Elko County Art Club (775) 753-8170

Mission: Support and nurture local artists by providing opportunities for socializing with other artists, pursuing artistic growth, exhibiting and selling their art, and by developing the appreciation of art in the community. 

ECAC is committed to supporting the ECAC Gallery, open 5 days a week, Art in the Park held in July every year, and the provider of Art Scholarships for high school students in Elko County. 
Become part of the best place for artists in the Northeastern Nevada region.

Welcome to Elko County Art club

The art club is an active and vibrant part of Elko's cultural scene. In addition to organizing the annual Art in the Park event, we also host the Toast to Art program in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation department, participate in the margarita, beer, and wine walks as well as the art walks, and offer a free-to-the-public art gallery where you are welcome to come and soak up the peaceful surroundings as you unwind from a stressful day.

Our local artist also sell some of their paintings, photographs, jewelry and sculptures at the Gallery. if you are looking for a special gift stop at the gallery and we will offer an authenticity record of your one of a kind piece of art.

The Elko County Art Club Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5:00 pm. at 407 Railroad Street in Elko, Nevada. We feature local artists and we also have guest artists to promote arts and culture in Elko.

Art Club meetings are the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to join. 

Club dues are $25 per year.

If you are a photographer we encourage you to join their club too. Contact Cynthia Delaney for more information of when they meet.

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Donation from Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital 2016

for Rotating Art and Art in the Park

Our members: Artist and teacher Karie and photographer Glen accepting the donation!

Scholarship Competition 2016

Ceremony & Award Presentation on

May 6th 5-7 PM

We are hosting our annual high school scholarship competition for 2016. Each year our club awards thousands in dollars to local young talent looking to earn a little financial help towards their chosen field of higher education. The money is raised from our Rotating Art Program and Art in the Park that we developed in collaboration with local businesses. If you are a member of ECAC please stop by the gallery as soon as possible to cast your vote for your favorite and most deserving student!

We want to thank all of our great sponsors this year:

Cavanaugh-Bill Law, Dr. Barry Sorenson, Elko City Hall, Elko Cardiology, Elko Motor Company, I& E Electric, L&P Insurance, Newmont, Radiation Oncology Center, Riverton-Elko Chevrolet, Senior Citizen Center, Work Wise, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (including Elko Diagnostic and Northeastern Nevada Surgery).

Upcoming Art Show

The Tiny Art Showcase

Deadline for entry: April 30,2016

Entry Price for Artists entering work: $0, Completely free!

Date of Art show: 5-8 P.M on May 7th, 2016

Art Show Tickets for event: $5.00 ticket includes $5.00 off any artists' individual piece of work at event. As well as ability to participate and interact with all artists and their artwork that are present during the event. 

Qualifications: Any local Nevadan artist whether a member from the Elko County Art Club or not. All art must be under 8.5 x 11 inches
this does not include the size and thickness of the frame. There is no cost to participate as an artist in the show. On the night of the show tickets for entry and viewing of the show will cost $5.00 to each participant. The tickets are also good for $5.00 off the purchase of any piece of art at the show. This helps encourage the sale of the art, while keeping costs low for the artists, and covering costs of the show. The commission on the sale of each individual piece of art is 30%. Artists please take notes and factor these numbers in when pricing your artwork.

To Enter: Please fill out the "Entry Form for Tiny Art Showcase" by clicking Art Inventory Entry Form.docx Simply fill out the form and return by sending it to  therabbitholereport@gmail.com

Jan 2016 Holiday Party!

Our annual holiday party (for 2015) was instead held in January this year when things were a little less hectic and we could make the holiday season stretch a little longer! We met at Dos Amigos for sizzling Mexican food and played a unique version of Secret Santa (White Elephant) where we instead swapped,stole, and traded each other's gifts! We started off the new year with plenty of laughs and ended the night with a full tummy. The main order of business was voting in this year's board members and they are as follows:

President- Mica Johnson

Vice President- Yong Pratt

Treasurer- Susan Scarlet-Macaw

Secretary- Karie Denham

Member at Large- Glen Ellen Finley

Sarah Sweetwater

February 18, 1940 – November 18, 2015

Sarah’s strong, capable hands are stilled for now but her art and the experiences she provided for thousands of student travelers will remain – maybe forever.

In 1967, she brought to Elko her ceaseless energy and curiosity that she imparted to thousands of art students and student travelers whom she guided to more than 40 foreign countries and other places in and out of Nevada.

She founded the Art Department at Great Basin College when it was Northern Nevada Community College and taught there 34 years, from 1971 to 2006. Through the auspices of the college, she was first to take her students traveling to foreign countries and to places in and out of Nevada to visit museums, hear music and see plays; and she continued as a travel guide after she left the college.

