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East Fork celebrates 33 years

by Caryn Haller

The East Fork Gallery is celebrating 33 years in Carson Valley with its first ever all-artist miniature show.

The show will be unveiled during the gallery’s anniversary reception 4 to 8 p.m., July 27.

“Over the 33 years lots of other galleries have opened and closed, and it wasn’t because they weren’t good,” said Elfriede Short, founding member and president. “The reason we are here is because we’re a co-op, and that is why other artists love to join us.”

Entries are being accepted for the all-artists’ miniature show that will hang through Sept. 18.

Paintings must be no larger than 35 square inches, and fit inside a 100 square-inch frame. All subjects are welcome, however, the show committee has the final decision.

Along with art by its 13 members, the gallery hangs work by 22 consignors.

“They are all so unique,” Short said. “Our oldest consignor, Shirley Fraser, has been with us the whole 33 years.”

The gallery’s newest consignor is Gardnerville photographer John T. Humphrey.

“There is so much even I have to stop and look,” Short said of the gallery’s artwork. “We have just about something for every taste.”

East Fork was established in 1979 as the first art gallery in Carson Valley. It was housed in the Western Auto store where the Historian Inn currently stands.

The gallery thrived there until Jan. 3, 1995, when an arsonist set fire to the building, and most of the artwork was lost.

Members carried on by hosting a spring reception three months later inside the Farmers Bank in Minden.

In August of that year, the East Fork Gallery reopened inside the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center until 2000 when it moved into its current space in The Record-Courier Building.

“I personally feel very close to the gallery because of being the last original member,” Short said. “It’s an honor to be a member.”

East Fork Gallery is located at 1503 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

For more information, call 782-7629.