Art league announces contest winners |

Art league announces contest winners

Provided to the Tribune
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Heidi Humbird won first place in the Tahoe Art League June contest with her pastel painting of her daughter.

Heidi Humbird received first prize in the June Tahoe Art League contest for her captivating pastel portrait of her daughter titled “Mara.” Humbird’s skill with life studies and portraiture is obvious in this pastel on black paper. She draws the viewer’s eye to Mara’s beautiful face, while masterfully capturing her subject’s challenging prone posture. As a professional dancer and choreographer, she knows all about posture and movement. She teaches dance classes at Lake Tahoe Community College and recently performed in the school’s production of “Hair.” She started taking pottery classes at LTCC back in 1993 and was amazed how dance composition was so closely related to the methods used to create a piece of pottery. Line, shape, value, balance, movement, and space are all so crucial for creating an interesting piece of art.

Humbird, her husband, Jerry, and their eight children moved from Tahoe to Las Vegas for a period during which she played keyboard and sang in a popular cover band. While in Vegas, she studied art with Barth White, a well known wall design and faux finishes artist whose work decorates many of the casinos.

Upon returning to Tahoe, Humbird resumed art courses at LTCC, studying with Francis Ryder, David Foster and Phyllis Shafer, all to enhance her “choreography of clay.” She shares her passion for art with her husband, who has recently discovered his talent in pottery.

To learn more about her art contact Humbird at

Works by Egon Klementi and Sue Stevenson tied for second prize. Klementi’s “dazzling” photomontage titled “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” brings us back to an exciting era in his life when he and his twin brother, Helmut, and wife, Elfie, performed their fantastic bicycle act. Contact him at to learn more about his art or to make an appointment to visit his studio.

Sue Stevenson’s watercolor study of “Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite” was influenced by John Pike’s and Lady Jill Mueller’s lessons on painting falling water. Lady Jill will present a one-day workshop painting on location in Tahoe Aug. 5 and 6. Visit her Web site at

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