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Tahoe Art Walk Second Saturdays
Truckee Round House First Tuesdays
Benko Art Gallery
TAA Alliance Awards
Compass Clay Studio
Yvonne McGrath
Arts Podcasts


Tahoe Art Walk - Second Saturdays


     The premiere of the Second Saturday Tahoe Art Walk takes place September 14th from 4 to 8 pm along Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Art Walk invites you to explore the venues that showcase local art and enjoy various perks such as wine and appetizers, discounts on purchases, artist talks and demonstrations, pop up galleries, and extended business hours.

     The Tahoe Art Walk is free and the map is available at TahoeArtWalk.com. Begin at Stateline, the Y, or the "trailhead" at Scott Forrest Fine Art Studio where you will find information about the local art scene and brochures from participating Tahoe Art Walk venues. Some of the venues that are already scheduled include Emanate Gallery, The Eadington Collectors Gallery, Fragrance Vault, Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, Benko Art Gallery, Tahoe Art League Art Center, Compass Clay Studio, and Scott Forrest Fine Art Studio.

     The Tahoe Art Walk will take place again on each of the remaining Second Saturdays of 2019: October 12th, November 9th, and December 14th. New locations are expected to be added each month so check the map at TahoeArtWalk.com to see the venue listings, event descriptions, and times of each location’s activities when you head out.

     This event is also free for businesses to participate in and is coordinated by Make Tahoe and Scott Forrest Fine Art Studio. If you are a business offering local art or would like to offer local art during a Second Saturday Tahoe Art Walk, please contact us to get on the map.



Truckee Round House
First Tuesdays
12116 Chandelle Way, Truckee, CA
September 3rd, October 1st, and November 5th - 4 to 6 pm


facebook event listing

     Truckee Roundhound invites the public to First Tuesdays for Planet Earth, a donation based workshop where you can create a different item each month. The projects are designed with reducing our dependancy on single use plastics in mind. Yeah! We love this idea because we know when we craft items with our own hands, we are much more likely to bring them with us when needed and remember to respect and reuse them. Fabric napkins are first up on Sept. 3rd.

from the announcement:

     Future workshops will include: reusable grocery bags, beeswax and cotton covers (to replace using saran wrap), plastic bag drying racks, glass/metal straw carriers, etc.



4:44 - A Dave Justice Exhibit - Closing Reception
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 12 pm to 12 am and
August Group Art Show
Saturday, August 24, 2019, 6 pm to 12 am
Benko Art Gallery
3979 Lake Tahoe Blvd


     Expect all the fun that Benko Art Gallery has to offer - great art, great music, and great people right where it all started. Two Saturdays in August bring it all your way. August 17th will be the Closing reception for Dave Justice's "4:44" exhbit. Enjoy music by Dalton Albin. A silent auction will help you roll home with some of the Bike Tire Art and raise money for the Boys and Girls Club in the process.

     The following Saturday brings you a show with the art of Dan Butler, Linzy Williams, and Chantell Peck. Get ready for everything from Butler's spray paint via multi-layered stencils to William's digital photography to Peck's insect taxidermy. The first 50 people get Poly Sunglasses courtesy of Dan Butler. DJ Gwann is going to round all that out for you with some audio.

     Check out the facebook events for Dave Justice's "4:44" and August Group Art Show for more details. Get updates on future Benko Art Gallery events by texting BENKO to 22828 to sign up for notifications, and as always, check out BenkoArtGallery.com.



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


     Yvonne McGrath's vivacious flowers have been featured in South Lake Tahoe at Benko Art Gallery, the City Art Gallery at South Lake Tahoe City Hall, and 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 Lake Tahoe Community College Library, 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA, the El Dorado County Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 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!



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