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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee local artists and artisans.

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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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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The Magical Art of Cathy McClelland

Mcclelland Coyote_ReflectionArt 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.

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Beneath One Sky by Phyllis Shafer Exhibit at Stremmel Gallery thru Nov 9

Phyllis Shafer Beneath One Sky Brewer's AngelicaPhyllis 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 →

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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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The Fine Art of Living by Lynn Woodward

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.

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Tahoe Landscapes in Oil with David Russo

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.

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Regal Rooster Art by Nancy Abicht

Her subjects like to strut their stuff.

Roosters by Nancy Abicht, South Shore watercolorist.

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Truckee Artist Recreates Historical Landmarks: Greg Zirbel

Birdhouse-Truckee Veterans Hall Greg ZirbelHere’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 →

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Tahoe Backcountry inspires Watercolor Dreamscapes by Joyce Major

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.

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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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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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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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Re-Purposed Art by Aimee Had

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.

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Ann Roos Celtic Harpist

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.

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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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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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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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Acceptance of Transition by Cathy McClelland selected as TAMC Sticker #6

“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 →

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Love of Water Inspires Paintings by Melinda Plumbridge

sand-harbor-rocks-30×40.jpgWater is her fluid canvas.

Her inspiration.

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.

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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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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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Tahoe Bears Caught on Film by Jim Stamates

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.

Jim’s story:

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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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Textile Artist Paula Chung

Aging Iris III by Paula ChungHer 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.

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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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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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A World of Culture by South Shore Photographer Dirk Yuricich

Yuricich Eiffel TowerVikingsholm Castle. Ehrman Mansion. Thunderbird Lodge. Watson’s Cabin. Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower? In Lake Tahoe?

You bet.

Just ask Dirk Yuricich, South Shore photographer and world traveler.

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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 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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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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T Pots Pottery. A Truckee Staple.

tpot2.jpgHer art has such personality.

Bold and beautiful. Lively. Animated.

At the same time, it has function and purpose.

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Field Seminars & Photo Tours with Jon Paul

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.

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The Art of Gratitude by Jan Foss, Tahoe’s Angel

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.

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Blending Local Artists and Modern Masters: Keoki Flagg

selfportrait_pygmychief.jpgWhen you find yourself at Squaw, stop by Gallery Keoki.

You’ll be glad you did.

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Freckle Face Switch Plates in Truckee

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.

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Into the Moment with Lainie Vreeland

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.

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Sculptured Masterpieces by David Foster

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.

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Boats and Pastries by Julie

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 →

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Pottery and Paintings by Lynn Woodward

Lynn Woodward has lived in South Lake Tahoe for more than 20 years, where she enjoys the good life.

For Lynn that means skiing, sailing, painting, making pottery and teaching others.

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Sculpted Photographs by Matt Dodge, Snowboard Pioneer

Snowboard pioneer and former world champion, Matt Dodge, uses adrenalin to fuel his imagery.  He calls his one-of-a-kind creations sculpted photographs, that help him interpret Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Matt’s work will be the featured art exhibit gracing the walls of Soule Domain May through July following his artist reception Wednesday, May 16th from 4:30pm to 6pm. Everyone is invited for complimentary appetizers and half-price beverages.

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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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True to Her Heart: Christie Ussher

tribalwings.JPGShe expresses her art on canvas, buildings, walls and metal.

And skin, film, stone and cars.

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His Natural Obsession: Photographer Rachid Dahnoun

Rachid Dahnoun PhotographyTaylor Creek MorningIn Tahoe, it’s not unusual to be awed by nature.  It happens daily, and often.

Capturing the subtle nuances and glory of nature in a photograph though is a skill, a passion, and an enduring gift for everyone.

Meet Rachid Dahnoun, South Lake Tahoe photographer.

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A Reflection of his Life: Stained Glass Artist Robert Rathman

Solmate-by-Robert-RathmanHis creations take lots of patience and skill.

Otherwise, weeks of work can be lost in an instant.

South Shore artist, Robert Rathman, has been working with stained glass since the 70′s.

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Elizabeth and Olof Carmel of Truckee

Lake Tahoe Art 2 Elizabeth CarmelThey 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.

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Meredith Niles Paintings on Exhibit at the West Shore Café

An exhibition of original Meredith Niles Paintings is now on display at The West Shore Café & Inn, 5160 West Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA. The paintings may be viewed everyday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Niles, known for her large still life acrylic works, has turned her attention outdoors, capturing views of Lake Tahoe now in oil.

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Photography by Chris Talbot at North Tahoe Event Center

The imagery of long time local and world travel photographer, Chris Talbot, will be on display at the North Tahoe Event Center through the end of September.

To celebrate this exhibit and Lake Tahoe’s unique mountain culture, an event will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2011 with some proceeds going to the North Tahoe Regional Park Friends of the Park Fund. This is the third year Chris has given back to his roots.

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