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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee locally made products and local profiles.

An Institution: Sierra Ski and Cycle Works

It all started more than three decades ago when he decided to move to South Lake Tahoe, for just one winter.  That one winter turned into 38 years and the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Tahoe.

Meet Gary Bell, back country pioneer and owner of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works (SSCW) in South Lake Tahoe.  The big fun in the small shop since 1980. read more →

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Long Live the Real Skiers by Gary Bell

Martin HollaySo you have your new super fat twin tip skis or that new board with rocker.

You can ride switch all day long, throw down corked threes in the big pipe, you’ve dropped the cross on Mount Tallac, won a race or two during gay week and skied Powderhouse in the full moon!

Yep pretty hot, right? Well let me tell you about two of my favorite skiers first and then we can take a vote.

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How to Winterize Your Mountain Garden

“Water seldom, but deeply.  Plant bulbs now. Plant, divide and transplant perennials now to give you a huge jump on spring. Plant or transplant any trees and shrubs while the soil is still workable. Deciduous trees and shrubs put on as much as 80% of their annual root system expansion in the fall.”

This is how to prep our Tahoe gardens in the fall according to Eric Larusso, horticulturist, botanist, arborist and co-owner The Villager Nursery in Truckee. read more →

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“Tahoe Avalanche” and other Tahoe Mysteries by Todd Borg

A classic whodunit mystery thriller written by South Shore author, Todd Borg, perfect for the winter.

Tahoe Avalanche.

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Locally made Longboard Skateboards

Did you know…Tahoe has its own skateboard manufacturer?

Tahoe Longboards was started by Chuck Vogt in 1997 in Kings Beach.  Chad Thomas, local photojournalist and woodworker, has joined Chuck as co-owner, co-fun hog, co-local entrepreneur and they have launched all new 2012 boards.

The secret to their success after 15 years going strong is unrivaled craftsmanship, and small batches of boards.  The small batches allows them to maintain a tight grip on quality-control, adapt quickly and keep things fresh. (And probably go out and ride more…)

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Nature Inspired Yoga with Erica

Join Erica for her nature inspired yoga classes for all levels at Kiva Beach in South Lake Tahoe every Wednesday at 8:30 am.

See you there.

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Truckee Business reaches 40 years

Rich and Joel TIP Printing Tahoe CultureTruckee’s well-known printer, TIP Printing and Graphics, has reached an impressive 40-year milestone. The presses have been running non-stop, and owners Joel Gressel and Rich Valentine are looking back…and forward.

Part of TIP’s staying power can be attributed to the fact that ink has been running through the blood of these two for decades.

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Functional Furniture Art by Jacob Morrison

When Jacob Morrison goes wood collecting, it’s not for firewood. The Truckee native has developed a keen eye for spotting logs and limbs that are suitable for his one-of-a-kind rustic furniture pieces.

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Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

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The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema brings together the passion of 27-year Tahoe local and filmmaker Steven Siig, who has long wanted to open a theater in Tahoe, and Mark Gogolewski, who has had a dream of helping to breathe new life into Tahoe City.

Together, they hope to contribute to the renaissance of Tahoe City and make it the place to be, both in winter and summer.

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Eco-stylist Heather River of Truckee opens Bespoke

Her energy and creativity is endless.  It all stems from her deep appreciation of the environment, fashion and functional art.

As a seamstress, shop owner, mother, community volunteer and artist, Heather’s tastes and talents are manifested in her latest creations and her new shop – Bespoke.

Meet Heather River, eco-stylist and entrepreneur from Truckee.

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Polly Triplat of Bodywise Massage

Polly has been a massage therapist for more than 20 years and is a certified Visionary Craniosacral Therapist.

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Skiing Legend Daron Rahlves Becomes Restaurateur in Truckee

Daron_Rhalves_at_Moody's Bistro in TruckeeDaron Rahlves, the most decorated American Downhill and Super G skier in history, has a number of passions, with skiing and food are at the top of his list.  So it’s logical that Rahlves recently joined the ownership team of Moody’s Bistro & Lounge, an acclaimed restaurant in Truckee, one of the most popular ski towns in America.

