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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.

Group Show of Mixed Media, Glass, Jewelry & Metal Work Aug 4-Sept 1

JessicaHall_pendantsNorth Tahoe Arts will host a group exhibit of multi-talented artists, Janet Martin, Meg Martin, Jessica Hall and Michael Ochoa August 4- Sept. 1, 2014. Janet Martin’s work consists of collage, painting and art glass. Her daughter, Meg Martin will unveil a new series of paintings that incorporate patterns, collage and occasionally embroidery and appliqué.

Jessica Hall is the founder and creator of Bluebird Designs jewelry and is back in the Tahoe area to showcase her graphic and colorful enamel jewelry designs. Michael Ochoa is an artisan of Mountain Forge blacksmith workshop in Truckee and will be displaying new work. read more →

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Historic Walking Tour of Tahoe City July 12

watson-cabinThe North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will be conducting a free Historic Walking Tours of Tahoe City on Saturday, July 12 10am meet in front of Blue Agave located at 425 N. Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City, of course!

Lead by local resident, Karen Willcuts, the tour includes facts and figures about beautiful Lake Tahoe and information about the stunning wilderness surrounding the majestic mountain lake. Tahoe’s colorful history will unfold in fun stories and legends about the people who have called the lake home. FREE!

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12th Owen McKenna Mystery TAHOE GHOST BOAT by Todd Borg

TahoeGhostBoat by Todd BorgFriends of the Library will present Todd Borg, award-winning author, on July 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m.  Todd will discuss his much anticipated 12th book in the Owen McKenna Mystery Series, Tahoe Ghost Boat.   Todd will also share his writing techniques while delighting his audience.

Book sale and signing will follow at the South Lake Tahoe Library, Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Congratulations Todd!

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Did you know…Tahoe has the Highest Lighthouse in North America?

Rubicon Point Lighthouse.

Elevation 6,580 ft.

It’s not easy to spot, especially since it has been out of commission for over 80 years, and it doesn’t look like a lighthouse.

But, it’s well worth the short hike in D.L. Bliss State Park on the west shore to see this historic piece of Tahoe’s early mariner days.

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The Tahoe Art Scene Radio Show with Robert Schimmel Thursdays 5:15pm

He’s a constant advocate for arts at Lake Tahoe and now the host of the   “The Tahoe Art Scene” program that airs every Thursday at 5:15pm on KTHO am590/96.1fm.

Join artist Robert Schimmel as he explores the expanding opportunities for bringing more art to our local community.

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Tahoe Art League’s Free Artist Studio Tour Aug 3, 4, 5

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 50 local artists from the Tahoe Art League (TAL) are participating in the Annual TAL Artist Studio Tour August 1, 2, 3 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

South Lake Tahoe is home to many accomplished artists like Kit Night shown here, who is a member of the Tahoe Art League dedicated to promoting fine art and art education in South Lake Tahoe since 1964.

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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Join Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee on the First Friday each month from 4pm to 8pm for a community of mountain culture.

Toast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

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Gathering At Gatekeeper’s Museum Fundraiser Dinner July 13

GatekeepersMuseum Tahoe CultureThe North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will host its annual “Gathering at the Gatekeeper’s” fundraiser dinner on Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 4PM to 8PM for just $65 per person.

The meal is inspired by an 1908 Tahoe Tavern menu.  There will be a Barbershop Quartet strolling through the hotel lobby.  Inside the museum you can view Tahoe Tavern artifacts. Bid on exciting trips and activities during our live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event will go toward the ongoing operation of Watson Cabin and The Gatekeeper’s Museums and their culturally and historically rich events.  read more →

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North Lake Tahoe ARTour July 18-July 20

Explore the backstreets of the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee art world  during the annual Tahoe ARTour, taking place July 18, 19 and 20, 2014.

This self-directed studio tour offers numerous opportunities to meet thirty-nine local artists in their work environment, to learn about a variety of art mediums, and to buy directly from the artists.

 

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Everyday Life by Randall Stauss

Stauss_ChiefBlackCloudHis paintings often depict the everyday life found at the boat marinas of Lake Tahoe, the back streets of Truckee, and the trails around Fallen Leaf Lake.

Like this classic of Chief Black Cloud.

Meet Randall Stauss of Carnelian Bay.

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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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30th Annual Summer Art Workshops at Sierra Nevada College June 9-Aug 1

As an academic community of artists, Sierra Nevada College continues its tradition of offering summer art workshops for the 30th year.

To foster an interdisciplinary approach to visual practice, a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, photographers, paper makers, jewelers, and more will be held at the college June 9 through August 1, 2014.

