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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.

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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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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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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North Tahoe Arts Workshops and Art Talks

Kids Art Saturdays at NTACelebrate the beauty of Lake Tahoe at North Tahoe Arts with free Arts Workshops and Art Talks, programs for kids, 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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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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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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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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Morgan’s Tahoe Full of Fascinating Tales

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“Morgan’s Tahoe” is sort of a memoir, a series of chapters about some of the experiences of the author, Bill Morgan, while he lived and worked in the Lake Tahoe Basin. During the period from the spring of 1965 to the fall of 1989, he was involved in a wide range of endeavors, some of which were of great importance to the political and environmental future of the Basin.

Some of you will come across familiar names, too. Maybe your own.

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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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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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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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New Incline Village Gallery Hosts Sculptor Carolyn Guerra April 9

Guerra Stands with a recent incarmation of Rhinoman, with Incline’s Championship course in the background. Photo credit, Eleanor Preger.

Cobalt Artist Studio on Village Blvd. in Incline Village will open their galleries for an evening reception honoring the new exhibition of works by Sculptor Carolyn Guerra on Saturday, April 9, from 4-6pm.

On our left, Guerra Stands with a recent incarnation of Rhinoman, with Incline’s Championship course in the background. Photo credit by Eleanor Preger.

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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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Summer Art Workshops at Sierra Nevada College

As an academic community of artists, Sierra Nevada College continues its tradition of offering summer art workshops.

To foster an interdisciplinary approach to visual practice, a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, photographers, paper makers, jewelers, and more will be held at the college through July.

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North Tahoe Arts Members Show

End of the Trail by Mike BondBetween March 29 through May 2, 2016, the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City will feature works by member local artists like the End of the Trail by Mike Bond shown here.

 

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John C. Fremont’s sighting of Lake Tahoe

On February 14, 1844, John C. Frémont and Charles Preuss, climbed Red Lake Peak at Carson Pass (named after his guide Kit Carson) where they “discovered” Lake Tahoe, about 20 miles to the north.  Known as the Pathfinder, Frémont was an American military officer, explorer, and the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of president of the U.S.  as well as a senator of California in 1850. read more →

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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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Carole Sesko Open Art Studio Sale Nov 28-29

Sesko_heart_boxCarole Sesko, contemporary artist from Truckee, is holding an open art studio and sale Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You’ll find functional art, mixed media, and new contemporary paintings

This year, give something meaningful from the heart, from a local artist.

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Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration at North Tahoe Arts Nov 2-Jan 4

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 Nov 2 through January 4, 2016.

Don’t miss Kids Art Saturday and Sip and Shop on Dec 5, starting at noon where the kids can create an ornament and you’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts.  Meet the artists at the Sip & Shop Dec. 5, 12-4pm. NTA members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

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

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Rubicon Ramblings by Poet Judy Tretheway

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy ThrethewayHer book of poems and stories about her intimate wanderings in the woods under the north flank of Rubicon Peak is a salute to Tahoe’s magestic sentinels that lure us deeper into ourselves.

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy Tretheway is a wonderful collection of the author’s experience of communion in the forest. We can all relate through poems like The Forest is My Church, Catch My Breath, No Turning Back, Bear Trail, Pollination, and What is Enough?

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South Lake Tahoe author discusses Costa Rica surf book

The-Battle-For-Paradise-by-Jeremy-EvansSouth Lake Tahoe author Jeremy Evans sheds light during his visit to Pavones, a Costa Rican town known for surfing and fishing.

What he found was a modern David and Goliath story.

Tahoe rarely has this narrative, which makes us all understand that Respect of each others interaction with Nature and our interconnected way of life is intimate and matters.

Read Jeremy’s book and reflect on our own Battle for Paradise.

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Heart Visions by Yasmin Sayyed

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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.

Visit www.yasminsayyed.com for a peek inside. read more →

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Colors by Andy Skaff

His love of the West provides the inspiration for his light-filled, vibrant landscapes which convey the clear sense of strong color and deep contrasts he sees in his subjects.  By painting outdoors in the Sierra Nevada mountains including his home at Lake Tahoe, and high deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, he has developed a deep appreciation for the color and beauty of the western landscape.

Meet Andy Skaff, plein air artist from West Shore.

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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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Nat Geo Cover Image by Local Nick Cahill

Cahill-Nick-Dark-Needle-NatGeo Tahoe CultureDark 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!

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Mixed Media Artist Egon Klementi

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.

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TAHOE BLUE FIRE by Todd Borg

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Author Todd Borg returns with Tahoe Blue Fire, his 13th Owen McKenna Tahoe Mystery.

Tahoe Blue Fire is about former pro football player Adam Simms who is suffering Traumatic Brain Injury from his days on the gridiron. When Simms becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders in Tahoe, Detective Owen McKenna can’t tell if Simms is being framed or if he is a diabolical killer who is faking brain injury… He shares his writing techniques and storylines in a very entertaining way.

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The Art of Boats – Tahoe Woodies by Rob Retting IV Library

RobRetting_Photography“The Art of Boats – Tahoe Woodies” is a captivating collection of Tahoe’s classic wooden boats from a design perspective by photographer Rob Retting.

His photos are printed on aluminum which makes them all the more unique and the colors pop!

Rob’s new photographs will be on display at the Incline Village Library from July 30 through August 30, 2015 with an artist’s reception on August 6 at 6:30 pm. read more →

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Tahoe Maritime History at Tallac Historic Site

“Q” is the nickname of this 1921 classic yacht on display at the Tallac Historic Site. Was she called the “Q” because her name was hard to pronounce, or because it was used by the US Navy in top-secret operations on Lake Tahoe during WWII?

Find out and learn more about the restoration of the Quic chakidn at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.

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Tahoe Landscapes in Oil with David Russo

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.

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Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe by David Antonucci

Did Mark Twain camp in Nevada or California?  Did you know he started a horrendous wildfire at Lake Tahoe when he was Roughing It here in 1861 with his brother Johnny?

Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe by David Antonucci, local historian and author, delves into these rumors along with maps showing where he camped and stayed in the 19th Century hotels.

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Markleeville Plein Air 2015 Event

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Following is a past story about the 2015 Markleeville Plein Air event with artists painting on location throughout Alpine County with Phyllis Shafer as jurist which was cancelled due to a wildfire.

We hope you enjoy the art show from our talented regional Tahoe artists nevertheless – all the more!

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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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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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Meredith Niles

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.

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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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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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