Artist to discuss painting at Tahoe |

Artist to discuss painting at Tahoe

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Dave Russo is joined by Tahoe Art League members during a plein air workshop at Wood's Lake. Pictured from left are Barbara Molony, Lois Loveless, Russo, Vern Lee, Sue Stevenson and Dorothy Davis.

The Tahoe Art League will host Dave Russo as their speaker/demonstrator for the March 9 meeting. Russo will speak about plein air painting in Tahoe and the Sierra. He will share suggestions about using lightweight equipment, creating value studies, composing paintings in the outdoors, and dealing with the ever-changing light. He will work on a watercolor and share stories about “selling your work on location.” Russo and participating TAL artists will show a collection of their work from the past two summers.

This presentation is scheduled as a kick-off for the very successful Artists-in-Action program that Russo leads each summer. Starting mid-May and progressing through the summer, Tahoe Art League members and guests are invited to join Russo for outdoor painting from 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

The group can work in a variety of mediums, joining together for inspiration and camaraderie. They visit beautiful locations such as Kiva Beach, Sand Harbor, Hope Valley, Carson Pass, Wood’s Lake, Caples’ Lake, and Echo View Estates.

Weather will dictate the first session, which will be at Venice Drive in the Tahoe Keys overlooking the marshes and Mt. Tallac. Artists who are interested in painting with Russo this season may contact Sue Stevenson at, call (530) 577-5394, or check the TAL Web site at

A booklet of maps and a schedule of locations will be available at the May 11 TAL meeting.

Many know Russo as an internationally recognized “realistic expressionist” who studied with Picasso in the 1940s. He is accomplished in several media and his works have been displayed worldwide in locations including London, Paris, and Geneva. Locally, his work can be viewed at Tahoe Country in the Heavenly Village and at Embassy Suites. He received a master’s in art from San Francisco State, a master’s in physical education from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in art from Stanford University. Although he retired from his work in the California school system as an art instructor and coach in 1985, he has continued a very active lifestyle. Presently, he is a very popular part time art instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College, teaching watercolors, drawing, and design.

In addition, he gives many hours of volunteer work to the community – coaching football, helping with Special Olympics, advising the Tahoe Art League, and teaching art at the senior center. Russo has generously given his art to benefit the LTCC Foundation, Tahoe Art League, Soroptimist, and the Womens’ Center.

Anyone interested in learning more about Russo’s art or requesting his new catalogue of paintings may contact him at or (530) 542-3513.

Members, guests and potential new members are all invited to the TAL meetings, which take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art Building, 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., between the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the SLT Senior Center.

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

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