THanksgiving’s weekend retail traffic at brick-and-mortar stores is down 42.3% this year, and if you’re one of the millions who skipped the mall and big box stores, the artists of northern Nevada (and nearby) have your holiday shopping needs covered. They took into account the current gathering restrictions and found ways to get their work known to the public in December. Some stores and studios are open by appointment only. Others, who normally hold weekend sales at this time of year, have staggered their opening hours to ensure less crowded venues. And a Reno arts group has turned their popular holiday market into an online store full of surprising gifts.
For Thanksgiving, we’ve featured 20 artists whose work you can purchase online. If you’re more inclined to browse in person, read on to find out which stores and studios you can visit this month.
ChArts store, Fallon
151 E. Park St., Fallon
Like most art venues, Fallon’s Oats Park Art Center has had to cancel events and receptions this year, but you can still visit the store, filled with an eclectic selection of “works of art, prints, books, ceramics, handicrafts, ephemera and other objects handcrafted by local and regional artists â- by appointment. To schedule, call Store Manager Lynne Plumb at (775) 427-1546.
The corner, Reno
2095 Dickerson Road, Reno
Most years, The Wedge wows buyers at weekend sales events. For 2020, the community ceramics studio aims to spread the flow of traffic by selling pottery gifts every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until December 24.
Holly Arts Fair, Tahoe City
380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, California
The North Tahoe Arts Crafts Store offers a wide selection of prints, fiber arts, mosaics, jewelry, sculpture, glass, wood, ceramics, photographs and note cards, including many have a Tahoe theme. The boutique is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here is more information.
Joe and Shiho Winter Pottery, North of Reno
16620 Fetlock Drive, Reno
Joe is a master of cookware, vases and wood-fired stoneware sculptures. Shiho is known for his intricate surface patterns on clay. The couple are stationed in Rancho Haven, a rural neighborhood about 40 minutes north of downtown Reno. For their fall sale, masks are mandatory and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 12, 13, 19 and 20. If you want to arrange a shopping visit for a different date, call Joe for an appointment. More images on Joe’s website.
Sale Deck the Walls, Reno
627 Mill Street, Reno
The co-op has showcased northern Nevada art for over 50 years. This year, the group canceled the reception for its Deck the Walls holiday sale, but a wide range of ornaments, artwork, and cards are on sale daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., until ‘to December 28. A highlight: Eileen Fuller’s $ 15 mini canvas ornaments.
High Desert Art + Craft, now virtual
The Holland project
140 Vesta Street, Reno
Gummy bear scent charms, vintage flannel shirts, and Reno Bike Project merchandise are just a few of the goodies you’ll find at Holland Project’s High Desert Art + Craft. The long-running event converted to an online store this year, packed with ornaments, housewares and jewelry. Check the site for pickup and delivery options, packaging options, and profiles of some of the more recent performers at the event.
Great Basin Pottery and Thrive + Thicken, North Reno and Online
423-725 Scott Rd., Doyle, CA
According to Casey Clark’s Thanksgiving weekend post, Great Basin Pottery’s new online store is a hit. Most of its whiskey mug sets, mortar and pestle sets, and pour-out coffee cones are marked “sold out.” But you can still shop for Casey’s beautiful housewares and Sarah Lillegard’s âThrive + Thickenâ recycled demine clothing and accessories at their mostly outdoor gallery near Doyle, California. Holiday sales hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 12, 13, 19 and 20. Also check out Casey’s online pottery store and Sarah’s Thrive + Thicken store, both of which are slated to be restocked this week to welcome a second wave of holiday shoppers.
Wildlife and Holiday Exhibition, Minden
Gallery @ prism
1615 highway. 395 N., Suite B, Minden
(775) 783-1985, www.artgalleryatprism.com
Gallery @ Prism opened this year to showcase the work of regional painters, photographers and artisans. For landscape art enthusiasts in Nevada and Northern California, this could easily become your one-stop-shop for gifts all year round. Currently the gallery has a limit of 12 people and a range of ornaments, artwork, jewelry, cards and gift certificates for the holidays. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and the Wildlife and Vacation Show runs until December 30. Here is a list of participating artists, with links to their websites.
Cash + Carry, Reno or virtual
Nevada Gallery of Fine Arts
1301 S. Virginia St., Reno
(775) 786-1128, nvfinearts.com
The Nevada Fine Arts Gallery is a hidden gem, a ground-floor space for eclectic and rotating exhibits inside Nevada Fine Arts, Reno’s downtown art supply store. The Cash + Carry Holiday Sale is now open, in person and virtually. Keep an eye out on the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages, where they post artwork for sale that you can purchase over the phone on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d rather make your own Christmas presents, this independent boutique has selected discounted art supplies through December 31st.
Cover photo: Items such as Sarah Lillegard’s denim bags and Casey Clark pottery are available on each artist’s website or in their mostly outdoor gallery in Great Basin Pottery, a 40-minute drive north of the center -City of Reno. Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Lillegard