Antique appraisal, art offered by OPEN |

Antique appraisal, art offered by OPEN


You’ll notice his boisterous, spontaneous laughter first. Then, he’ll tell you with delight about his two passions — oil landscape painting and natural wood in-the-round carvings of wildlife animals. With a subdued, serious countenance, he’ll add, “I truly believe every man’s soul should not be denied artistic creations for lack of money.”

Larry Kendall will present his carvings and paintings until Sept. 4 as part of the Valhalla Summer Arts Festival at the Tallac Historic Site. Of special pride to him is that David Russo, master artist, is his teacher and is the only student to ever be accepted by Pablo Picasso.

Kendall has committed to the Ordinary People with Extraordinary Needs Antique Appraisal Faire to be presented Sept. 21 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Kendall and his teacher will take separate “paths.” Russo will appraise art inside the faire and Kendall will coordinate Art in the Park outside between the senior center and the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

In keeping with Kendall’s desire to provide affordable art, nothing over $200 per piece will be charged. The two-fold purpose of charging $5 plus $1 for each art piece offered will be to help OPEN help people without health care and at the same time help feed the artists. Each artist is responsible for his or her own 10-foot by 10-foot space

Both activities will begin at 10 a.m. The appraisal faire will conclude at 3 p.m. and Art in the Park at 5 p.m.

The first to sign up to submit to Art in the Park was Irma Roughton, a 37-year resident of South Lake Tahoe. Her love for color is vividly apparent in her bedazzling outfits and her bright white hair. “Always an artist,” she has studied with prominent artists from California, Oregon, Nevada, Florida and Hawaii. Her most recent teacher was the late Bob Ross. Roughton is now a certified Bob Ross instructor and teaches classes at her home as well as the senior center. She uses all mediums, but prefers oils. When she helped form the Tahoe Art League, “way back in the beginning,” her “studio” was room six inside South Tahoe Middle School. She has been president of the art league twice.

When people ask Roughton how long it took her to paint a picture, she responds, ” One hour to paint and 50 years to learn how to paint it quickly.”

Roughton and Kendall have paintings all over the world. She outnumbers him because she has painted longer, whereas he is a relative newcomer of three years.

OPEN is very grateful to offer to Tahoe a fall afternoon for people to enrich their souls, while at the same time help others in need of greater health. Together, everyone can make a difference.

For more information call Easter Mathewson, OPEN vice president, at (530) 544-0348.

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