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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.

Kitchen Kids & Pope House Tours at Tallac Historic Site

Tahoe Culture children's garden partyWhile 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 →

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Nat Geo Cover Image by Local Nick Cahill

Cahill-Nick-Dark-Needle-NatGeo Tahoe CultureDark Needle“, a vertical panorama of the night sky above Lake Tahoe by Nick Cahill Class of Sierra Nevada College 2013, is the cover image for the Fall 2015 National Geographic Special Guide to the Night Sky, a Stargazer’s Companion.

Cahill, currently the media director for Force 12 Media, is also an accomplished landscape and music photographer and videographer. He credits the education in digital arts he received at SNC for the skills and motivation he needed to take his work to a professional level.

Way to go Nick!

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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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The Academy of Hay by Julia Shipley 2015 Bona Fide Books Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize Winner

The Academy of Hay Bona Fide BooksJulia Shipley is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Academy of Hay, (Bona Fide Books, 2015) winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, and a long-form lyric essay, Adam’s Mark, (Plowboy Press, 2014), which was selected as a Boston Globe Best New England Books of 2014.

She’s a contributing editor to Yankee, and author of the Vermont Rural Life offering snapshot vignettes of points in the north and a contributing writer for Seven Days, Burlington’s Independent Weekly. Her articles about news and cultural events, book reviews, profiles and episodes of pure quirk can be found here.

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North Lake Tahoe ARTour Sept 4-13

Visit artist studios during the free, self-guided ARTour, taking place two weekends: Sept 4, 5 & 6 and Sept 11, 12 & 13. All tours are free.  Meet the Artist preview exhibit and reception takes place at the North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City on September 3, from 5pm to 7pm.

Participating artists are spread along the shores of Lake Tahoe from Incline Village to Kings Beach, through Tahoe City and out the West Shore. More artists are just a quick drive away in Truckee.

Free printed Tour Guides will be available at many local art galleries and retailers throughout the region, and at North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City. read more →

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Homewood Arts and Crafts Festival Aug 28-30

Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates the third Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival of the summer taking place Friday through Sunday, August 28-30, 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.

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Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues Gary Noy Aug 12

SierraStories405“Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues” is a fantastical journey about unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history.  Written by Sierra Nevada College historian and Sierra Nevada native Gary Noy, some stories are adventurous, some are horrifying, some are inventive, but all are fascinating windows into our history in the breathtaking Range of Light.

Meet Gary at the SLT Library on August 12 at 6pm for a free talk.

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Oil Paintings by Kit Night at Valhalla Aug 7-16

South Lake Tahoe artist Kit Night is jazzing up Valhalla as the featured Artist in residence August 7 to 16, 2015.

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.

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Incline Village Fine Art Festival Aug 14-16

Image by Marta CollingsThe Incline Village Fine Art Festival will be held at Preston Field on August 14-16, 2015.

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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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater hosts Mark Twain Aug 7

Located at Taylor Creek on the west end of the historic Tallac site in South Lake Tahoe is the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. Each summer this quaint outdoor theater hosts educational programs about Tahoe history and the people that shaped it, Tahoe flaura and fauna, and our environment to help give us a sense of place.

Mark your calendar to learn about Mark Twain and his eloquent impressions of Lake Tahoe on August 7, 2015 at 7PM.

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Tahoe Art League’s Free Artist Studio Tour July 31-Aug 2

The annual Tahoe Art League (TAL) Artist Studio Tour takes place July 31, August 1, 2 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

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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TAHOE BLUE FIRE by Todd Borg

TAHOE BLUE FIRE

Author Todd Borg returns with Tahoe Blue Fire, his 13th Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery.

Tahoe Blue Fire is about former pro football player Adam Simms who is suffering Traumatic Brain Injury from his days on the gridiron. When Simms becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders in Tahoe, Detective Owen McKenna can’t tell if Simms is being framed or if he is a diabolical killer who is faking brain injury… He shares his writing techniques and storylines in a very entertaining way.

Meet Todd at these book signings and readings this summer. read more →

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Carole Sesko July Open Studio July 24-26

Carole Sesko Red GoldShe’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 24, 25 and 26, 2015 from 10am to 5pm, and by appointment.

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Nevada’s Last Surviving Fire Lookout at Zephyr Cove

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.

