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I art Lake Tahoe: Tahoe Art League’s studio tour returns

Autumn Whitney
Oil paint artist Claudia Elkin is one of the participants new to this year's Artist Studio Tour.
Courtesy / Tahoe Art League |

Calling all art fans: Tahoe Art League’s Artist Studio Tour returns to South Shore for two weekends beginning Friday, July 28.

While this is the 11th year in a row the nonprofit — which has promoted fine art and art education in the region since 1964 — has hosted the event, it has its roots much further back.

“At the beginning of TAL they had a studio tour, but we’ve since revised it, kind of like the Olympics — they started doing modern Olympics, and we’ve started doing modern studio tours,” said Barbara Gustafson, who has been the chair of the event for the past five years.

This year the self-guided tour is held Friday through Sunday, July 28-30, and Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Over the course of the six days, attendees have the opportunity to view (and purchase) art ranging from jewelry and sculpture to photography, painting and more.

“There’s a little bit of everything,” Gustafson noted. “There are a lot of new artists with beautiful work, and a lot of variety.”

Roughly 10 new faces will join the returning artists. In all, nearly 50 TAL members are participating in this year’s studio tour, which takes place at over 20 locations in South Lake Tahoe.

How does the event work? Simply grab a brochure (which provides details on the artists and studios) from the TAL art gallery on Lake Tahoe Boulevard or download the PDF from the organization’s website.

From there, it’s up to you to decide which studios and artists you’d like to see — the event is free to attend, so spread out visits and check out different studios each day. The more places visited, the better — at each stop attendees get a stamp on their brochures and a passport drawing ticket which enters them in a drawing for artist-donated creations such as paintings and jewelry.

“It’s become very, very popular. It’s so nice to be able to do something that doesn’t cost money. The interest people have on this has been incredible,” Gustafson said.

Passport drawing tickets are also given out for every $100 spent at the TAL Art Center or any studio.

Learn more about TAL, the Artist Studio Tour and passport drawing online at http://www.talart.org.

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