Record 120 booths for art show |

Record 120 booths for art show

Susan Wood
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Tim Johnson of South Lake Tahoe views artwork by Barry Kite at the Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts.

The art shows will go on from the looks of the performance over the holiday weekend.

This year, the Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts tripled the number of booths from the 40 displayed two summers ago at the South Tahoe Middle School parking lot.

The receipts are expected to be $50,000 – double the typical amount its nonprofit organizer, Tahoe Arts Project, makes to bring arts and culture to the South Shore community.

“This is what keeps us out of the woods. And this was my goal – to make enough money to keep TAP alive. We have to look at the bottom line,” said TAP board member and event founder Addie Chernis, a silk artist.

About a year ago, cuts in arts funding threatened the organization – which prompted a major fund-raising effort.

More than 15,000 people were estimated to have perused the wide sampling of arts exhibitors ranging in venue from photography to gourds.

“The artwork is just beautiful here,” said Marilyn Buhler, a San Clemente artist who sells painted gourds.

Buhler and TAP Executive Director Peggy Thompson noticed the visitors dominated the scene Saturday, while Sunday churned out a local crowd.

“Some vendors are doing well and some aren’t,” Thompson said.

Thompson said she plans to revisit whether to limit the number of artist booths for next year.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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