Art and wine lovers will want to visit Heavenly Village Friday, Saturday |

Art and wine lovers will want to visit Heavenly Village Friday, Saturday

Rick Chandler

It was just serendipity that one of the Village Art Gallery’s biggest events of the year happens to be on the same weekend as the Tahoe Arts Project Wine Walk.

The two great events converge on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 at the Heavenly Marriott Village in South Lake Tahoe. Amidst Saturday’s TAP Wine Walk — in which virtually all of the businesses in the Village are participating – the Village Art Gallery is presenting the second in its continuing series with sculptor Sandy Allie and photographer Jennifer Vaughn.

“Since our Women in the Arts is always on the third weekend of the month this turned out to be a happy coincidence,” said Village Art Gallery director Frederick Green. “We’re really excited about bringing in these two really talented local artists to show their phenomenal work.”

Allie, who lives in South Lake Tahoe, is a nationally known sculptor whose work has appeared in Sculptural Pursuit Magazine.

“That is truly a high honor,” Green said. “This is something you have to see in person to truly appreciate Sandy’s incredible bronze sculptures. She personally creates and casts each figure. Their grace and beauty is without equal.”

Vaughn, who lives in Markleeville, is also nationally renowned.

“I always say that she is too young to be so talented,” Green said. “Her use of negative space and composition transforms the often overlooked simplicity of our life into the extraordinary. There are not any scenes of Tahoe in this collection, only awesome images of the unseen and overlooked which carry the viewer into another realm.”

Vaughn is one of the youngest photographers to have been featured in American Photography Magazine.

The program will be held on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information: (530) 542-4433.

Participating shops are Wines on The Lake, The Treehouse, Sun Art, Rock Your World, Wyland Gallery, Oh My Godard Gallery, Sun Art, Cold Stone Creamery, Del Sol, Scruples, Cowboys and Indians, Rocky Mt. Chocolate, Allure Hair and Nail Spa, High Chaparral, Helly Hansen, Rain Urbana, Sealed With a Kiss, Village Art Gallery, Tahoe Boot ‘n’ Bike Works Cinnebon and The Gold Store.

Cost is $20 and includes a TAP logoed wine glass along with a map of the Heavenly Village highlighting participating stores. Check in at the TAP table near the ice rink to purchase your glass and pick up your map.

A raffle will round out the event with Village stores donating a variety of prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 and the winner does not need to be present.

All proceeds from this event will go toward artists’ fees for TAP’s 2007-08 season. TAP’s performing arts in the schools provide over 5,000 K-12th grade students the opportunity to experience live performing artists from various cultures.

The mission of Tahoe Arts Project is to provide cultural enrichment and diversity for the community through the arts and education with particular focus on our youth. For more information on TAP or The Wine Walk, call (530) 542-3632.

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