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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee art scene, local artists, art exhibits, art galleries, cultural heritage, history and local writers.

Art Reception at Bona Fide Books on May 1

tree 3Bona Fide Books will host an art reception for oil painter Claudia A. Garza on Fri., May 1, 6:30-8:30 pm at its shop in Meyers. This event is free and open to the public. read more →

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Plein Air Painting with Tahoe Art League

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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 Dave Russo from 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 that take place April through October. read more →

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Truckee resident Troy Corliss’ “Leaf Sails” as Kings Beach Art

Troy Corliss Leaf SailsActing as the final jury, the community has come to a verdict on what art should be displayed in the Kings Beach roundabouts.

From a pool of five finalists, Truckee resident Troy Corliss’ “Leaf Sails” and Reno resident David Boyer’s “Swimming with Friends” were the top vote-getters.

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Tahoe Art Scene Radio Show with Robert Schimmel

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.

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2015 Art Programs at North Tahoe Arts

Kids Art Saturdays at NTACelebrate the beauty of Lake Tahoe at North Tahoe Arts throughout the year with a palette of art programs for kids and adults and exhibits by local artists in two galleries.

Stop by NTA to meet a local artist and enjoy the wide selection of art for sale including textile artwork, wood art, silversmith, leather, metal sculpture, woven art, jewelry, wall art mediums, photography, and ceramics.

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Heart Visions by Yasmin Sayyed on Sale Now

Heart Visions by Uasmin Sayyed

Heart Visions by Yasmin Sayyed is a visual and poetic presentation about fields of quantum leaps and exponential opportunities to dance in the perpetual winds of change.  This masterful book with 66 full color paintings, poetry and stories is about the interplay of creativity and culture within socio-political realities.

It bears witness to the depth and breadth of life, and is a reflection of and testament to the human spirit in the midst and aftermath of both blissful ecstasy and traumatic loss.

Visit www.yasminsayyed.com for a peek inside. read more →

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Invasión Yanqui Exhibit at Gatekeepers Museum

Yankqui Exhibit at Gatekeepers MuseumBeginning March 4, the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society  will present “Invasión Yanqui: The U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848,” an exhibit by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Gatekeepers Museum in Tahoe City.
Invasión Yanqui” uses paintings, lithographs, sketches, letters, diaries, sheet music, print documents and artifacts from museums and libraries in both the United States and Mexico to narrate the story of the U.S.-Mexican War. The exhibition is available with English or Spanish text.
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Off the Wall” Art Auction at LTCC March 24-28

DavidRussoSandHarborThe Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation and Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe are teaming up for the fourth annual “Off the Wall” Art Auction at LTCC March 24-28, 2015. Participants can enjoy artworks created by locally and regionally known artists, bid on their favorites, and support local education and charitable organizations at the same time.

The artwork up for auction is being donated by a number of local artists, including nationally known artist and LTCC Art Department Chair Phyllis Shafer, David Russo, and many other Art Department faculty members.

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Robin Apple Photography at North Tahoe Arts in March

Robin Apple_Taco Stand_PhotographyNorth Tahoe Arts presents exhibits by Robin Apple for the month of March. Robin Apple is a Palo Alto photographer. Apple implements a sequence of post-processing applications to capture and combine moments from disparate places and times. Her images are abstract, blended, colorful, and people-centric and feature day-to-day experiences presented in unusual ways. read more →

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Kindred Art and Folk Institute in Truckee

Kindred Art and Folk InstituteKindred Art and Folk Institute located in Truckee is on a mission to provide a creative, meaningful and sustainable educational opportunities, inspiring lifelong learning for individuals and families.

Kindred is a catalyst for all ages to come together and discover all we are capable of.  Kindred offers a wide variety of sessions for all ages using multiple mediums so students are able to experience many different avenues and create to new ones together.

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Snowshoe Thompson; Tahoe’s First Mailman

He is considered the father of California skiing.  A true mountaineer in every sense of the word.

Snowshoe Thompson weathered blizzards on 25 lb. skis with an 80 pound pack on his back just to deliver the mail.

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Lake Tahoe Community College Art Exhibits

Kelley Hackleman iSlightly DisheveledLocal and visiting artists offer a trio of free art exhibits at the Lake Tahoe Community College through March 2015.

Shown here is a painting by local artist Kelley Hackleman in her first solo show, Slightly Disheveled, featuring oils on canvas that are darkly humorous, portraying the natural world in slightly odd, quirky ways.  Each canvas tells a narrative, but it’s up to the viewer to decide what that narrative is.

