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East Fork hosts new member reception

by Caryn Haller

Shannon Litz/The Record-Courier

East Fork Gallery has added three new members, and is inviting the public to meet them.

Pam Brekas, Marion Barker and Alice Norton will be showing and selling their work noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at an artist reception.

The new members have consigned at the gallery for years, and the timing was right to become members.

“Their work is well-received by the public and represents our area,” said Janice Powell, gallery director. “People enjoy meeting the person behind the art.”

Barker has been a landscape and wildlife photographer for 25 years.

“That’s what I enjoy doing. To me, it’s more interesting than static things,” the Minden resident said. “I would never, ever consider doing weddings, and the animals don’t say ‘Make me look thinner.’”

She has shown her work previously at a gallery in Fallbrook, Calif., before moving to Carson Valley two years ago.

“To me this is photographic paradise,” she added.

Norton has specialized in pastels and watercolor for 35 years.

She has studied with the late Reiko Hervin, Lady Jill Mueller, Thaleia Georgiades, Mark Tompkins and others.

“I do landscapes and flowers. They are my favorite things,” she said. “This is a beautiful place.”

The Gardnerville resident shows her work in the Tahoe Art League Gallery and the Markleeville Art and Soul Gallery, as well as East Fork.

She will be selling Christmas ornaments at the reception.

Brekas is an abstract painter and photographer.

“I do a little bit of whatever you want done,” Brekas said. “Mixed media, photography, acrylic, jewelry. I paint on almost anything that doesn’t move.”

After working as an art teacher in California for 20 years, Brekas moved to Gardnerville in 2005 to become a full-time artist and photographer.

“Hopefully people can find something fun and uplifting in my work,” she said. “The photographs find me. It just sort of happens and evolves. As I play in paint, images and shapes start creating themselves.”

Brekas shows her work at the Markleeville Art and Soul Gallery, Brewery Arts Center Gallery, and Artsy Fartsy. She has also sold work at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and The Whitney in New York as part of the artists in cellophane project, which sells miniature art pieces through repurposed cigarette vending machines.