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Love is a National Treasure
Refreshing Shades
4:44 A Dave Justice Exhibit
TAA Alliance Awards
Compass Clay Studio
Yvonne McGrath
Arts Podcasts



"Love is a National Treasure"

Scott Forrest Fine Art Studio
2572 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Opening Event
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6 to 9 pm

Additional Gallery Hours
Friday to Sunday, June 28th to 30th, Noon to 6 pm

     This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Enjoy appetizers, listen to the music of Annie Davidson, mix and mingle, and support your community. This event is a fundraiser for the Lake Tahoe Pride Equality Scholarship offered at Lake Tahoe Community College. Donations will be accepted at the event, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of art will go to the scholarship. The exhibit will also be available for viewing Friday to Sunday, June 28th to 30th, from Noon to 6 pm. Get more info here!



Refreshing Shades
Emanate Gallery
2030 Lake Tahoe Blvd
Saturday - Sunday, June 29 - 30, 2019 - 4 to 7:30 pm

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     Emanate Gallery continues it's Summer Art Series with "Refreshing Shades" featuring Michelle Courier and Irina Cumberland.

We welcome you to join us as we feature the incredible talent of award winning artists Michelle Courier and Irina Cumberland at Emanate Gallery Saturday - Sunday, June 29 & 30th from 4-7:30pm. Dive into the refreshing waters of Courier's newest works or absorb the peace that flows endlessly from Cumberlands fractal art. Enjoy live music by Carolyn Dolan, refreshments, appetizers, and an art giveaway!



4:44 - A Dave Justice Exhibit
Benko Art Gallery
3979 Lake Tahoe Blvd
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 6 to 11 pm

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     Find out the four reasons for the name of this latest exhibit from Alliance Award Nominated Artist Dave Justice. Expect all the fun that Benko Art Gallery has to offer - great art, great music, and great people right where it all started.



Alliance Awards Winners

Tahoe Arts Alliance Rolls out the Red Carpet

      The Tahoe Arts Alliance conducted a vote by its membership to choose a winning artist in each of the 24 categories for the premiere of The Aliance Awards, held April 13, 2019 at South Tahoe High School TADA Theater. Pairs of nominees from other categories became the announcers of each award. The announcers opened the envelopes on stage to reveal the winners and present the trophies, making this South Lake Tahoe's own 'Oscars' night for the Arts. And just like the biggest night in showbiz, the announcers brought glitz and glamour to the stage. Some of the announcers really got into the act by adding a bit of humor. Sculptor-Welder Kelly Smith Cassidy and Abstract Expressionist Painter Scott Forrest brought the house down with their uproarious improptu performance that juxtaposed Smith Cassidy's classic and refined elegance with Forrest's hilarious hairy wardrobe and malfunctioning hairpiece. Read all about The Alliance Awards and see the list of winners here.



Compass Clay Studio


     Compass Clay Studio opened it's doors on March 30, 2019. Located at 976 Edgewood Circle in South Lake Tahoe, Compass Clay Studio is the newest location to be added to South Lake Tahoe's art community. Now anyone who is interested in learning how to work with clay, or who wants to get some studio time to work on their project, has a place right here where they can accomplish that. The studio is furnished with six potter's wheels, three electric kilns, a slab roller, extruder, and low and high fire glazes.

     Owners Bryan Yerian and Colleen Sidey are know to locals from their work teaching at Lake Tahoe Community College and in after school programs for elementary aged students. They have been scoping for a location to open their own studio when suddenly the stars aligned. The Edgewood Circle buidling contained all the necessary elements for them to be able to install the equipment needed for the ceramics studio and gallery, and, if you look at the studio from the sky, you will discover it resembles a compass needle pointing north to the shore of Lake Tahoe.

     Now Yerian and Sidey can share their knowledge and expertise with more locals and visitors whow want to explore ceramics through classes and programs hosted at their own venue. Classes at Compass Clay Studio include Wheel-Thowing, Handbuilding, and Kids Clay Classes. Special workshops are already on the schedule as well, including Mud with Mom, Adult Night (have fun throwing pots!), and Kids Night Out!: Pizza Party. Consider creating your party at Compass Clay Studio too. One day and multi visit open studio drop-in passes are also available. Please visit Compass Clay Studio at CompassClay.com to find out more.



Yvonne McGrath
Lily Punk
City Art Gallery


     The newest installation at the City Art Gallery is Yvonne McGrath’s "Fantasy Flowers". McGrath's vivacious flowers have also been featured at Benko Art Gallery, including the Tahoe Arts Alliance Awards Nominated 2018 Tahoe Pride Art Show. Each one of her flowers takes on a life of its own. McGrath describes the process as "an emotional response” to the flower as it emerges, and she allows each to express its own personality, explaining, "they are like people." See for yourself how each one reveals itself to the viewer though its hue, shape, and surroundings. You can view Yvonne McGrath’s "Fantasy Flowers" during normal business hours at the City Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe. Check out more of McGrath’s work on display at the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library, the Lake Tahoe Community College Library, and online at YesGallery.net.



Arts Podcasts

     Did you know that there are pop-up podcasts from the archives of the Lake Tahoe Art Scene available on TahoeArtsAlliance.org? Yours truly is rotating some of these classic episodes hosted by local art icon Robert Schimmel. Right now you can listen to Tahoe WordWave's Jennifer Sander, Tahoe Mountain Lab (now Cowork Tahoe) Co-founders David and Jamie Orr, Sculpture and Jewelry Artist Jennifer Trask, and members of the founding board of directors discuss Beginnings of the Tahoe Arts Alliance. Look for additional archived podcasts to be posted later in April. Want to hear some new artist podcasts? Get in touch with the Tahoe Arts Alliance at info@tahoeartsalliance.org. I hear they are looking to start a new series!