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

Helping locals for over 30 years. Ray Goodenough OPENS practice in South Shore.

raygoodenough2.jpgHis spirit is all encompassing and calming to everyone who meets him. He’s bestowed many gifts upon Tahoe, but you’d never hear that from this unpretentious, gentle man. read more →

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Truckee Sports Exchange Under New Ownership

Truckee Sports ExchangeThe Sports Exchange, a fixture of Truckee’s West River Street landscape and leading sporting goods store in the region, was recently sold to longtime manager Rob Cavallo.

Cavallo has played a key role in the growth of Truckee Sports Exchange over the past eight years as an employee and manager. He has spearheaded many significant improvements to provide locals and visitors with the best possible shopping experience in the Truckee-Tahoe area. read more →

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Geoff Clarke, Sustainable Mountaineer

His obsession with backcountry skiing and adventure all started at age eight. He’d hike up Hobbit Hill in South Lake Tahoe with his dog, Sugar, and ski down.

As the adventures have grown longer and more challenging since chasing Sugar four decades ago, he’s still charging.

Meet Geoff Clarke; mountaineer, backcountry guide, photographer and green builder.

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Acquainted with the Cold by Lexa Hillyer On Sale at Bona Fide Books

Restless and exhilarating, Lexa Hillyer’s inaugural collection spins headlong into a rush of sound and image, revealing the possibilities hidden beneath a thin layer of ice or snow. Acquainted with the Cold, winner of the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, begins with a seduction and ends with a call: “Barred owl, I’m ready./Convince me of eternity.” Through her poems, Hillyer invites the reader to live more fully, to delve into the wild possibilities open to us all.

Order online today at Bona Fide Books.

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The Ski Bum Life by Gary Bell

Someone asked me the other day if I was a ski bum.

This was a question that had me standing there going, “huh well uh.”

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Tahoe Rim Trail, 3rd Edition by Tim Hauserman

Tahoe Rim Trail 3rd Edition 2012, is written by local author Tim Hauserman who has hiked the entire trail, every inch. He’s biked the open sections, has volunteered to build trail sections, and is one of the biggest advocates for the TRTA.

He’s one heck of a writer too.

An avid adventurer and explorer, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two years old, and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Tahoe-scape Light Fixtures combine Artistry and Function

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

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn on the Road Again

rick-gunn-2009-soul-journeyAfter three years, 33 countries and 25,811 miles around the globe by bicycle, he’s back on the road again.

Rick Gunn, photojournalist and bicycle adventurer, aka Soulcycler, is headed down another path of travel and self-discovery, this time starting in Scotland.

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Polly McGehee of Bodywise Massage

Polly has been the owner of Bodywise Massage in Tahoe City for 16 years. Last year she became a certified Visionary Craniosacral Therapist.

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Remembering Shane McConkey

Lake Tahoe and the world lost one of the most beloved and profound big mountain skiers and BASE jumpers on March 26th; and a wonderful human being.

Not only did Shane McConkey charge while skiing, it’s how he lived his life.  On and off the slopes, he brought joy and excitement to every interaction.

Shane’s generosity with his friends and family and humbleness in his business and skiing achievements exemplify a life well lived of epic proportions.

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Local Green Builders & Product Guide by SIGBA

cedar2.jpgIt’s becoming more affordable and easy to build green and live green.

We have some of the most innovative green building designers, builders, renovators and providers of sustainable and green living products.

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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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Alpine Meadows Patrol Dog Trading Cards now Available

Aside from the safety factor they provide, the Alpine Meadows Patrol Dogs’ “cute factor” is off the Richter scale so Alpine has found a way that guests can take the dogs home with them – sort of.

Ten Alpine Meadows Patrol Dog trading cards are now available at various locations around the resort’s base facility.

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Recycling for Art’s sake.

spiral2.JPG The beauty of recycling is artistically captured in her unique creations.

“Recycle, Re-create, Re-energize” is the theme of this highly acclaimed local artist who is fascinated with the after life of recycled products.

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Recycled earrings handmade in South Shore

recycledearingsbymel.JPGThis new, locally-made jewelry is light as a…well, as a piece of paper!

Or a few pieces of paper that is.

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