Carson Valley Arts Council presents local artist Alanna McDaniel’s: What Is Your Hat?

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  • Carson Valley Arts Council (CVAC) presents local artist Alanna McDaniel’s What Is Your Hat?  Alanna will be displaying her art at the Copeland Gallery in Minden from November 1, 2018 through January 2, 2019.  The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm. Some of Alanna’s paintings and her knit hats are available for purchase.

    Alanna primarily paints with acrylic paint and uses various glazes, stains, and gels along with the acrylic paint. Some of her work is also done in oils. Alanna also knits hats. Knitting hats has been a hobby for Alanna for many years. “I knit hats with my mother, the greatest teacher of all.” She is incorporating very artful, very colorful, very unusual knitted hats within the theme of this art show of painted hats. “In a time of celebrating diversity it seems fitting to celebrate our different hats, the different hats we choose to wear,” says Alanna.

    “It is my hope that viewers of my portraits find themselves in each face, an extended self, an altered self, reconnecting to their own youthful self. It is also my hope that viewers may connect with the ‘other’, the other self, an otherwise duality within. It is a tragic thing to lose that sense of youth as our lives go by, and our lives go by so quickly. Youth, no matter what age, is about universal joys of celebration, and decoration, and eating well. I have shared these joys with many children during the years of teaching, and raising my own children. Each moment of life is so profoundly precious, truly miraculous. I find comfort in encapsulating these brief, miraculous moments of life within each painting, it is emotionally healing, and it is a way of reconfirming that the beauty of our humanity will prevail, that it must prevail,” said Alanna.

    Alanna’s studio is Art For Life Studios and she gives both public and private art lessons. She says she loves to post the latest art projects of her students, along with her own art, on her Facebook site Art For Life Art Studios. She also posts her latest hand knitted hats on her Facebook site Tahoe Toppers. Come visit her there.  Please feel free to write Alanna at

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