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Recycled Art by Greg Von Loon

gregvanloon.JPGOne person’s trash is an artist’s next masterpiece.

Recycling gets center stage at Truckee art galleries.  Not that using recycled materials is a new concept for artists.  For years, artists have been using reclaimed wood and all kinds of discarded scraps in their creations.

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Lion Heart Show Fundraiser for the CR Johnson Healing Center Feb 6

In honor of Truckee local CR Johnson shown here in his handmade jacket, Riverside Studios is holding the annual Lion Heart Show to raise money for the CR Johnson Healing Center on February 6, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm.

The event will include original artwork donated by local artists.  A percentage of sales will go to the center which is managed by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation that provides resources for athletes in recovery from sport related injuries. Resources include physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, personal training and more.

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Embrace Beauty with Kit Night

Harlequin Romance Kit NightHer paintings are animated, full of color and personality. Just like her.

Kit Night, South Lake Tahoe oil painter, has an extraordinary gift.  She can take the ordinary like fruit, a table glass or dessert, and bring it to life with an injection of dramatic color and poetic lines.

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Nature Photographer Scott Thompson

Thompson_MuleEarsAtBocaReservoir_PhotographyNature photographer Scott Thompson of Truckee invites you to enjoy the beauty of frozen time through his countless images ranging from abstract and art, animals and wildlife, to Tahoe landscapes and plants.

His photos serve as a visual reminder of the endless beauty of nature.

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January Fab ’n’ Funky Art Sale at North Tahoe Arts

KristenAnderson_Grazing_AcrylicNorth Tahoe Arts presents its annual Fab ’n’ Funky art clearance sale during January.  Featured ARTisan Shop artists are clearing out their inventories offering a wide variety of arts and crafts at deeply discounted prices. Works on sale include original paintings, pastels, watercolors and photography, framed prints, jewelry, pottery, glassware and more! Come on down to North Tahoe Arts and see what fabulous and funky bargains you can find.

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2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize Winner: Julia Shipley

Julia Shipley Melissa Lanitis Gregory 2014 winner Tahoe CultureCongratulations, Julia Shipley!

Shipley has won the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize for her collection The Academy of Hay, to be published by Bona Fide Books in 2015. The annual poetry prize is sponsored by Kim Wyatt, owner of Bona Fide Books in Meyers, and dear friend of Melissa.

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Melissa Coray Peak named after Pioneer Trail Blazer

While many call it Emigrant Peak, it’s actually named after Melissa Coray, a Mormon pioneer woman who walked over 2,000 miles to the west.

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Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration at North Tahoe Arts Tahoe City thru Jan 5

NancyOlson_WizardScarf_handknitAre you looking for something special, a one of a kind gift?  Look no further than the North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City during Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration November 4, 2014 through January 5, 2015.

North Tahoe Arts offers an ARTisan Shop and two galleries filled with wonderful fine art and handcrafted work perfect for your holiday gift giving.

The North Tahoe Arts ARTisan Shop features original work by 20 local artists. Located in the heart of Tahoe City, by the Commons Beach driveway next to the fire station, the ARTisan Shop is a treasure trove of unique handmade pottery, glassware, jewelry, fine art, photography and more!

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“Snowball’s Chance” by David Antonucci

carol-heiss olympianOn Thursday, February 18, 1960, under storm-threatening skies, the greatest winter athletes in the world gathered in Squaw Valley.

“Snowball’s Chance: The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley & Lake Tahoe”, by David C. Antonucci is a complete account of the preparations, pageantry, ceremonies, competition and epilogues of the historic VIII Olympic Winter Games.

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The Writing Gourmet, Cal Orey

cal-oreyLocal health author, Cal Orey, has launched an edgy food-related blog that stands out with a dash of fresh attitude.

The internationally acclaimed author comes out of the pantry and admits, “I hate to cook.” But she practices what she preaches, “I eat to live and do not live to eat”. It’s her secret to staying healthy and lean while savoring fine food.

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Did you know…Kirkwood has a Cookbook?

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Kirkwood is well known for skiing.

And for its local dishes?

You be the judge.

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Poetry, Prose Submissions Sought for LTCC Literary Journal by Dec 1

IMG_2077Lake Tahoe Community College seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for its 25th annual edition of The Kokanee literary journal.

To have work published, writers must be current LTCC students, faculty, or staff, or an alumni who has taken at least one class at LTCC.

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TAP Holiday Festival Nov 15-16

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is holding a Holiday Festival on November 15 and November 16, 2014 at the South Tahoe Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.

The Festival fundraiser will include 30 arts and crafts booths, face painting with Gina, Marcia Sarosik Dancers, a visit from Santa, raffle prizes and fun ways to raise money for TAP.

