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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Squaw Valley Fine Arts and Crafts Festival June 30-July 1

Posted on June 29, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Art Scene

The Village at Squaw Valley will celebrate the holiday weekend in artistic style during the 4th of July Arts and Crafts Festival. This free event will take place Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides the opportunity to meet with more than 50 artists featuring a wide variety of artwork ranging from photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and much more.

Among the featured artists participating in this year’s festival is painter Reif Erickson of Auburn, California who has been pursuing his art career for the last twenty years. He contributes much of his success to combining his practice of painting in plein air with close observation, refinement of color relationships and technical expertise with the pastel medium to achieve masterful landscapes of California and the Southwest. Reif recently completed winter scenes of Lake Tahoe, and desert scenes from Palm Springs.

Stacey Lamothe from Grass Valley, California makes hand crafted animal jewelry using mostly copper and sterling silver. “My first pieces started with tiny pin portraits of my dog and that theme has grown to include a dozen dog images, a couple of cats, a few chickens, a horse and a handful of tiny houses,” said Stacey. “Many of my designs are amusing, some are just sweet. I hammer, saw, solder, rivet and stamp each piece into a little masterpiece you can wear, or give as a special gift.”

Dirk Yuricich of Stateline, Nevada will be showcasing a variety of photos that feature the Lake Tahoe area, available in a variety of sizes from note cards to large pieces. This self-taught photographer uses a 35 mm SLR camera to capture landscape images, wildlife, abstract, travel, photo-journalistic and documentary images. Dirk’s passion is travel, so travel photography makes up a fairly large portion of the images you will see at the Festival including a collection of beyond-the-average-tourist-view-of-Japanimages, a large selection of Ecuador and Bali photos, a broad spectrum of Europe images, and of course beautiful Lake Tahoe/ mountain images.

Additional artists participating in the 4th of July Arts and Crafts Festival include Fred Albrecht of Santa Rosa displaying his beautiful, one-size-fits-all bottle stoppers; Chris Efstratis of Sacramento showcasing his clay vessels of all sizes; and Howard Weamer of Lafayette, California with his collection of landscape photography.

For moreinformation about the 4th of July Arts and Crafts Festival, contact the Village at (530) 584-6266.

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