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‘Run Salmon Run’ art project to benefit Tahoe’s community

Susanne Haala

Tahoe businesses and local artists are teaming up to decorate 50 fiberglass salmon to collect money for the ‘Run Salmon Run,’ a community art project that will benefit the Tahoe Tallac Association.

The project is coordinated by Made In Lake Tahoe and the salmon will get shipped from Cowpainters LLC in July.

Once complete, each salmon, which measures 4 inches wide and 24 inches long, will carry a plaque with the names of the sponsor and artist who created the fish.

“If a dentist wants the artist to create a salmon with a row of teeth in his mouth, they can absolutely do that,” said Valerie Kuda of Made in Lake Tahoe, who is organizing the project. “It’s really up to the businesses what they want to make out of it.”

Each fish can be easily dismembered, depending on what sponsor wishes to do with it.

Sponsors and artists have until Aug. 15 to complete their salmon, which will be on display at their business until Nov. 15.

Project sponsors can choose between two donation levels. Sponsoring $200 will donate the final art project to the Tahoe Tallac Association, which will put the fish on the auction to collect money for the maintenance of the historic sites of Valhalla. If the business decides to donate $500, it can keep the finished project.

KTHO Radio’s George Alm will serve as auctioneer on Nov. 18 during the 17th annual Valhalla Holiday Faire.

“I will be more than happy to donate my time for the project and I am 100 percent behind it,” Alm said.

“Imagine Hair Salon” and local pet store “DogDogCat” in South Lake Tahoe, both of which are participating in the project, were brainstorming ways to give their salmon a unique style last Friday.

“I could imagine a fish that is half cat, half dog or something, but we haven’t met the artist yet, so we will see,” said George Richer, who owns DogDogCat.

Richer praised the positive effect on Tahoe’s community.

“I love how the project brings people together and that someone is making an effort for positive change,” he said.

Imagine Hair Salon decided to decorate the fish on its own.

“We won’t need an artist, we are already pretty creative,” said salon owner Heidi Timberlake.

Five-year-old Jade Burroughs, the daughter of one of Imagine’s stylists, will help design the salon’s salmon.

The Tahoe Tallac Association, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 1979 to assist the Forest Service in restoring the Tallac historic sites and center.

Businesses and artists who are interested in participating in the project can contact Valerie Kuda at 818-281 6242 or email runsalmonruntothevalhalla@gmail.com or Brenda Knox at brenda@valhallatahoe.com. All donations are tax deductible. A map of where the salmon will be on display and all other information, which will be posted online next week at http://www.valhallatahoe.com, will show all participating locations and the option to vote for your favorite salmon.

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