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Heritage Murals continue to go up around lake

The Art Commission held a special meeting to approve funding to Heritage Murals of Lake Tahoe for another project, which will be located on the El Dorado County building at 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The commission approved $7,500 of funds that the city set aside from last year’s art budget. City council, however, will have to make the final approval.

“I think this is a use it or lose it year,” said Duane Wallace, executive director for the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. “It keeps the tradition of contact with city council and keeps our foot in the door.”

El Dorado County will provide an additional $2,500 for the project.

Meanwhile, Heritage Murals has selected Bruce Rickett of Nova Scotia, to paint a mural on Supply One in Tahoe Paradise, located at 2970, U.S. Highway 50, depicting the historical figure Amelia Celio in a cattle drive. The project is scheduled to begin Sept. 1 and should be completed in four to six weeks, according to Greta Hambsh, president of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and member of the Heritage Mural Steering Committee.

The Supply One mural is funded by various contributors and will cost $14,000, said Hambsh, who is providing about $2,000 in housing and transportation to the artist.

“It is really going to be a remarkable piece of work,” said Hambsh.

The goal of Heritage Murals is to complete one to two murals a year.

“We don’t want to conflict with the beauty of the area,” said Hambsh. “We just want to enhance structures.”

Heritage Murals, which includes members from the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, the South Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the city of South Lake Tahoe, has completed eight murals since its inception in 1995.

The purpose of the mural projects is to establish a historical depth to Tahoe and infuse a permanence to the area, said Frank Riley, art commissioner.

The art commission will meet at noon on Aug. 17 to discuss the possibility of a city-funded art position. City Manager David Childs will be present to hear the council’s proposal.

The commission has struggled to get projects off the ground ever since last September when it lost former arts coordinator Phylise Walker, who now chairs the mural program in Alpine County.

The commission made a proposal to city council last June for a city-funded arts, cultural and special events manager, but the proposal was tabled despite an extensive work plan devised by the commission, which outlined art programs in several communities in the West.

The commission will use information from the Aug. 17 meeting to make a written revision of the work plan, said Sharon Reardon of the Arts Commission.

The purpose of the art commission is to organize the various art groups and distribute preallotted city funding – taking the responsibility out of city hands.

A primary purpose of the proposed arts manager is to coordinate events with the multiple arts organizations in the community as well as write grant proposals and organize projects.

The commission – in an effort to work more effectively – plans to become a member of the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, a group endorsed by the California Arts Council, which gives access to information on art programs throughout the state.

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