Review: Markleeville Art Gallery |

Review: Markleeville Art Gallery

Elie Monson

The newly opened Markleeville Art Gallery is a treasure, displaying some of the best known Tahoe artists. Evelyn Yonker opened the gallery in June. She has been part of the Tahoe art scene for more than 20 years and put a lot of thought and work into the gallery collection – and what a collection. Beautiful art, beautifully displayed, it is a real pleasure to see. Showing the work of 23 artists, artisans, writers and photographers of the Tahoe area, there is something for everyone. The landscape paintings are impressive and contrast well with the more close-up views found within the grandness of the Sierra.

Fortunately Evelyn Yonker was managing the gallery the day I visited, as she was bubbling over with enthusiasm for her new enterprise. She is also organizing an Open Studio event for the weekend of October 2-3 with the studios being located all around Markleeville. Set against the backdrop of the changing autumn scenery, it should prove wonderful for art enthusiasts.

Evelyn Yonker is a hard-working artist who has abstract painting of aspens, followed by her sculptures in bronze and her silk paintings. There is a good representation of Jim Stamates’ landscape photos, printed on special art paper. Almost intermingled is the work of an abstract artist, Pam Brekar, whose palette coordinates with his so well that the eye bounces back and forth between the focused and the unfocused images, finding continuity in the colors. A good collection follows with the watercolors of Jo Ann Wood. Alice Norton is showing her stylized close-up landscapes. Pete Bowie shows beautiful bronze sculptures of birds, one a soaring eagle. There are some lovely pottery bowls by Donna Hughes made beautiful by her glazes and decorative beadwork. On a table are turned wood bowls of Dave Mills. On another table, a branch holds the glass-hanging decorations of Richard Shokouk. The award-winning Charles Meunch is well-represented with a number of oil paintings from his unique palette of scenes from the Tahoe area. All in all, it’s a wonderful representation of work from the Tahoe area with something for everyone.

– Elie Monson is a local artist, set designer and interior designer.

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