Art gallery opens in Genoa |

Art gallery opens in Genoa

by Linda Hiller

In the shadow of the Sierra, with beautiful views all around, a new fine art gallery offers interior vistas that vie as eye-pleasers.

The Genoa Gallery, soon to be the Genoa Gallery and Coffee House founded by Ann Campbell, promises to be a place where art lovers can go to peruse the latest in painting and sculpture as well as have a “dynamite” cup of coffee.

This is Campbell’s first brush with opening an art gallery, although she has worked in galleries in Carmel, Calif. – a popular beach town with a large number of private galleries. Campbell said she has always appreciated art and entertained the notion of becoming one when she was young.

“However, early on it became apparent to me that I didn’t have the talent to become an artist,” she said. “I have always appreciated it, though.”

The Genoa Gallery will be carrying artists from all over the world as well as popular Carson Valley painter Greg Drinkwine.

“Greg is so good,” she said. “We are lucky to have him here.”

Among the other artists currently showing at the Genoa Gallery are American artists such as Drinkwine, Mark Geller, Therese Evangel, Thomas Sanders, Jim Rodgers, Carolyne Hawley, Louis Police, Rosalie Bier and J. Lewis Bowker. Artists from out of the country whose work is on display include Michael Gorban from Russia and Israel; Andro Baboomian from Armenia; Mariuse Drapikowski from Poland; Bracha Guy from Israel; Jason Le from China; and Isaac Maimon from Israel;

n Sip while you peruse. The coffee connection at the Genoa Gallery will be a “Brewbar” with coffees from the Santa Cruz Roasting Company.

“This makes the best cup of coffee,” Campbell said. “People who have had Brewbar coffee before know it is dynamite, but it will be a pleasant surprise to those new to it. Each cup is brewed individually.”

Campbell grew up in Arizona and has a son, Mike, 33, who lives in Walnut Creek. She moved from Santa Cruz, Calif. to Genoa last year, finding the Carson Valley after a friend told her to come and check it out.

“I thought the Valley was beautiful, but then when I drove up Genoa Lane, I said to myself, ‘This is it,’ and I bought a house in Genoa Lakes in 1998 and decided to start the business,” she said.

n Come have a look. A grand opening celebration for the Genoa Gallery will take place this weekend, beginning with a champagne reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Hors D’ouevres from La Ferme will be served.

The Genoa Gallery is located at 2285 Main Street, Suite A, in Genoa. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 783-1178.