Some of Erik Holland's works on display at Savage Mystic Gallery.

Award winning artist Erik Holland—a former longtime Reno News & Review contributor—is a landscape artist, represented in several galleries in Reno and California. He does most of his work out in the field, but loves to work in the studio to create larger, more ambitious paintings.

Today, Holland needs some help—and helping him is the purpose of a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 24, at the Savage Mystic Gallery.

According to the gallery: “Holland is a lifetime artist and has painted almost every day for 20 years. Immediately after high school, he went to the Chicago Academy of Art for one year, then knocked around for a bit. Adventures included a bike ride from Chicago to New Orleans, and trips to Spain and Hawaii. Holland then took a Greyhound bus to New York City and studied at the Art Students League of New York. His first mural was painted on the back of a gas station in Stinson Beach, Calif., in 1984. Holland went on to fill the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, with murals during the 1990s. Upon arrival in Reno, Holland began having yearly art shows. He had his third show at the Nevada Historical Society in January 2015.”

The gallery tells the RN&R: “(Holland) left (Reno) in hopes of finding a new muse, but as he is now in his 70s, his failing health has forced him to return to Reno. The problem is that he doesn’t have the funds in order to make the transition. We are showing, and selling, this exhibit as a way to help generate those funds.”

Savage Mystic Gallery is located at 538 S. Virginia St. For more information, visit

Jimmy Boegle is the publisher and executive editor of the Reno News & Review. He is also the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent in Palm Springs, Calif. A native of Reno,...

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