TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee will teem with art and activity during the Historic Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12. Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchant's Association, this free event welcomes visitors to browse and shop among the original work of artists and crafters from across the western United States showcasing their handcrafted creations including original photography, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and much more.Taking place in downtown Truckee’s walkable historic mountain setting on the closed street of Bridge Street between Donner Pass Road and Jibboom Street, the unique venue offers something for everyone, whether you want to experience the history of the area, meet artists and craftspeople, stroll along the river, shop among the many independent boutique stores or eat at any one of more than a dozen restaurants. Among the artists showcasing their wares at this year’s show is Jessica Hall of Truckee who makes unique, handcrafted jewelry incorporating silver, gold, enamel, and gemstones. Her line of jewelry includes rings bracelets, earrings and necklaces. “My styles and inspiration are fueled by nature, past travels, and whatever I may dream up,” said Jessica. “Of course, the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area is a never-ending inspiration too.”Painter Eva Stramer Nichols of Truckee originally started painting with watercolors because she wanted to paint little sketches as part of her travel journals around the world. Color, nature, water, landscapes, flowers and birds inspire her work and she paints both plein air as well as in her studio. Eva has won numerous awards, and also teaches workshops in the Truckee, Tahoe and Reno.David Rully of Penn Valley, Calif. makes wooden spoons to be used even though he said some customers hang them on the wall. His handmade utensils are heirloom quality hardwood and their life is easily extended with a little thoughtful, loving care, such as oiling them with a good cooking oil every now and then. “Like most of us, each spoon starts out as a rough, unformed piece of organic matter with great potential,” said David. “It’s only through careful handling, shaping, and finishing that the true transformation comes about.”Other artists participating in the event include watercolorist Jeffrey Severn of Grass Valley with his “laughing bear art;” Karen Colbert of Incline Village, Nev.one of Lake Tahoe’s most recognized artists, with a variety of hand-crafted functional quilts for the wall; and John Manley of Washoe Valley, Nev. who has been creating ceramic vessels for nearly 20 years.For more information contact the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association at 530-587-3161 or Pacific Fine Arts at 209-267-4394, or visit www.pacificfinearts.com. You may also see more information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PacificFineArts and on Twitter @PacificFineArts.