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WNC student watercolor pieces on display at East Fork Gallery

by Sarah Hauck
Western Nevada College watercolor art class students in Janice Shedd Powell's class have their art displayed at the East Fork Gallery through February 9th.
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A brown, big eyed puppy begging for cheese and sci-fi moguls may not seem like typical artistic inspiration.

For two Western Nevada College students their imagination was sparked and the musses came to life in their final projects for the art class currently on display at East Fork Gallery until Feb. 9.

“I am pretty proud of their work and this gives the students an opportunity to display their work in an actual gallery,” Instructor and long-time gallery member Janice Shedd Powell said.

Of her 30 students about a third elected to have their final framed work displayed for a month at the gallery.

Because all of Shedd Powell’s watercolor students are required to submit a gallery-ready final project, opening East Fork to their work seemed like a positive opportunity for both parties.

“The students’ work is essentially ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go’ so this lets them see their finished project in an actual gallery setting,” she said. “Plus this gives the gallery a chance to mix things up. We want to try and attract a younger group. We don’t want this to be about a certain group anymore.”

The WNC show, representing students from both the Gardnerville and Carson City campuses, is the first of its kind to share the floor with the cooperative’s other artists.

As a kind of pilot, Shedd Powell has already seen a difference in having the young artists’ work in the store.

“This kind of merges my two worlds. I have been a member of the gallery for more than 20 years and I have been teaching even longer than that,” she said. “It has been really neat to see the students when they drop off their work. They end up really pursuing the gallery.”

The WNC show will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday until Feb. 9.

The gallery will be opening space again for youth artists in May to Douglas High School students.

East Fork Gallery has been an artist cooperative since 1979.

Work includes paintings, jewelry, greeting cards, ceramics, silks and wood products.

More than 40 artists are represented in the gallery, which changes frequently.

East Fork Gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395, Suite K in The Record-Courier Center in Gardnerville.

For more information call 782-7629, visit http://www.eastforkgallery.com or East Fork Gallery on Facebook.