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Art of Indian Basket Weaving on Display at Gatekeeper’s Museum

It is home to more than 800 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from over 90 tribes nationwide.

How appropriate for this Lake Tahoe landmark that sits on the site of a known Washoe Indian campsite. The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum at the Gatekeeper’s Museum.

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Make Art Your Business: Seminar with Carol Foldvary-Anderson Aug 11

Carol-Foldvary-AndersonHave you ever wondered what it would be like to have an arts business? Making money at what you love to do. Well the first step is having the intent, the mindset to generating an income. Next you need to learn the rules! Take your Art to the next level and have your creative efforts pay off as you grow an Arts Business. Facilitator Carol Foldvary-Anderson is a renowned professional award winning artist/designer, published author/illustrator, and arts educator. A Designer Member of the Crafts and Hobby Association with 25 years making art her business.

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Watercolor Workshops with Teri Sweeney Tuesdays

Watercolor artist Teri Sweeney holds beginning Watercolor classes at the Tahoe Art League Center every Tuesday from 2 pm to 4:30 pm, June 17 to July 8, 2014.

Classes are ongoing and new students are welcome to join in at any time.

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LTCC Art Club Visiting Artist Series Avery Palmer June 20

AveryPalmerThePianistThe Lake Tahoe Community College Art Club welcomes artist Avery Palmer on Friday, June 20 at 6 p.m. in Room F101 in the Fine Arts Building.

Palmer will present a lecture on his artwork, including a slide show, and participate in a demonstration and discussion of his ceramic techniques.

This free event is open to the public, and interested artists from the community are encouraged to attend. read more →

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Glen Alpine Springs “makes great lemonade!”

Glen Alpine Springs“Curative” mineral spring water was discovered here in 1863.

Glen Alpine Springs, just a short easy jaunt from South Lake Tahoe.

Most people just stumble upon this historic site on their way into Desolation Wilderness via the Lily Lake entrance.  But there’s more to it, located just off the beaten path.

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12th Annual Markleeville Artists Open Studio Tour Oct 5 & 6

Blink and you’ll miss it. Markleeville – only 20 miles from South Lake Tahoe – but a world away, is the home of a small tight-knit community who are the local stewards of the Carson River and the local hot springs, and artists like Charles Muench who captured a quintessential Sierra moment in his painting shown here.

Meet the artists who call Markleeville their home during the 11th Annual Markleeville Artists Open Studio Tour on October 5 and 6, 2013 from 11am to 4pm.

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Markleeville Plein Air Event June 24-28

The 4th annual Markleeville Plein Air event will take place June 24 through June 28, 2014 with artists painting on location throughout Alpine County.

Separated from the rest of California by the imposing escarpment of the Sierra Nevada range, Markleeville is about 25 miles from South Lake Tahoe, and home to a small tight-knit community who are the local stewards of the Carson River and the local hot springs.  It is also a favorite spot for plein air artists who are drawn to this mountain hamlet. read more →

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Fine Art Festival at Heavenly Village June 20-22

Tahoe Culture art eventThe “Heavenly Village Fine Art Festival” will be held in South Lake Tahoe on June 20-22, 2014 featuring original work in all medium of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings, photography, etchings, and sculpture.

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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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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Thaleia Georgiades Presents at Tahoe Art League June 11 Meeting

Thaleia-paintingMs. Thaleia Georgiades will be the guest artist at the next meeting of the Tahoe Art League. The meeting will be held June 11, 2014 at; 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., So. Lake Tahoe, CA. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Ms. Georgiades will give a personal demonstration of her pastel techniques.

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TINS Fundraiser Toasts Art and Nature June 19

TINSA fundraiser for Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences at the Bolam Gallery in Incline Village on Thursday, June 19th, 4-7pm will feature multiple champagnes, tasty appetizers, and the opportunity to meet Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker, husband and wife and owners of the Bolam Gallery.

Andrew has created a specific painting for the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to TINS.
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Inspired Landscape Paintings by Seth Johnson at NTA May 27-July 7

SethJohnson_TruckeeAlley_WatercolorSeth Johnson is a landscape painter living and working in Incline Village, whose work is rooted in the inspiration of the natural landscape.

New work by Johnson will be on display in the Corison Loft Gallery from May 27-July 7, 2014. The opening reception will be hosted at North Tahoe Arts on, Friday, June 13 from 5-7p.m. Refreshments served. All are welcome. Galleries and Artisan Shop are open everyday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. read more →

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Hawksworth’s Packstation; circa 1912 by local historian Don Lane

Who was Jim Hawksworth?

