but always centers her work on a celebration of nature and our relationships with the natural world. Found objects and sustainability have been a consistent source of inspiration. She has worked in performing arts as well visual arts, including drawing, acrylic painting, ceramic, textiles, and especially found object sculpture, incorporating found flora and upcycled materials as much as possible. She now dedicates her time to a wilderness protection and stewardship nonprofit here in Reno, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, where she does outreach and operations, including organizing the nonprofit’s annual art gallery and show.