TRUCKEE, Calif. — Nonprofit organization Trails and Vistas announces the ninth annual series of art hikes on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, at Donner Ski Ranch. Attendees will experience original dances, rare musical performances, poetry readings, storytelling and installation art along a guided 2-mile hike that creatively blends art and nature. The theme for the 2012 Trails and Vistas art hikes is “The Dreaming Tree.”More than 30 talented artists and 60 volunteers will collaborate to present the signature art hikes. In addition to tapping Truckee-Tahoe creative talent, artists will come from Grass Valley, Chico, Davis, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area and Utah to perform in The Dreaming Tree. Artists range from world musicians and dancers to storytellers and visual artists.Trails and Vistas’ art experiences in nature are the only guided art hikes of their kind throughout the state.Attendees chose from one of the many morning and afternoon scheduled art hikes and immerse themselves in the two-to-three hour long, quiet guided adventure through the natural world.“My art is about connection — to a place, to the earth, to people’s lives. The Dreaming Tree art hikes are sure to inspire, surprise and delight our senses,” said Nancy Tieken Lopez, Trails and Vistas’ artistic and executive director, who began designing art hikes while earning a Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose State University.Host sponsor Donner Ski Ranch offers sweeping views of Donner Lake and the Sierra Nevada as well as a relaxing place to enjoy refreshments.The advance admission cost for the art hike is $30 general admission and $10 for ages 5 to 12-years-old. The art hikes sell out in advance.Organizers encourage people to purchase tickets this month. If there are tickets available the day of the hike, the cost is $40. Visit www.trailsandvistas.org for tickets and more information.Additional art hike sponsors include The Cedar House Sport Hotel, Hampton Inn andamp; Suites, Kelly Brothers Painting, Moody’s Bistro, Bar andamp; Beats, The Richardson House, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and The Truckee Hotel. Media partners include Cap Radio, 101.5, Moonshine Ink, Sierra Sun and The Weekly.Visit www.trailsandvistas.org for the most up to date event news and list of 2012 participating artists.About Trails and VistasTrails and Vistas is a non-profit organization based in Truckee. Nancy Tieken Lopez collaborated with nonprofit organizations to design the first Trails and Vistas art hike in 2004. Trails and Vistas’ mission is to create art experiences in nature that inspire environmental awareness. Today the distinctive art hikes are a collaborative effort led by Lopez and co-director Elizabeth Archer with vital support from volunteers and regional environment and arts organizations including the Truckee Donner Land Trust, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and the KidZone Museum. Visit www.trailsandvistas.org for tickets and more information.