Gallery celebrates with grand opening |

Gallery celebrates with grand opening

by Jo Rafferty

Two area artists and their spouses with business experience got together to form a new art gallery in Genoa, to open this weekend – The Davis Gallery Of Fine Art.

Greg Drinkwine of Gardnerville is a classically trained artist, having studied at the Art Students League of New York, where Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe trained. Drinkwine also studied painting for one year in France and is a master framer.

Drinkwine’s wife, Stacy Drinkwine, has been in the retail business for a decade.

Cynthia Davis of Cave Rock, also trained at the Art Students League of New York, is a representational artist who does primarily figurative works.

Davis’s husband, Gale Davis, is a retired United Parcel Service vice president. He worked for UPS for 35 years and currently owns three UPS stores in joint ventures with his sons.

“His business savvy and executive experience obviously is a fantastic thing to have in a gallery,” said Greg Drinkwine. “What we decided to do is pool our talents with business and art. We stand a good chance of having a successful gallery.”

The gallery, which will have its grand opening reception on Saturday, features original works of plein-air, representational- and figurative-style art by nationally-known artists.

“Our ambition is to bring to Carson Valley high-end, nationally-known artists in the representational style and bring art appreciation and education to the community,” said Drinkwine.

Drinkwine said they plan to offer workshops and other events that will be led by the gallery artists.

Drinkwine has another business, Craftsman Frame Co., and creates museum quality frames for his paintings in the southwest deco and arts and crafts styles of the 1930s and the art nouveau style of the 1890s. He is currently making the frames for Cynthia Davis’s works as well.

Drinkwine says Davis’s paintings are “absolutely outstanding,” and said she is “extremely well trained.”

At the gallery’s grand opening reception from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, gallery artists will be present to meet the public. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Other artists featuring their works at The Davis Gallery Of Fine Art are: Bonita Paulis, well-known Tahoe pastelist; Charles Waldman, in the forefront of the current American plein-air movement; and Armand Cabrera, who is also involved in the American plein-air movement, according to Drinkwine.

Plein-air, he explained, means “painting from life,” works done on location that are generally done in a single sitting.

Drinkwine said they are marketing the gallery nationally through both national advertising and on the gallery’s Web site,

“We’re trying to involve people who create interesting work from outside the area who are involved in what’s going on nationally,” said Drinkwine.

The Davis Gallery of Fine Art is located at 2285 Main St. in Genoa and will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Jo Rafferty can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 213.