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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.

Morgan’s Tahoe Full of Fascinating Tales

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“Morgan’s Tahoe” is sort of a memoir, a series of chapters about some of the experiences of the author, Bill Morgan, while he lived and worked in the Lake Tahoe Basin. During the period from the spring of 1965 to the fall of 1989, he was involved in a wide range of endeavors, some of which were of great importance to the political and environmental future of the Basin.

Some of you will come across familiar names, too. Maybe your own.

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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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Spring Art Exhibits at Lake Tahoe Community College

shafer 2016 Tahoe CultureVisit Lake Tahoe Community College and enjoy two new art exhibits featuring photography, paintings and mixed media art celebrate the talents of LTCC’s faculty, staff, and students.  In the Haldan Gallery inside the library building, works created by renowned LTCC faculty and staff will be showcased. Many of the people who make up LTCC’s Art Department are practicing and professional artists in their own right such as Phyllis Shafer and Bryan Yerian.

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North Tahoe Plein Air June 13-18

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 June 13 through June 18, 2016.

Participating artists will gather to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe, and organized Paint-Outs will take place throughout the North Lake Tahoe for artists to gather and paint local landscapes.

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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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Sculpture, Basketry & Black/White Photography at LTCC Library

donnahughes.jpgThe Lake Tahoe Community College is featuring sculptures, basketry adn photography by Tahoe Art League artists Donna Hughes and Barbie Crawford this spring.

Donna Hughes ongoing creativity just keeps growing.  Her exquisite Pine Needle and Horse Hair baskets perched on agate bases are obviously inspired by her rich Native American ancestry.  Also exhibited in a large glass case is her striking sculpture of an African Antelope.
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New Incline Village Gallery Hosts Sculptor Carolyn Guerra April 9

Guerra Stands with a recent incarmation of Rhinoman, with Incline’s Championship course in the background. Photo credit, Eleanor Preger.

Cobalt Artist Studio on Village Blvd. in Incline Village will open their galleries for an evening reception honoring the new exhibition of works by Sculptor Carolyn Guerra on Saturday, April 9, from 4-6pm.

On our left, Guerra Stands with a recent incarnation of Rhinoman, with Incline’s Championship course in the background. Photo credit by Eleanor Preger.

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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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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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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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North Tahoe Arts Members Show

End of the Trail by Mike BondBetween March 29 through May 2, 2016, the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City will feature works by member local artists like the End of the Trail by Mike Bond shown here.

 

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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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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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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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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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Adventurer Photographer Nick Cahill Tahoe Art League March 9 meeting

Skunk-Harbor-Nick CahillThe Tahoe Art League March 9 meeting will feature a presentation by Nick Cahill, Force 12 Media’s video and photo guru.
Nick is an adventure junkie and world traveler with an eye for a great pic. Nick will take us through his photographic journey from the beginning to current. Nick will talk about and why he picked up a camera and the passion that drives him to go and continue creating content.

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Lion Heart Show Fundraiser for the CR Johnson Healing Center March 4

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 March 4, 2016, from 4pm to 8pm.

The show will feature local artists using 10”x10” 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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FREE Open Studio Silk Painting Classes on Tuesdays at TAL

The South Lake Tahoe art scene is thriving.  So much so that the Tahoe Art League (TAL) opened a new gallery in the middle of town to feature our top visual artists and to hold workshops for the community.

The popular free silk art open studio sessions are held every Tuesday at the Senior Center on Hwy 50 from 10:30 am to 1pm.

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Research & Desire Art Show at LTCC Jan 14

Research & DesireOpening Thursday, January 14, 5-7 pm, in the Haldan Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College is an exhibition titled, “Research & Desire: Recent Videos and Paintings by Cynthia Hooper”. This is a fascinating show of work that focuses on environmental and social issues in a most poetic and poignant way. Cynthia Hooper, Professor of Art at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA, will be at the opening reception and will give a brief talk in the gallery at 5:30pm. It is free and open to the public.

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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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Contemporary art by Oling-Greenard Dec 3

COLLAGE MULTI ARTContemporary art by Stateline resident Oling-Greenard will be on display at The Hair and Nail Studio on Kingsbury Grade this December with a reception on Thursday, December 3  from 5 pm to 7 pm.

The exhibit shows her latest body of work that is inspired by local people and places including still lifes in paintings, collages and photographs. The love of nature and the joy of life and art are shared in a personal and evolving style. The Tahoe experience is forever a favorite subject matter, though traveling the world is another much loved activity.

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Carole Sesko Open Art Studio Sale Nov 28-29

Sesko_heart_boxCarole Sesko, contemporary artist from Truckee, is holding an open art studio and sale Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration at North Tahoe Arts Nov 2-Jan 4

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 Nov 2 through January 4, 2016.

Don’t miss Kids Art Saturday and Sip and Shop on Dec 5, starting at noon where the kids can create an ornament and you’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts.  Meet the artists at the Sip & Shop Dec. 5, 12-4pm. NTA members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

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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TAP Holiday Festival Nov 14-15

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is holding a Holiday Festival on November 14 and November 15, 2015 at the South Tahoe Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.

The Festival fundraiser will include arts and crafts booths, face painting with Gina,  a visit from Santa, raffle prizes and fun ways to raise money for TAP.

This is a free family event and a great opportunity to find local art.  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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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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South Lake Tahoe author discusses Costa Rica surf book

The-Battle-For-Paradise-by-Jeremy-EvansSouth Lake Tahoe author Jeremy Evans sheds light during his visit to Pavones, a Costa Rican town known for surfing and fishing.

What he found was a modern David and Goliath story.

Tahoe rarely has this narrative, which makes us all understand that Respect of each others interaction with Nature and our interconnected way of life is intimate and matters.

Read Jeremy’s book and reflect on our own Battle for Paradise.

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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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Heart Visions by Yasmin Sayyed

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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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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A Trio of Artist Opening Receptions at LTCC Oct 1

YuJiThe community is invited to Lake Tahoe Community College to enjoy three new art exhibits this Fall. Free artist receptions for all three exhibits will be held simultaneously on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., offering an opportunity to meet the artists, see their works up close, and enjoy light refreshments with fellow art lovers.

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Calligraphy with Carol Foldvary-Anderson Oct 3

Carol Foldvary-AndersonJoin local Professional Artist/Calligrapher Carol Foldvary-Anderson for a Calligraphy workshop on October 3, 2015 from 9am to 1pm at the Lake Tahoe Community College.  Carol will offer the workshop of Calligraphy-The Letterary Arts, which she actually began over 25 years ago in the Motel, on Hwy 50, that once was the Lake Tahoe Community College campus.

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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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“Bodie-Points of View” by Les Allert at SLT Library

Les Allert 2014 Bodie photo“Bodie-Points of View,” A View Camera Portfolio by Les Allert will be on exhibit in the El Dorado County Library located in South Lake Tahoe September 13 through November 3, 2015.

Bodie State Historic Park in California is a popular destination for photographers from all over the world. It is perhaps the best preserved ghost town of the 19th century. The photographic subjects are endless.

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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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Mixed Media Artist Egon Klementi

Photographer, painter and sculptor, meet Egon Klementi of South Lake Tahoe.

Egon’s art education is extensive and includes studies at the Ecole De Design De Paris, Lake Tahoe Community College, and private classes with well known artists in Europe and the United States. A respected framer, Egon graduated from Paul Frederick’s Picture Framers Academy in San Francisco and worked in the bay area and North Lake Tahoe as a framer.

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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 11-14

Visit artist studios during the free, self-guided ARTour Sept 11th through 14th. 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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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

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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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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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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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