Tahoe Art League to hold 40th Birthday Bash
The community is invited to the 40th Tahoe Art League Birthday Bash from 5 to 9 p.m. July 31 in the Lake Tahoe Community College commons area and cafeteria. Tahoe Art League members will have art for sale and there will be a raffle fund-raiser to benefit the new college art gallery. A special “Russo” raffle will be held for a chance to win an exquisite giclee print on canvas of Emerald Bay by master artist David Russo. The drawing will take place during the Art League’s Art Expo Oct. 7 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Clubhouse. Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by jazz pianist Vince Crudele. Admission is free.
The Tahoe Art League is a nonprofit organization promoting art at the South Shore. The league was formed in 1964 as a social club with a few artists and garden club members getting together to paint. In July 1969, with artist Paul Smith instrumental in obtaining the pool promenade at the Sahara Hotel & Casino (now the Horizon Casino Resort), the art league successfully opened its first gallery. For many years the art league also held fine art shows in the Crescent V Center.
An upcoming event will be an Art Expo Oct. 7 at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Clubhouse. The members annually participate in local arts and crafts shows as part of their fund-raising. Other programs include “Art Around Town” with art displayed at different venues. Every year, as part of contributing to the community, art scholarships are awarded to senior high school students to further their art careers and cash awards are also given to art students at the annual student art show at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Meetings are held at the Art Building between the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. This building was the original Bijou Post Office. When the city decided to demolish it, the art league members were instrumental in having it moved from the corner of Al Tahoe Boulevard and Highway 50 to its present location to use for meetings and workshops. The members made improvements on the building such as painting, electrical and plumbing, and in return the city gave the league a free five-year lease.
The Tahoe Art League meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Art demonstrations are given by local and regional artists, which are free and open to the public. For more information call (530) 544-1057 or visit the league’s Web site at http://www.tahoeartleague.org.