Foilwork takes first place |

Foilwork takes first place

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Erna Lynch won first prize in the Tahoe Art League November contest for her delicately rendered copper foilwork titled “Hummingbirds.”

The rich detail and design in this piece is characteristic of Lynch’s art. She is proficient in oils, watercolors, copper foil and photography. She gained her skills with copper foil while teaching arts classes on the cruise lines.

A longtime member of the Tahoe Art League and resident of Tahoe since 1978, Lynch has been on the South Lake Tahoe art scene for many years. She studied painting and batik with Rom Vila and Frances Clark. Her love of nature is reflected in her subject matter, including landscapes, ocean scenes, marine creatures and mammals. Her works have been on display at several Art Around Town venues including Downtown Meyers Cafe, American Title at Round Hill, Remax on Highway 50 and Dr. Eyre’s medical office.

Look for her work in the future at Alex’s Steakhouse, Remax on Kingsbury and Tahoe Country in Heavenly Village. For inquires call (530) 544-4609.

Lois Wooldridge’s lovely oil portrait of a woman “Tending the Garden,” tied for second place with Donna Reid’s “Desert Glow.” Wooldridge is very skilled in expressing the posture and movement of her subjects. Her images are impressionistic, painted quickly with the palette knife. She powerfully conveys motion and feeling in her paintings, be it saiboats racing across the lake, a family of bears moving through aspens, or a young woman bending over to pick flowers.

To learn more contact her at

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Ried’s oil painting, “Desert Glow,” captured the warm fall colors of sage, rabbit bush, and tall blond grasses on a pleasant morning in the high desert. “Painting is not my work, it is my love, my leisure, and gives emotional balance to my life,” Reid said.

It’s fun to watch Reid paint plein air. Dressed in her wide-brimmed hat and apron, and equipped with a cart full of oil painting gear, she surveys the scene, finds something that strikes her fancy, and then diligently proceeds to build a painting. A patch of color here, a patch of color there, and soon the image takes form, and the “magic” begins to happen. In addition to plein air painting, Reid especially enjoys creating portraits. Contact her at to learn more about her professional artwork or to inquire about oil painting lessons or commissioned portraits.

Her artwork can be seen at Remax on Route 50.