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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

Soak up some local knowledge about the other wild creatures that call this place home with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS).

TINS hosts several activities and events to introduce Tahoe’s natural history, science, and conservation issues to the public through walks and talks, citizen science programs, or other special events such as wildflower tours.

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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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Tahoe Star Tours with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen

Tony Tahoe Star Tours

Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear dark nights are perfect for star gazing and there’s no better guide than poet-astronomer Tony Berendsen, owner to Tahoe Star Tours.

Fascinated with Astronomy since he was given a telescope at age eight, Tony uses a unique mix of art and science to help his guests understand the view into space.  He recites poems written for the purpose of describing the cosmos, he calls “Poastromy” during his Tahoe Star Tours.

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Tahoe Food Hub Fueled by Innovation

Jeremy Mineau of Super Tuber FarmLearn how to grow food in the mountains with the local farmers who created Tahoe Food Hub and the Sierra Agroecology Center in Truckee.

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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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Pro Bike Racer Tasa Herndon

She’s a pro mountain bike downhill racer.

And art framer.

Meet Tasa Herndon.

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Iconic Burgers and Mountain Culture

After skiing all day nothing beats a big, fat juicy burger at the Bridge Tender in Tahoe City.

It’s a North Lake Tahoe institution for those seeking a fix of rare, medium and well-done mountain culture.

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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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Un Vero Gusto: Coffeebar Truckee

Right when you thought there was no possible way to make the coffee experience better, Coffeebar – a modern style Italian Coffeebar with a sustainable twist – arrives on the scene.

This is what we love about our mountain culture. Steaming hot with local artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs, Coffeebar has transformed a historic industrial dig located one block off the main drag in Truckee into an unpretentious gathering place. It’s expanded to Reno too, and hosts Literary Arts & Wine, a monthly reading series held the third Sunday of every month at 6:00 pm in Truckee.

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Dinner in the Barn

The annual “Dinner in the Barn” series hosted by Sierra Valley Farms features guest chefs who prepare a feast using produce so fresh it grew in the field hours before they serve the four-course meal in a 1936-era barn during.

Party of two?

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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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The art of flavor in every cup. Alpen Sierra Coffee.

christian.JPGInspired by his travels in Austria and the Sierra Nevada, Christian Waskiewicz founded Alpen Sierra Coffee Company in 1988.

He is Tahoe’s original coffee roaster, and has made it an art form.

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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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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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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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Birding at Lake Tahoe with TINS

Summer is a perfect time to learn about birds that migrate to Lake Tahoe for the season – and boy are they noisy this year. Join Kirk Hardie, Co- Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for bird watching walks to introduce us to the migratory birds of the Lake Tahoe region.

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Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw

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 over Memorial Day weekend includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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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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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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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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Martin Hollay and a Lifetime of Glove Making

As an apprentice glove maker in Hungary in the 1930s, Martin eventually moved to the U.S. in 1958 settling in South Lake Tahoe to live, ski, raise a family, and continue making hand stitched leather gloves using his glove press that is over 100 years old.

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Year-round Surf Shop in Kings Beach

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

talbot3.jpgI think he created a new music genre.

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 21

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival Takes place April 21, 2018 at The Village at Squaw Valley.

This all ages, community-sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors.  read more →

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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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Jim Woods Bird Watching Guide

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends with local birder Jim Woods. Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife.

Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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Coalition Snow Revolutionizes Women’s Snow Gear

Coaltion Snow Getting itTired of the shrink it and pink it model for women’s skis and snowboards?
This is it—skis and snowboards designed by women, for women. Coalition Snow focuses on what women can do rather than what they can’t.

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Alpine Meadows Patrol Dog Trading Cards

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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James Rawie Conductor of TOCCATA

Tahoe-events-TOCCATAUnder the masterful direction of James Rawie, The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area, aka TOCCATA, hold performances throughout the Lake Tahoe region.
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We live in a special place. A place so beautiful it nurtures the soul and creative spirit. A place so breathtaking it inspires conservation. A mountain culture that masters the fine art of living. Welcome to this place we call home. Welcome to Lake Tahoe. Meet the local artists, individuals, businesses and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
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