Art league stuff pulled from Horizon
After 36 years of cost-free shelter under Horizon Casino Resort’s roof, Tahoe Art League members need to find a new home for their work by May 23.
The decision to boot out the league, although inconvenient, is entirely justifiable, according to eight-year league member Lois Wooldridge.
The space belongs to the casino and the league has never paid a cent to display its work there.
“Originally we were in the long breezeway by the pool, for about 30 years I think,” Wooldridge said. “Then about six years ago Horizon decided to redecorate. They wanted to put advertising in the breezeway so they put us in the back lobby which I was grateful for – I mean, it’s free.”
Currently, 18 league paintings are displayed on chipboard mats in the rear parking lot entrance lobby. But with the new Wallace Theaters eight-screen multiplex scheduled to open inside the casino in August, the league was asked to remove their art to make room for coming attraction notices and movie marquees.
“I understand this is one of their only venues, but Wallace is paying good money and we have a strong partnership with them,” said Howard Reinhardt, Horizon’s vice president and general manager. “We don’t feel that good about the decision, but after 36 years, maybe it’s time for someone else to offer the art league some space.”
The decision however has some league members pretty upset.
“Some of the leaguers are really mad, but gosh, why should they give us a space?” Wooldridge said. “It’s not a situation where we’ve been wronged, I just take it with a grain of salt. I mean, why get upset? They were giving us the space for free.”
Wooldridge said the league displays some of their work at the Department of Motor Vehicles and at Aspen Sierra Coffee Company, but this move forces them to find an alternative.
“I guess now we’ll just all take our work home until we figure out what to do,” Wooldridge said. “We’ve been discussing maybe renting another building, even though when we had a co-op in the past and signed a year lease, we just couldn’t make ends meet.”
Back in the day when the league displayed their work in the long Horizon corridor, 135 paintings and photographs hung there at all times.
“Now we have 18 pictures,” Wooldridge said. “It’s just kind of who’s willing to put up with you.”
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