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Truckee art scene revived in Brickelltown

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunSteph Spencer shows recycled glasses at The Feather's Edge in Brickelltown Friday, one of several new shops selling artisan work in old Truckee
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In the late 1800s, Brickelltown was known for its thriving lumber industry.

Now, the historic row in the west end of Central Truckee is transforming into a vibrant local arts district.

“We’re revitalizing what was once a dead area of town,” said Mitch Clarin, who owns the building where the boutique is located. “It’s a great showcase of local talent.”



With the Artisan’s Market Place and The Feather’s Edge Finery recently joining the cluster of crafty shops, the synergy of the artistic center is finally coming together, said Clarin, who owns several Brickelltown buildings.

“I tried to get tenants that would intermingle and create an artisans village,” he said. “That vision is finally being realized.”



With the artist-collective-run Truckee Gallery closing at the end of November, Brickelltown is now offering a new venue for Tahoe-area artists to display their skills.

The Artisan’s Market Place picked up three local artists affected by the closure of Truckee Gallery ” Frederick Noerdlinger, Annaleise Miller, and Lorna Knoblauch ” whose creations supplement the store’s offerings, said Holly Beatie, one of the shop’s retailers.

“It’s a great group of people who are trying to promote things made locally,” Beatie said.

Adding to Brickelltown’s artistic revival is Riverside Studios ” a retail store also serving as an outlet for local artists. In addition to the jewelry, pottery, and leather items designed and featured in the store by the three main proprietors, the handmade creations of nearly 25 local artists are represented as well.

“We’re giving more artists in the community a venue to sell their artistic goods,” said Alanna Hughes, the store’s owner and pottery designer. “We’re trying to add more vibrancy to this neck of downtown.”

Similarly, the owner of Fair and Green in Brickelltown, Mick Baikie, said he hopes to inspire local artists with his collection of fair-trade crafts from around the world. In addition, Baikie said he gives back to the Truckee community by donating 1 percent of every purchase to local nonprofit groups.

“Truckee is intent on making a difference as an eco-friendly town, and we want to be a part of that,” Baikie said.


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