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19th annual Sacramento Arts Festival features Lake Tahoe-based artists

Autumn Whitney
South Lake Tahoe artist Kit Night enjoys plein air painting, which allows her to spend time in nature. Pictured is her work "Blue Meander."
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From Friday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 6, five Tahoe artists will display their work at the 19th annual Sacramento Arts Festival. Sure, it’s a drive to the Sacramento Convention Center — where the event is held — but with over 225 of America’s best contemporary craftsmen and fine artists on display, it’ll be worth the gas money.

Over 15,000 original works are featured at the event, and attendees have the opportunity to meet and interact with the creators. Feast your eyes on drawings, printmaking, photography, 3-dimensional mixed media and more. Tahoe artists’ works range from mystery novels to jewelry, wooden bowls and paintings.

“It’s a juried festival, so you submit your work and get selected. I’ve done it for several years, and it’s the only show I do in Sacramento. The rest are in the Bay Area, and I do a couple in Tahoe,” South Lake Tahoe painter Kit Night said.

Her contemporary work showcases radiant colors, but is based on reality.

“I work from observation. I feel free to tweak it, whether it’s the landscape or a still life I set up in my studio,” Night explained.

She began to take painting seriously in 1990, and for 26 years has worked six to seven days a week. Night enjoys plein air painting, which allows her to be out in nature.

“You respond to all the elements — it’s like trying to paint a motion picture. The sun is moving in the sky and the weather is changing. All of a sudden a hawk will drop out of the sky and grab a fish from the river right next to you. It’s alive and fun,” she added.

Learn more about her art at http://www.kitnight.com.

Incline Village artist Judy Whitmire runs Whitmire Woodcraft with her husband. The two specialize in creating conventional bowls with an artistic flair.

“When we retired my husband decided to make wooden bowls, and I fell in love with it. He makes them now, and I do the finishing and decorations. We started out as hobbyists and it got out of control very quickly,” Judy said.

The couple receives walnut wood from providers in Oregon and Washington, then craft the bowls at their home in Incline Village. While they’ve been creating bowls for 14 years, this is their first year participating in the Sacramento Arts Festival. Learn more about their work at http://www.whitmirewoodcraft.com.

Renowned Tahoe mystery writer Todd Borg will also make an appearance at the festival. Known as the author of the Owen McKenna Mystery Thrillers, Borg has participated in the Sacramento Arts Festival for approximately seven years.

“I learned long ago that to exhibit books at an art and wine festival, or an art festival or harvest festival, is just a very good way to meet readers. When readers come by in a place they don’t expect to see books, they go, ‘What’s this crazy guy doing here?’

“If you think about it, I represent the literary arts at the festivals I do,” Borg said.

His stories center on McKenna, a former San Francisco-based homicide inspector who now works as a private detective in Lake Tahoe.

Learn more about the author and his series at http://www.toddborg.com.

The three Basin-based artists are joined by fellow Lake Tahoe craftsmen Andrea King, who works with jewelry, and Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk, who creates with ceramics.

The 19th annual Sacramento Arts Festival is held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and children under age 12 enter for free.

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street in downtown Sacramento. Additional information is available at http://www.sacartsfest.com.

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