This is a free family event and a great opportunity to find local art.  read more →

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Tahoe Ghost Ships at Tahoe Maritime Museum

SS Tahoe Tahoe Ghost Ships at Tahoe Maritime MuseumDiscover the treasures lost beneath the surface of Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Maritime Museum during “Ghost Ships,” a new exhibit featuring boats that sank in Lake Tahoe. Using oral history, underwater footage and found artifacts, “Ghost Ships” pieces together the history of boating on Lake Tahoe.

The exhibit features a combination of salvaged vessels, video and historical documents to explore the stories of select boats and question the social and legal issues pertaining to salvaging vessels along with the impact of public interaction with underwater historic sites.

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Land Lines by Charli Beck Nov 1 at Bona Fide Books HQ

Charli Beck at Bona Fide BooksCelebrate the opening of artist Charli Beck’s new collection Land Lines on Nov. 1 from 6-8pm at Bona Fide Books with light refreshments.

Beck synthesizes landscape art and abstraction in a new way through mixed media mountain portraiture on wood panels.

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Regal Rooster Art by Nancy Abicht

Nancy Abicht Regal RoostersHer subjects like to strut their stuff.

Roosters by local watercolorist Nancy Abicht is a delightful international parade of bold roosters captured with magnificent light and detail, made in Tahoe of all places.

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Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time book by Tim Hauserman at Library Dec 20

Tim Hauserman SLT Library (Medium)Friends of the Library are excited to present,​ Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time, a children’s book about the natural history of Lake Tahoe by Tim Hauserman.

With colorful and dramatic illustrations the book tells the story of Gertrude, a Tahoe girl who meets a magic maiden who takes her on a fast motion adventure through the history of Lake Tahoe. They watch glaciers march, volcanoes erupt and exotic animals graze while becoming forever friends.

Hauserman will read and sign copies of Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time on December 20th, starting at 10:30 AM.

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Arborglyphs preserve Branch of History

You’ve heard of petroglyphs.

How about arborglyphs?

And, did you know we live in an area rich in this fascinating art form?

Especially on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.

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Autumn Abundance by Kristen Schwartz

Autumn in Lake Tahoe is magical.

Colorful trees. Golden light. Cold nights. Serenity.

Warm Indian Summer days let us harvest Tahoe’s rich bounty with gusto and gratitude.

It’s time to celebrate the change of seasons before an intense Tahoe winter blankets us.

To mark this special time, South Lake Tahoe illustrator Kristen Schwartz created the Goddess of Autumn Abundance.

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Bona Fide Award-Winner to Read at LTCC Writers’ Series Oct 8

Field_Study_cover_frontOn Oct. 8 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch St. Louis poet Travis Mossotti’s award-winning collection “Field Study” at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Mossotti’s second collection, “Field Study” won Bona Fide’s 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009. Written in the tradition of American naturalists, “Field Study” chronicles a courtship through the vehicle of carnivore conservation efforts, says publisher Kim Wyatt. “This book is really about the ethics of nature and relationships, and what is human versus what is animal.”

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Donner Summit Railroad Tunnels and Wagon Routes

In the 1860s hundreds of Chinese laborers braved freezing temperatures, blizzards and unbelievably hazardous conditions to drill the 1,659-foot-long Summit Tunnel near Donner Pass, enabling the Central Pacific Railroad to move trains over the summit even in the worst of Sierra winter conditions.

Feel the depth of their harrowing accomplishments as you walk through the 145 year old tunnels and along emigrant wagon routes dating back to 1844.

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A Trio of Art Exhibits at Lake Tahoe Community College

Tahoe Culture candacenicolArtists and fans of beautiful art have at least three great reasons to visit Lake Tahoe Community College until December 5, 2014.

In the foyer of the Duke Theatre in the Fine Arts building, you’ll find the works of  local artist Amy Hackleman’s “Grey Matter.”  Hackleman teaches photography classes at LTCC.

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Shelley Hocknell Zentner: Artist and Rock Climber from South Lake Tahoe

Shelley decided to make South Lake Tahoe her home not only for the inspirational art scene.

She’s an avid rock climber and athlete.

Sound familiar?

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Fannies, Trout and Culture at the Tahoe City “Y”

You don’t have to travel far to learn about the natural history of Tahoe City.

Just head to the “Y” and follow these quick tours, provided by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Don’t forget to get a taste of our local culture at The Bridgetender. Get the cross-cut fries.

