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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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.

Meet Gary the farmer September 30 in Truckee, and buy a signed copy of the book, or order today online.

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Peter Goin at Tahoe Art League Sept 14 Meeting

The Tahoe Art League September 14th meeting will feature photographer Peter Goin at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center starting at 6pm.  It’s free!

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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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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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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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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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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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Tahoe Dark Presentation by Todd Borg Aug 3

Tahoe Dark by Todd Borg Tahoe CultureAuthor Todd Borg returns with his 14th Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery: Tahoe Dark, an intriguing tale of a young house cleaner whose dreams of going to law school may be destroyed when she’s arrested for murder.

Todd will share his writing techniques, inspirations and story lines in a very entertaining way at the South Lake Tahoe library on August 3rd at 6:30 pm. A book sale and signing will follow at this free event.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carole Sesko July Open Studio July 22-24

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 22, 23, and 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm, and by appointment.

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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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Life’s Movement by Sara Zimmerman

mytruckee_lg.jpgShe believes art is a personal journey.

A reflection and recording of what is happening around us.

Meet Sara Zimmerman, graphic designer, web designer, illustrator and painter from Truckee.  She’s also a surfer and rock climber.

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Peter Darvas: Lake Tahoe’s Superlative Painter

The paintings of Endre Peter Darvas combine a wonderful versatility with brilliant expressiveness and flawless technical quality. His paintings deal with an ever changing variety of subjects depicted in a distinctive impressionistic style.

Devastatingly, Peter suffered the complete loss of his studio and home to fire including hundreds of paintings and 40 years of irreplaceable personal treasures.

Peter has been helping the community, donating his time and art work to Lake Tahoe service organizations since 1972. Now it is our turn as a community to give back to him through donations.

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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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Primitive Contemporary Art by Reds Regan

Reds Regan Rain_DanceHe has a style all his own.

An extension of his being, Reds Regan’s paintings are free flowing, bold, and expressive.  A charismatic style emblematic of Reds’ passion for living and his drive to express it on canvas.

Through his fluid brush strokes and bold multi-layered colors, Reds’ primitive contemporary art is an extension of his innate connection with nature. His unique composition and energetic expression create a poetically simplistic yet boldly relaxed style.

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Fantastical Illustrations by Kristen Schwartz

Kristen Schwartz Cave Rock WomanInspired by her surroundings and world cultures, Kristen Schwartz of South Shore has captured many of Tahoe’s mythical icons and other fantasticals in her illustrations, including this image of Cave Rock Woman.

Cultural mythology and healing customs from around the world play a big part in Kristen’s captivating art work which she calls Faery Medicine.

Her hope is that her illustrations will spark an interest in the vast indigenous wisdom that exists before it disappears completely.

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Connecting Heaven and Earth by Yasmin Sayyed

South Lake Tahoe mixed media artist and poet, Yasmin Sayyed, is participating in an international art movement to help bridge Heaven & Earth through art and energy.

Shown here is Yasmin’s painting entitled “Peace be Still; in the Heart of Humanity” which was created in her South Shore studio.

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LTCC Art Gallery Director & Landscape Artist, Phyllis Shafer

monitors.jpgHer art is a lyrical expression of her innate awareness to her surroundings.

Well known by college art students, she is currently featured on Lake Tahoe buses and t-shirts.

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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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Angora Fire Lookout Elevation 7,256 ft.

Straddling Angora Ridge road above Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe sits the Angora Fire Lookout.

The original Angora Fire Lookout was built in 1924, and was later converted into a small residence.  In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the current lookout structure. The garage next to the road was built sometime during the 1940s.

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Capturing the Human Condition by Ali Warren

Her attention to detail in her illustrations mimics the master Flemish painters who are her inspiration.

Meet Ali Warren, impressionist from South Lake Tahoe.

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Ursus Among Us Black Bear Art Exhibit in Tahoe City

Meet Rocky, he’s an American Black Bear who lives in Tahoe.  He’s just one of our beloved locals depicted in the juried art exhibit Ursus Among Us on display at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City where visitors can learn about these gentle giants and the history of our black bears.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Everyone needs a day off.

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Truckee Open Art Studios Tour July 22-24

Truckee Open Art Studio TourNevada County Arts presents the second annual Truckee Open Art Studios Tour July 22-24, 2016.

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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Incline Village Fine Art Festival Aug 13-14

Tahoe Black Bear Tahoe CultureThe Incline Village Fine Art Festival will be held at Preston Field on August 13-14, 2016.

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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Patrick Blide Metal Sculptor

He specializes in sculptures made from reclaimed metal objects, specifically railroad spikes that he masterfully bends to capture motion and movement like this Horse Head.

Meet Patrick Blide, metal sculptor and iron worker from Truckee.

Patrick’s art ranges from small wall hangings and action figures to larger stand alone sculptures several with western themes. He also creates a wide variety of smaller pieces featuring athletic figures like his scuba diver, ice climber and skier. read more →

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Truckee’s van Gogh: Artist Susie Alexander

Susie AlexanderEuropean-born turned Tahoe local artist, Susie Alexander founded Arts In Wellness in 2012 to bring the idea of art for health and well-being to the Tahoe community and if you’ve flown out of Reno recently, you may have noticed one of her horse murals at the airport as part of the Wild Horse Exhibit.

As an adult Susie rode in horse endurance events for a short time – sometimes up to 100 miles – She continues to use her art to support Wild horse preservation leagues and Wild horse sanctuaries.

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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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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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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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