Art projects for South Shore |

Art projects for South Shore

Public art, testament to the spirit and creativity of a city, is markedly rare in South Lake Tahoe.

But with several projects nearing completion and a good number in the planning stages, that may soon change. Phylise Walker, city arts development coordinator, said at least five major projects are planned this summer and early fall.

–A free-standing rock sculpture with a built-in waterfall, by Smartville, Calif., artist Ralph Mullican, will be completed this spring when Mullican finishes drilling slats for the water. The piece, sculpted from a 16,000-pound bolder, will be displayed on a nature walk trail behind Embassy Vacation Resort at the bottom of Ski Run Boulevard.

–A 15-foot-tall landscape relief in steel and granite, by South Lake Tahoe artist John Fellows, will be placed on the median of Ski Run Boulevard. The sculpture, although mostly complete, will only be installed after the construction season has concluded and Ski Run roadwork is finished.

–A marble, life-size sculpture of a Washoe woman holding a child in her arms will be displayed near the end of the Linear Park fence, in front of the large Embassy Vacation Resort water filtering pond. The piece, by Scherz, Nev., artist, Arnold Aragon, will be set in a half-circle with walkways leading to it.

–A mural of the Celio family during a cattle drive, displayed on the outside walls of Supply One in Meyers, will be completed by painter Bruce Rickett, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In conjunction with the mural, a ranching exhibit will go on display at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum from mid-August through Sept. Walker said photos and stories about ranching in the Basin are welcome.

–The Artist Studio Tour, where 25-30 area artists open their studios for public tours, is Sept. 11 and 12. The $12 catalogs for the tours are available at both the Tahoe Douglas and South Lake Tahoe Chambers of Commerce, as well as various antique stores.

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