Two artists featured at Art for the Home |

Two artists featured at Art for the Home

Provided to the Tribune
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Robert Schimmel's watercolor titled, "Within the Forest," is an example of his Portals - Beyond the Picture Plane collection.

Watercolor artist Robert Schimmel and landscape photographer Susan Hartzell will be featured at Art for the Home gallery at Ski Run Marina this weekend through Sunday. Schimmel first studied academically and privately with his father, William B. Schimmel, and many other nationally known artists, and then taught in private and public venues and has been shown in numerous galleries around the world. His body of work includes more than 40 limited editions and hundreds of originals in private, corporate and public collections. Travel and plein air painting are the two most significant influences in Schimmel’s development and style that have evolved since he was in his mid-20s. As a result, his subjects range from “St. Basil’s” (cathedral in Moscow) to “The Remarkables” (mountain range in New Zealand) to “Returning Home” (elderly ladies in Venice, Italy), which is part of his Portals collection. Many artists make the journey from student to professional-quality work by starting indoors and slowly progressing to working outdoors. Schimmel instead went from 90 percent plein air (on-location) painting and sketching during his first 15 years to just 30 percent, as he creates new interpretations of the visuals he experiences during travels and local wanderings.

“On-location observation is singularly the most important tool, in my opinion, for learning to truly see and understand nature, form and light. Contrast that with my need for an intimate, new interpretation of a well-known subject (generally approached in the studio) and you have the conceptual basis for my new show: From Plein Air to Portals,” Schimmel said.

In his unique portal paintings, Schimmel enjoys leading viewers into seeing mysterious or hidden qualities in the picture plane that might ordinarily be missed when looking at a landscape as a whole.

Photographer Susan Hartzell has been fascinated with photography since she was a child enthralled with the incredible images in National Geographic, Life magazine and Look magazine. She is an avid traveler and focuses on the natural world in her photographic work.

Hartzell shoots with a 35 mm camera using Provia or Velvia slide film. She does not crop her photos, use color filters or digitally alter her images. She instead uses the light that nature provides to bring feelings of contentment, astonishment or inner peace to the viewer.

Both Schimmel and Hartzell will be at an artist reception from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Art for the Home fine art gallery offers an interesting variety of art by showing the work of guest artists every weekend from Thursday through Sunday throughout the summer with live music and refreshments at the opening receptions.

Friday evening from 5 to 8:30 p.m., well-known painter E. Peter Darvas will present some of his newly completed originals to the public for a weekend show. Free validated parking is available in the main Ski Run Marina parking lot and also one block north across Lake Tahoe Boulevard in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Osgood Avenue. For more information on the event contact Art for the Home gallery at (530) 541-1658.

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