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Make tracks to art gallery to see ‘imaginary realism’

Robert Bissell's wildlife-themed "Imaginary realism" is featured this week at the Marcus Ashley Gallery.

Some people think bears are scary. Others might consider them a ravenous nuisance. Robert Bissell pictures them as whimsical.

While Tahoe’s ubiquitous summertime creatures remain dormant in winter, the artist and his paintings this weekend will be at Marcus Ashley Gallery.

Calling his style “imaginary realism,” the British native inspired by hiking experiences paints and sculpts wildlife scenes.

A new artist to be featured at the South Lake Tahoe gallery, Bissell will meet the public from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Four of his original pieces will be featured along with limited-edition reproductions and bronze works.

Bissell grew up in Somerset, England, according to a press release, and retains a love of rural life, Celtic legends and panoramic landscapes. His interest in visuals began at an early age while documenting life around him through photographs. After studying graphic design and obtaining a master’s degree from London’s Royal College of Art, he moved to San Francisco and began a 15-year career in retail advertising. He now devotes all his time to painting. He regularly exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.

Open daily, Marcus Ashley features more than 35 artists. Website: Telephone: 530-544-4ART.

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