For many visual artists today, being “seen” can be a challenge. While online sites like Etsy offer a limitless reach, it can be difficult to stand out in such a vast forest of artists. The nomadic path of craft shows can also be burdensome particularly if one has to pack an abundance of unsold wares for the drive home.
Sara Sifre understands the spirit and the challenges of the creative journey. During college, she took every art class TMCC offered. “I’ve done just about every kind of art, but I always go back to jewelry.”
Sara Sifre’s store, Resi*he(ART), is the culmination of a ten year dream. She yearned to build a community of artists and once considered a coffee house featuring local art, but felt that “it had been done”.
Sifre explained that she’s looking to make a connection between the artists and what they’re trying to say and the person wanting to have art in her home. The store’s name is a combination of Resident Artist +Art That Resides in Your Heart.
“As long as they’re creating something that makes their heart happy, I want it to be in the public eye,” Sifre said.
Over 30 artists have their work ranging from photos of Nevada’s wild horses to soy candles in Resi*he(ART)’s well-lit space. Jewelry and clothing are displayed on re-purposed doors, even plastic chairs allowing wares to be seen not crowded. Many of the artists Sifre found on Etsy and Facebook as well as through her daughter, Dahlia’s Girl Scout troop. She notes that Sparks artists have been really receptive.
Creativity is a family affair in the Sifre household. Sifre’s husband, Sean, has his drum sets in the garage and art room. Six-year-old, Dahlia draws while her little sister, Lillianna is into music like her dad. Sifre wants to show her daughters “You can follow your dreams and make other people smile.”
In step with building community, on second Saturdays of each month from 4:30 to 7:00 Resi*he(ART) hosts a Sip and Shop an opportunity for people to enjoy a glass of wine and meet the artists and browse. The previous Sip and Shop included a scavenger hunt with clues about the featured artists with a drawing for a door prize. With a variety of artists bringing in work regularly, each visit to Resi*he(ART) will be an opportunity to discover something new.
171 Los Altos Parkway, Sparks, NV 89436 (Next to Michaels)
Regular Hours-Monday-Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm-Closed Sundays
Sip & Shop-Second Saturday of the month-4:30-6:00.