See art and artists at Tallac Historic Site |

See art and artists at Tallac Historic Site

Gina Calderon-Stowell

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune Lois Wooldrige works in oils and watercolors. Although she paints a variety of subjects, local scenes and bears are her favorites.

Visitors to the Tallac Historic Site can enjoy fine arts exhibits at the Viking Gallery and the Pope Twin Cabins Gallery during the Valhalla Summer Arts and Music Festival. Lois Loveless and Dave Russo will be at the Viking Gallery with their exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Thursday. The artists will host a reception from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, where visitors can meet them and ask questions about their work. Ginny Schankerman and Lois Wooldridge, who will exhibit their artwork from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Pope Twin Cabins, will host a reception from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

David Russo was given the opportunity to study art anywhere in the world for one year and he chose to study in Paris with Pablo Picasso. He lived in Picasso’s villa in France, traveled with him, observed him at work and was instructed by Picasso in various art forms and styles. He went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and physical education as well as a Ph.D. in art. He worked as an art instructor and coach until his retirement in 1985.

Lois Loveless began her education in art when she was young, drawing people and objects that surrounded her. After high school she attended life drawing classes at the San Francisco Academy of Art. From there her life took the direction of marriage and children but she always had the desire in her heart to get back to painting on some level. After her daughters were raised, she enrolled in a watercolor class taught by Ron Sumner. The class plummeted her into an obsession for the watercolor medium. She joined the Fremont Art Association where she studied with Jane Hoffstetter for three years. She moved to Lake Tahoe in 1994 and began taking workshops from nationally known watercolorists such as Jan Kunz, Don Andres, Anita Wolff, Roberta Carter, Barbara Necchis and Judy Betts. Loveless has been a member and officer of the Tahoe Art League for the past five years. “The objective in my art is to create the most beautiful images with the most exciting colors that I envision my subject to be. And, to that end, I invite the viewer to sense the same beauty,” Loveless said.

Ginny Schankerman works with oil paints, gouache and clay. Her main influence is from the beauty and mystery of nature. She has lived in two of the most beautiful locations in California, Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe, and has been fortunate enough to take art classes and exhibit in both places. Recently, she added ceramics to her repertoire of artistic talents. “I hope you enjoy viewing my work and seeing the world through my eyes and hands,” Schankerman said.

Lois Wooldridge works in oils and watercolor. She is an impressionist and likes to use pure color in her paintings. Although she paints a variety of subjects, local scenes and bears are her favorite subjects. A loner at heart, she likes to go to her studio, close the door, and paint through trial and error rather than a group lesson. Recently, she began painting with a palette knife rather than a brush. This technique gives her the fast, spontaneous effect she is looking for in oils. “I paint quickly and have no patience with tiny details,” Wooldridge said.

For more information about these artists or art workshops call the Tahoe Tallac Association at (530) 541-4975.