“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
His 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.
His challenge is capturing “quintessential moments”.
He says it keeps him focused.
What 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 →
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.
It 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.
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 →
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 →
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.
She 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.
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.
Shelley decided to make South Lake Tahoe her home not only for the inspirational art scene.
She’s an avid rock climber and athlete.
He 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.
Inspired 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.
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.
Her 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.
Her attention to detail in her illustrations mimics the master Flemish painters who are her inspiration.
Meet Ali Warren, impressionist from South Lake Tahoe.
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 →
European-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.
With a style all her own, Aimee Had of Truckee, uses her art to express her values which is emblematic of her tight knit mountain community.
Like the pioneers of expressionism, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Manet, Aimee’s paintings deliberately distort our world in order to obtain an emotional effect that vividly transmits our imagination and mood.
Art has always been her escape, taking her into the realms of her imagination where she creates.
Cathy McClelland has lived and created on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe for many years. Her love for Tahoe is shared with her love for painting Tahoe’s environment, as well as many other magical themes in life.
“Dark 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!
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.
While he left this physical planet in June 2015 at 90 years young, Dave will forever live as a legend and one of Tahoe’s finest artists who shared his passion of expression through his eloquent paintings, and Tahoe Art League plein air outings. Russo passed
Out of 300,000 boys, he was selected as the “Boy of the Year” by the Boys Club of America in the late 1940s because of his artistic talents and community service. At the same time while still in grade school, he also won a scholarship to the San Francisco College of Art where he studied on Saturdays and at night.
Continuing to display his indisputable talents in high school, he became the first recipient of the Stephen David Epstein Memorial Scholarship which made him eligible to study anywhere in the world for one year. He chose to study in Paris. With Picasso. Meet David Russo of South Lake Tahoe.
They specialize in unique and expressive landscapes.
Their mesmerizing prints combine dramatic photography, vivid colors, and artistic touches to create new, captivating visions of the natural world.
Meet Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, Truckee based photographers and owners of Carmel Gallery in Truckee.
She 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.
Meet Bonita Paulis, landscape artist from South Lake Tahoe. read more →
Meredith Niles is well known for her still life paintings and landscapes. After an illustrious art career at art galleries and museums in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and New York City, Meredith moved to Tahoe Donner full time in 2000 where she fulfills her passion for painting inspired by her surroundings.
In 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.
Water is her fluid canvas.
Her connection to Tahoe. Her passion. And what better place to capture the beauty of water and its creative expression on landscapes than Lake Tahoe.
Meet Melinda Plumbridge from Tahoe City.
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.
Her 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.
Nature 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.
Congratulations, 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.
Her 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.
With all of her senses engaged, she creates watercolors that capture her love affair with Lake Tahoe and nature.
Meet Joyce Major, Incline Village water colorist. Joyce combines her passion for the outdoors with an equal passion for creating art.
Like many local artists, she draws her artistic inspiration from being here at Lake Tahoe where she snowshoes, skis, hikes and kayaks. Her backcountry landscape photography has also inspired her watercolor paintings.
Phyllis Shafer’s “Beneath One Sky” exhibition of new paintings catalogs her observations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe.
Escorted into remote spots in the Sierra Mountains with the aid of pack mules and knowledgeable friends to guide her, Shafer had only one requirement. She was not allowed to title any paintings with the exact location of these special spots.
See if you can figure out these hidden gems by viewing “Beneath One Sky,” the preamble to the Nevada Museum of Art’s (NMA) February 2014 exhibition for Shafer. read more →
She has definitely mastered the fine art of living in Tahoe.
Lynn Woodward has lived in South Shore since 1999, where she enjoys the good life. For Lynn that means skiing, sailing (year round in the SF Bay Area when she’s not skiing), painting, making pottery and teaching others.
Here’s one for the birds. After 30 years, this Truckee local is back home and has brought a little something with him, amazing talent. Greg Zirbel, artist and owner of NeatTweets has taken his Tahoe Truckee High School woodshop skills, mixed them with his love of art, nature and a little historical lumber and turns out the most beautiful birdhouses you’ve ever seen.
