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East Fork Gallery celebrates 34th anniversary

East Fork Gallery’s 34th anniversary reception is 4 to 8 p.m. July 26 at the gallery in Gardnerville.

“When we started 34 years ago, it was a dream come true,” founding member Elfriede Short said. “It has been very successful. We have a good name in the community and lots of repeat customers.

The reception will feature a complete show change, as well as the gallery’s second annual miniature show.

Last year, the gallery received more than 100 entries.

To qualify as a miniature the piece must be at least one-sixth the size of the actual object.

“It was very nice last year,” Short said of the miniature show. “I think it will be successful again this year. People are looking forward to it.”

The gallery boasts a wide selection of paintings in various media, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and greeting cards handmade by the 10 members and more than 20 consignors.

“We have a wonderful selection. There are gifts for every taste,” Short said. “We’ve got some younger people in now who come up with really great ideas. It’s really wonderful.”

Jo Linda Smith has been a gallery member since 1995, and said she enjoys being a part of a co-op.

“Co-operatively we can do what we couldn’t do individually,” Smith said. “We can all be owners of this storefront, and we don’t have to carry the financial burden alone.”

East Fork was established in 1979 as the first art gallery in Carson Valley. It was housed in the Western Auto store where the Historian Inn currently stands.

The gallery thrived there until Jan. 3, 1995, when an arsonist set fire to the building, and most of the artwork was lost.

Members carried on by hosting a spring reception three months later inside the Farmers Bank in Minden.

In August of that year, the East Fork Gallery reopened inside the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center until 2000 when it moved into its current space in The Record-Courier Building.

East Fork Gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395, Suite K, in Gardnerville.

For more information, call 782-7629.

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