Joan Arrizabalaga has been creating and showing
her art for over four decades. Arrizabalaga creates both sculptural
pieces and flat work using clay, wood, metal, fabric, machine
and hand embroidery and found objects. Known for artwork about
Nevada and the Casinos, she also makes use of common gaming
materials such as felt, dice and cards.
Arrizabalaga has participated in many group and
one-person exhibitions at the regional and national level, including
Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. She is a graduate of
the University of Nevada, and studied with Marguerite Wildenhain
at Pond Farm Pottery, Guerneville, California. Living in London,
England for 3 years in the 1970s, she was much inspired
by the life and times, glitter, glitz and art of the British
Rock and Roll world. As wardrobe mistress and dresser to the
stars at Harrahs Reno, Arrizabalaga got a closer view
of the classic casino finding a great source for ideas. Her
art can be seen in numerous private, corporate and public collections.
Arrizabalaga has received the Nevada State Council
on the Arts Artist of the Year award.