Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Tahoe Art Scene Radio Show with Robert Schimmel

Posted on March 25, 2015
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene

He’s a constant advocate for arts at Lake Tahoe and the host of the The Art Scene on Saturdays 1:06 pm to 1:30 pm on KOWL am1490 “The Owl” – Tahoe’s Talk.

Join artist Robert Schimmel as he explores the expanding opportunities for bringing more art to our local community.  And, you can visit his Lake Tahoe Art Scene website 24/7.

In his own words:

“My current vision for this 24 minute program is to create enough lake-wide listener interest through personality interviews and themed discussions that KTHO will want to expand it to be the “Arts Conversation Center” for Lake Tahoe. As the current economic times challenge most of us, we see Tahoe’s “face” and base of support needing a makeover. Many of us have been part of myriad programs, projects, and collaborations to create new financial horsepower and Arts development options for the area, and some of those efforts have left some great legacies and fertile ground on which to build a new paradigm. Such debates, exchanges and chats are made to order for radio and this format, and I look forward to hosting whatever is current and pertinent to the success of the Arts which will in turn be a “win” for the area.

My weekly guests since May 2010 have been artists of all media, students, teachers, marketing and consultant gurus, non-profit executive directors, gallery owners, framers, etc. and there is room for more variety and unique input. Until recently I tried to include a weekly arts calendar of events but now realize the brief time slot is better spent focused on relevant community interest happenings (events, projects, people, etc.) From all around the Lake, I’d like to include appropriate City personnel and political folks, involved and insightful business owners and community members, special projects leaders, and anyone with something constructive to add to the mix that leads us to more awareness of and openness to our economic challenges and solutions via the Arts. From the artist to the tourist and the dollars spent here, “The Tahoe Art Scene” is all about the actions, lives, opinions and solutions that involve the ARTS!

Join me every Saturday at 1:06pm on KOWL am1490 – the OWL – Tahoe’s Talk for a very real and meaningful connection with our Lake Tahoe arts community as well as wonderful artists from around the nation.  And if you’d like to receive my weekly LT Art Scene newsletter or make suggestions for the program, please contact me at 530-544-5041 or

If you’d like to be added to my weekly update/reminder email or have suggestions for the program, please contact me at 530-544-5041 or And on a very practical level that will aid in creating a better program and air times, please consider advertising on KTHO and using this as your referring program.”

About Robert Schimmel:

Robert’s primary medium is watercolor though he loves them all and uses charcoal, ink, pastels, and acrylics whenever the subject or client demands. His body of work includes over 40 limited editions, hundreds of originals in private, public and corporate collections, and a “Creative Portrait” direction that fits perfectly into his overall love for the figure and unique viewpoints. Travel and plein air painting are the most significant influences in Schimmel’s development and style that have evolved since he was in his mid-twenties. As a result, his subjects range from “St. Basil’s” (cathedral, Moscow) to “The Remarkables” (mountain range, New Zealand) to “Returning Home” (elderly ladies, Venice), which is part of his Portals collection.

“God’s incomparable sense of composition, drama, and beauty in nature and the human figure has always amazed and touched me. The contrasts, rhythms, color chords, sensual passages, and dramatic statements set before us are the very elements I seek to mix my own way to communicate a viewpoint not previously considered,” Schimmel says.

Schimmel feels fortunate to have studied academically as well as privately with his father (AWS) and many other nationally known artists, taught in private and public venues, and shown in numerous galleries around the world.  Since then he has raised a family, worked as a gallery director & private arts consultant, contributed to the Tahoe region’s overall arts development through non-profit organizational leadership and now is focused on arts advocacy.  Each year brings new opportunities, and Schimmel’s current goals are a mix of returning to his own artwork while building a strong presence for The Art Scene and all it can contribute to the Arts Identity of Tahoe.  His personal art website is

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