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Art league meeting will focus on bear invasion

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Artist Darcie Park-Bissonnette, shown here with posters she created for the Great Gatsby Festival, will be the guest demonstrator at Tahoe Art League's Feb. 8 meeting.

Bears, bears, bears! This summer the South Shore will welcome about 50 bears – not the usual kind – but fun, painted and decorated bears. At the Wednesday Tahoe Art League meeting, members and guests will hear about the Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority’s exciting Bears by the Lake – A CeleBEARtion Project. Check out

Patrick Kaler, LTVA executive director, will give a short presentation to TAL, describing the project and how artists can be a part of the Bears By The Lake Project.

After refreshments and voting on the art contest will come the meeting’s main event – Darcie Park-Bissonnette. She will give a presentation and demonstration of her art – painting and decorating a fiberglass sculpture. She will relate her experience as an artist creating her Reno Rodeo Ram for Reno’s 2002 “Counting Sheep” Project. The “Rodeo Ram” was purchased by INTUIT and resides in their Reno lobby.

Park has followed in the footsteps of her “Illustrator Heroes” Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. Growing up in an artistic family – her mother taught her to draw, her grandmother gave her oil painting lessons and her contractor father taught her drafting and perspective – she was off to a great start. Following her dream of earning her living in a field she loved, Park attended California State University and received her bachelor of fine arts in 1991. She has enhanced her education by securing certification in “Computer Graphic Design” (1989); “Betty Edwards Teaching Methods” (1997); and “Non Profit Organization Marketing and Fundraising” (2000).

Park-Bissonnette is now a full-time Tahoe resident. As a child she vacationed and camped in Tahoe and she moved here as an adult. However, she often traveled back to the Los Angeles area for her work. Recently married to Mark Bissonnette, she now works out of her local studio, Park Art Studio. Teaching classes in drawing and painting are a part of her future plans for Tahoe.

You can see examples of her work on her Web site,

An exceptional illustrator and fine-art artist, Park’s work ranges from the comical to the historical to the fanciful to whatever her client requires. She has illustrated many books, including children’s books. “S is for Silver,” a new book written by Eleanor Coerr and illustrated by Park, is available in local book stores. It is more than an alphabet book, it is a historical and poetic publication, with illustrations that are charming and educational. It has an almost ageless appeal.

Helped with Gatsby fest

Tahoe locals will surely recognize Park’s work for the Great Gatsby Festival. She has produced “Gatsby Posters” since 1998. The following statements, by Park, give us an insight into her and her artistic creations.

“I create worlds, stories within the paintings, whether it’s a fantasy world of knights and dragons, or a slice of life: a realistic world of people and places. My work is not meant to be absolutely accurate. Like memories of special events in your life, I try to capture the essence or feeling of that moment in time, and if for only the briefest moment, I can awaken emotions or memories that connect the viewer to the art, I consider myself successful as an artist. Each piece I create is built upon experiences of the last, a continuous exploration of methods and materials. You may never become rich in this field, and you may never become well known, but there is nothing quite like giving life to an idea.”

Meetings each month

Tahoe Art League meetings take place from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Now that TAL is meeting at the senior center, there is ample room for members and guests.

In addition to the meeting and presentation, there is an art contest each month and members are encouraged to bring recent works to enter in the contest. The three winning pieces are exhibited at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce during the following month.

To learn more about TAL view the league’s Web site at or, or call (530) 577-2604 or (775) 588-3579.

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