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Yosemite artist featured at gallery

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Yosemite artist Lex Munson will be the featured artist at Art for the Home gallery through the weekend.
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Celebrated Yosemite artist Lex Munson will be welcomed at Art for the Home gallery at Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe through the Fourth of July weekend, with artist receptions from noon to 4 p.m. July 1.

Raised in Yosemite National Park, Munson’s deep appreciation of nature’s beauty began early. From his youth, he absorbed Yosemite Valley’s sheer cliffs, magnificent trees and cascading waterfalls. His bold, free watercolors take the viewer into dreamlike vistas of Yosemite, the North Coast and the Sierra. Many of Munson’s paintings are created on site, but so deeply ingrained are the images of his youth that the majority are created solely through his imagination.

“I don’t paint scenes, I paint to create the feeling we get in our closeness to nature, the feeling you can’t get with photo realism. I almost always paint without drawing and without trying to recreate places exactly as they are. Instead, I let the subjects evolve on the paper, letting my feelings guide me rather than my intellect. As with the impressionists and the Hudson River school of painters, I use light and mood with a minimum of detail to invite the viewer into my vision and to share the peace and beauty that already exists in their own mind and experience. These ‘places of the heart’ are each completely unique, and yet make the viewer feel as though they ‘have been there before,'” Munson said.

Father and son artists, Richard Bell Smith and Richard Borja, are also newly featured at the gallery with their beautiful bronze wall hangings and sculptures depicting burnishing aspens and other trees.

As part of the Lex Munson show, the gallery will also unveil the first release of his Grand Image series with a piece called “The Emerald Forest” in a large size of 36-inches by 68-inches. Munson will also sign commemorative posters of the scene.

Free validated parking for the gallery 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.

For more information on the event, contact Art for the Home gallery at (530) 541-1658.


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