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Watercolorist to present ‘Sierra High’

The watercolor painting "Sierra High Masterpiece" by Dan Petersen will be featured at the next Tahoe Art League meeting.

Tahoe Art League will meet at 7 p.m. June 14 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Watercolorist Dan Petersen will present an all-inclusive slide presentation of the development of a “Sierra High Masterpiece.”

Petersen relates how he has lived in California’s flatland since his youth and has always loved to travel to the Sierra High Country. “The treks, whether riding, hiking or backpacking, have without exception been an occasion to celebrate the senses – the smells, the sounds, the tastes, the touch, and mostly the sights. What a feast for the eyes. I especially appreciate the quality of light – sharpening edges in the clean air, reflecting through the crystal clear water. Nature’s ambiance does refresh the soul. I choose to call it experiencing a ‘Sierra High,’ ” Petersen said.

Petersen received a master of arts degree in watercolor from San Jose State University in 1962. Following graduation he began teaching art on the high school level in Manteca, Calif.

In 1963 he accepted a position as watercolor instructor at Modesto Junior College and thus began a 40-year career teaching watercolor and drawing at the college level. Petersen’s presentation will show him as a professor and artist. He will take the audience through his somewhat unique process – from selecting his subject to the completed work. He will also show many of his finished masterpieces.

Petersen is a popular lecturer and judge for art groups throughout California. His work is featured at the Lone Tree Gallery in historic Minden. His work is in the collections of several California State Universities and in hundreds of private collections throughout the west.

Members, guests and potential new members are invited to the Tahoe Art League meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the senior center. In addition to the business meeting and presentation, there is an art contest each month. The three winning pieces are exhibited at the SLT Chamber of Commerce for the following month.

To learn more about TAL, view the league’s Web site at http://www.tahoeartleague.org or call (530) 577-2604 or (775) 588-3579.

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