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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
South Lake Tahoe art exhibits, galleries, events and performances.

Lake Tahoe’s Valhalla Boathouse Theatre Turns Twenty

Tahoe Culture Tallac Historic Site Boat HouseThe historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. The Valhalla Boathouse Theatre is a unique cultural resource in the Tahoe Basin.  Guests sitting in the theatre are treated to a view of the lake like no other, through the floor to ceiling window behind the stage. The interior, preserved with exposed beams and wonderful natural acoustics, is both intimate and grand creating an experience unrivaled in performing arts venues.

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Lake Tahoe Community College Student Art Show May 22-June 17

kurtbuttstadt Tahoe CultureThe culmination of a year’s work adorn the hallways of Lake Tahoe Community College at the annual student art exhibit.

This exhibition will be on display throughout the LTCC campus from May 22 through June 17, 2016.

 

 

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Plein Artist Charles Muench at TAL meeting May 11

Charles Muench Painting Iceberg LakeThe Tahoe Art League presents Charles Muench: “Pack Mules and Plein Air-Exploring the Sierra Backcountry,” an oil painting demonstration by one of the best contemporary Plein Air painters of the west on Wednesday, May 11th at 6 pm at the Senior Center.   The event is free to the public.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Textures of Water Photo Exhibition by Dirk Yuricich June 27-July 16

inlefisherman700h2oPhotographer Dirk Yuricich will hold an exhibition, Textures of Water at his Studio / Gallery on lower Kingsbury Grade June 27 to July 16, 2015.  Yuricich’s photographs center around water: moving water, still water, lakes, oceans, rivers and even puddles from around the world.

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Aspen Lupine and Tahoe Wildflowers by Dirk Yuricich

You may know this special place where the aspen surround an endless field of purple lupine, like sentinels standing guard.

Since wildflowers in Tahoe only last a few weeks, South Lake Tahoe photographer Dirk Yuricich has created an amazing collection of wildflower photographs, including his exclusive Aspen Lupine series.

Lupine can be spotted all over Lake Tahoe right now.

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Markleeville Plein Air Event

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe plein air event has been cancelled because of wildfire.  Pray for our firefighters and our beloved Markleeville, forests and animals.

The annual Markleeville Plein Air event will take place June 24 through June 28, 2015 with artists painting on location throughout Alpine County with Phyllis Shafer as jurist.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Autumn Abundance by Kristen Schwartz

Autumn in Lake Tahoe is magical.

Colorful trees. Golden light. Cold nights. Serenity.

Warm Indian Summer days let us harvest Tahoe’s rich bounty with gusto and gratitude.

It’s time to celebrate the change of seasons before an intense Tahoe winter blankets us.

To mark this special time, South Lake Tahoe illustrator Kristen Schwartz created the Goddess of Autumn Abundance.

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A Trio of Art Exhibits at Lake Tahoe Community College

Tahoe Culture candacenicolArtists and fans of beautiful art have at least three great reasons to visit Lake Tahoe Community College until December 5, 2014.

In the foyer of the Duke Theatre in the Fine Arts building, you’ll find the works of  local artist Amy Hackleman’s “Grey Matter.”  Hackleman teaches photography classes at LTCC.

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Tahoe Art League Outdoor Art Shows

What better place to view art than outside – at Lake Tahoe!  How about finding art by local artists?

Throughout the summer, the Tahoe Art League holds various art shows featuring contemporary and fine art at locations throughout South Lake Tahoe.

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Rock Art by Charles Huckeba Sept 10

Rock Art by Charles HuckabaThe Tahoe art League will present a demonstration by renowned mixed media Rock artist, Charles Huckeba, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s free too.

Charles Huckeba’s artistic re-creations of American Indian rock art are masterpieces in their own right. At once faithfully replicating the ancient images, his modern paintings also succeed in the more difficult task of capturing the spirit of the ancient designs. read more →

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Tahoe Photo Group Spreading its Wings

Local and regional photographers are invited to join the newly established photography group of the Tahoe Art League in South Lake Tahoe.

Besides having fun, you’ll hone your skills with award-winning photographers right in your own backyard.  And, what better backdrop than Lake Tahoe?

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Make Art Your Business: Seminar with Carol Foldvary-Anderson Aug 11

Carol-Foldvary-AndersonHave you ever wondered what it would be like to have an arts business? Making money at what you love to do. Well the first step is having the intent, the mindset to generating an income. Next you need to learn the rules! Take your Art to the next level and have your creative efforts pay off as you grow an Arts Business. Facilitator Carol Foldvary-Anderson is a renowned professional award winning artist/designer, published author/illustrator, and arts educator. A Designer Member of the Crafts and Hobby Association with 25 years making art her business.

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Watercolor Workshops with Teri Sweeney Tuesdays

Watercolor artist Teri Sweeney holds beginning Watercolor classes at the Tahoe Art League Center every Tuesday from 2 pm to 4:30 pm, June 17 to July 8, 2014.

Classes are ongoing and new students are welcome to join in at any time.

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LTCC Art Club Visiting Artist Series Avery Palmer June 20

AveryPalmerThePianistThe Lake Tahoe Community College Art Club welcomes artist Avery Palmer on Friday, June 20 at 6 p.m. in Room F101 in the Fine Arts Building.

Palmer will present a lecture on his artwork, including a slide show, and participate in a demonstration and discussion of his ceramic techniques.

