Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Detours Art Exhibit in Kings Beach Aug 22-Sept 30

Posted on August 19, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Art Scene

North Tahoe Arts invites the public to “DETOURS Kings Beach 2014”, an outdoor art exhibition in Kings Beach, CA, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

The exhibition will be on display August 22 through September 30 and will feature 11 site-specific public art pieces throughout the Kings Beach area. The exhibition will also highlight the start of the Tahoe Public Art program.

Click here for the DETOURS walking tour map.

DETOURS includes artists from the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, and two coming from Southern California. The site-specific art pieces will celebrate Lake Tahoe, with each piece telling a story that interprets the site on which it is located. Visitors will leave their cars to embark upon the free, family-friendly “art treasure hunt” with the help of free walking maps.Maps will also be available at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors’ Centers in Tahoe City and Kings Beach and near individual art installations.

“As an artist working in site-specific installation for the last 15 years, I am excited to share this genre of art making with the public,” says Detour’s organizer and artist Jane Jenny. “And, it is healthy: a self-guided walking tour, with maps placed strategically throughout Kings Beach.”

Tahoe Public Art is a collaborative effort of North Tahoe Arts (NTA) and North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA), working with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) with support from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA). For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Here is a past Detours favorite created by Truckee artist Carole Sesko:

DABAYO’DUWE? The Name Before the Names





This hanging sculpture created by Sesko was inspired by the beautiful spot and the original inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, the Washoe, who have a name for this place where the Truckee River flows out of Lake Tahoe. “I decided to create a hanging sculpture that would re-introduce the original name in a playful and celebratory way. DABAYO’DUWE? translates as ‘water flowing over,’ states Sesko.

Constructed from recycled sheet metal, Carole chose to use the colors Red, Yellow, Black, and White in her installation art piece because they hold special significance to the Washoe Tribe. The addition of leafy shapes and mobiles are meant to add whimsy and to catch the wind.

The exhibit will be a self-guided walking tour of artwork. Maps will be placed conveniently in and about Tahoe and will provide detailed information of where each artwork is located, as well as a short description of each artists’ project and a bio.

Detours: Tahoe City is organized and produced by Jane Jenny through North Tahoe Arts, located in Tahoe City. Jane is an installation artist herself and has organized two other ‘Detours’ exhibitions; one in Venice Beach, CA and a second located in downtown Los Angeles. She describes her commitment to this particular genre of art making as a labor of love. Jane lives half time in Carnelian Bay and often volunteers around town including directing/teaching at Kid’s Art Camp at Rideout Community Center. Jane has taught art classes all over the world; from Argentina to Kenya and throughout the U.S.

“Pier of Long Past” by Niobe Burden is a triptych photograph printed on metal and installed in such a way to give the illusion of a pier being seen in the same location that it resided at the turn of the 19th century at Commons Beach. In contrast to the summer blues and greens, the image is a winter scene with a brilliant sky of orange. The metal triptych measures approximately 18” x 36”.

Although installation art is not very new, it took art outside the two-dimensional space of painting and brought it into real space. It’s history can be traced back to the time of Marcel Duchamp, the father of conceptual art in the early 1900’s. On a slightly different level, site-specific installation art takes into account the ‘place’ or context where the work is installed including but not limited to the history, the inhabitants, the myths, the architecture, the environment, etc. This is the first exhibit of this kind to hit the streets of Tahoe City and the folks around town are very excited! This project is suitable for all ages and will offer some exciting and interesting ways of looking at art for both tourists and locals alike.

Please contact Jane Jenny for further details or questions about this project. A website is in the works and will launch in time for the exhibition.

North Tahoe Arts is located at 380 N. LakeBlvd. in Tahoe City. For more information about this North Lake Tahoe event, please call 530-581-2787.

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