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Copeland Gallery doffs cap for hat artist

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Gardnerville artist Alanna McDaniel will be displaying her art show “What Is Your Hat?” at the Copeland Gallery in Minden starting Nov. 1. through Jan. 2.
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Gardnerville artist Alanna McDaniel will be displaying her art show “What Is Your Hat?” at the Copeland Gallery in Minden starting Nov. 1. through Jan. 2. The exhibit can be viewed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Some of McDaniel’s paintings and her knit hats are available for purchase.

CVAC will be hosting an artist’s reception on 5-7 p.m. Nov. 2. Refreshments will be served and it is free to the public. Come and meet McDaniel and preview her amazing work.

McDaniel 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. McDaniel also knits hats. Knitting hats has been a hobby for McDaniel 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,” said McDaniel.

“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 McDaniel.

McDaniel earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and certificate of early childhood education from California State University, Northridge. McDaniel has worked in the media department of Paramount Pictures, the art department of Hughes Aircraft Co, and has enjoyed many years of teaching in Southern California. Her studio is Art For Life Art Studios for children and adults

McDaniel has 55 portraits hanging in the halls of Montessori School in Reno. She is currently teaching art classes there for elementary and middle school students. McDaniel has paintings hanging JJ’s Mexican Food in Gardnerville, Millennium Salon, Gardnerville, and Shampup Dog Grooming, Gardnerville.

For more information, call Carson Valley Arts Council office at 782-8207. Visit to learn more about CVAC and upcoming events. The Copeland Gallery is located at 1572 US Highway 395, Minden (corner of Hwy 395 and County Road). Contact McDaniel at