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Artist specializes in 3-D work

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Come out to the Tallac Historic Site and enjoy the Valhalla Arts & Music Festival Artist Exhibition program. The season continues with two renowned artists – Ian Miller and Maryanna Kingman. Miller will exhibit in the Valhalla Grand Hall July 25-29 with his unique 3-D art. Kingman will exhibit in the Pope Estate Twin Cabin July 28 through Aug. 4. The Valhalla Grand Hall and the Pope Twin Cabin-Tallac Exhibition space will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and admission is free.

When Ian Miller retired he had to find something to do with his hands. “I’m not much of a reader,” he admitted. “This is my capture of idle time.” The 87-year-old Zephyr Cove resident has become an accomplished artist in the 3-D medium. He formerly worked in business and finance in San Francisco as a systems director or controller in several U.S. corporations, before retiring in 1980. Miller’s interest in 3-D pictures began after viewing an exhibit by Dutch artist Anton Pieck in “The Best of Holland” store in San Francisco. Miller was fascinated by Pieck’s rendering of life in the days before he was born.

Miller cuts individual pieces from a picture, then layers them. He uses a foam core to raise the pieces, enhancing the depth of the dimensions. The picture is then matted and framed. The pictures have a Dickensian quality. They are reminiscent of the early 1800s, depicting simple pleasures, daily tasks and children playing.

“Three-dimensional art is not very common. You don’t see much of it around, ” Miller said.

Maryanna Kingman returns to the Pope Twin Cabins to exhibit. Since 1990 she has spent her summers at Lake Tahoe as well as exhibiting during the Valhalla Festival and as one of the artists in residence, teaching art classes for children. Kingman attended San Jose State University and Columbia Junior College. She has exhibited at the California State Fair, the Yosemite Renaissance Fair and the National Print Show in Stockton and in galleries in Merced, Mariposa and Modesto. She has spent more than 30 years doing watercolors and working with colored pencils and black-and-white graphic pencils. She creates animals, birds and flowers of the Sierra Nevada.

Kingman has received awards from the California State Fair for Best of Show, the Mariposa County Fair, the Yosemite West Artist, the CCAl Gallo Show in Modesto, the Stockton National Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, the logo for the Mariposa County Seal, the Indian Council and the Coulterville History Center. She has exhibited her work in the Central California Art League Gallery in Modesto, The Arbor Art Gallery in Merced and the Mariposa Art Association Gallery in Mariposa.

For more information about these artists or art workshops call the Tahoe Tallac Association, sponsors of the Valhalla Arts & Music Festival, at (530) 541-4975.

The Tahoe Tallac Association operates under a special use permit with the LTBMU-USFSDA.

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