Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Call to Artists:
'Let Your Passion For Love Take Flight!'

ArtisTree Studio and resident artist, Nancy Nelson, invite you to create and submit works that celebrate the Month of Love and Friendship- February! Experiment with shape, color and mixed-media. You may want to use Nancy's exclusive sheet metal design, Winged Heart, as a base for your creation. Come by the studio at 3590 West Plumb Lane in Reno, and get yours free upon registering for the event. We welcome all works that pay tribute to the significance of St. Valentine's Day and rejoice in sentiments of love, friendship and caring. This is a judged competition and 20% of sales will go to the Angel Kiss children's cancer foundation. All artwork must be received by February 1, 2009.

Our event takes place Thursday, February 12, here at ArtisTree! Should you have any questions or need to find out any additional information, please call us at 775.348.1555 or check out our web site at!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Magic and Mystery await all who enter our winter wonderland...
Come see what surprises we hold for you!

Kind Christmas Tree Workshop

We have added a special workshop to our December line up~

With our rush of new holiday ornaments and decorations came the Kind Christmas Trees, these Christmas trees are made with a collage of ornamentation placed on to a cone form. These one-of-a-kind decorations were designed by Lynn Newhall. The trees that she made for the store got so many comments and looked like so much fun to make that we asked Lynn if she would be willing to teach a class showing how to construct them. She said she would be thrilled and the wheels were in motion.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 4th
From 6 to 9pm
Cost-$60.00 (Includes cone form and additional supplies)

Please bring your own glue-gun and whatever else you would like to incorporate!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bringing in the New Season with a Bang!

It's the day after our Holiday Open House and from the look of things it was a big success! The store was buzzing with people who were enjoying the wonderful food and drink as well as the beautiful ambiance created by Milton Merlos and his guitar. We held several angel workshops thoughout the day and evening which brought about some beautiful pieces of art. The other great success of the event was our Angel Card Readings given by the very talented JoAnna Manfredonia, who impressed everyone with her angel guided insights.
As for the ever-changing store, we are still getting new items every day, while we stock up for the busy times ahead. This event was only the beginning of the holiday season and we are looking forward to what the rest of the holidays will hold for us, as should you!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


November 15th we will be hosting a Holiday Open House featuring a beautiful display of local art, ornaments and gifts to kick off the holiday season. Please join us by getting into the spirit with our Holiday Angel Workshops, which we will be teaching all day, accompanied by music and refreshments to get your festively creative inspirations flowing! We will be open from 9:30am to 7:00pm in accordance with our new holiday hours (Monday thru Saturday, 9:30am to 7:00pm)
- if you can't make it on Saturday for the open house, you can now also stop by on Sundays from 9:30am to 3:00pm, now until the end of the holiday season.

Happy Holidays at ArtisTree!

Our new class schedule has arrived and we are thrilled that the holiday season is finally upon us. We are already bringing in the spirit with new holiday inventory and art- including locally made ornaments and gifts perfect for giving and receiving! It is quickly turning into a glitter winter wonderland in here, as mother nature slowly turns the season outside.
So come in and get in the holiday mood with us by joining one of our workshops and as always, Angels are a staple at ArtisTree and now is no exception- along with our Holiday Angel Workshop, we are also offering a smaller, ornament version workshop that is great for the kids as well as the adults! Check out the list to the left to see all the new classes and events coming up, and we will hope to see you there!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stop the presses!

We are ecstatic about being featured on the font page of the Reno Gazette Journal Business section on Oct. 7th, 2008! This has already sparked an interest for many people that have decided to check out our place for the first time ever. We want to get the word out there about the magic we provide to everyday life and this article has done just that. So many people all over could benefit from the ideas and items we provide for the soul with a little piece of mind. If you have yet to read this wonderful insight into our world please visit the link below that will bring you directly to the posted article.

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's the start of the Holidays!

