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 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. read more →
Tahoe City Fine Arts and Crafts Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug 19-21 and Aug 26-28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 30 artists showcasing an assortment of collectible arts and crafts in a variety of media including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography and much more.
Its mission is simple.
Use the power of dance and music to cultivate life skills in our local youth and to inspire an enduring passion for the arts. By offering a wide variety of dance classes and workshops, InnerRhythms Dance Center believes dance and music will help awaken individual and community consciousness one beat at a time.
South Lake Tahoe artist Kit Night is jazzing up Valhalla as the featured Artist in residence August 12 to 28, 2016.
You can ask Kit about her inspiration, watch her paint or just hang out and all that jazz, with Kit of course, from 11am to 4pm daily in the beautiful setting next to the lake.
While the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.
Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch. read more →
The 10th annual Tahoe Art League (TAL) Artist Studio Tour takes place August 5, 6, and 7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
South Lake Tahoe is home to many accomplished artists like Kelly Cassidy 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.
“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.
From the Washoe to the pioneering families of Nathan Gilmore, Lucky Baldwin, and William Price, to the artists, academics, and craftsmen of the early community, Fallen Leaf Lake drew people to its natural beauty who left a legacy in stories, legends, and land.
Including author Janet Beales Kaidantzis, who has released Fallen Leaf, A Lake and Its People 1850-1950. read more →
Author Todd Borg returns with his 14th Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery: Tahoe Dark, an intriguing tale of a young house cleaner whose dreams of going to law school may be destroyed when she’s arrested for murder.
Todd will share his writing techniques, inspirations and story lines in a very entertaining way at the South Lake Tahoe library on August 3rd at 6:30 pm. A book sale and signing will follow at this free event.
“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
His 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.
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 →
“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.
His challenge is capturing “quintessential moments”.
He says it keeps him focused.
What 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 →
Similar to her subjects, Eve Werner creates one-of-a-kind frames for her paintings such as Pinus ponderosa ‘Fireworks’ shown here at her Art Obsession Gallery in the former Llama Ranch location in old town Truckee. Eve makes the frames using bark, needles, and cones that she gathered from under the subject tree.
The imposing stature and brilliant colors of her magnificent model were irresistible to Eve. The tree in her painting shown here, grows near Mammoth Lakes at 8,000′ and is part of her California Arborescence series that explores native California trees.
Without a doubt, she was Tahoe’s greatest artisan. Dat So La Lee is considered one of the greatest basket weavers and designers among the Washoe people.
A fine collection of Dat So La Lee’s work and 900 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from more than 85 tribes nationwide are on display at the Marion Steinbach Indian Museum located inside the Gatekeeper’s Museum.
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.
It requires his complete attention and puts this Truckee artist in a meditative state.
Flintknap art sculptures by Grog Verbeck.
Grog says this ancient, primitive skill is a dying art.
The most unique mural he ever painted was the inside of a 10,000-gallon water tank to look like an old mine shaft. The tank was converted into a wine tasting room. John Holland, has been creating murals for over 30 years.
John will be at the Viking Gallery in the Grand Hall July 15-25, 2016 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm daily during residency weeks to view original artwork, watch the artist at work and even to purchase. read more →
She’s been busy creating new works in acrylic and mixed media with her signature bold colors and rich textures.
Part of the Truckee Open Art Studio Tour, Carole Sesko is having an open studio tour Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 22, 23, and 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm, and by appointment.
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.
The shapes defy the expected. Like a magician, he transforms myriad pieces of wood into a puzzling, seamless works of art.
How did he do that?
Meet Malcolm Tibbetts, segmented woodturning artist from South Lake Tahoe. read more →
Her artwork is constantly evolving, mirroring her life as it transforms with the next stage of discovery and creative expression.
Lately, she has infused deeper textures into her imaginative mixed media pieces, bringing them to life like her 3-D houses and animated guitar paintings that ignite the senses and pull at our heart strings.
Personal yet powerful, Carole’s constructivist art is a reflection of her joyous connection with the magical beauty of her surroundings.
She believes art is a personal journey.
A reflection and recording of what is happening around us.
Meet Sara Zimmerman, graphic designer, web designer, illustrator and painter from Truckee. She’s also a surfer and rock climber.
The paintings of Endre Peter Darvas combine a wonderful versatility with brilliant expressiveness and flawless technical quality. His paintings deal with an ever changing variety of subjects depicted in a distinctive impressionistic style.
Devastatingly, Peter suffered the complete loss of his studio and home to ﬁre including hundreds of paintings and 40 years of irreplaceable personal treasures.
Peter has been helping the community, donating his time and art work to Lake Tahoe service organizations since 1972. Now it is our turn as a community to give back to him through donations.
Shelley decided to make South Lake Tahoe her home not only for the inspirational art scene.
She’s an avid rock climber and athlete.
He has a style all his own.
An extension of his being, Reds Regan’s paintings are free flowing, bold, and expressive. A charismatic style emblematic of Reds’ passion for living and his drive to express it on canvas.