This free event is open to the public, and interested artists from the community are encouraged to attend. read more →

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12th Annual Markleeville Artists Open Studio Tour Oct 5 & 6

Blink and you’ll miss it. Markleeville – only 20 miles from South Lake Tahoe – but a world away, is the home of a small tight-knit community who are the local stewards of the Carson River and the local hot springs, and artists like Charles Muench who captured a quintessential Sierra moment in his painting shown here.

Meet the artists who call Markleeville their home during the 11th Annual Markleeville Artists Open Studio Tour on October 5 and 6, 2013 from 11am to 4pm.

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Fine Art Festival at Heavenly Village June 20-22

Tahoe Culture art eventThe “Heavenly Village Fine Art Festival” will be held in South Lake Tahoe on June 20-22, 2014 featuring original work in all medium of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings, photography, etchings, and sculpture.

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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Thaleia Georgiades Presents at Tahoe Art League June 11 Meeting

Thaleia-paintingMs. Thaleia Georgiades will be the guest artist at the next meeting of the Tahoe Art League. The meeting will be held June 11, 2014 at; 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., So. Lake Tahoe, CA. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Ms. Georgiades will give a personal demonstration of her pastel techniques.

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Watercolor Workshop with Lady Jill at Hope Valley May 26-30

Tahoe Culture Lady JillAre you frustrated with that watercolor painting, but don’t want to give up on the masterpiece underneath?

You’re in luck.  Plein Air artist Lady Jill Mueller will conduct watercolor workshops at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley May 26-30, 2014.

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Lady Jill Mueller

Lady Jill Washoe Valley 1Becoming one with nature is the main goal and inspiration behind of all of Lady Jill Mueller’s art works.

Since the 1980s, Jill has composed her painting workshops with the eye of the observer on nature; always creating an experience for the viewer to also feel this connection to nature. Lady Jill inspires her students to find their own union with the natural landscape and express this connection through their own work.

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Tahoe Pleasures by Nancy Clarke

This sweet painting by South Lake Tahoe artist Nancy Clarke captures summertime at one of her favorite places – the Tahoe Tallac Historic Site which is the stage for the annual Vallhalla Valhalla Arts & Music Festival.

Nancy calls her work Tahoe Pleasures, expressed in her painting shown here.  read more →

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Keep Tahoe Happy

hyacinth_b2.jpgIt’s easy to be grateful living in Tahoe like Hyacinth Faery pictured here.

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Hope Valley Fall Color Workshop Sept 16-20

Autumn Glow Lady JillLady Jill is at it again.

She’ll be painting en plein air (that’s outside) at 7,000 feet at Hope Valley during her five day workshop, September 16-20, based out of Sorensen’s Resort.

Lady Jill’s painting philosophy is based on her love of nature – being there as one, allowing the world to go by. She almost never puts people in her paintings, as she wishes the viewer to be the only one there.

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LTCC’s Haldan Art Gallery Features Hanna Porter and Growden Collection

Hanna Porter at Haldan Art GalleryThe Haldan Art Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College will open selections of artwork from the Hanna Porter and Growdon Family Collections will be displayed in the Haldan Gallery. The show features an array of different mediums, content, and styles from an assortment of national and international artists starting April 18, 2013.

The pieces in these collections have been acquired through a spectrum of strategically planned purchases and serendipitous opportunities.

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Arts Day of Giving April 29 at Apres Wine Co

High Sierra Summer by Bonita PaulisOn April 29, 2013, GiveLocalNow in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and For Arts’ Sake, will host the first ever 24 hour online giving challenge to support the arts in our region.

Check out the South Tahoe Art scene and join the buzz at Après Wine Company to donate in person from 4pm to 7pm. All donors will be entered into a raffle for an Après Wine Tasting for 4, jewelry, gifts and more! Local artist Bonita Paulis will be exhibiting her work and the Tahoe Art League Gallery next door to Après will have an open house to showcase other area artists. read more →

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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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Live Sculpting with Bronze artist June Towill Brown Dec 26 and 27

Wyland Gallery in South Lake Tahoe will host an Artist’s Reception and live sculpting demonstration by international bronze artist June Towill Brown on December 26 and 27 from 2:00 p.m.– 6:00 pm.

Well-known for her work on the new International Gateway to Lake Tahoe, Brown will be creating her new Bear Series which is a spin-off of the life-size showcase Brown Bear that sits within the new Gateway. Some of her more popular Limited Edition sculptures will be on display. In addition, the Gallery will unveil June Towill Brown’s newest artistry with a selection of her new sterling silver Equine Jewelry Collection.

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Art Lessons with Shelley Hocknell Zentner

Paint with a local pro who can help transform your hobby into fine art.  From pencil sketches to watercolors, Shelley Hocknell Zentner can help you brush up on your skills, refine your technique, and help you finish that masterpiece.

Join Shelley on one of her popular one-on-one guided plein air painting lessons in the woods, along the Truckee River or at the beach where she’ll introduce you to her favorite subjects including still life, human form, portraiture, and landscape.

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Tahoe Art League Holiday Boutique

Tahoe-Art-League-Holiday-Sale-by-Julie-ZeidTo make your holiday truly festive and shopping carefree, the Tahoe Art League (TAL) has opened a Christmas Boutique overflowing with unique holiday gifts featuring fine art and crafts made by local artists.

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Holiday Open House at Dirk Yuricich Photography Dec 15-16

Join Dirk and Lisa for a Holiday Open House at their Gallery at the Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe, California on December 15 and 16, 2012, Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate and some holiday treats surrounded by Dirk’s famous images of Lake Tahoe and international destinations. read more →

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