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East Fork gallery finds new home

by Linda Hiller

You can’t keep a good group down, or out, for long. After losing their gallery’s lease in the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center recently, the 14 members of the East Fork Artists, Inc. have been scrambling to find a new place to ply their trade.

As of July 16, the gallery will be moving to a larger space in The Record-Courier building, 1503 Highway 395, not far from their current location at 1477 Highway 395.

“We’re very excited,” said Margaret Biggs, who has been a member of East Fork Artists, Inc. for more than 10 years. “The new space is almost double the size of where we are now. We want to acknowledge Swift Newspapers for their help in getting the new location. Arne Hoel was good to work with, and Peter Kostes from The Record-Courier was, too.”

Biggs, the group’s vice president and gallery director, said the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center did not renew the East Fork Gallery’s lease because they needed the gallery’s space to expand their own exhibitions. The gallery had been at that location since the opening of the museum more than five years ago, she said.

Prior to that, the group had found a temporary home in the Farmer’s Bank building in Minden following a devastating fire in their previous Gardnerville location which destroyed the Coventry Cross thrift store as well as the gallery.

Biggs said the gallery should be open in its new location around July 18, with the group’s traditional show change taking place the next day.

n Reception July 23. “We’ll be open during the show change, too,” she said. “And on Sunday, the 23rd, from noon to 5 p.m. we’ll be celebrating 21 years with a reception, and invite the public to stop by.”

There will be raffle drawings for donated paintings at the anniversary reception, Biggs said, as well as the group’s notorious refreshment array.

“We do wonderful hors d’oeurves,” she said. “And, we’ll have the handmade greeting cards, gifts and art for sale.”

Artwork by East Fork artists will be accompanied by consignors work in the new gallery. The increase in size may make room for more consignors, Biggs said, but that decision will wait until the gallery is up and running.

“We have a real variety of things in there – framed and unframed art, cards, gifts, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, jewelry, hand-painted eggs – it’s not just paintings,” Biggs said.

n Where is it? The new location for the East Fork Gallery will be at 1503 Highway 395, Suite K, The Record- Courier building, in Gardnerville. Gallery hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Sunday’s reception to celebrate 21 years will be from noon to 5 p.m. on July 23 and the public is invited. For more information, call 782-7629.