Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Plein Air Painting with Tahoe Art League

Posted on August 31, 2016
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene


En plein air is French for “in the open air,” often used to describe the act of painting outdoors to capture the changing qualities of natural light.

The perfect canvas, Tahoe’s ever changing light that transforms the composition and the soul, calls new and seasoned artists to head out with the Tahoe Art League on Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon to a variety of locations. Photographers and all media are welcome to these free outings.

While Dave Russo recently passed after a day of painting, his TAL friends invite members and the public to join together for Plein Air painting in Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.  The TAL friends continue to gather in the spirit of their beloved friend and leader, Dave Russo, who inspired and encouraged this Plein Air group for 13 summers.

Dave was a mentor to many an artist in Lake Tahoe. His gentle style – apparent in photos and paintings, captures the eloquence of his innate connection with nature – en plein air.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABring your bag lunch. Schedule and maps are available at the TAL meeting (second Wednesday of each month, 6pm, at Senior Center) or at the Art Center (3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd.) Refer questions about schedule or location to Sue Stevenson at (530) 577-5394 or (530) 307-8560, or Donna Reid at (530) 542-1016. Email if you wish to receive email announcements before each session.

2016 Schedule:

  • 5/08                 Foothills Rd. Ranch (map 5)
  • 5/10                 Iris Gardens (8)
  • 5/15                 Genoa Center (5)
  • 5/22                 Cave Rock or Logan Shoals (artist choice) (6)
  • 5/29                 Rabe Meadow (6)
  • 6/05                 Truckee River Marsh/Al Tahoe (2)
  • 6/12                 Pickett’s Junction (3)
  • 6/19                 Cathedral Meadow (2)
  • 6/26                 Tahoe Paradise Resort/Meyers (2)
  • 7/10                 Carson Pass, North Side (3)
  • 7/17                 Echo View Estates (Stonehenge) (2)
  • 7/24                 Kiva Beach (2)
  • 7/29-31            TAL Artists Studio Tour-
  • 8/05-07            TAL Artists Studio Tour
  • 8/14                 Eagle Point Camping Area at Emerald Bay (2)
  • 8/21                 Iroquois Circle Garden (3)
  • 8/28                 Pot Luck at Wood’s Lake (3)
  • 9/11                 Christmas Valley/South Upper Truckee Bridge (3)
  • 9/18                 Sand Harbor (7)
  • 9/25                 Meeks Bay (2)
  • 10/02               Meadow off Rt.89 on way to Luther Pass (3)
  • 10/09               Aspen Photo Safari

Call ahead if you need a ride. Meet to carpool at 8:15 am at the Art Center for Truckee River Marsh, Genoa, Rabe Meadow, Cave Rock/Logan Shoals, and Sand Harbor; at the “Y” (T.J. Maxx) for Cathedral Meadows, Eagle Point, Kiva Beach and Meeks Bay; at: Meek’s Lumber in Meyers for Foothills Rd. Ranch, Iris Gardens, Tahoe Paradise Resort, Echo View Estates, Christmas Valley, Pickett’s Junction, Carson Pass North, Garden at Iroquois, Wood’s Lake, Meadow off Rt. 89, and Aspen Photo Safari.

BJ Pefley at Iris Garden

Check the schedule on or email

The Tahoe Art League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fine art and art education on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe since 1964. TAL provides free monthly art demonstrations for the public, art workshops, classes, summer outdoor shows, fine art exhibits, college scholarships and many other activities.

To learn more or become a member, visit

Top photo, Dr. Dave Russo at Glen Ellen Falls by by Gordon Pefley

Addie Chernus in Hope Valley

BJ Pefley atIris Garden

Larry Kendall plein air artist at Lily Lake by Becky Bell

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