In the Midtown Reno storefront that used to be home to Ceol Irish Pub, the wooden bar, interior brick wall and Guinness signs have been removed. There’s a fresh coat of bright white paint, and the room looks larger. A new business, Savage Mystic Gallery, soft-opens there this Thursday.
Morgan Savage, artist and psychic, is the owner. Pan Pantoja—Potentialist Gallery director, City of Reno Poet Laureate, and long-time art teacher—is the manager. In contract to the Potentialist’s DIY exuberance (there, “people are making plays in the back and screaming into a mics in the corner,” said Pantoja), Savage Mystic is a decidedly more serene establishment.
The gallery aims to become a hub for exhibitions of spiritual artwork, services such as “art fortune reading,” and after-hours events such as weddings. According to Pantoja—who was raised Catholic, now practices Buddhism, and has studied clairvoyance though the Reno Psychic Institute—Savage Mystic’s brand of spiritualism will embrace all denominations.
The gallery’s list of featured artists so far includes Rwandan artist Niyonsenga Pacifique and locals Sam Foote, Bryce Chisholm, Melissa Melero-Moose, and Jen Charboneau.
The first event will be a group show in which local artists respond to Rumi, the still-popular 13th-century Persian poet.
Savage Mystic Gallery is located at 538 S. Virginia St. in Reno.