Benko Art Gallery hosts South Shore art show |

Benko Art Gallery hosts South Shore art show

Autumn Whitney
Chelsea Kosta and John Benko are the curators at Benko Art Gallery, which hosts its 6th Art Opening on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Courtesy / Dylan Warren |

With stormy weather forecasted for the weekend, you might want to avoid planning outside activities. Great news: Benko Art Gallery hosts its 6th Art Opening on Saturday, Oct. 15, so grab a drink and channel your inner connoisseur.

Live music, beverages, hors d’oeuvres and more will accompany the brand-new exhibit that honors up-and-coming local artists. During the course of the evening, attendees have the opportunity to get involved with the artistic process through a live painting demonstration. Approximately 30 people will have their work on display at the event, which lasts from 6-10 p.m.

“The receptions are meant to celebrate the new work and to encourage the community to actually be present and meet the artists and really just get excited about what’s to come and to see work that maybe have been in past shows.

“We want the community to know that the contemporary art scene is alive,” Benko Art Gallery curator and artist Chelsea Kosta said. She runs the gallery with John Benko, fellow curator and artist.

The gallery, which recently opened in April, hosts artists boasting a variety of contemporary styles. Attendees will catch paintings, photography, functional art, steel sculptures, interactive art and more at the event.

“It’s representative of the community, but strictly contemporary art. This focuses on people who are trying to explore their styles and would like to show locally, but don’t really have a name yet,” Kosta said.

An art raffle will take place during the evening, offering participants the chance to go home with a unique piece. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for a set of five, and the money goes to Benko Art Gallery. According to Kosta, the raffle is one of the most exciting parts of the event, which is free to attend and open to all ages — so drop by with your friends and family.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for the community to come together and share in celebration of the artists within the area,” Kosta said.

Benko Art Gallery is located at 3979 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Additional information is available at

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