Painting demonstration Wednesday |

Painting demonstration Wednesday

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Painter and sculptor Peter Darvis will be the guest demonstrator at the Tahoe Art League meeting Wednesday. The Tahoe resident will give a presentation on his plein aire watercolor painting.

Painter and sculptor E. Peter Darvas will give a presentation on plein-aire-style watercolor painting at the Wednesday meeting of the Tahoe Art League. The league meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Darvas is a Tahoe resident who also has a home, studio and gallery in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. He not only divides his time between Tahoe and Mexico, he travels a great deal to areas like the Caribbean, the Mediterranean Coast and the Greek Isles, places he loves to paint. Much of his work is reflective of his Southwestern artistic heritage. Although Darvas holds a degree in fine art from the University of Texas at Austin, he credits most of his training to living in Taos, N.M., for 10 years, traveling the Southwest and being a part of its rich artistic ambiance.

Darvas works with oils, watercolor, acrylics and serigraphs, as well as creating sculpture. Though known primarily as a painter, the Darvas work most visible to us is his “uplifting” sculpture at the “Y” (by the factory stores) that welcomes folks to Tahoe. He paints large, magnificent oils and brilliant expressive watercolors, all with flawless technical quality. His paintings deal with an ever-changing variety of subjects depicted in a distinctive impressionistic style. His canvases are alive with reality and expression, yet never appear belabored or meticulous.

Painting most of his life, Darvas had his first one-man show at age 16. Since then he has had more than 70 major exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. He has been featured in Southwest Art and Artists of the Rockies magazines and is included in the book “Contemporary Western Artists” and Marquis “Who’s Who in America.”

Members, guests and new members are all invited to the TAL meetings. In addition to the meeting and presentation, there is an art contest each month. The three winning pieces are exhibited at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce for the following month. To learn more about TAL, see the league’s Web site at or; or call (530) 577-2604 or (775) 588-3579.