The pace at Artistree has definitely picked up lately as Summer slips away and fall is apon us; so many new things are going on as we begin to get into the holiday spirit! Besides the regular activities of throwing fabulously themed birthday parties and aquiring new unique items to fill the store, we are also holding special fall classes every week. These classes include creating our signature angels and faries with a fall feel and our super popular Halloween tiarra workshop that is an easy solution to not having anything to wear, but you still want to dress up- perfect to quickly put on to answer the door for trick-or-treaters! Don't be shy, everyone is an artist at ArtisTree.
Another special event we have planned is a two-day celebration of Day of the Dead held November 1st and 2nd, which includes guest lecturers and workshops on creating shrines to loved ones past, as well as decorating your own fun sugar skull. Other classes are also available so please call for more details.
Stay tuned for more info as we find the time to get it all down!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A never ending Adventure.

Artistree is always magical. There is never a day that i walk into the store and find my self wondering what to do. I simply look around and find myself staring at all of the endless possibilities of imagination that can occur in this store. From arts crafts to simply looking at the deeper meaning of all of the brilliant art that surrounds the store. Artistree holds it all, but in truth it brings more. It brings the people of Reno. When i say the people of Reno i mean that it brings all sorts of different kinds of characters. From the curious on lookers to the shy artists, there's always interesting people. Its because of this store that i had the privilege to met one of the most beautiful souls that i have ever come across. It was a Blistering hot day, the store was quite, we hadn't had that many people in, when we saw a women pull up and help an elderly women out of the car. She came into the store and immediately her eyes darted from left to right up and down at the many things to look at, she complimented our diversity and uniqueness, as well as our creativity. After a few minutes looking around the store my mother started to talk to her. She soon found out that this elderly women use to be a wonderful water color painter but her age had stoped her because she had a problem with shaking. Immediately my mother told her that she could help, and in about five minutes my mother was having her painting again. Its hard to say exactly what my mom did, but it was simple she showed her that the artistic candle that burned inside this women hadn't gone out but had simply dimmed itself for a little while. It was so beautiful witnessing someone being so happy, and watching someone find something that they thought they had lost forever. It was at this moment that i found out that the Artistree is a simply magical store of endless possibilities...
~The Tree Blogger

Friday, July 11, 2008

Down the Rabbit hole..

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland..? well what if you could find out. What if for a few hours you could be transported to a land of wonder, mystery, and silliness. Where everything was what it wasn't and what wasn't was what it is...? Well at the Artistree we can do that. Our Birthday parties are a magical adventure into Wonderland. For all ages. We set up an authentic Indie Tent where inside we decorate it with quite an emphases on detail to look just like the madhattters Tea Party. You are escorted into this magical adventure by the Mad Hatter Her self.. and a very pretty Alice. The Art projects and games are themed to suit the Alice in Wonderland party. We enjoy being creative and love seeing the smiles on the faces of the children when they see us.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lights! Camera! Art!
Today is a very important day in the life of The Aritstree. One of Reno's own local TV shows came to our humble art gallery and decided to do a small piece on the creative space we call our store. They came in very professionally and set up three cameras as well as professional lighting's. It was all hard to believe that our tiny store who has only been open for 2 months would already have a spot in the one of Reno's Local TV shows. "Reno Pulse" likes to talk about Reno's hip and up coming places as well as events, and The Artistree is happy to be one of those hip Places. The show they were filming was focused on Art Town and my mom did a delightfully pleasant interview on how our store came to be, as well as art in her life, and of course the role of her daughters. The News Crew was amazingly friendly and professional, and I cant but hold in my excitement to see the show. I'll be happy to post the date, time, and channel number so everyone can get a view of it.
Positively Glowing,
The Tree Blogger

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Aloha! or as my mom would say Mahalo..

