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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.

Mothering Peace by Yasmin Sayyed

breaths-yasmin-sayyed“Everyday is an opportunity to walk in honour, dignity and interpersonal decency.”  Dr. Yasmin A. Sayyed, poet and mixed media artist.

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An exploration of dualities by Sara Smith

sarasmith.JPGHer work looks at inner and outer experiences, public and private, heart and mind, what we choose to share and unwittingly reveal.

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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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Tahoe Maritime Museum

The Tahoe Maritime Museum invites you to share your passion for preserving our maritime history and Tahoe’s unique cultural heritage.

Besides maritime history and activities for kids like the inside boat simulator, you’ll find nautical and landlubber outings and unique items herein Tahoe City.

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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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Primitive Contemporary Art by Reds Regan

Reds Regan Rain_DanceHe 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.

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Fantastical Illustrations by Kristen Schwartz

Cave Rock Woman Kristen SchwartzInspired by her surroundings and world cultures, Kristen Schwartz of South Shore has captured many of Tahoe’s mythical icons and other fantasticals in her illustra tions, 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.

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Connecting Heaven and Earth by Yasmin Sayyed

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.

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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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LTCC Art Gallery Director & Landscape Artist, Phyllis Shafer

monitors.jpgHer 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.

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Patrick Blide Metal Sculptor

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 →

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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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Pottery and Paintings by Lynn Woodward

Lynn Woodward has lived in South Lake Tahoe for more than 20 years, where she enjoys the good life.

For Lynn that means skiing, sailing, painting, making pottery and teaching others.

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Fallen Leaf Lake: A Lake and its People 1850–1950 by Janet Kaidantzis

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 →

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Blending Local Artists and Modern Masters: Keoki Flagg

selfportrait_pygmychief.jpgWhen you find yourself at Squaw, stop by Gallery Keoki.

You’ll be glad you did.

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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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Churnhill Glass

Inside her mountain studio on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Laura Churn Hill is obsessed with glass.

Using the lampwork method, Laura melts rods of colored glass in the flame of a torch to create her one-of-a-kind intricate glass masterpieces, including her Tahoe landscape ornaments and beads.

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Tahoe’s Cultural Heritage in Ink at Gatekeeper’s Museum Bookstore

This place is a treasure trove of Tahoe’s cultural heritage.

In addition to the largest collection of Washoe Indian baskets in the west, the Gatekeeper’s and Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum Store carries several historical books written by local authors.

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The Fine Art of Living by Lynn Woodward

She has definitely mastered the fine art of living in Tahoe.

Lynn Woodward has lived in South Shore since 1999, where she enjoys the good life. For Lynn that means skiing, sailing (year round in the SF Bay Area when she’s not skiing), painting, making pottery and teaching others.

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Get the Word Out with Tahoe Writers Works

Tahoe Writers WorksSo you have something to say?

Join the club. Tahoe Writers Works that is.  If you’re addicted to writing, the TWW is your fix. Tahoe Writers Works is a group of writers, poets and other individuals who host writing workshops throughout the year. Both beginning and established writers are welcome. There is no obligation other than an exceptional love of the written word. read more →

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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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Arborescence Obsession with Eve Werner

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.

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Blue Angels Ski Club at Heavenly

Blue-Angels-Snack-HausIt was Heavenly’s first alpine ski racing club dating back to 1957.

Today, it’s been reincarnated as the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation. The Blue Angels Ski Club.

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Field Seminars & Photo Tours with Jon Paul

If pictures speak louder than words, his photographs can change the world.

Jon Paul uses his photography to open our eyes and hearts to the importance of the environment in our daily lives. Through his amazing photography, Jon, a full time landscape and wildlife photographer, focuses on capturing the intimacy of the quiet places that surround us. Jon also conducts private individual and small group field seminars for photographers of all ability levels.

Sign up for Jon’s Fall in the Grand Tetons Photography Workshop and Tour September 27-30, 2012.

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Pony Express Re-Ride through South Lake Tahoe June

The Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, will pass through South Lake Tahoe in front of Harrah’s at Friday’s Station to exchange the Mochila in June – check back for the exact date and time.

Since the time may vary based on the full moon, riders and horses, click here for updates.

The annual re-ride is a 10-day, 24-hour per day, non-stop event with 500 riders and horses riding the 1,966 mile route. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation, even surpassing the famed Iditarod. read more →

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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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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 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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Contemporary Art by Carole Sesko

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.

