Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Markleeville Plein Air 2015 Event

Posted on June 18, 2015
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene


Following is a past story about the 2015 Markleeville Plein Air event with artists painting on location throughout Alpine County with Phyllis Shafer as jurist which was cancelled due to a wildfire.

We hope you enjoy the art show from our talented regional Tahoe artists nevertheless – all the more!

Separated from the rest of California by the imposing escarpment of the Sierra Nevada range, Markleeville is about 25 miles from South Lake Tahoe, and home to a small tight-knit community who are the local stewards of the Carson River and the local hot springs.  It is also a favorite spot for plein air artists who are drawn to this mountain hamlet.

Wednesday thru Friday the Artists will head out into the back country of Alpine County and perhaps a bit into Nevada. Setting up easels and pursuing their vocation. At times you will find them near the highways and byways but more often they will seek out those hidden jewels off the beaten path. The Artists will be in the field through Friday evening. Should you decide to venture out and experience these jewels… you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, June 27, will be very similar to the first three days. In addition to the Artists in the field a group of Artists will venture to the historic town of Genoa Nevada for an informal paint out.Carson River B Paulis

Sunday, June 28, is the culmination of the weeks activities and most likely the only day you’ll find all the Artists in one location. The festivities begin at 10am with a Quick Draw competition. The Artists will be in and around downtown Markleeville painting subjects of their choice.

The reception starts at noon June 28th at Markleeville Art & Soul at 14841 Highway 89 in Markleeville – of course!

All artwork will be available for purchase and the paintings will be displayed until July 13, 2015 at the gallery. Many of the participating artists also have other paintings for sale at the gallery so you will be sure to find that special painting that captures the Lake Tahoe landscape.

Markleeville traces its beginnings to the land claim of Jacob Marklee who established a toll bridge across a tributary of the Carson River in 1861 during the height of the silver mining boom at nearby Silver Mountain City. Marklee hoped to prosper from the freight and supplies headed to the mining camps, but was instead killed in a gunfight in 1863, his killer going free on a plea of self defense. When the mines shut down, Markleeville assumed the county seat and remains the center of government services for Alpine County.

Today, Markleeville is well loved by locals and visitors for Grover Hot Springs, fishing and kayaking the east fork of the Carson River, hiking, leaf peeping and wildflower viewing, and bicycling touring and events including the annual Tour of the California Alps, aka the Death Ride,  which includes a five pass ride spread over 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing that ends at Turtle Rock Park located two miles north of Markleeville.

If you would like a brochure or want to be on the gallery mailing list, please email the gallery at or call the gallery at 530 694-ARTS (2787).

Featured Plein Air Paintings Mount Rose Blooms by Emma Auriemma

October on the Carson by Bonita Paulis

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