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      January 31, 2003:

-Reno's Giant Bowling Pin Reflects Diverse Activities Available To ABC Tournament Bowlers

01/31/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The first in a series of five-foot tall bowling pins commemorating cities which have hosted the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament during its 100-year trek across the United States has arrived in Knoxville, Tenn., for a new "Host Cities Pin Exhibit."

      The Reno pin was created by artist Lorna Denton, a 35-year-old former art teacher from England who relocated to Reno with her husband two years ago. Denton's husband, Joe, works for a company that makes sails for America's Cup-class yachts.

      Despite being new to the Reno-Sparks area and admitting she is not an active bowler, Denton created her bowling pin with a panorama of activities bowlers can enjoy outside of competition in the National Bowling Stadium. The pin depicts activities ranging from rock-climbing and water sports to historic Virginia City and Native American art. The years Reno has hosted ABC Championships Tournaments are featured on the pin's base.

      "Because I'm relatively new to the Reno area, maybe I explore more," she said. "I tried to translate what I've found to the bowling pin and I think it worked. My objective was to capture the variety of things that are available in this area. A lot of people only think of Reno and gambling, but it's a lot more than that."

      The Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority sponsored the festive pin, working in cooperation with VSA Arts of Nevada. Denton, who has worked as a freelance artist since arriving in the Reno area, is an active volunteer with VSA Arts.

      "Lorna came into our office one day and introduced herself," said VSA Arts' Mary Ellen Horan. "She's done several projects for us, she's very professional and we thought she'd be perfect for this job, so we gave it to her."

      The ABC Tournament Host Cities Pin Exhibit will be on display as part of the "Art of Bowling" program developed by ABC in cooperation with the Dogwood Arts Festival and VSA Arts of Tennessee. ABC's goal is to broaden public awareness of bowling through charitable, educational and cultural partnerships with its Tournament host communities.

      In addition to Reno's pin, Detroit and Knoxville are in the process of designing pins for the display. Other cities among the 47 that have hosted ABC Tournaments may add pins at a later date.

      For more information about ABC's Art of Bowling programs, visit and click on the ABC tab at the top of the home page.

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