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Woodcarver inspired by Pacific Northwest

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Woodcarver Frank Steward's work is inspired by the Pacific Northwest. He is one of three artists who work in wood, clay and paint who will be at Tahoe Country this weekend.s
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Tahoe Country continues its summer arts and authors events this weekend with some varied regional talent. Artists will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m. at 1001 Heavenly Village Way, Suite 27.

Woodcarver Frank Steward will be featured on Friday. His work, inspired by the Pacific Northwest, ranges from tall totem poles to masks and wall hangings. For his large outdoor art pieces he uses chainsaws to remove the excess wood – usually pine or cedar – chisels and mallets to carve out the design, and a power sander to smooth it down.

Clay sculpturist Stacey Ballard will be on hand on Saturday. Her artwork springs from a lifelong interest with people and the human experience. Like people, clay is influenced by its past and may contain weaknesses if not treated with knowledge and care. Ballard creates one-of-a kind organic sculptures, wall vases, standing vases, spirit masks and fabric plates.

Artist Carol Carlson will visit on Saturday and Sunday. She paints landscapes by playing with complementary colors as well as light and dark areas. Painting in this style lends itself perfectly to the mountains and scenery of the Lake Tahoe area with its dramatic color change each season.

For details call (530) 544-6600 or visit Tahoe Country.


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