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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.

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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Tahoe Art League’s Free Artist Studio Tour July 24-Aug 2

The annual Tahoe Art League (TAL) Artist Studio Tour takes place over two weekends – July 24, 25, 26 & July 31, August 1, 2 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 10:00AM – 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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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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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. 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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First Fridays at Riverside Studios July 3

Peter Buchan

Riverside Studios will showcase new works and a live demonstration from ‘chopstick drip painter’ Peter Buchan this First Friday July 3rd, 5pm – 8 pm providing guests with an opportunity to experience this innovative art form which took Pete 11 years to develop.

Using the unconventional approach of painting perpendicular to the canvas the artist harnesses the power of gravity to drip industrial enamel paint from chopsticks. The artist creates only originals — no prints, copies or giclees!  Live demonstrations at 6 pm and 7 pm. read more →

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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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Truckee Open Art Studios Tour July 17-26, 2015

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 open from 10am to 5pm daily.

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

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. read more →

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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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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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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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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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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.

Raised in Chicago, Garza is a longtime art lover who began studying with Phyllis Shafer and Dave Russo at Lake Tahoe Community College when she moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2004.

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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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Fannies, Trout and Culture at 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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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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Poems released by South Shore Writer

frontcoversm.jpgNothing to You.

An arresting collection of poems by Suzanne Roberts from South Shore.

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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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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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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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