Art gallery opens at The Crossing in South Lake Tahoe |

Art gallery opens at The Crossing in South Lake Tahoe

Claire Cudahy
Angela Cabrera, a custom framer, and Benjamin Sullivan, a photographer, opened Emanate Gallery in South Lake Tahoe this month.
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

A framing shop and gallery with a focus on local artists is now open in The Crossing at Tahoe Valley.

Emanate Gallery, co-owned by Angela and Ron Cabrera and Benjamin Sullivan, opened its doors this month with a collection of work ranging from sculpture and woodworking to photography and watercolor painting.

For several decades Angela has provided custom framing from her South Lake Tahoe home, but she always had the desire to open up a brick-and-mortar to display art inspired by life in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

When family friend Sullivan approached her looking to learn how to mat and frame his photography, the wheels started turning.

“Ben’s photography is extraordinary,” said Angela. “So we put our heads and hearts together and combined our dreams and found that they were very much interwoven.”

Sullivan found a passion for photography at the age of 8 after he was gifted a film camera by his dad. Years later when he spent three years working as a backcountry guide in the Sierra, he brought a camera along.

“When I was out there I really was just blown away. The awe and the beauty of the high Sierra was something that really inspired me,” he said. “During those years backpacking I fell in love with capturing landscapes that really speak to people and make them feel like they are there.”

Sullivan’s work, which is on display at the gallery, also features shots from his international travels.

Emanate Gallery currently houses work from eight artists, including South Lake Tahoe-based sculptor David Foster, known internationally for his bronze and marble sculptures and locally for his years teaching and as chairman of the art department at Lake Tahoe Community College.

“He’s iconic in the community,” said Angela. “His sculptures in marble and bronze are extraordinary and world class. We are really honored to have David’s work in here.”

South Lake Tahoe painter Charlotte Castillo’s bold and vibrantly colored paintings of Tahoe landscapes and people are on display at the gallery alongside rustic woodworking pieces crafted by Sean and Alissa King of The King Collective.

Acclaimed watercolorist Dan Petersen also has a number of landscape paintings of recognizable Tahoe scenes at Emanate. Local painter, potter and printmaker Lynn Woodward has work at the gallery, in addition to two jewelry makers: Gladys Garcia of Bella Drops and Wendy Stephens of Wendy Gems.

“In our mountain community there are so many gifted artists and so much talent because of the natural beauty here,” said Sullivan. “And for me, I would love people to walk in the gallery and say ‘Wow, this feels like Tahoe.’”

Emanate Gallery is hosting a grand opening celebration all weekend with appetizers, beverages and visits from the featured artists. Sullivan also will be raffling off one of his prints. The gallery, located at 2030 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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