Art gallery has a homey feel
“I’d love to open an art gallery with you where we could showcase nature-themed art right here at the lake’s edge, but I don’t yet know of the right artist that we could build the gallery around,” said Janette Dean last February to her partner, Sean Haggerty. “We need a very special artist who can paint Lake Tahoe and other landscapes with undeniable distinction.”
Later that same month, while attending a Chamber of Commerce business mixer to help promote their Ski Run Marina chocolate shop, “Oh Fudge!,” Dean saw a collection of art pieces that made her jaw drop. “Oh my God,” she thought as she made her way in front of a particularly striking scene called “Cascade-Rubicon Shoreline.” “Whose work can this be? It’s impressionistic, yet so vital and alive.” Dean turned to the man in the booth and said, “I love these pieces. The style is incredible.”
The man smiled and said, “Thank you. They happen to be mine. I’m Peter Darvas.”
Having only lived here one year after moving up from Los Angeles, Dean didn’t yet know that E. Peter Darvas also had the local and international reputation she wanted in a predominant artist for a potential gallery. With more than four decades of major exhibitions in cities worldwide, Darvas had created a prolific collection of more than 5,000 paintings in private collectors’ homes and offices that included landscapes, still lifes, portraits, nudes and sculpture. A couple of days and excited conversations later between Dean, Haggerty and Darvas marked the beginning of a friendship that has led to this coming week’s grand opening of Lake Tahoe’s newest art gallery called Art for the Home.
“I came up with the name as a way to convey the casual, friendly atmosphere we have at our gallery. We don’t want our gallery to feel stuffy or high pressure. We like to be on a first-name basis with our clients. Lake Tahoe is a hip, but laid-back place where people come to relax and enjoy themselves, and we want people to feel the same way when they visit our gallery,” Dean said.
They also wanted to create a lounge-like atmosphere of art, wine and conversation that Haggerty has created with their Thursday night and Saturday afternoon summer art shows featuring guest artists, guest musicians, beverages and appetizers, which naturally include bite-size morsels of their freshly made fudge.
“Our lakeside setting and village courtyard provide the perfect venue for local art lovers and Tahoe visitors enjoying our lake activities to mingle and hang out. And our fellow marina merchants, Riva Grill and Dockside Deli, offer outdoor dining before and after our shows. Ski Run Marina is a great place for an art gallery,” Dean said.
The gallery’s grand opening will take place June 15 though June 18. The public will have the opportunity to meet Peter Darvas from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday as well as from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. He’ll be sharing stories about several paintings to be shown for the first time, which are additions to his very popular Lake Tahoe Portfolio created appropriately enough in water media.
Free validated parking is available in the main Ski Run Marina parking lot and also one block north across Lake Tahoe Boulevard in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Osgood Avenue.
For more information, contact Art for the Home gallery at (530) 541-1658.