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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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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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Nature Inspired Yoga and Yoga Hikes 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 and Mindful Adventure Yoga Hikes on Thursday mornings.

See you there.

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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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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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Eric the Mountain Gardener: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hope Valley Outdoors Yurt

Cross country ski at the solar-powered Hope Valley Outdoor Center at Pickett’s Junction open 10am to 4pm daily. Established by long-time South Lake Tahoe local, Joyce Coker (aka “the Pie Lady”) the off the grid yurt offers high voltage, human-powered fun.

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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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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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“Extreme Sport Folk-Rock” by Darin Talbot, Snowboarder Musician

talbot3.jpgI think he created a new music genre.

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Todd Offenbacher: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Creator

He’s on a mission.

Turn every single person on to the outdoors and fitness.  Period.

With his hilarious antics and positive attitude on and off the screen, Todd Offenbacher, world-class climber and Lake Tahoe TV host, embraces every day to the fullest and encourages us all to do the same. While he has taught us all not to take ourselves or life too seriously, Todd has made it his passion to remind us why we chose to live in this special place.

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Robert “Fro” Frohlich Mountain Dreamer

With a style his own, full of passion and resolve, he fought hard to maintain our mountain culture.  He was a beatnik, a mountain dreamer until the end. He liked to talk about the history and change in this town, but it wasn’t until you read his stories that define us did it hit.

Robert ‘Fro’ Frohlich wrote about his favorite places, pastimes and people around Lake Tahoe, making bocce ball night at Wolfdale’s sound like a soulful experience. And it was for Fro. Surrounded by his friends, he embraced the power of now.  Skiing in blizzards or sailing in gale force winds, these intense experiences spurred him on to want more. More for himself, and everyone else.

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The Art of Nature by Printmaker Michelle Murdock of Quail Lane Press

MichellleMurdockunknown birdThrough her eco-friendly handcrafted prints and cards, she has captured the art of nature and the nature of art.

Meet Michelle Murdock, printmaker, artist and owner of Quail Lane Press in Tahoe City.

Michelle’s intention is to make relief prints about the environment that do not hurt the environment.

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Did you know…Truckee has a Winery?

You may have seen the little red barn along the river.

It’s the Truckee River Winery where they’ve been making wine since 1989.

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Barbara Ricotta: Master of Holistic Health

She has the magic touch. Her gentle manner and extensive medical experience has made her one of the top holistic health providers in Lake Tahoe, who specializes in craniosacral therapy and acupuncture.

Meet Barbara Ricotta, RN, MA, L.Ac. of North Lake Tahoe.

Barbara discovered holistic wellness in the mid 1980s while working as a critical care nurse. Inspired by her many clients who were seeking a higher level of health and well-being, she subsequently embarked on a career in holistic health and wellness.

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South Shore Log Sculptor

inside5.jpgThe rustic beauty of logs are sculpted into some very interesting home accents by this South Shore artist.

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A Glowing Success. Tahoe Candle.

In 1996, Craig Davies came to Lake Tahoe to snowboard.

While he was delivering pizzas, he started making candles and selling them at craft shows.

Tahoe Candle soon became a burning success.

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Miss Marcia’s Shining Stars in South Lake Tahoe

feetup.JPGEveryone loves Miss Marcia.

It’s easy to see why.  Marcia Sarosik has been teaching dance in South Lake Tahoe for over two decades.

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What’s Green About That? by Bret Hackett

Green Tahoe LEED Gold Home by Bret HackettHis attention to detail and endless pursuit of knowledge to protect the things he loves are well known by everyone who has had the pleasure to ski, bike, kayak or climb with him.

Following family and friends, Bret’s passions include protecting the playground he enjoys daily by practicing what he preaches, and through his new green business, Healthy Home Consultants.

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

For more than 40 years, the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) has been rehabilitating orphaned and hurt animals before they are released back into the wild.

From a handful of people in 1978 with an idea to help wildlife in their area, LTWC has grown to an organization that now provides a service to more than nine counties in California and Nevada surrounding the Lake Tahoe region.

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South Shore Mountaineer Carving a Niche

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His deep love of the Sierras drives his passions.

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Tahoe Treasures found in South Shore

What all started as a few pieces for themselves, has blossomed into a full line of jewelry.

Tahoe Treasures, a South Shore gem.

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