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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Katie Royce-Salazar specializes in architectural renderings, home portraits and mountain watercolor landscapes.
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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 and one local photographer. Katie Royce- Salazar, Gale Davis and Nancy Clarke will be the featured artists this week on the Tallac Historic Site. Royce-Salazar will exhibit in the Pope Twin Cabin from July 14-21. Gale Davis, photographer, will exhibit in the Valhalla Grand Hall July 17-22. Nancy Clarke will also exhibit in the Valhalla Grand Hall July 18-25. The Grand Hall and the Pope Twin Cabin will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Royce-Salazar has an architecture degree with a fine arts emphasis from the University of Colorado. She worked six years in residential architecture. Since June 2001, she has been an inspiring watercolor artist, focusing primarily on commissioned paintings. Recently, she was featured in SKI Magazine as a promising new mountain watercolor artist. Royce-Salazar specializes in architectural renderings and home portraits but her other specialty is mountain watercolor landscapes. Having grown up at Lake Tahoe and spending the past 15 years in the Colorado Rockies, she has spent her entire life in the mountains. She loves to capture the beauty of her surroundings in watercolor images.

Local amateur photographer Gale Davis will be exhibiting his “Faces of China,” a series of portraits of the people he and his wife Cynthia encountered on their trip to China last October. They traveled to Hong Kong, Guilin, Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. They also cruised along the magnificent Yangtze River from the Three Gorges Dam to Chongking.

“The best way to convey the essence of a foreign country is in the faces of its people,” Gale said. He is a retired UPS executive and has lived in Zephyr Cove since 1997. He is also co-owner of The Davis Gallery of Fine Art in Genoa.

Nancy Clarke loves experiencing the Western landscape and expressing that experience in her painting. She paints in oils because of their versatility, brilliant color and texture. Her style is impressionistic. For her, it is all about the amazing natural light in the Western states and what it does to color, form and values. Clarke works primarily with oil paints, and likes to experience, photograph, and paint landscapes. Clarke’s art education includes training at the University of Illinois, Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and the California Art Institute in Westlake Village. Her work is represented in galleries in both California and Nevada. She is a member of five art organizations and has won numerous awards at juried art shows.

For more information about these artists or “Art for All” 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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