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

Tahoe’s Backcountry Babe: Rosie Hackett

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Known affectionately by her friends as Rosebud, she is the head instructor in Lake Tahoe for us babes, that’s Babes in the Tahoe Back-country.

We like to call her Rock Star, based on those ski moves. read more →

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North Shore Ski Pioneer JT Holmes presents July 7 at Squaw

He’s more than good looking, more than big mountain slayer, more than a pro.  He’s one of us; one of our Tahoe elite athletes who’s always bringing it home.

Don’t miss Squaw Valley ski legend J.T. Holmes at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn on Saturday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. when he shows never before seen footage from recent adventures, and discusses how he’s carved out a career skiing, base-jumping and speed flying. It’s all part of the SVI speaker series called “Adventurers in Sport and Spirit.”

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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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Handwoven Tapestries and Rugs by Romiti

romiti-aztec_waveThey have been creating their handwoven award-winning tapestries and rugs for almost 40 years.

Each expressive piece is made by hand, entirely original from the fleece to the finished product.

Meet the Romitis, Judith and Lawrence, of Incline Village.

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Threads by Bruce Rettig included in PacificReview’s SHACKLED

Many of you know Bruce Rettig from his award-winning advertising campaigns and design. But did you know he’s an accomplished author?

His short story, “Threads,” was just published by PacificREVIEW, a west coast arts review annual that features works that explore identity in the context of West Coast/California culture. Guest contributors have included Ai, Alurista, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Oliver Mayer, and William T. Vollmann and now, South Lake Tahoe’s Bruce Rettig. Congrats!

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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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Jamie Anderson, Slopestyle Phenom

Jamie Anderson, a South Lake Tahoe native, is easily considered one of the top female snowboarders in the world.

And she’s headed to the 2012 Winter X Games along with Sierra-at-Tahoe team riders, Hannah Teter, and Maddie Bowman.  Go get em girls!

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Get an Elite Feet Fit for Peak Performance

“I love my boots!” “Did I tell you…I L-O-V-E my boots!”

Boasting after every run, this non-stop declaration captured the transformation I watched unfold right in front of me.  She went from a good skier to a carving maniac; fast, strong, fluid. She was back on track thanks to her custom foot beds made by Christian at Elite Feet in the Northstar Village.

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Fountain Art Fair Features Tahoe Fine Artist Reds Regan To Benefit Art For Progress

Primitive contemporary fine art painter Reds Regan will be featured at the Fountain Art Fair Armory Show March 9-11 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan.

The Tahoe artist is exhibiting an original 9-foot framed painting at the Armory show which benefits Art for Progress, a non-profit organization providing creative arts education programming for under-served youth. The acrylic painting titled “Minotaur Dream” is shown here, and features a hand-sculpted frame. The piece was inspired by Greek art and mythology with a modern emphasis on beauty and the beast. read more →

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Tahoe Mountain Sports Owner Dave Polivy Honored by Leave No Trace

Dave Polivy, the owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach, was honored by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics nonprofit as one of its extraordinary member-activists of 2011.  The honor highlights Polivy’s efforts to promote Leave No Trace principles, as well as those of 10 other member-activists from across the nation, who were selected from some 60 nominees.

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Hat Couture & Wearable Art by Nancy Louise Olson

olson_pinenut_6x12_handknittedwoolfelt.jpgForm Follows Function is her motto.

Wearable art is her way of connecting with the natural world. Recently published in a national magazine, she has attained recognition deserving of her amazing talent.

Meet Nancy Louise Olson, multi-media fiber arts and hat couture.

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Bluebird Designs in Truckee

Have you ever wondered what form your silver mis-matched spoons or your metal wall hangings will take after the visit to the dump?

If they are fortunate enough to end up into the hands of Truckee metalsmith Jessica Hall, they will be worked with love and devotion as she resurrects them into a stunning piece of hand-crafted jewelry.

Meet Jessica at Truckee Thursdays June 16, 2011.

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Marquetry Masterpieces by Tom Beebe

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He’s been sharing his passion for fine woodworking and marquetry since 1973 when he moved to Truckee.

Meet Tom Beebe, master craftsman and artist.

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The Santa Diet by Santa

Lake Tahoe Culture Santa Claus by Joy StrotzTaking a leap of faith, Santa has introduced a new diet book that make love the main ingredient.

Thomas O’Connor from Lake Tahoe legally changed his name to Santa Claus and he lives and thrives spreading his gospel of love, hope and forgiveness.

Santa has gone healthy and has a new diet book. He’s slimmer and trimmer than ever and spreading his gospel of love with impeccable taste.

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Ty Dayberry. Freeheel skier extraordin – AIR.

ty_07.gifHe started telemark skiing at age 10.

By 21, he’s taken his freeheel art to a higher level.

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Can panties change the world? Ask Jenn.

Jenn thinks so.