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Handbags with Funk & Fashion by Kahlil

Local designer comes full circle, reclaiming herself in the process.

From the big city lights to mountain alpenglow, Kahlil Johnson of Riverside Studios is making her mark with her signature handbags and accessories.

After learning to make shoes in 1996, Kahlil landed a job as a shoe designer in New York City in 2001. At night, she studied handbag construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Upon returning from the Big Apple to the Greenest Little Mountain Town, Kahlil started her own line of signature handbags, and accessories to boot.

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Poetry in Motion: Pro Nordic Skier Debbi Waldear

Her competitive spirit was nurtured at a young age racing sailboats in the San Francisco Bay area with her dad. Along with trail running and skiing, her athletic prowess translated into a lifelong passion for fitness and being in the mountains.

Meet eight-time cross country ski racing World Masters Champion, Debbi Waldear. read more →

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Succulent Planters by Barbara Wesson

As an avid succulent collector, Barbara found it almost impossible to find suitable pots for her specimen plants.

That’s when she decided to make her own and share them with other succulent collectors (and every art lover!)

Meet Barbara Wesson of South Lake Tahoe.

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Soap (and lotions) Made in Tahoe

Tahoe Mountain Soap Company was started by long-time locals, Dave Carr and Jan Carpenter, more than a dozen years ago in South Lake Tahoe.

Their handcrafted, all vegetable soaps are blended in South Lake Tahoe and made with pure Tahoe water.

Besides being locally made, the soaps contain no alcohol, artificial colors or preservatives. And, they’re highly addictive, especially when you lather up with their natural sponges. read more →

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Nancy Tieken Lopez: The Art of Nature

Nancy Tieken Lopez started art hikes when receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose State University over fifteen years ago. Nancy studies included an emphasis in bronze sculpture and installation art and lead to more ephemeral materials of earth installations with music, dance and poetry.

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Magic Mineral Salt Soap and Bath Salts made in Incline Village

Kiss the itches goodbye, and get softer skin, relax and kick that flu with this soap and bath salts made in Incline Village.

What’s the secret ingredient? Minerals from the Dead Sea, of course!

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Author and Angler Trent Pridemore

His positive impact on the health of fishing at Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area cannot be overstated. Meet Trent Pridemore and learn about the history of the Tahoe fishery.

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Bear Boxes with Art & Soul by Bob

bearboxes-by-bob Bob had a great idea.

Growing up in Kings Beach you see, Bob always shared something in common with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bear.

Trash.

Yes, Bob loves trash.

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Sawyer Wooden Board Company

His love for Lake Tahoe and paddling naturally led to the creation of his small wooden stand up paddle board manufacturing company in South Lake Tahoe.

Meet Garrett Villanueva, co-owner of Sawyer Wooden Board Company.

Garrett and his partner Jacob Quinn, have extensive backgrounds in woodworking, sustainable building design (LEED certified), and a deep passion for surfing, stand up paddling and the environment.

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Tahoe-scape Light Fixtures combine Artistry and Function

pendantlamp.JPGCan’t get enough Tahoe?

May we suggest a beautiful Tahoe landscape etched into your light fixture.

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More Alive Now: Simple Nutrition to Change Your Life by Susan Frailey RN BSN

Through her own life changing experiences, Susan has witnessed the profound and powerful benefits of simple nutrition for herself and her family. Now she wants to share it with you.

Susan Frailey RN BSN from South Lake Tahoe recently published her breakthrough approach to nutrition in her new book, More Alive Now: Simple Nutrition to Change Your Life.

Through her innovative nutritional tools that make sense, are easy to follow, and will last a lifetime, Susan has joined Andrew Weil and Michael Pollan as a pioneer in the art of nutrition committed to help us achieve optimal health through simple daily decisions. As a mother of an autistic child, a full time health practitioner, entrepreneur and business owner, if Susan can do it, anyone can. read more →

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A New Moon for more than 30 Years

Talk about a Tahoe classic featuring locally made products.

New Moon Natural Foods has been open in Tahoe City for 30 years. Wow!

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn: Pedaling Love and Compassion

Rick Gunn PhotographyOn July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.

Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.

“Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

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Leslie Ames, Sustainable to the Core

Leslie kayaking Grand CanyonHer laid back style, love of nature and athletic prowess energize her multiple passions that naturally unfolded for this South Lake Tahoe native.

From white water kayaking, skiing, mountain biking, sailing, hiking or running her solar energy business, Leslie Ames personifies a local green business that was inspired by her roots.

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Thunderbird Lodge Gardeners Club

Ever wonder how the beautiful gardens at the Thunderbird Lodge on east shore are maintained?

Through volunteer gardeners, of course! Many of them are master gardeners who belong to the Thunderbird Lodge Gardeners Club.

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Wendy Gems: Handmade Pearl, Gemstone and Sterling Silver Jewelry

Whether she is running, biking, hiking, swimming, paddleboarding, gardening, shoveling or skiing, you will find her getting outside daily to enjoy it.

Besides being a Tahoe enthusiast, Wendy is a homeschool mom, local artist and entrepreneur. She has lived in South Lake Tahoe since Spring 1999, and started Wendy Gems in 2011 — handmade jewelry designs, crafted using natural gemstones, Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver.  Some of her favorite local businesses include Thai Orchids, Freshies, Sprouts, Nel’s Hardware, and Beads Etc.  We agree! read more →

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Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw May 28-29

Allana-Hughes-Pottery-Riverside-StudiosCelebrate Tahoe arts and mountain culture with local arts, local products,  food, and music at the Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw.

The two-day festival takes place on Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29, 2016, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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Year-round Surf Shop in Incline Village

Adrfit Tahoe paddlerDid you know that surfing is a year-round sport in Tahoe?

Especially on the north and east shores where our prevailing southwesterly winds stack up the waves.  And, thanks to stand up paddle boards and our passion to get out in any type of weather.

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The Push, A South Pole Adventure for Adaptive Athletes

It’s a first for adaptive athletes who literally pushed the limits and themselves. Grant Korgan, lead by Tal Fletcher and Doug Stoup, made it to the South Pole on January 17, 2012 on the 100-year anniversary when Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition reached the earth’s most remote spot.

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Savoring the Moment with Slow Food Lake Tahoe

Local FoodiesSo what is Slow Food?

According to Slow Food USA, it’s “an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”

With values like that, it’s no surprise we have a chapter based in Truckee.

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Did you know…Truckee has a Farm? Meet The Shaws.

Shaw Family FarmFarmin’ Family – Truckee clan starts town’s first major farm

by Melissa Siig, Moonshine Ink

This article is a reprint from the Print Edition of Moonshine Ink, the Independent News Source for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

It was a book that changed the life of the Shaw family.

Upon the recommendation of a cousin in Berkeley, the family of five got Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” the seminal book about America’s food culture, on audio tape and listened to it whenever they were in the car.  read more →

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Christin Hanna of Tahoe Youth Ballet

Her goal is to team up young, emerging dancers with more experienced professionals for engaging evenings of classical and contemporary ballet. Tahoe Youth Ballet premiered in June 2009 to a standing ovation and rave reviews.

Meet Founder and Artistic Director Christin Hanna of Tahoe Youth Ballet.

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Tahoe’s Ski Music Pioneer Releases New Single, “I Love KT”

I Love KT ericttheskisOver thirty years after modern ski music was born with the release of his 1985 vinyl EP, titled “Ski Patrol”, local Tahoe-based snow reporter, entrepreneur and musician Eric T. Brandt, aka: “Eric T.” has released a new single, “I Love KT”.

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South Shore Drum Chick Liz Broscoe goes Big

Liz Broscoe DrumchickIt all started when she was just a little girl.

The beat and rhythm of life filled her blood, overflowing with creativity.

Now, she’s sharing her passion for west African drumming and dance with Lake Tahoe.

Meet Liz Broscoe, South Shore Drumchik.

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A History of Skiing with Martin Hollay

Martin-HollayMartin will share his tales of learning to ski in Budapest on barrel staves with broom stick poles, joining the Norwegian Ski Club from Los Angeles, his involvement with the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, a lifetime friendship with Olympian Alpine ski racer Stein Eriksen, and finally, his illustrious career at Heavenly Ski Resort. At a robust age of 92, if you’re lucky, you just might meet Martin swooshing past you on the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort.