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North Tahoe Plein Air Exhibit Sept 2 – Nov 3

Plein Air Exhibit at North Tahoe ArtsNorth Tahoe Arts will host a group exhibit of regional plein air artists, Heidi Reeves, Barbera Hyytinen, Patti Christensen Woodard, Monika Johnson and Nancy Snyder from Sept. 2-Nov. 3, 2014.

Each a master of their own medium, working in oil, pastels and watercolors, these talented artists portray landscapes and botanicals of the Sierra Nevada and beyond. read more →

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Talking Tahoe by Peter Goin

“Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe,”  is a nostalgic trip back in time with photography by Peter Goin.  Goin is an athor, photographer, artist and professor of Art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Goin’s vivid juxtaposition of present day images and historic images of Lake Tahoe stimulate questions about the future of Tahoe.

Any Tahoe lover should pick up a copy today.

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Tahoe Art League Outdoor Art Shows

What better place to view art than outside – at Lake Tahoe!  How about finding art by local artists?

Throughout the summer, the Tahoe Art League holds various art shows featuring contemporary and fine art at locations throughout South Lake Tahoe.

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Rock Art by Charles Huckeba Sept 10

Rock Art by Charles HuckabaThe Tahoe art League will present a demonstration by renowned mixed media Rock artist, Charles Huckeba, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s free too.

Charles Huckeba’s artistic re-creations of American Indian rock art are masterpieces in their own right. At once faithfully replicating the ancient images, his modern paintings also succeed in the more difficult task of capturing the spirit of the ancient designs. read more →

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Morning Kayak by Kit Night

Morning Kayak by Kit NightWhat began as an attempt to make the world kinder turned into a year of weekly paintings hot off her easel. One of the results is her book bursting with radiant color.

Art in the Morning by Kit Night is a charming, sometimes insightful, mix of oil paintings and musings on nature, jazz, beer, and the process of painting.  You’re invited to join Kit on her adventure to embrace beauty.  Shown here is obviously one of Kit’s favorite pastimes, Morning Kayak. read more →

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North Tahoe Plein Air Sept 2-7

Andrew Bolam- Emerald Pool- Best of showAnd the winners are…the anticipation is building.

Local artists have been selected for North Tahoe Plein Air 2014 which will be held at the Village at Northstar September 2-7, 2014.

From Emerald Bay to Sand Harbor, nationally recognized plein air artists from California, Nevada and Colorado will paint on location throughout North Lake Tahoe for three days to capture the many moods of the Sierra’s fall light as it dances along the landscape.

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“A Wall of White” by Jennifer Woodlief

It’s one of the most amazing survival stories ever told.

In 1982, an avalanche at Alpine Meadows ski resort took the lives of seven people. In the middle of the devastation, one woman was trapped under the snow and a team of ski patrolmen worked for five days to free her. Jennifer Woodlief tells the story in a vivid and compelling style in her book “A Wall of White”.

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History of the Comstock by Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin History of the Comstock Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin explains how the Lake Tahoe Basin and its environment dealt with the disastrous consequences of the 1859 discovery of silver in western Nevada and the development of the Comstock Lode.

 

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Creative Writing Workshops in Truckee

Explore creative writing of any genre in a fun, cooperative and creative environment in Truckee with local writer Karen Terrey of Tangled Roots Writing May through June 2013.

Connect with a writing community, generate new material, play with language and meaning, explore craft and form, and develop a writing practice in a supportive creative environment. read more →

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Historic Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival Sept 6 and 7

Tahoe arts and mountain culture will be overflowing the Truckee River during  the Historic Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festivals on Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Check out original work by artists from across the western United States showcasing their handcrafted creations including original photography, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and much more. read more →

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Detours Art Exhibit in Kings Beach Aug 22-Sept 30

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.

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Skunk Harbor Railroad History Hike

Learn about Lake Tahoe’s interesting railroad days on an easy hike down to Skunk Harbor.

Head down from HWY 28 above Skunk Harbor to Pray Meadows, then down to Skunk Harbor, where you can have a lunch at one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches on Lake Tahoe.

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The Chinese Immigrant Experience at Donner Summit

Located at about 6,000 feet in Truckee, Donner Memorial State Park includes the Emigrant Trail Museum and Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800s.

You can also learn about Chinese immigrants played a pivotal role in the development of Truckee in the 1860s.  read more →

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Incline Village Fine Art Festival Aug 15-17

Image by Marta CollingsThe Incline Village Fine Art Festival will be held at Preston Field on August 15-17, 2014, in the North Lake Tahoe area.

The Incline Village Fine Art Festival will feature artists presenting their original work in all mediums of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss their work. All work is available for purchase. read more →

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