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The Art of Boats – Tahoe Woodies by Rob Retting IV Library

RobRetting_Photography“The Art of Boats – Tahoe Woodies” is a captivating collection of Tahoe’s classic wooden boats from a design perspective by photographer Rob Retting.

His photos are printed on aluminum which makes them all the more unique and the colors pop!

Rob’s new photographs will be on display at the Incline Village Library from July 30 through August 30, 2015 with an artist’s reception on August 6 at 6:30 pm. read more →

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Truckee Open Art Studios Tour July 17-26

Truckee Open Art Studios TourNevada County Arts presents the first annual Truckee Open Art Studios Tour over ten days from July 17 – July 26, 2015.

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.

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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 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 →

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Did you know…Tahoe has One of the Highest Lighthouses 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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Tahoe Maritime History at Tallac Historic Site

“Q” is the nickname of this 1921 classic yacht on display at the Tallac Historic Site. Was she called the “Q” because her name was hard to pronounce, or because it was used by the US Navy in top-secret operations on Lake Tahoe during WWII?

Find out and learn more about the restoration of the Quic chakidn at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.

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Tahoe Landscapes in Oil with David Russo

While he left this physical planet in June 2015 at 90 years young, Dave will forever live as a legend and one of Tahoe’s finest artists who shared his passion of expression through his eloquent paintings, and Tahoe Art League plein air outings.  Russo passed

Out of 300,000 boys, he was selected as the “Boy of the Year” by the Boys Club of America in the late 1940s because of his artistic talents and community service.  At the same time while still in grade school, he also won a scholarship to the San Francisco College of Art where he studied on Saturdays and at night.

Continuing to display his indisputable talents in high school, he became the first recipient of the Stephen David Epstein Memorial Scholarship which made him eligible to study anywhere in the world for one year. He chose to study in Paris. With Picasso.  Meet David Russo of South Lake Tahoe.

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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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Summer Art Workshops at Sierra Nevada College

As an academic community of artists, Sierra Nevada College continues its tradition of offering summer art workshops.

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 through July.

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Textures of Water Photo Exhibition by Dirk Yuricich June 27-July 16

inlefisherman700h2oPhotographer Dirk Yuricich will hold an exhibition, Textures of Water at his Studio / Gallery on lower Kingsbury Grade June 27 to July 16, 2015.  Yuricich’s photographs center around water: moving water, still water, lakes, oceans, rivers and even puddles from around the world.

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Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe by David Antonucci

Did Mark Twain camp in Nevada or California?  Did you know he started a horrendous wildfire at Lake Tahoe when he was Roughing It here in 1861 with his brother Johnny?

Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe by David Antonucci, local historian and author, delves into these rumors along with maps showing where he camped and stayed in the 19th Century hotels.

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North Tahoe Plein Air June 19-21

Plein Air Exhibit at North Tahoe ArtsArtists will be painting en plein air, or in the open air, at local venues as part of the North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open through June 21. 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. A quick draw competition takes place at 9 a.m. on June 18 at Commons Beach followed by a Paint-Out at 9 a.m. on June 19 at Blackwood Canyon.

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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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Aspen Lupine and Tahoe Wildflowers by Dirk Yuricich

You may know this special place where the aspen surround an endless field of purple lupine, like sentinels standing guard.

Since wildflowers in Tahoe only last a few weeks, South Lake Tahoe photographer Dirk Yuricich has created an amazing collection of wildflower photographs, including his exclusive Aspen Lupine series.

Lupine can be spotted all over Lake Tahoe right now.

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Markleeville Plein Air Event

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe plein air event has been cancelled because of wildfire.  Pray for our firefighters and our beloved Markleeville, forests and animals.

The annual Markleeville Plein Air event will take place June 24 through June 28, 2015 with artists painting on location throughout Alpine County with Phyllis Shafer as jurist.

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John C. Fremont’s sighting of Lake Tahoe

On February 14, 1844, John C. Frémont and Charles Preuss, climbed Red Lake Peak at Carson Pass (named after his guide Kit Carson) where they “discovered” Lake Tahoe, about 20 miles to the north.  Known as the Pathfinder, Frémont was an American military officer, explorer, and the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of president of the U.S.  as well as a senator of California in 1850. read more →

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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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Colors by Andy Skaff

His love of the West provides the inspiration for his light-filled, vibrant landscapes which convey the clear sense of strong color and deep contrasts he sees in his subjects.  By painting outdoors in the Sierra Nevada mountains including his home at Lake Tahoe, and high deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, he has developed a deep appreciation for the color and beauty of the western landscape.