She always had a great appreciation for the ranching cowboy culture and decided to share it with the public with a Pioneer Arts and Crafts event in Elko City Park starting in 1975 and lasting for six years. There she had a horseshoer, a storyteller, a mecate maker, rawhide braider, Dutch oven and Basque cooks, musicians and poets singing and saying their original work. At the time, many townspeople and urbanites had no idea about this way of life. The Pioneer event grew into the Cowboy Poetry Gathering that began in 1985 and continues today having spawned Gatherings all over the West. Sarah hosted, in her home, artists and musicians from the livestock culture from China, Australia, Tibet and other places. She loved cowboys from anywhere.

This year she is the first recipient of the Mayor’s Art Awards as “individual artist.” Her public art in Elko can be seen in front of the court house where local War Dead are honored and in the downtown corridor near the train locomotive. There is a labyrinth in Elko’s Peace Park and the Sarah Winnemucca sculpture can be seen at the California Trail Center west of Elko. Reno also has a Sweetwater stone mural on its River Walk by the Truckee River.

Sarah’s self-remodeled home is a museum displaying original works of art she gathered from all over the world. (She calls it the Sweetwater Museum of Art and Kuriosities) and her sculpture studio across town features more than the tools needed to carve stone. She has a raised herb and vegetable garden and a maze outside – too many interests to mention.

She received the International Award for Peace Through Service from India because of her involvement in the Delhi Rotary (vaccinating children against Polio in an effort to rid the globe of the dread disease). In 1985, she won the Nevada Governor’s Arts Award in Folk arts, and among numerous other awards, she was named Outstanding Woman of the Year in 1998 by Northeastern Nevada Museum.

She was born to William Bernard Whisenant and Opal Pearl Young Whisenant on Feb. 18, 1940. When she was six years old, she contracted Polio – a frightening, debilitating paralytic disease and was sent away to live with other affected children in isolation in Dallas, Texas.

Even after many surgeries, she spent her life limping – with one foot smaller than the other and one leg shorter. Nevertheless, it was in that hospital that she determined to become an artist and it was there that she lost any prejudice against people of any stripe. Her caretakers were Hispanic or Native American or black and they were her life line. She has since loved them and sought to understand their cultures and their arts and to explain it to others. It was while she was confined to bed, they taught her beginning handicrafts and set her on her life’s road. Her sculptures of Sarah Winnemucca and Rosa Parks are expressions of strong women as well as of different cultures.

She took her under graduate work in Texas but went to graduate school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1976 when she was 38 years old. “That’s where I found my voice,” she said. “I thought I was a painter, but when I carved my first piece in alabaster, I knew what I would do.” She subsequently took a sabbatical to study marble in Italy and brought back tons of marble that remain uncut.

Sarah says she wants to keep educating the people of Elko about the importance of the arts. Undoubtedly her lifetime of creativity and teaching, of kindness and willingness to share will live on in her many friends and students and in her art.

Sarah is survived by daughters Keri (Mark) Meranda and Melissa Campsey of Reno and Alice Digenan of Elko. Her grandchildren are Mitch and Camille Meranda, Shay and Garrett Digenan, Calvin, Cosette and Carys Cook; a sister, Mary Gunn of Lipscomb, Texas; and brothers W.B. Whisenant of Sweetwater, Texas; and Don Whisenant of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Sarah’s family thanks the “wonderful staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Genesis Home Health, Highland Manor and Billie Jean Crawford. A very special thank you to all the friends who helped with her care and spiritual well being. You made her last dance a good one.”

Donations may be made in Sarah’s memory to The Desert Sunrise Rotary Club of Elko, P.O. Box 1241, Elko, Nv. 89803; to the Elko Art Club, or Western Folklife Center.

A Celebration of Life is planned for a December 6, 2015, 1-4 p.m. at the Western Folklife Center.

About us

Location: 407 Railroad Street., Elko NV 89801

Phone: 775-753-8170 call before visiting

Email:  ecacelko@gmail.com

Gallery Summer Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 11am-3:30pm 

Closed Sunday and Monday

If you are interested in volunteering and sitting at the gallery please e-mail us at ecacelko@gmail.com


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The Elko County Art Club is a non-profit 501 C (3)  organization working to ensure that Elko County has a vibrant arts component. We provide yearly memberships for students pursuing a career int he arts.


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Membership is open to artists of all skill levels who live in Elko County, Nevada. We encourage writers, photographers, and artists.


What we do

Member Benefits

  1. Monthly newsletter
  2. Ability to participate in ECAC events and activities
  3. Ability to enter works in the ECAC spring show.
  4. Ability to have a reduced price booth in the ECAC area at Art in the Park.
  5. Ability to hang art in the Elko County Art Club Gallery for $50 or $25 per month with a 10% commission on sales.
  6. See By-Laws for rules and restrictions.

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