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Crafts, food and more at Fine Arts Festival

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Provided to the TribuneA silk painting by Louise Howes titled "North of Cave Rock" is the event cover art for the Tahoe Arts Project's seventh annual Fine Arts Festival.

This is not your typical craft fair. Seek out the experience offered by the Tahoe Arts Project Fine Arts Festival on July 12 and 13. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 at South Tahoe Middle School, 2940 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Visitors to the Fine Arts Festival will enjoy Cold Stone Creamery, German sausages, a Chuck Wagon with burgers, nachos and hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade.

Tahoe Arts Project lands its seventh annual event at South Tahoe Middle School with free admission to more than 40 artists who will present their unique talent. The event includes food, children’s art projects and entertainment.

Event cover artist Louise Howes will feature her silk painting “North of Cave Rock.” Other locals participating are Dirk Yuricich, photographer; Molly Bennett, jeweler; Heather Kovac, jeweler; Ann Thennes, gourd art; and the highly spirited dancers of Java Djembe. There will be a variety of local performers in music, dance, Aikido demonstration, singing, belly dancers and even a bagpiper.

The Fine Arts Festival will feature various artists demonstrating how they create their work. The Picasso Art Park is an art area specifically for children, and it will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Work donated by some of the artists, including a silk painting by Howes, will be raffled off to support local youth via TAP performing arts programs.

A wide variety of fine art, including painting, glasswork, jewelry, photography, woodwork, ceramics, sculpture, wearable art and metalwork, will be featured at the festival, which is a fundraiser for TAP, a nonprofit organization that brings professional performing arts to more than 5,000 students in South Lake Tahoe and provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the community.

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TAP is fortunate to receive support from local businesses and major sponsors, including Heavenly Mountain Resort, Charter Advertising and Design, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture and Signs of Tahoe.

TAP hires artists to perform at 11 local schools serving more than 5,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade students to meet the need for high quality fine-arts activities for the region’s children. “For most of these children, TAP provides their only exposure to live performing arts,” said TAP executive director Peggy Thompson.

The nonprofit organization relies on the generosity of the local community to sponsor and fund the programs TAP brings to enrich the lives of local children. Donations will support the 2008 school performance programs.

To make a donation, obtain a membership application, volunteer and for more information, call (530) 542-3632, e-mail or visit