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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.

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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Nevada’s Last Surviving Fire Lookout at Zephyr Cove

It is the last surviving fire lookout in Nevada, and one of three in the Tahoe basin.

The Zephyr Cove Fire Lookout has been meticulously maintained and restored for the last dozen years by its current local landowner.

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Eccentric Millionaire Builds Enduring Tahoe Legacy

billthelion.jpgThe Thunderbird Lodge.

Built in 1939, this magnificent estate was designed to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. And, that’s not all.

Don’t miss the Open House on May 16, 2009.

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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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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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Watercolor Workshop with Lady Jill at Hope Valley June 6-9

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 June 6-9, 2016.

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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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North Tahoe Plein Air June 13-18

Plein Air Exhibit at North Tahoe ArtsArtists will be painting en plein air, or in the open air, at local venues as part of the North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open June 13 through June 18, 2016.

Participating artists will gather to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe, and organized Paint-Outs will take place throughout the North Lake Tahoe for artists to gather and paint local landscapes. You may spot artists painting along the lake shore, in scenic valleys or blooming meadows. There are 25 competing artists this year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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.

Visit www.yasminsayyed.com for a peek inside. 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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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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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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North Lake Tahoe ARTour Sept 11-14

Visit artist studios during the free, self-guided ARTour Sept 11th through 14th. All tours are free.

Participating artists are spread along the shores of Lake Tahoe from Incline Village to Kings Beach, through Tahoe City and out the West Shore. More artists are just a quick drive away in Truckee.

Free printed Tour Guides will be available at many local art galleries and retailers throughout the region, and at North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City. read more →

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TAHOE BLUE FIRE by Todd Borg

TAHOE BLUE FIRE

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.

Meet Todd at these book signings and readings this summer. read more →

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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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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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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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