Artist co-op finds a home in Brickelltown | SierraSun.com

Artist co-op finds a home in Brickelltown

Holly BeatieSpecial to the Sun

A group of local artists opened a temporary artist co-op in Brickelltown and called it the Artisans Market Place for the winter holidays. The little shop was met with enthusiasm and enjoyed quite a bit of activity for five weeks. Some customers expressed sincere disappointment when the shop closed its doors. This was a good omen that perhaps an artistsandamp;#8217; co-op might be supported on a year-round basis in Truckee.When the Fair andamp; Green store closed its doors in February, building owner Mitch Clarin decided it was a good time to invite the co-op back on a full-time basis. Clarin has always identified with the difficult plight many artists face in trying to get their work out into the world and become successful. He further expressed heandamp;#8217;ll do whatever he can to help the artists. In fact, when he remodeled the group of buildings in Brickelltown he envisioned an artisan community taking shape there. With the addition of the Artisans Market Place alongside Riverside Studios, The Featherandamp;#8217;s Edge Finery and Drake and Luluandamp;#8217;s, Clarinandamp;#8217;s vision has come true. Now, one can find original and hand made work from more than 60 local artists within the group of galleries.The Market hopes to fill in the few remaining spaces before its official grand opening, the first weekend in May.The Artisans Market Place is located in the blue building behind the garden at 10382 Donner Pass Road, open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesdays.