Tahoe Art League 13th annual Artists Studio Tour begins this week
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Tahoe Art League will highlight almost three dozen artists this year during the 13th annual Artists Studio Tour that begins this week.
The free South Shore studio tour will include a variety of artistic venues including acrylic, oil, ink, dye on silk, pastel, mixed media and watercolor painting, photography, ceramic and clay pottery, bronze and copper wall sculpture, leather goods, jewelry, fiber art and quilting.
The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, and the following week, Aug. 2-4.
Refreshments will be available at each studio.
The studio tour promotes awareness and appreciation of the arts within the community and gives visitors a chance to meet the artists and observe them at work.
The “Our Studio Tour Passport” program allows visitors to be entered into a drawing for free art donated by participating artists.
“We hope you will take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to take home fabulous art at very reasonable prices,” said the Tahoe Art League in a press release. “Twenty percent of every dollar spent goes to support the Tahoe Art League and our many programs, including free art demonstrations, workshops and classes, operate an art gallery, exhibit and sell art throughout town, participate in summer outdoor shows, sponsor plein air events, and fund scholarships for college students attending Lake Tahoe Community College and high school students attending South Lake Tahoe High School.”
The featured artist this year is JoAnne Wood, who passed away in February.
As a celebration of Wood’s life and art, her daughter Julie Wood Wright and son Steve Wood, will show JoAnne’s artwork during the tour at Studio 15.
JoAnne Wood was an “amazing” watercolorist and pastelist for over 20 years, according to the release.
Having no prior art training, she began her journey and enrolled in a plein air watercolor class at Lake Tahoe Community College. JoAnne participated in a number of college art classes and exhibits. She began to enter judged art exhibits with her watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media works of art and would often win.
She was a proud recipient of several “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” awards.
Several of JoAnne’s art pieces have prominent places in hospitals, restaurants, galleries and the homes of many across the country.
For information, visit talart.org and click on Studio Tour for a tour map and artist information, or go to Tahoe Art Center at 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The gallery will also be open for both studio tour weekends.