While Jim passed away in 2002, his legacy lives on as a person.

The historic Upper Truckee Pack Station near Meyers, California has been officially dedicated in honor of legendary Forest Service backcountry horse packer Jim Hawksworth, who passed away in 2007 as “Hawksworth’s Packstation”.

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Artist-In-Residence at Valhalla 2014 Schedule

Kelly-Lynn-SmithThe Artist-In-Residence program is sure to catch the eye of many at the annual summer-long Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival.

Featuring local and regional Lake Tahoe talent, exhibits and artists will be in the Viking Room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valhalla Grand Hall in South Lake Tahoe.

The public is invited to view and enjoy a variety of art that will also be for sale. There is no charge to view the artwork. read more →

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Made in Tahoe Festival May 24-25

Allana Hughes Pottery Riverside StudiosCelebrate Tahoe arts and mountain culture with local arts, local products,  food, and music at the Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw.

The two-day festival takes place on Saturday-Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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Rubicon Ramblings by Poet Judy Tretheway

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy ThrethewayHer book of poems and stories about her intimate wanderings in the woods under the north flank of Rubicon Peak is a salute to Tahoe’s magestic sentinels that lure us deeper into ourselves.

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy Tretheway is a wonderful collection of the author’s experience of communion in the forest. We can all relate through poems like The Forest is My Church, Catch My Breath, No Turning Back, Bear Trail, Pollination, and What is Enough?

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Call to Artists: Voice in Color Art Work due May 21

North Tahoe Family Resource CenterVoices In Color is an art benefit for the North Tahoe Family Resource Center celebrating the creative voices of artists and community members. In its inaugural year, the art show, which is sponsored by local businesses will feature the work of local artists and hold a silent auction fundraising event benefiting the North Tahoe Family Resource Center. The theme of the show is Creating Community Through Artistic Voice.   Submissions are due Wednesday, May 21, 2014. read more →

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Echo Lakes Magic

Echo Lakes are a glacially formed pair of lakes, cradled in a serene granite setting 10 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe virtually hidden at 7,252′.

Upper and Lower Echo Lakes are connected by a narrow channel which is passable by boat only during high-water conditions which can cut down your hiking time into Desolation Wilderness along the joint Tahoe Rim Trail/Pacific Crest Trail.

To keep the waters pristine, you must be a Tahoe Keeper if you plan to paddle or boat on the lake.  Clean, Drain, and Dry to prevent aquatic invasive species.

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South Shore Potter Fired UP: Barbara Wesson

“I work with clay. Elements derived from the earth.

Forms created through rhythm and motion.

Like the process that completes my work, it fires me up.

Keeps my inner fire burning and sets my soul free.” B Wesson

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SAVING LAKE TAHOE by Mike Makley

saving_lake_tahoe_coverThe history of Lake Tahoe begins with the Washoe Indians who resided on its shores for thousands of years, with minimal impact on the landscape.

The relatively brief American history at Lake Tahoe began in the mid-nineteenth century. Though awestruck by its beauty, the new arrivals were also intent on harvesting its abundant resources. In a mere half century, the basin’s forests and fisheries were destroyed, the lake’s pristine clarity dramatically reduced.

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Watercolor Workshop with Lady Jill at Hope Valley May 26-30

Tahoe Culture Lady JillAre you frustrated with that watercolor painting, but don’t want to give up on the masterpiece underneath?

You’re in luck.  Plein Air artist Lady Jill Mueller will conduct watercolor workshops at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley May 26-30, 2014.

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Poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington at LTCC April 24

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The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series is celebrating National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room with poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington.

These award-winning poets will read from their works, engage the audience with a Q and A, and sign copies of their books. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. read more →

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Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Birds of the Sierra Nevada by Ted Beedy Ed Pandolfino

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, is a beautifully illustrated user-friendly book with the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

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North Tahoe Arts Members Show

MelindaPlumbridge_ViewFromTheTeaHouse_AcrylicBetween April 1 and May 26, the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City will feature works by member local artists.

A “Peoples Choice Award” will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Stop by the Art Center and vote for your favorite artist.

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Artisan’s Market Place in Truckee features Locally Made Gifts and Products

The Artisan’s Market Place located in the Blue Victorian in Brickelltown has returned for an encore this summer.

This unique gallery represents works by 15 local artists and is filled to the brim with gorgeous handmade treasures, and is open daily except Tuesdays.

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Olympic Museum at High Camp

Squaw Valley’s recently renovated Olympic Museum at High Camp is now open to the public and features newly-acquired Olympic memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Games at Squaw Valley, as well as a fresh new look.

