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Local artists showcased at annual Artist Tour

Kelly Smith Cassidy
Special to the Tribune
David Foster
Contributed photo |

For the past few years, an artistic Renaissance has taken precedence in the Lake Tahoe Basin within in the local government as well as in the local retail environment. Many of the artists selected for city projects and fine art galleries live right here in South Lake Tahoe. There are professional and hobby artists who pursue their love of canvas, stone and bronze alongside their love of enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds them. The result is interpretations of the bounty of lake, mountains and streams along with sculptures encapsulating the natural world in all its variations and splendor. And for two consecutive weekends in July and August, the public will have the opportunity to view the work of these local artists and talk with them about their technique in intimate settings such as the private homes of the artists, local businesses and in Tahoe Art League galleries during the Tahoe Art League annual Studio Tour 2015.

On the weekends of July 24-26 and July 31-Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the public can view the 41 artists at 22 studios and two Tahoe Art League Studios during the self-guided tour stretching from Round Hill, Nev., to Meyers, Calif. Artists of several mediums ranging from oil paint to jewelry will be displaying their latest works, as well as many artists demonstrating techniques during the tour. Renowned artists such as David Foster, who recently won The City of South Lake Tahoe’s bid for public art at the Champion’s Plaza at Lakeview Avenue and Lake Tahoe Boulevards, will be demonstrating long-tested and honed skills.

Another popular draw making its appearance is the Studio Tour “Passport.” The Passport, found at the back of each catalog/map is an area of squares each representing one of the 22 studios and two Tahoe Art League galleries. For each studio visited, visitors can have their passports stamped by a representative. When 10 squares are stamped, visitors can turn in passports for a chance to win a raffle prize offered by more than 25 artists on the tour. Raffle items will be on display during the two weekends at Studio 16, at the intersection of Lakeview and Riverside avenues.

Tahoe Art League President, Christie Elder said, “I am very proud of the artists that make up our local Tahoe Art League and I invite you to join us as we explore the art, studio’s and homes of the local artists living in our community.”

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