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Oil and pastel artist Anita Wolff will demonstrate oil painting at the Tahoe Art League Aug. 8 meeting at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.
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The grand opening of the Valhalla Art Gallery will feature the fantastical silk print illustrations by Kristen Schwartz titled “Faery Medicine.” The gallery is in the Valhalla Guest Cabins at the Tallac Historic Site. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday and admission is free.

“Faery Medicine” began in 1996 as a series of exhibits to help pass on medicinal plant wisdom in a magical and entertaining way. It has since grown to include more than just faeries, and many types of cultural wisdom apart from plant information.

For more information call (530) 541-4975 or visit http://www.faerymed.com.

Tahoe Art League to meet Wednesday

The Tahoe Art League will welcome oil and pastel artist Anita Wolff at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. She will demonstrate oil painting at the group’s monthly meeting.

Wolff is an exceptional artist, equally talented as an oil or pastel painter. A California native, she lives in Camino. She is known throughout the United States for her paintings and art classes as well as her numerous contributions to various books and publications. Her original oil and pastel paintings are created by her use of bold strokes and a palette utilizing brilliant color.

She stresses a personal feeling toward her subject, always striving to create a mood. “In using impressionism to find the essence of the subject, it is most important for me to have experienced the subject first-hand whether it is a landscape, still-life or portrait. This pertains to all subjects. The experience itself translates onto the canvas,” Wolff said.

Interest in art started early for Wolff; she started drawing as a child. She credits her talented family and the good fortune of studying with several master painters for her interest in art and her success as a painter.

Trying and becoming discouraged with watercolors, Wolff moved on to oil painting — “learning how to push paint around and loving the medium.” It was Sergei Bongart, teaching the “Spirit of Art,” who stressed, “Use more paint. Exaggerate your color” — a lesson that Anita has mastered. To see her work “google” for The Artwork of Anita Wolff.

The Tahoe Art League meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the SLT Senior Center. These meetings are open to the public . One of the goals of TAL is to help the public enjoy and appreciate the visual arts. For more information on TAL view the Web site at http://www.tahoeartleague.org or call (775) 588-8899 or (775) 588-3579. TAL will be exhibiting members’ art at their Art Center Weekend Gallery. The Art Center is located at 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., between the senior center and the Visitor Bureau.

Recycled art on display in Minden

Artisans International Gallery in Minden will present an exhibit of work by the California Fiber Artists beginning Saturday. The exhibit and sale offers the theme “Deconstruction/Reconstruction — Art from Recycled Materials.” An artist reception will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 11, where visitors will have an opportunity to meet many of the artists whose work is featured in the exhibit.

“In today’s world we are becoming more aware of the footprint we leave,” said Bronwyn Mason, owner of Artisans International Gallery. “Many of the artists from developing countries work with recycled materials, mainly due to the availability and relatively low cost.”

The exhibit will showcase a variety of applications of recycled materials from fiber to metal and plastic. Other recycled art work will be on display at the gallery during this time as well as ongoing.

The gallery is located in Minden Village, 1653 Lucerne Street, Suite B, south of Highway 88 on the east side of Highway 395. For store hours and directions call the gallery at (775) 783-8881.

Tahoe Improv Players at Valhalla

The Tahoe Improv Players will return Tuesday to the Valhalla Boathouse Theater for another evening of fun and laughs. The family friendly show starts at 7:30 p.m.

“As long as we keep getting suggestions from the audience we’ll keep improving,” said Gerry Orton, the troupe’s director and show host. For 13 years this zany bunch of actors have been making up scenes from suggestions called out by the audience.

“Milking a sea gull” or “playing golf with John Wayne in an elevator” are turned into hilarious skits, all made up on the spot.

“Each show is unique and it’s all family friendly, something in which we take great pride,” Orton said.

Members of the improv group include regulars Johnny Bolton, Colin Burrows, Paul Dancer and Frank Riley, a co-founder with Orton. Fabrizio will be on keyboards to provide musical accompaniment as well as back up for improvised musical scenes. Audience volunteers are included in some of the scenes, which is always a big hit.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for youths under 12 years of age. For more information contact the Tahoe Tallac Association at (530) 541-4975.


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