Artist’s work for sale this weekend
Linda de Curtis is retiring. Not entirely – just from painting Emerald Bay.
Almost a half century ago, the artist laid eyes on Lake Tahoe and created her first Emerald Bay painting. Eight thousand Lake Tahoe paintings later, she is experiencing a longing to change course. She is seeking out the goal of self-expression, going beyond the goals of monetary gain, with new ideas to put into play.
Although she is closing her art studio, she will still be available for commission work. She will paint Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay if requested, but she is ready to paint for herself -create what she likes.
“I love to do figures and people. I like to incorporate feeling into my work. It’s time to show my artistic side, not just the commercial one. I have been painting commercially since I was 13 years old. Throughout my life, 99 percent of my work has been for my stomach and 1 percent for my soul. It’s time for a change,” de Curtis said.
All her collection of paintings of Tahoe and other subjects are now for sale, giving de Curtis a clean slate to start her new endeavors. All the de Curtis paintings will be on display and available for purchase today through Sunday at Windchimes by the Lake at Ski Run Marina, 900 Ski Run Blvd., Suite 103. The sale provides a wonderful opportunity for people to own a special piece of the artist’s work. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and de Curtis will be on hand each day from noon to 4 p.m. to answer questions and sign her work. For details call (775) 588-3931.
“Everything must go – paintings, prints, giclee, mixed media on Plexiglas and wearable art,” de Curtis said.
The first de Curtis studio was above Poor Pierre’s restaurant, now Hoss Hoggs, and she had a gallery in the Round Hill Mall for 30 years. Her art has traveled extensively and she has presented shows in Italy, Venezuela, Hawaii and Alaska as well as in several galleries throughout the United States.
De Curtis was born into a family of painters and musicians at Naples, Italy. Her father, who was a professor at the Academy of Arts in Naples, was her first art teacher, and two of her uncles achieved acclaim with the musical composition, “Come Back to Sorrento.” Two of her brothers also are renowned Italian artists.
For an overview of de Curtis’ history, her portfolio of work and contact information visit her Web site at http://www.decurtisartstudio.com. For more information she may be called at (775) 588-3931.