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Tahoe Art League kicks off plein air painting season

Janet McDougall
Special to the Tribune
Plein air painter.Dave Russo will be featured at the Tahoe Art League meeting.
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In celebration of the kick-off of the 2015 plein air painting season with Dave Russo, the Tahoe Art League invites the public to its monthly meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. A PowerPoint presentation and a demonstration by Russo will be featured to inspire his students, Tahoe Art League members and the public to join him for the 14th season of plein air painting in Sierra locations during the summer.

Russo has long been a favorite artist and teacher in Tahoe. Working in oil and watercolor, Russo creates landscapes that capture the beauty and essence of the Sierras with great detail. Russo demonstrated his artistic talent at an early age and received the David Epstein Memorial Art Scholarship, which afforded him the opportunity to live with Picasso in France for a year. He later earned his masters degree in art from San Francisco State University and then a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he later taught. Lake Tahoe Community College students have been the most recent students fortunate to study under Russo.

Glen Alpine Falls, Cathedral Meadow, Sand Harbor and Blue Lakes are just a few of the sites the group will visit this season. The initial session will be held April 12, with a visit to the historic ranch of Ida Glazier on Foothills Road in the Carson Valley, where it may be possible to see lilacs and apple trees in bloom, if Mother Nature cooperates.

The Tahoe Art League meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. The public is invited to attend, and both the meeting and plein air sessions are free-of-charge.

For more information visit http://www.talart.org/.


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