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The Arts 2017-06-13T11:37:16+00:00

Barkley-Theater The reaction of visitors to the Oats Park Art Center in Fallon is often one of pleasant surprise, especially when they set foot in the stunning Barkley Theatre.

“I wait for it now—there’s a sharp intake of breath, and they say ‘I had no idea,’” says Valerie Serpa, Churchill Arts Council executive director. Tourists are taken aback to find such an elegant, welcoming hub in rural Nevada, but even Fallon residents are still discovering the center, home to all Churchill Arts Council programs and activities.

arts-gallery-smallThe center hosts world-class performances, film screenings, author readings, and visual artists in a place where many Fallonites learned the three Rs. Those who fondly remember their school days here worked together with rural artists to save the building and create a top-tier art center. An elementary school designed in 1914 by Frederic J. DeLongchamps, Oats Park operated as such for almost seven decades before it closed in the early 1980s.

art-tandtSerpa and other Churchill Arts Council members began putting on art exhibits and performances in 1985 in venues as diverse as the livestock sale yard and the convention center. The school district still owned the boarded-up school, which wasn’t being used. “Here’s this beautiful building, and there was a group who was interested in the arts and a group interested in saving the building, and it created this nice synergy between all these people,” Serpa says.

Events

Upcoming Events

Jul
4
Wed
10:00 am 4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon | Nevada | United States
This event includes everything a real 4th of July Celebration should have: a parade, fireworks, games, activities for all ages, and food. The parade starts at 10:00 am and travels through town, with the picnic festivities starting at 10 am ending at 3 pm at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. For a parade entry form call[...]
Dec
3
Mon
5:00 pm New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire @ Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon | Nevada | United States
December 31,  Churchill County Fairgrounds These annual fireworks were started by the Millennium Commission in 2000 to celebrate the New Millennium.  The City of Fallon has continued the tradition every year at dusk on New Year’s Eve. Parking and seating is available at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.  The gates will open the at 5 p.m. and fireworks[...]
Jul
4
Thu
10:00 am 4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon | Nevada | United States
This event includes everything a real 4th of July Celebration should have: a parade, fireworks, games, activities for all ages, and food. The parade starts at 10:00 am and travels through town, with the picnic festivities starting at 10 am ending at 3 pm at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. For a parade entry form call[...]
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