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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.

TINS Fundraiser with Art and Wine June 28

TINSA fundraiser for Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences at the Bolam Gallery in Truckee on Sunday, June 28, 4-7 pm will feature three California wines, tasty appetizers, and the opportunity to meet Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker, husband and wife and owners of the Bolam Gallery.

Andrew has created a specific painting for the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to TINS.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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January Fab ’n’ Funky Art Sale at North Tahoe Arts

KristenAnderson_Grazing_AcrylicNorth Tahoe Arts presents its annual Fab ’n’ Funky art clearance sale during January.  Featured ARTisan Shop artists are clearing out their inventories offering a wide variety of arts and crafts at deeply discounted prices. Works on sale include original paintings, pastels, watercolors and photography, framed prints, jewelry, pottery, glassware and more! Come on down to North Tahoe Arts and see what fabulous and funky bargains you can find.

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2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize Winner: Julia Shipley

Julia Shipley Melissa Lanitis Gregory 2014 winner Tahoe CultureCongratulations, Julia Shipley!

Shipley has won the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize for her collection The Academy of Hay, to be published by Bona Fide Books in 2015. The annual poetry prize is sponsored by Kim Wyatt, owner of Bona Fide Books in Meyers, and dear friend of Melissa.

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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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Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration at North Tahoe Arts Tahoe City thru Jan 5

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 November 4, 2014 through January 5, 2015.

North Tahoe Arts offers an ARTisan Shop and two galleries filled with wonderful fine art and handcrafted work perfect for your holiday gift giving.

The North Tahoe Arts ARTisan Shop features original work by 20 local artists. Located in the heart of Tahoe City, by the Commons Beach driveway next to the fire station, the ARTisan Shop is a treasure trove of unique handmade pottery, glassware, jewelry, fine art, photography and more!

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“Snowball’s Chance” by David Antonucci

carol-heiss olympianOn Thursday, February 18, 1960, under storm-threatening skies, the greatest winter athletes in the world gathered in Squaw Valley.

“Snowball’s Chance: The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley & Lake Tahoe”, by David C. Antonucci is a complete account of the preparations, pageantry, ceremonies, competition and epilogues of the historic VIII Olympic Winter Games.

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What is Art?

170px-stick_figuresvg.pngDating back to Aristotle and the Romans, people have always tried to define art.

It can get very complicated.

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1960 Olympic Winter Games Museum

On Thursday, February 18, 1960, under storm-threatening skies, the greatest winter athletes in the world gathered in Squaw Valley.

It was the beginning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games and many notable events and achievements like Carol Heiss pictured here who won a Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating.

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The Writing Gourmet, Cal Orey

cal-oreyLocal health author, Cal Orey, has launched an edgy food-related blog that stands out with a dash of fresh attitude.

The internationally acclaimed author comes out of the pantry and admits, “I hate to cook.” But she practices what she preaches, “I eat to live and do not live to eat”. It’s her secret to staying healthy and lean while savoring fine food.

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Did you know…Kirkwood has a Cookbook?

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Kirkwood is well known for skiing.

And for its local dishes?

You be the judge.

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Poetry, Prose Submissions Sought for LTCC Literary Journal by Dec 1

IMG_2077Lake Tahoe Community College seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for its 25th annual edition of The Kokanee literary journal.

To have work published, writers must be current LTCC students, faculty, or staff, or an alumni who has taken at least one class at LTCC.

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TAP Holiday Festival Nov 15-16

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is holding a Holiday Festival on November 15 and November 16, 2014 at the South Tahoe Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.

The Festival fundraiser will include 30 arts and crafts booths, face painting with Gina, Marcia Sarosik Dancers, 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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Tahoe Ghost Ships at Tahoe Maritime Museum

SS Tahoe Tahoe Ghost Ships at Tahoe Maritime MuseumDiscover the treasures lost beneath the surface of Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Maritime Museum during “Ghost Ships,” a new exhibit featuring boats that sank in Lake Tahoe. Using oral history, underwater footage and found artifacts, “Ghost Ships” pieces together the history of boating on Lake Tahoe.

The exhibit features a combination of salvaged vessels, video and historical documents to explore the stories of select boats and question the social and legal issues pertaining to salvaging vessels along with the impact of public interaction with underwater historic sites.

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Land Lines by Charli Beck Nov 1 at Bona Fide Books HQ

Charli Beck at Bona Fide BooksCelebrate the opening of artist Charli Beck’s new collection Land Lines on Nov. 1 from 6-8pm at Bona Fide Books with light refreshments.

Beck synthesizes landscape art and abstraction in a new way through mixed media mountain portraiture on wood panels.

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Regal Rooster Art by Nancy Abicht

Nancy Abicht Regal RoostersHer subjects like to strut their stuff.

Roosters by local watercolorist Nancy Abicht is a delightful international parade of bold roosters captured with magnificent light and detail, made in Tahoe of all places.

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Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time book by Tim Hauserman at Library Dec 20

Tim Hauserman SLT Library (Medium)Friends of the Library are excited to present,​ Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time, a children’s book about the natural history of Lake Tahoe by Tim Hauserman.

With colorful and dramatic illustrations the book tells the story of Gertrude, a Tahoe girl who meets a magic maiden who takes her on a fast motion adventure through the history of Lake Tahoe. They watch glaciers march, volcanoes erupt and exotic animals graze while becoming forever friends.

Hauserman will read and sign copies of Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time on December 20th, starting at 10:30 AM.

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