Carson City arts display spotlights clarity of Lake Tahoe |

Carson City arts display spotlights clarity of Lake Tahoe

Classic Blue and other photos by Dylan Silver are up at the Carson City Community Center.
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The Capital City Arts Initiative is presenting its exhibition, Tahoe Clarity, by artist Dylan Silver, in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center.

Silver is a Lake Tahoe-based journalist and photographer. He first started exploring underwater at age 8, diving overboard from a rubber dinghy in the coves around Sand Harbor.

After finishing high school near Eureka, Calif., Silver returned to South Lake Tahoe to attend Lake Tahoe Community College before moving on to San Francisco State University, where he completed a bachelor’s in journalism. Again, he came back to Lake Tahoe.

As a reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, he picked up photography, documenting the people, environment and businesses of the Tahoe Basin. He always knew he wanted to take his camera into the water to photograph the beauty of the lake’s clarity. It took a fortuitous bid on eBay to gain the necessary equipment. When his funky, red underwater camera housing arrived in December 2014, Silver was in the water the next day.

Over the next two years, he shot for more than 60 days and gathered more than 100,000 images. He swam at least once every month of the year, sometimes in water that hovered around 40 degrees. In July 2016, he started sharing the images under the banner Tahoe Clarity.

Silver earned his M.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, this year and lives in South Lake Tahoe. More of his work can be found on,,, and his personal website,

During the exhibition, Silver will give talks about his work to art students at local high schools.

The exhibit opened July 7 and will be in the gallery until Nov. 9. The Community Center is at 851 E. William St. in Carson City.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during the city’s official public meetings and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For Sierra Room access, call 775-283-7421, or email to, or check meeting schedules at

For information about CCAI, go to

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