The mountain-top Olympic Museum tells the story of the 1960 Winter Games- starting from the very beginning with the Olympic proposal, to photos, videos and memorabilia from the historic Games. read more →

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The Magical Art of Cathy McClelland

Mcclelland Coyote_ReflectionArt has always been her escape, taking her into the realms of her imagination where she creates.

Cathy McClelland has lived and created on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe for many years. Her love for Tahoe is shared with her love for painting Tahoe’s environment, as well as many other magical themes in life.

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Call to Artists: Sunken Treasures Juried Art Show at Tahoe Maritime Museum

ShanghaiThe Tahoe Maritime Museum is proud to partner with Placer Arts and NCArts to host the juried art exhibit, Sunken Treasures, to showcase work by local artists that explores the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe.  Entries are due March 14, 2014.

The art exhibit will coincide with the museum’s history exhibit, Ghost Ships, opening on Memorial Weekend 2014 and running until April 19, 2015.

The photo here is of the Shanghai, a 25-foot 1890s Steam Launch, being recovered from the bottom of Lake Tahoe – just one of our Sunken Treasures.

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works at NMOA March 1-April 27

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Maurice Sendak, Moishe Head from Where the Wild Things Are, 1979.

The Nevada Museum of Art is excited to welcome a fun, celebratory exhibit sure to bring out the kid in everyone. Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Maurice Sendak’s highly acclaimed children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery hosts the comprehensive memorial exhibition March 1 through April 27, 2014.

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Lady Jill Mueller

Lady Jill Washoe Valley 1Becoming one with nature is the main goal and inspiration behind of all of Lady Jill Mueller’s art works.

Since the 1980s, Jill has composed her painting workshops with the eye of the observer on nature; always creating an experience for the viewer to also feel this connection to nature. Lady Jill inspires her students to find their own union with the natural landscape and express this connection through their own work.

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2014 TAL Artists Registry in the Works

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The Artists Registry is the Tahoe Art League’s premier publication featuring artists and advertisers who support the Arts and Tahoe Art League’s many wonderful programs. This full color FREE magazine is published in beautiful soft cover copies and distributed extensively around Lake Tahoe, the Carson Valley, Reno, Placerville, and regional areas. The Artists Registry is given to businesses and local regional and international visitors. All artists are welcome to submit a photo of their work and brief biography.

Application Deadline is March 15. Cost: $50. Must be a current Member of the Tahoe Art League to apply. read more →

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Off the Wall” Art Auction at LTCC March 24-29

Phyllis Shafer The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation present the third annual “Off the Wall” Art Auction.

Pieces created by local artists – including Art Department chair Phyllis Shafer and other LTCC Art Department faculty – will be on display in the Haldan Art Gallery from Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28. 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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Tahoe Pleasures by Nancy Clarke

This sweet painting by South Lake Tahoe artist Nancy Clarke captures summertime at one of her favorite places – the Tahoe Tallac Historic Site which is the stage for the annual Vallhalla Valhalla Arts & Music Festival.

Nancy calls her work Tahoe Pleasures, expressed in her painting shown here.  read more →

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Olympic Hill at Granlibakken. Defining Tahoe Ski Culture since 1922.

1928 Double Tobaggan Slide at Granlibakken C.W. VernonGranlibakken Resort, on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, was once called Olympic Hill, and is known as Lake Tahoe’s oldest ski resort dating back to circa 1922.

Its story is one of historic luster and charm that defines Lake Tahoe’s enduring ski culture, told best by local historian and renowned journalist Robert Frohlich in “Skiing at Olympic Hill: The Story of “a hillside sheltered by fir trees” which follows.  read more →

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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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The Romancing of Tahoe by Paul Bailey

tahoe-skiing-1955 by Paul BaileyHis charming depictions of outdoor activities and use of striking, bold colors will make you fall in love with his vintage Tahoe posters.

Meet Paul Bailey, watercolor painter and designer.

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“Sleigh Rides in Lake Tahoe: Memories of Sam Borges” Dianna Maria de Borges

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For forty years he was able to relive some of his fondest childhood memories of sliding behind the milkman’s sleigh to the sound of bells keeping beat to a horse’s trot back in Massachusetts.

Little did he know in 1969 that he would spend the rest of his life giving sleigh rides at Lake Tahoe; and be the happiest man on earth.

Sam Borges was the beloved patriarch of the Borges Family Sleigh Rides for forty years, a timeless Tahoe tradition and South Shore landmark.

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