Meet Andy Skaff, plein air artist from West Shore.

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Muralist John Holland at Valhalla July 1-7

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 1-7, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm daily during residency weeks to view original artwork, watch the artist at work and even to purchase. read more →

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Elizabeth and Olof Carmel of Truckee

Lake Tahoe Art 2 Elizabeth CarmelThey specialize in unique and expressive landscapes.

Their mesmerizing prints combine dramatic photography, vivid colors, and artistic touches to create new, captivating visions of the natural world.

Meet Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, Truckee based photographers and owners of Carmel Gallery in Truckee.

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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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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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Happy Tahoe!

Kristen Schwartz HyacinthFaeryIn Tahoe and Truckee we have endless reasons to be grateful for a life well lived.

Healthy, hearty, rich lifestyles; abundant freedom; and crystal clear starlit skies and a mesmerizing deep blue lake that enrich the soul.

Here, Hyacinth Faery by South Lake Tahoe illustrator Kristen Schwartz captures the rapture of the season.

What are you grateful for?

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Dat So La Lee Washoe Basket Exhibit at Gatekeeper’s Museum

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.

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Meredith Niles

Meredith Niles is well known for her still life paintings and landscapes. After an illustrious art career at art galleries and museums in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and New York City, Meredith moved to Tahoe Donner full time in 2000 where she fulfills her passion for painting inspired by her surroundings.

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Lake Tahoe Community College Student Art Show May 20-June 16

kurtbuttstadt Tahoe CultureThe culmination of a year’s work will adorn the hallways of Lake Tahoe Community College at the annual student art exhibit.

The opening reception is Sunday, May 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with music, refreshments, and an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. It is free to attend, and all are welcome. This exhibition will be on display throughout the LTCC campus during all open college hours from May 17 through June 19. read more →

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Sugar Pine Foundation Children’s Book

Stellers Jay in Sugar Pine Tahoe CultlureWith colorful and playful illustrations, The Happiest Tree in the Forest tells the story of Lambe, a lonely little sugar pine seedling who grows up to be a very happy tree.

Follow Lambe as he grows from ‘a little seed in a big pine cone’ into the biggest sugar pine in all the forest and meet all of his animal friends along the way. read more →

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Tahoe Rocks by Pamela Hunt Lee

Lee_Balancing-Rock-II_48x36_AcrylicIn her lakefront studio, Pamela creates art work which reflects the natural beauty of the world around her.

With nature as her muse, the Lake Tahoe environment is portrayed in her jewelry, paintings, giclee prints and note cards.

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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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Watson Cabin Tahoe City

watson-cabinThe 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.

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Love of Water Inspires Paintings by Melinda Plumbridge

sand-harbor-rocks-30×40.jpgWater is her fluid canvas.

Her inspiration.

Her connection to Tahoe. Her passion. And what better place to capture the beauty of water and its creative expression on landscapes than Lake Tahoe.

Meet Melinda Plumbridge from Tahoe City.

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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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Childrens book affirms parents’ love by Kate D. Moore

In an effort to help her own three small children cope with change, South Shore preschool teacher, Kate D. Moore, recently published a book to assist other families.

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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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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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North Tahoe Arts 2015 May Exhibits

EXHIBITS_UnniStevens_EagleFalls, WatertotheWorld!_Oil“Infused with Color-3 Placer Area Artists” and “May Miniatures” will be on display at North Tahoe Arts April 28-June 1, 2015. The opening reception will be hosted at North Tahoe Arts on, Friday, May 1 from 5-7p.m. read more →

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Art Physics by Soren Wolff

His art will stop you in your tracks.

He prefers painting with oils and acrylics on canvas in large scale with seamless lines and curves that help him illustrate the mysteries of the hidden dimensions.

Meet Soren Wolff, Truckee fine artist and painter.

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We live in a special place. A place so beautiful it nurtures the soul and creative spirit. A place so breathtaking it inspires conservation. A mountain culture that masters the fine art of living. Welcome to this place we call home. Welcome to Lake Tahoe. Meet the local artists, individuals, businesses and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
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