Through his fluid brush strokes and bold multi-layered colors, Reds’ primitive contemporary art is an extension of his innate connection with nature. His unique composition and energetic expression create a poetically simplistic yet boldly relaxed style.
Inspired by her surroundings and world cultures, Kristen Schwartz of South Shore has captured many of Tahoe’s mythical icons and other fantasticals in her illustrations, including this image of Cave Rock Woman.
Cultural mythology and healing customs from around the world play a big part in Kristen’s captivating art work which she calls Faery Medicine.
Her hope is that her illustrations will spark an interest in the vast indigenous wisdom that exists before it disappears completely.
South Lake Tahoe mixed media artist and poet, Yasmin Sayyed, is participating in an international art movement to help bridge Heaven & Earth through art and energy.
Shown here is Yasmin’s painting entitled “Peace be Still; in the Heart of Humanity” which was created in her South Shore studio.
Her art is a lyrical expression of her innate awareness to her surroundings.
Well known by college art students, she is currently featured on Lake Tahoe buses and t-shirts.
Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?
There’s nothing to see – right?
Straddling Angora Ridge road above Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe sits the Angora Fire Lookout.
The original Angora Fire Lookout was built in 1924, and was later converted into a small residence. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the current lookout structure. The garage next to the road was built sometime during the 1940s.
Her attention to detail in her illustrations mimics the master Flemish painters who are her inspiration.
Meet Ali Warren, impressionist from South Lake Tahoe.
Meet Rocky, he’s an American Black Bear who lives in Tahoe. He’s just one of our beloved locals depicted in the juried art exhibit Ursus Among Us on display at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City where visitors can learn about these gentle giants and the history of our black bears.
The Gatekeeper’s Museum is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone needs a day off.
Nevada County Arts presents the second annual Truckee Open Art Studios Tour July 22-24, 2016.
Here’s your chance to experience the evolution of art from creative spark to finished product through demonstration and dialog with some of Truckee’s finest professionals, including several nationally-known painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, and woodworkers. Studios will be open 10am to 5pm daily.
The Incline Village Fine Art Festival will be held at Preston Field on August 13-14, 2016.
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 →
He specializes in sculptures made from reclaimed metal objects, specifically railroad spikes that he masterfully bends to capture motion and movement like this Horse Head.
Meet Patrick Blide, metal sculptor and iron worker from Truckee.
Patrick’s art ranges from small wall hangings and action figures to larger stand alone sculptures several with western themes. He also creates a wide variety of smaller pieces featuring athletic figures like his scuba diver, ice climber and skier. read more →
European-born turned Tahoe local artist, Susie Alexander founded Arts In Wellness in 2012 to bring the idea of art for health and well-being to the Tahoe community and if you’ve flown out of Reno recently, you may have noticed one of her horse murals at the airport as part of the Wild Horse Exhibit.
As an adult Susie rode in horse endurance events for a short time – sometimes up to 100 miles – She continues to use her art to support Wild horse preservation leagues and Wild horse sanctuaries.
It is the last surviving fire lookout in Nevada, and one of three in the Tahoe basin.
The Zephyr Cove Fire Lookout has been meticulously maintained and restored for the last dozen years by its current local landowner.
The Thunderbird Lodge.
Built in 1939, this magnificent estate was designed to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. And, that’s not all.
Don’t miss the Open House on May 16, 2009.
With a style all her own, Aimee Had of Truckee, uses her art to express her values which is emblematic of her tight knit mountain community.
Like the pioneers of expressionism, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Manet, Aimee’s paintings deliberately distort our world in order to obtain an emotional effect that vividly transmits our imagination and mood.
Celebrate the beauty of Lake Tahoe at North Tahoe Arts with free Arts Workshops and Art Talks, programs for kids, 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.
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.
Are 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 June 6-9, 2016.
The historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. The Valhalla Boathouse Theatre is a unique cultural resource in the Tahoe Basin. Guests sitting in the theatre are treated to a view of the lake like no other, through the floor to ceiling window behind the stage. The interior, preserved with exposed beams and wonderful natural acoustics, is both intimate and grand creating an experience unrivaled in performing arts venues.
Artists will be painting en plein air, or in the open air, at local venues as part of the North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open June 13 through June 18, 2016.
Participating artists will gather to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe, and organized Paint-Outs will take place throughout the North Lake Tahoe for artists to gather and paint local landscapes. You may spot artists painting along the lake shore, in scenic valleys or blooming meadows. There are 25 competing artists this year.
The culmination of a year’s work adorn the hallways of Lake Tahoe Community College at the annual student art exhibit.
This exhibition will be on display throughout the LTCC campus from May 22 through June 17, 2016.
The Watson Cabin still stands on the original site where the Robert Montgomery Watson built it in 1909, and remains an outstanding example of turn-of-the-century construction. It is the oldest building in Tahoe City that still sits where it was built, in the heart of Tahoe City, above Commons Beach, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.keep looking »