That’s why this creative Lake Tahoe activist started Pantyline Productions.

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Scott Williamson, Unsung Super Athlete by Tim Hauserman

Scott Williamson, Unsung Super Athlete
by Tim Hauserman

This story is reprinted from the November 2011 issue of Moonshine Ink.

One of America’s greatest athletes lives with his wife in a small, simple apartment in Truckee. Not many people have heard of Scott Williamson. He doesn’t score touchdowns, ride his bike around France, or win gold medals in the Olympics. He walks. But to say that he walks is like saying Fred Astaire danced. Scott walks very long distances, very fast.

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2011 Blue Ribbon Awards Winners

And the winner is!  The excitement is building for the Tahoe Chamber’s 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards with more than 100 businesses and individuals  nominated for the eight categories.

Toast the entrepreneurs that define our community at the dinner award ceremony on November 17th at Embassy Suites from 5pm to 8pm starting with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant three course dinner featuring El Dorado County wines. Tickets are only $50 available at www.TahoeChamber.org. read more →

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High Altitude Buzz by Julie Brown of Moonshine Ink

High Altitude Buzz
by Julie Brown/Moonshine Ink
This story is reprinted from the October 2011 issue of Moonshine Ink.

Despite being mildly allergic to the sting of a bee, Gage Shaw was at ease standing in a vortex of a thousand honeybees.

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SNC Professor Katie Zanto wins L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero Award

The national voting is in, and while we knew it all along, Katie Zanto is now more than a local hero in Lake Tahoe and at Sierra Nevada College.

Professor Katie Zanto won the 2011 Outdoor Hero award for her work founding the Adventure Risk Challenge Program (ARC). ARC will receive a $5,000 grant from LL Bean. Zanto, fueled by a great dedication to the environment, has created a variety of unusual unique opportunities for youth to discover their own passion and love for the outdoors. She chairs the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at SNC where her passion shines in and out of the classroom.

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JJ Morgan Jazzes up Truckee

He has been the driving force behind Moody’s reputation as a venue for talented jazz artists.

He also started the Jazz Artists in Residence series held every July, that offers local kids a chance to play with jazz greats, who teach them about various instruments and music for free.

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Sierra Grains Organic Breads

This family run business has been baking organic breads in Tahoe Vista since 1983.

They’ve even made a muffin that has all the health benefits of eating fish!

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Charter Advertising Receives Gold ADDY Award for Edge 2010 Design

Creativity runs in this family.

Charter Advertising/Design, Inc. of South Lake Tahoe received a Gold Award at the March 2011 ADDY Awards in Reno, Nevada. The recognition was for its cover design of Tahoe Writers Works literary publication, EDGE. Bruce Rettig served as creative director for the project, and Brianna Rettig as photographer.

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Corey Rich Adventure Photographer Entrepreneur

After nearly 20 years spent focused on documenting adventure, his love for photographing the exploration of wild places has only continued to burn.

Meet Corey Rich of South Lake Tahoe.

Adventure Photographer. Mountaineer. Entrepreneur.

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New Local Skis Snowboards by Seth Lightcap

It’s pretty easy to imagine that Santa delivers more skis and snowboards to Tahoe than just about any other community in the world. Multiply the local skiing population by the level of passion and you’ve gotta figure that Saint Nick’s Tahoe-bound sleigh has at least a dozen ski racks bolted on the side.

North Tahoe Toys: New Local Skis and Snowboards by Seth Lightcap is reprinted from the December print issue of Moonshine Ink.

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SoulCycler Chronicles: From out of the dust in India by Rick Gunn

He’s out there again.

Opening our hearts to the world, redefining our place in humanity through his lens and stories. Our tireless, poetic searcher finding a new rhythm to his life, taking us along for the ride.

The SoulCycler, aka Rick Gunn, adventure photojournalist from South Lake Tahoe recently began another meaningful journey in India.

But, this time he’s not alone…

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Gary Murphy, Tahoe’s Legendary Snow Forecaster

For 40 winters, Gary Murphy has been counting. From the first flakes to be released from the restless skies of autumn to the serendipitous torrents of May, Gary Murphy is counting; watching; and recording snow’s detail to the point of minutia.

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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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Eco-Champion David Hansen saves Embassy Suites $330K in Energy Bills – So Far!

David HansenHe cut his teeth with Robert Redford building the award-winning eco-friendly Spa at Sundance Resort in Utah in 2001.

Meet David Hansen, Director of Engineering at Embassy Suites Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

At Sundance, Hansen and his “green” team were given creative license to build a spa that would reflect Redford’s life long stewardship practices and merge nature into the overall sustainable design.  Sharing the same philosophies, Hansen and Redford made the perfect team.

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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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Elevated Creations Keep on Giving

Rhiannon Corvin-Blackburn started Elevated Creations to make her one-of-a-kind jewelry, and to have an endless means to give back to her community, specifically the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.