Meet Carole Sesko, contemporary artist from Truckee.  read more →

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The 1960 Winter Olympics by David C. Antonucci

1960 Winter Olympics by David AntonucciThe 1960 Olympic Winter Games were a long-shot effort that succeeded beyond the wildest expectations. Working in a sparsely populated valley in the Sierra Nevada with only rudimentary facilities, organizers created a world-class Olympic site in four short years. For the only time in Olympic history, the venues and athlete residence halls were located in a compact, intimate setting that encouraged sportsmanship and interaction between athletes.

Images of Sports: The 1960 Winter Olympics by David C. Antonucci showcases the highlights of the games through vintage images. read more →

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Tahoe’s Boating Heritage Featured on Collector’s Stamps

The passion of stamp collectors and wooden boat aficionados have intersected to mark the important role in the nautical history of Tahoe’s classic craft and promotion of the restoration and preservation of vintage wooden watercraft at the highest level,

Tahoe’s iconic boating heritage is captured on US Postal Service collector stamps.

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Did you know…Lake Tahoe has an Underwater State Park?

Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?

There’s nothing to see – right?

Wrong.

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Lion Heart Show Fundraiser for the CR Johnson Healing Center

In honor of Truckee local CR Johnson shown here in his handmade jacket, Riverside Studios is holding the 7th annual Lion Heart Show to raise money for the CR Johnson Healing Center on February 2, 2018, from 5pm to 8pm.

The show will feature local artists using 12″ x 12” panels of wood to create masterpieces in any medium. Each piece will be available for purchase for $100.00 per panel on a first come first serve basis. A percentage of sales will go to the CR Johnson Healing 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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Sierra Light by Bonita Paulis

bonita-paulis-end-of-dayShe works with soft pastels to capture the subtle mood of our Sierra landscapes.

Her refined study of nature’s textures and skillful compositions accurately depict the changing quality of light cast upon Lake Tahoe, from the crisp light of early morning, to the crescendo of an evening alpenglow, to the saturated glow of autumn.

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Egg Painting Workshops with Cathee vanRossem-St.Clair

Here’s an opportunity to have an amazing experience with Cathee vanRossem-St. Clair (the egg lady) who has created the Egg Compassion Painting Project.

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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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Textile Artist Paula Chung

Aging Iris III by Paula ChungHer gardens inspire much of her art, even in the midst of enchanting Tahoe winter.

With nature as her pattern and fabric her pallet, she creates award-winning, luminous garden quilts in South Lake Tahoe.

Meet Paula Chung, textile artist.

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The History of the Stateline and Casino Corridor

Harrahs statelineclub1933Lake Tahoe’s casinos date back to the 1920’s when Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin built the “Greatest Casino in America”. But, Lucky’s casino was built on the California Side at the Tallac Resort in South Lake Tahoe which was a popular hangout for the nouveau rich from San Francisco, Sacramento and Virginia City.

You can still see the concrete foundation today.

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1960 Olympic Winter Games Museum

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

It was the beginning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games and many notable events and achievements like Carol Heiss pictured here who won a Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating.

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Carole Sesko Open Art Studio November

Sesko_heart_boxJust in time for the holiday season, Carole Sesko, contemporary artist from Truckee, holds her bi-annual open art studio and sale at the end of November.

You’ll find functional art, mixed media, and new contemporary paintings

This year, give something meaningful from the heart, from a local artist.

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Tahoe Tales by Don Lane

“Tahoe Tales of Bygone Days and Memorable Pioneers,” by Don Lane, USFS recreation supervisor at the LTBMU, is a compilation of Lane’s long running radio broadcasts which aired in the South Shore starting in the mid-1980s.

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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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Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration at North Tahoe Arts

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 through January.

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

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“Tahoe Avalanche” and other Tahoe Mysteries by Todd Borg

A classic whodunit mystery thriller written by South Shore author, Todd Borg, perfect for the winter.

Tahoe Avalanche.

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Building the Lincoln Highway by Dr. David Borges

The Lincoln Highway by M WallisDr. David Borges, local historian and history instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College, presents the amazing story of the building of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway in the nation which passed through South Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
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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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Rising from the Fire at High Vibe

Tahoe Culture Tahoe Activist ArtistsJoin the Tahoe Activist Artists at the High Vibe Society Artisan Collective with artists from a variety of disciplines have been collaborating for months on work that aims to stimulate and empower and promote discussion.  read more →
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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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Ceramic Sculptures by Jesse Martin

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“Good sculpture is always a struggle and that makes it worth the making.” states sculptor Jesse Martin from Truckee.

Jesse has been creating ceramic sculpture and functional pottery for over twenty years.

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Muralist John Holland

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.
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