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Fine arts will be festival’s focus

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Provided to the Tribune. An oil painting titled "Tahoe Shores" by Denise Mancour is on the program cover of the Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts.

Anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind art experience combined with outdoor fun can head to The Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts on July 7 and 8.

Not your typical craft fair, this festival combines unique creative wonders with interactive entertainment all in a Tahoe outdoor setting at South Tahoe Middle School, 2940 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Admission is free.

The festival will feature more than 50 fine artists and their creations. Gift ideas, food booths, live music, dancing, Aikido shows and activities for children are just part of the line-up. Fine art on display will include painting, glasswork, jewelry, photography, woodwork, ceramics, sculpture, wearable art and metalwork from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts is a fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project, a nonprofit organization that brings professional performing arts to more than 5,000 young students in South Lake Tahoe and provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the community.

“Artists will conduct personal demonstrations from their booths, children can partake in art teachings and we have an active entertainment line-up for the day,” said Peggy Thompson, executive director for TAP. “Our aim is to bring top artistic talent into our community for all to enjoy.”

For the program cover, artist Denise Mancour contributed an oil painting called Tahoe Shores. She lives in Tahoe during the summer and La Quinta during the winter. Tahoe local artists participating in the festival include Dirk Yuricich (photographer), Molly Bennett (jeweler), Kristen Schwartz (painting) and Melissa Gregory (mixed media).

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Various food and beverage booths will be ready to serve including Cold Stone Creamery, German sausages, roasted corn and a chuck wagon with burgers, nachos and hot dogs.

The mission of Tahoe Arts Project is to provide cultural enrichment and diversity for the community through the arts and education with particular focus on our youth. TAP depends on local support and contributions for its success.

For more information and for TAP sponsorship opportunities, contact Peggy Thompson at (530) 542-3632 or visit