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Tea Time in Tahoe: Birth of A Business in Truckee by Beth Ingalls

Tea Time in Tahoe:  The Birth of a Business by Beth Ingalls.

This article is reprinted with permission from the September 2010 issue of Moonshine Ink which covers life in Truckee and the North Lake Tahoe area.

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Far West Ski Association Honors The Video/Audio Tour Guide AROUND TAHOE

When the 600 plus members of the Far West Ski Association convene for their 80th annual convention in June at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, California, they will honor two of North Tahoe’s more creative ski industry professionals, Darin Talbot and Robert Frohlich.

Both Talbot and Frohlich, long time mainstays of the Tahoe ski scene, are recipients of the 2010 Warren Miller Award for their ambitious and highly entertaining “Around Tahoe: Lake Tahoe’s Ultimate Skiing and Snowboarding Video/Audio Tour Guide.” read more →

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Tahoe Expressions by Kris Prater

WaterSpiritFor Kris, the human face is a wonder of beauty. His masks are a cross of themed ideas and dreams that evolve during the creative process into the perfect alter ego.

Meet Kris Prater of Tahoe Expressions in Incline Village.

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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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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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Bert Anderson: A Tahoe Classic

Bert Anderson: A Tahoe Classic

by Tim Hauserman, Moonshine Ink

A “Bert Anderson” is the quintessential Old Tahoe cabin with pecky cedar or shiplap siding, rock fireplaces, unique square windows, and deck railings with cut-out tree designs. For many, they are the classic Old Tahoe homes.

This article is a reprint from the June-July edition of Moonshine Ink by permission, the Independent News Source for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Steve Lapkin takes Top Honors in “Sailing World” Winter Photo Contest

North Lake Tahoe photographer Steve Lapkin recently took top honors in the Sailing World Winter Photo Contest for two stunning images depicting world class sailing competition.

The contest drew more than 500 submissions of racing images throughout the world from the Great Lakes to the Florida Keys to Australia. However, it was Lapkin’s images of the 2010 Rolex Miami OCR and the 2010 Miami Grand Prix, Finale that captured the first and third place honors.

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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 Benefits of Yoga by David Fishman of South Lake Tahoe

“It makes my day go better.” “It quiets my mind.” “It keeps me healthy.” “Everything flows better afterward.” “My back pain and stiffness are gone.”

“It just plain feels good.”

Just a few quotes David Fishman of Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe hears from happy and healthy locals and visitors.

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Melina Wallisch: Embracing the Moments In Between

People are her muse.  Nature her backdrop.

With years of being photographed as a professional dancer and model, she has successfully translated her skills behind the lens to capture the heart and soul of her subjects.

Meet Melina Wallisch of South Lake Tahoe. She photographs people.

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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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David Butler Wins “Poetry Out Loud” Heads to State finals March 15

David Butler, a senior from South Tahoe High School, took first place in El Dorado County’s inaugural “Poetry Out Loud” competition on February 9th.

In the first round, Butler delivered a flawless performance of the 19th century British poet John Clare’s lyric poem, “I Am!” followed in the second round by a humorous recitation of Marge Piercy’s, “For the young who want to,” a contemporary poem that speaks to the difficulties of being an artist.

Butler is headed to the California state finals in Sacramento on March 15, 2010. Congratulations David! read more →

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Tree-Free Art and Recycled Notecards by Kristen Schwartz

Looking for an unique, eco-friendly work of art made in your own backyard?

How about 100% recycled note cards and tree-free art featuring faeries, indigenous folklore and healing traditions from around the globe.

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The Pied Piper of Truckee Ben Jammin’

Ben Jammin Martin Moonshine InkCatch Me if You Can:  Keeping pace with Truckee’s Ben Jammin’
by Jackie Varriano, Moonshine Ink

Truckee local Ben “Jammin’” Martin gets around. You might know him as a guitar player in the duo After Eights, maybe you used to sing with him at open mic night at Trio Wine Bar, or play with him now at open mic at the Fat Cat in Tahoe City. Maybe you have taken a ukulele lesson with him, or have a child that takes guitar lessons from him.

This article is a reprint from the December-January edition of Moonshine Ink, the Independent News Source for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

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Ski Like a Girl. Ingrid Backstrom of North Lake Tahoe.

Ingrid Backstrom Powder GirlShe defines the phrase “ski like a girl.”

But this is no ordinary girl. Or skier.

North Lake Tahoe pro freeskier Ingrid Backstrom.

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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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They want You…to wear their clothing.

soldier.jpgAlthough you may not be qualified to join this local army, you can at least look like one of them.

The Southshore Soldiers have started a clothing line. read more →

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Bela Vadasz receives AMGA Lifetime Achievement Award

He’s been doing it for 30 years.

IFMGA guide Bela Vadasz, who started Alpine Skills International located in Truckee was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

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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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