August 29, 2013
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
You’ve never experienced anything like this. Only in Tahoe.
Poetry, music, dance and art in nature, Trails and Vistas strives to inspire individual participation in both artistic exploration and environmental stewardship.
Connect to nature’s beauty and explore your creative power within at the 10th annual Trails and Vistas art hike series on September 7 and 8, 2013 along the Pacific Crest Trail at Donner Summit.
What started as a small grass roots event by local artists has blossomed into one of the most unique collaborations between nature and art that attracts visitors from all over.
Trails and Vistas Founder Nancy Tieken Lopez works with choreographer and Executive Director of InnerRhythms Dance Theatre in Truckee, Elizabeth Archer, to create the interactive art hikes where the participants become part of the experience.
On Sept. 7 & 8, 2013 attendees from around the country will hike along the Pacific Crest Trail on Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest for Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary. The theme for the art hikes is “Reflections.”
“We are very excited to bring a depth of talent in dance, art and music from around the world to this magical trail with alpine lakes and glacier boulders,” said Nancy Tieken Lopez, executive and co-artistic director of Trails and Vistas. “We are lucky to have worked with so many talented artists since we began the art hikes in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe region. We have asked a number of artists to return to help us honor the past and celebrate our 10th year anniversary.”
In addition to the art hikes, Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary concert will take place at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
THE ART HIKES
More than 30 participating artists including musicians, dancers, poets, singers and visual artists will perform aside stunning alpine lakes, next to a cathedral of pines and with breathtaking vistas as a backdrop. Artists include internationally acclaimed Angelika who sings songs and healing chants in ancient Sanskrit and Ian Ethan Case, a musician of the double-neck guitar and African Kalimba, whose rhythmic and melodic sounds are both innovative and deeply rooted in tradition, among many others.
Each hiker is encouraged to slow down, breathe deeply and listen to the language of nature during Trails & Vistas. Art hikes will be offered every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 8. Specialty hikes include family hikes for those hiking with children, meditative hikes for those wanting an especially quiet and spiritual connection (adults only) and leisurely hikes for those who prefer or need a slower pace. Tickets will go on sale on April 22, Earth Day. Advance purchase is highly recommended (the event has sold out every year). Tickets cost $30 for adults and $10 for children. The art-hike lasts approximately 3 hours.
“We believe that the arts transform the human experience, that art is a gift to be shared. We proudly support this annual event,” explains Elizabeth Archer, InnerRhythms executive director and the co-artistic director of the Trails & Vistas art hikes.
10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Trails & Vistas will be offering a lively and memorable evening concert at the Truckee Amphitheatre as part of the 10th anniversary celebration. Attendees will enjoy the visually intriguing performance by double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case, Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, a Japanese drum group based in Reno, NV and the forty-piece San Jose State Symphony Orchestra plus an opening act by the award-winning Native American Flutist Ann Licater from Los Angeles. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. Art hike attendees can take advantage of a 50% di”Dreams are rich in visual imagery and symbols, lending a vast diversity of inspiration for the Trails and Vistas artists,” shares Artistic Director and founder Nancy Tieken Lopez who began designing art hikes as a graduate student at San Jose State University in 1992.scount ($10) for the concert when purchasing art hike and concert ticket online. Non-hikers can experience the world music concert for $20 advance/$30 at the door.
POETRY AND STORYTELLING
“Native American music, especially drums, rattles and chants are a part of my culture, and, growing up, music was always inside my heart and soul,” shares Blackhawk, a 2012 art hike participant who learned music from his uncle Guy Many Horses and his grandfather Two Feathers. At the age of twenty-two, Blackhawk moved from music to become a professional kick boxer, winning four world kickboxing titles and earning an eighth degree Black Belt in karate. Now retired from kickboxing and living in Utah, Blackhawk is back in the studio sharing stories through his music. For the 2006 Trails and Vistas art hike Blackhawk shared his karate knowledge on top of a giant boulder, silently moving with power and fluidity. Blackhawk will be storytelling and playing his 12-string guitar in honor of his brother Red Hawk, a long time art hike artist, who passed away last year.
Trails and Vistas also showcases local creative talent. Poet and dancer Jean Louise Fournier has performed her poetry at Trails and Vistas for the past four years and will return with movements that show a strong connection to place.
Hiking shoes, water and appropriate attire are recommended. This is an outdoor event and subject to varying weather conditions. Although we all love dogs, they have to stay home. And photography is not allowed.