 

 

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Melissa Lanitis Gregory. In Loving Memory.

She loved art, chocolate, red wine, dogs, recycling, her old and new friends, and her community.

But above all, she loved her sons, Griffin and Gordie, and her adoring husband, Alan; and her father.

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Bakpocket Products Launches Adventurers Hammock

bakpocket-products-rocks-landscape-hammockLake Tahoe is home to Bakpocket Products, a unique line of ultralight, outdoor products including signature hammocks, beach blankets, eco-friendly backpacks, bags and accessories.

Founded by South Lake Tahoe locals, Bryan Burnam and Jacob Hanneman, the Humboldt State University (HSU) graduates created the first-ever Bakpocket hammock as their senior project in 2013. Since its grassroots inception, Bakpocket has expanded to create more than 20 products now sold throughout California. read more →

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Robb Gaffney M.D. Author & Ski Icon

Robb Gaffney M.D. began studying the slopes of Squaw Valley when he was in college. He has skied Squaw for more than 25 years and is the author of Squallywood – A Guide to Squaw Valley’s Most Exposed Lines.

Dr. Gaffney received the coveted Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Golden Camalot in 2014.  And, in turn, diagnosed Todd Offenbacher as bi-polar since TO is obsessed with the Arctic and Antartica.

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Pro Bike Racer opens Frame Shop in South Shore

She’s a pro mountain bike downhill racer.

And art framer.

Meet Tasa Herndon.

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RearView Miracles by Heather and Hillary

Rearview Miracles

When driving down the road of life, often we don’t know how good we have it, until we see it in the rear view mirror.

To help us remember the beauty of the past and the magic of the moment, Hillary Dembroff and Heather Kovac of South Lake Tahoe have created crystal hangings and jewelry charged with metaphysical and healing properties they call RearView Miracles.

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Gaia Licious features Made in Tahoe products

Tahoe Culture Gaia LiciousBelly Dance outfits. Jewelry. Hats. Books. Clothes. Bags.

If you are looking for something truly different and locally made, visit Gaia Licious in South Shore. It’s an Unique Experiential Boutique.

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Tahoe Fire Glass by Molly B

Tahoe Fire Glass by Molly BMolly B of Tahoe Fire Glass has specialized in kiln fired and porcelain jewelry since 1983.

This delicate art form requires meticulous skills and talent due to the fragility of the precious materials used in the settings.

Looks like Molly is a pro!

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Tahoe Locals CD helps The KidZone Museum

It’s no secret at all that Tahoe and Truckee has a rich music scene.

Our year-round playground and gorgeous surroundings fuel the creative juices of local musicians, and their spirit of giving back to their community.

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Todd Jackson: Big Blue Adventurer

Todd takes full advantage of the endless recreation and adventures located out his front door year round in North Lake Tahoe.

Whether skiing backcountry, at the resort or on the groomed skating trails in the winter, or mounting biking, hiking and sailing competitively in the Monday night Laser fleet, Jackson keeps himself active.

His passion for fitness and Lake Tahoe has also landed him at the helm of two successful businesses including Adventure Sports Week Tahoe.

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Hand Painted Custom Bellies by Jen Gessler

Jennie Gessler hand painted bellyLooking for that one-of-a-kind gift for the expecting mother?

What about a hand-painted custom belly.

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Health 2 Humanity Soaps Fund Orphanages

Health 2 Humanity John CefaluHealth 2 Humanity, co-founded by John Cefalu of South Lake Tahoe, is focused on creating sustainable solutions to the sanitation problems facing many developing countries, not just throwing money or products at the problem.

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Impressionistic Quilts by Karen Colbert

Is it a Monet? No

Renoir? No

Degas? No!

It’s a Colbert.

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Shaun Palmer, Snowboard Icon still on Top

2133422985_a1ff940199.JPGHe has nine Winter X Games gold medals in four different disciplines, six in snowboardcross, and was also the 2001 ESPY Action Sports Athlete of the Year.

Meet Shaun Palmer, legendary snowboarder.

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