Not just birdhouses, historical landmark replicas are his specialty. These functional master pieces are not just birdhouses, but function as feeders as well. Each one has a story of its own and are well documented which really adds to there appeal. read more →
South Lake Tahoe celtic harpist Ann Roos began playing the Celtic Harp in 1983. Her performance career started with Renaissance fairs, and she quickly became a favored soloist for many other types of events.
Her concert performances attract international acclaim—Anne’s music has been featured on United Airlines Inflight Music Service.
“Acceptance of Transition” painted by North Lake Tahoe artist Cathy McClelland, is the image featured on the Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture collectible sticker #6.
Cathy’s depiction of a Tahoe bear standing in an aspen grove of cascading leaves is playfully symbolic of our shared acceptance of this magical season of change with our bears and wildlife. The painting speaks to the healing power of Bear, and the peace that comes from acceptance.
Only 1,000 of the collectible stickers are available at shops listed here. read more →
Award-winning local wildlife photographer, Jim Stamates, recently captured a momma bear and her 2 cubs in the moment.
It’s like she knew who to go see for the perfect family album.
Her gardens inspire much of her art, even in the midst of enchanting Tahoe winter.
With nature as her pattern and fabric her pallet, she creates award-winning, luminous garden quilts in South Lake Tahoe.
Meet Paula Chung, textile artist.
Vikingsholm Castle. Ehrman Mansion. Thunderbird Lodge. Watson’s Cabin. Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower? In Lake Tahoe?
Just ask Dirk Yuricich, South Shore photographer and world traveler.
If pictures speak louder than words, his photographs can change the world.
Jon Paul uses his photography to open our eyes and hearts to the importance of the environment in our daily lives. Through his amazing photography, Jon, a full time landscape and wildlife photographer, focuses on capturing the intimacy of the quiet places that surround us. Jon also conducts private individual and small group field seminars for photographers of all ability levels.
Sign up for Jon’s Fall in the Grand Tetons Photography Workshop and Tour September 27-30, 2012.
Jan Foss of Incline Village passed away in late July 2012. She was an extremely talented painter who held several watercolor classes year-round, even more in her later years. She was in love with Lake Tahoe, and her students and life. Lake Tahoe is blessed to have our angel Jan grace our presence. ♥
When Jan opened her studio nine years ago, it was a dream come true. Now she’s sharing her dream and techniques for capturing the softness and delicacies of nature.
Jan’s dimension of paintings are vast like her gratitude for living in Lake Tahoe and her artistic talent. Primarily known as a wild flower artist, Jan also paints landscapes, clouds and angels. Yes, she has been painting people’s personal angels for years.
When you find yourself at Squaw, stop by Gallery Keoki.
You’ll be glad you did.
Funny how ideas come to light. Literally.
As an artist herself, she wanted to create a way for everyone to afford emerging artists’ work without having to find space on the wall, or pay for framing. So she started putting art onto light switch plate covers. First her own art, and then other artists.
Meet Kristen Anderson from Truckee.
She’s added a new twist to photography and art.
Meet Lainie Vreeland. A native of Incline Village since 1979, Lainie’s hand-modified photo artistry came out of her desire and passion to preserve Tahoe’s history and culture such as this classic summertime scene at Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City.
His art embodies Renaissance ideals of blending classical beauty with naturalism.
Meet David Foster, South Lake Tahoe Sculptor.
Without a doubt, Foster has had a profound influence in bringing art to South Shore and Lake Tahoe.
Having lived in Lake Tahoe for more than 50 years, she knows how to capture the many moods of Tahoe in her paintings and how to attract people to her gallery.
After graduating from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1985, Julie Whitney Wainscoat opened a gallery and art studio in Kings Beach to showcase her paintings, photography, and custom furniture.
The gallery is located inside a favorite North Shore bakery. read more →keep looking »