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Technology, art meet

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Photo provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Brita Nauta will demonstrate her fine art montages at the Nov. 9 Tahoe Art League meeting.

The Nov. 9 meeting of the Tahoe Art League will include presentations by three members. Britta Nauta and Stanley Vealé will demonstrate using technology in creative ways to produce works of art. Ian Miller will show how works of old masters can be crafted into pictures of a three-dimensional nature.

Nauta will demonstrate Adobe Photoshop to create fine art montages. A montage is a compilation of digital images she artistically blends together. Wedding montages are popular because they can include the bride and bridegroom, bridal party, families, and location all in one image.

Nauta’s newest editions are watercolor enhanced digital art. She combines traditional art and modern technology for endless possibilities. She blends her watercolor paintings and photographs into a unique creation. Her digital art titled “Paris” won first place in the Tahoe Art League June contest. This year Nauta also won the poster contest for the 35th annual “An Evening of Food and Wine Tasting” for Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe.

Nauta grew up in Pleasanton and received a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from Sacramento State. After graduating she started Anchor Design, an art and design studio in South Lake Tahoe. Contact Nauta at (530) 412-2256 or through

Stanley Vealé will demonstrate Painter, a computer program for fine artists, which simulates several natural media with remarkable accuracy. Painter runs on Mac or Windows and is designed to be used by artists as a drawing or painting tool. Work in Painter is done “by hand,” not computer generated. Vealé was involved in the development of this software. He even has a chapter in the tutorial book for the software program, “Painter Wow!”

Vealé graduated from California State University with a BAFA in printmaking. He has spent most of his working life involved in software quality assurance. Most of the time he worked on creativity tools, like Painter and iMovie. Vealé described himself as a weekend artist, with very broad interests. He had a poem published in a book on photography by one of his professors at Chico. He sounds like a 21st Century Renaissance man.

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Three years ago a friend and former co-worker coaxed him to come to Tahoe and work on Software QA. Vealé said it wasn’t a hard decision to make as he felt “Apple was sucking the life out of me, one 12-hour-day at a time.” Since moving here from the Bay Area, he is finally able to afford a house with enough studio space for a litho press. He is excited about outfitting the studio and producing more art.

Ian Miller, a longtime Tahoe resident, will demonstrate a craft he has enjoyed for about three decades and at which he excels. Miller creates three-dimensional pictures by combining numerous copies of famous paintings and/or drawings. Having led an often harrowing and exciting life, he finds this creative process rewarding and relaxing.

Born in Scotland, Miller emigrated at age 17. He was a pilot in the Royal Air Force from 1940 to 1943, when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew with them from 1943 to 1945. During most of his life he has worked as a comptroller for large corporations. Miller retired in the 1980s and moved to Tahoe in 1998. He is certainly an inspiration as to how to enjoy one’s retirement.

Members, guests and potential new members are all invited to the TAL meetings that take place from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. The November meeting will be at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., west of the Art Building.

In addition to the meeting and presentation, there is an art contest each month. The three winning pieces are exhibited at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce for the following month.

Members need to be ready to vote for officers for next year and to sign up for the Christmas Party on Dec. 14.

To learn more about TAL visit or call (530) 577-2604 or (775) 588-3579.