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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.

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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Carole Sesko July Open Studio July 21-23

Carole Sesko Red GoldShe’s been busy creating new works in acrylic and mixed media with her signature bold colors and rich textures.

Carole Sesko is having an open studio tour Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 22, 23, and 24, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm, and by appointment.

Visit her renovated 1907 studio in downtown Truckee to see the 2015 collection of paintings and wall sculpture on canvas or wood.

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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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Tahoe Activist Artists Release Call to Action Video

Shelley Hocknell ZentnerThe Tahoe Activist Artists have released “Art & Science in an Age of Unreason,” a video collaboration between award-winning oil painter Shelley Zentner and Anthony Capaiuolo of First Tracks Productions.

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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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Pony Express Re-Ride through South Lake Tahoe

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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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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Osgood Toll House at Historical Society Museum in South Lake Tahoe

Osgood Toll HouseThe oldest standing structure at Lake Tahoe, the Osgood Toll House, was built in the summer of 1859.

Today, Nehemiah Osgood’s Toll House rests at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum in South Shore.

Did you know it played a significant role in the Comstock Lode?

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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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Watercolor Workshop with Lady Jill at Hope Valley June 5-8

Tahoe Culture Lady Jill

In celebrating her 40th Art Anniversary this year, “Lady” Jill Mueller is also celebrating the four decades of love she has for Hope Valley and the surrounding areas.

Mueller will conduct watercolor workshops at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley June 5-8, 2017.

Jill loves to teach others the exciting art of transparent watercolors and she couldn’t think of a better place to do it than Sorensen’s Resort. With this glorious winter, the scenes around the valley promise majestic snow covered peaks and a lush spring like no other.

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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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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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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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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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North Lake Tahoe ARTour Aug 12-13, 2017

Visit artist studios during the free, self-guided ARTour August 12 and 13, 2017. All tours are free.

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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Susan Hartzell Local Photographer

“Nature’s Light” by Tahoe photographer, Susan Hartzell.

Susan focuses on shapes and colors found in nature, and uses only natural light to achieve her stunning results. Photography is her passion. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her images, and her works are featured in several private collections.

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Eccentric Millionaire Builds Enduring Tahoe Legacy

billthelion.jpgThe 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.

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In July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra by Gary Romano

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Bona Fide Books has just released “July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra” by third-generation farmer Gary Romano, owner of Sierra Valley Farms. It’s hard to grow food in Tahoe, but it’s not impossible. Despite the challenging Sierra climate and soil, Romano has successfully grown food on his 65-acre organic farm and shares hard-earned tips in ten essential chapters for home gardeners and those who might like to start a small farm.

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North Tahoe Plein Air Sept 5-10

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 September 5 – 10. 2017.

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.

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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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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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Everyday Life by Randall Stauss

Stauss_ChiefBlackCloudHis paintings often depict the everyday life found at our public beaches, 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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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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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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It’s all about Love in Truckee Feb 17

It's all about Love in TruckeeFor this reading, it is “all about love.  Dark, light, funny, sad. Love stories told in poetry and prose this month at Literary Arts & Wine in Truckee on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 5 – 6 pm.
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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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Lion Heart Show Fundraiser for the CR Johnson Healing Center Feb 3

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 3, 2017, from 4pm 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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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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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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Winter Art Sessions at Kindred in Truckee

Kindred Art and Folk InstituteKindred Art and Folk Institute located in Truckee offers a wide variety of art sessions for all ages using multiple mediums so students are able to experience many different avenues and create new ones together.

Join Kindred for full day art sessions that include a main project, a hike/outdoor activity, cooking and everything creative during winter break Dec 19-29, 2016.

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Blue Angels Ski Club at Heavenly

It 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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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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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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Landscape Paintings by Monika Johnson at IV Library

Monika JohnsonLandscape artist Monika Johnson will have a feature art exhibit at  Incline Village Library during September, with an artist reception on Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30-8pm where Monika will talk about her artwork and what inspires her creativity.

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Monet’s Table for North Tahoe Arts Sept 24

It’s a giant art sale to raise money for the Arts in North Lake Tahoe taking place through the end of September, or until the donated artwork is sold out.

Monet’s Table takes place at noon on Saturday, September 24, in Carnelian Bay.  Get your tickets now!

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Tahoe City Arts and Crafts Festival Aug 26-28

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.

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InnerRhythms of Truckee: Empowering Art and Community

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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.

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Kit Night at Valhalla Aug 12-28

Kit Night Tahoe CultureSouth 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.

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Tahoe Art League’s Artist Studio Tour Aug 5-7

Kelly Cassidy Sculptor Tahoe CultureThe 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.

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Talking Tahoe by Peter Goin

“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.

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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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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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Focused: Photographer Court Leve

court7.JPGHis challenge is capturing “quintessential moments”.

He says it keeps him focused.

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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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Truckee Flintknapping Artist Grog Verbeck

grogcarolelarge1.jpgIt 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.

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Muralist John Holland at Valhalla July 15-25

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 →

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Melissa Coray Peak named after Pioneer Trail Blazer

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.

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Segmented Woodturning Artist: Malcolm Tibbetts

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 →

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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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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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