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Take home some of our region’s finest art.

By Holly Zynda

Encircling the beauty of Lake Tahoe in full spring bloom are a number of premier boutique art galleries that house some of our region’s most alluring pieces. Local artists and those from abroad have witnessed the charm of the Reno/Tahoe area and captured it in various artistic mediums. Local gallery owners, some who are also artist themselves, provide this beauty to the public. I have perused the offerings and selected the following galleries that will allow you to share in and display the beauty of the lake and surrounding high desert mountains, as well as prestigious art from around the world, in your own home or business.

A FOCUS ON PHOTOS

Given the natural appeal of the region, many of the galleries sell photographs of the Tahoe area. One of those is The Eadington Gallery on the north side of the lake. A seemingly diminutive gallery at first sight, this showroom has a labyrinthian layout with a floorplan more like a small museum than a traditional gallery. The walls are dotted with photos of Tahoe by three local artists, including the gallery owner. Eadington offers high-end prints of photographs on canvas or metal from small to large scale. theeadingtongallery.com

Emanate Gallery is another such shop, offering photography by local artists, paintings, several sculptures, as well as custom framing. Located in The Crossing at South Lake Tahoe shopping center, Emanate is locally owned and operated by Benjamin Sullivan and Angela and Ron Cabrera. Ben lends his artistic eye to the small shop, displaying photographs he took around the world, while Angela contributes her framing skills. They also display photographs, paintings, and giclees by artists from the Tahoe area. emanategallery.com

THE UPPER ESCHELON

For outfitting a second home or business with fine art from the region, Stremmel Gallery, in the heart of Reno, is a great fit. With a museum-like feel and a great use of white space to frame and highlight each piece, Stremmel offers more high-end art, with pieces starting in the tens of thousands of dollars. There, I found small- and large-scale sculptures, as well as small and large oil originals. stremmelgallery.com

Marcus Ashley Gallery (Holly Zynda)
Marcus Ashley Gallery (Holly Zynda)

Along similar lines, Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery sits in the Raley’s shopping center near Heavenly Village, where I stopped in after a day shooshing down the slopes. With prices ranging from $200 to $80,000, Marcus Ashley provides an array of art for the more discerning crowd. This gallery offers elegant sculptures, paintings, glassworks, and other media from 30 world-renown artists to primarily tourists and second home owners. It even has a large “secret collection” by Dr. Seuss. marcusashley.com

Benko Art Gallery (Holly Zynda)
Benko Art Gallery (Holly Zynda)

Across the street from Markus Ashley, Benko Art Gallery stands apart of from the other galleries in the Reno/Tahoe area with its contemporary offerings by younger, local artists. And you’ll love the greeting from the large St. Bernard shop dog. This industrial gallery put off a more edgy vibe with bold colors, mixed media, and even clothing made in-shop inspired by the art sold there. benkoartgallery.com

A MORE PERSONAL TOUCH

I enjoy supporting local artsellers, and sometimes I am more in the mood for a mom-and-pop feel. For these times, Blue Wolf Studios in King’s Beach is always a good bet. Here, I browsed among one-of-a-kind souvenirs handmade by local artisans. Hidden between the Taco Bell and Willard’s Lakeshore Sports in King’s Beach, this small gallery is packed with treasures ranging from jewelry to pottery. When something a little more traditional is in order, they recommend heading over to Vista Gallery and Framing, who’s owner often returns the favor. bluewolftahoe.com; vistagallerytahoe.com

At Vista, also fairly hidden next to Jason’s Beachside Grill about a block down, I found prints that capture the beauty of Tahoe for any price range (starting at $30). They also offer custom framing or enlargements of their prints up to any size you desire, making this a great shop for both tourists looking to capture a bit of our local beauty to bring home, as well as very high-end buyers.

Along similar lines, Artists Co-Op Gallery Reno also provides a small-town feel and a low-key, local, earthy vibe. With folk music playing over the radio, handmade walking sticks, woodworking, and pottery, as well as everything from pencil drawings to oil paintings lining the walls, the co-op transported me right back to the 60s. artistsco-opgalleryreno.com

DIY GALLERY

When searching for a place to make art, in addition to purchasing it, I found the Carson Valley Arts Council down in the Carson Valley. In addition to displaying a local artist in their gallery for several months at a time, the Arts Council provides space for local artists to teach pottery, woodworking, painting and more. There is also a shop on the corner that displays handmade goods for sale, including, but not limited to, knitted scarves, woven baskets, jewelry and wall hangings. cvartscouncil.com

Whatever part of town you’re in, there are a variety of galleries with different offerings where you’ll find a lovingly made piece from the Reno/Tahoe region to remember your visit, share with a loved one, or display in your home.