We have just returned from a 5 day trip to Kauai Hawaii where our days were very eventful including laying by the beach, hanging by the pool, and chilling in the jacuzzi, and on some of our most busy days we would venture to the nearest shopping area and spend some money. :) Hawaii brought us the peace we needed after opening up our first family owned store. My mom is now a bit more calm when looking at her day. Although we all miss the sunny weather, the cute and very friendly locals, and the Mai tais by the beach, were happy to be home in are quaint little shop and happy to spread more creative light onto the people of Reno. So stop by and say hello to the newly tanned and peaceful workers of the Aritstree. :)

- Mahalo

The Tree Blogger

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tonight the 21 of June we will be having an Open House for Art Touring. There will be a feast of amazing artist such as Tony Lowden, Barbara Katz, Lata Alberti, and Nancy Nelson. Please join us for some great wine, hors d'oeures, and creative conversation at the "Artistree" hands-on studio/gallery/workshop of Nancy Nelson. This event is just what your looking for to spice up a lonely night at home. Fill your time with great wine, food, and people. Fill your mind with conversation over modernism and art therapy. Please come to the First Art Touring Aristree event.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Just Another Day at The Artistree

After a 15 minute bike ride, on a bike that's a lime green with poke-a-dots, i arrived at the Artistree for another day at work.. but can you call it work when you enjoy every bit of it... My mom owns a store where i get to create art, talk with nice people, and walk to Emerald City for the best scones in Reno Nevada, and i get paid to come here. This is a small blog to say what the Artistree means to me.. as a daughter, as an employ, and as a teenage girl. My mother, Nancy Nelson, has always surrounded my life with art, so when she told me she was going to open up a store where anyone could come in to make art i wasn't surprised. You see this is what was in the bottom of our house for about three years. My mom had created a studio in our house, and her friends as well as mine would go in there to create anything and everything, so when she told me she was going to create a store with the same kind of concept i felt that i was opening up a part of my life to the world to enjoy as well. So this is why i love this store. For the reason that its such a wonderful concept and idea that i cant help but be happy to go to work. Enjoy the art that i love, enjoy the Artistree.


Monday, June 16, 2008


Daily Classes are from 11:00am-4:00pm these are classes where you can come in groups or by yourself if you just need some art therapy time

Workshops start at $25.00 & up depending on supplies.
Store hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:00am-6:00pm

The fallowing daily classes are:

Personalized Journals
Journals hold our hopes, dreams, desires, secrets, and life time experiences. So why not design a journal that shows off who you are as a person. Use our beautiful selection of paper, ink, ribbons, and all the extra goodies that Artistree will supply for you. Bring any personal memntos for your own personal touch.

Wool La La
For little girls or big girls... This workshop is creating your own designer "Bangle & Felt Ring". Bring in your own special charms , beads, ribbons, or the "Artistree's" and make something one of a kind.

Paper Art & Fabric Art
Let our beautiful & unique papers alter your old book into a new keepsake. Bring in an old book, copies of photos, & and any mementos you'd like to use. We will work with wonderful ribbons, glitter, flowers, trims and all kinds of ephemera to embellish your new keepsake. The imagination is unlimited to the tings we can do with paper and fabric paper in our art studio so, please for more ideas...

"Angel" Arts
Angel art. Well, we all know this is one of my passions and inspirations behind "Artistree". This workshop can be done with metal, wood, jewelry, paper or any combination that will help you create your own guardian angel or a guardian angel for that special person in your life that you want that "Angel" to look after... you're welcome to bring Any special mementos or photos to add that special connection to your "Angel".
This is also my "art therapy"

Vintage Jewelry
Create a unique, one of a kind bracelet or necklace with our beads, charms, gems, metals, lace, ribbons, and trim. We will be using jump rings, wire wraps, and links. Again you are welcome to bring a piece of your own special "old" jewelry or mementos and charms to give it, it's own personal uniqueness. Also a great gift idea or a group workshop.

Coming soon "Wine down with art Wednesdays"
This will include wine tasting with local wineries and a workshop of your choice, or mine if you're not sure what you w ant to create.

Altered Cigar Box
This workshop is for that junk drawer full of things that you can't seem to throw away or know what to do with? Gather it all up and bring it in and will mix it up into something worthy of hanging or displaying all with just the touch of an old vintage cigar box and our unique assortment of supplies.