Welcome to Make Tahoe


Tahoe Art Walk
NTA and TAA Calls for Art
Emanate Gallery
Benko Art Gallery
TAA Alliance Awards
Compass Clay Studio
Yvonne McGrath
Arts Podcasts


Coming Soon: Tahoe Art Walk


Like and follow Tahoe Art Walk on Facebook to be the first to know about participating businesses, special offers, and access to the online map to this Second Saturday, 4 to 8 pm, monthly event beginning September 14, 2019. Thanks to Scott Forrest Fine Art Studio for working with Make Tahoe to coordinate the Tahoe Art Walk. Contact us if you are a business interested in participating.



Calls for Art
North Tahoe Arts - Flora and Fauna and
Tahoe Arts Alliance - City Art Gallery
Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019


     North and South Tahoe have calls for art for you. Apply for North Tahoe Arts juried "Flora and Fauna" exhibit here. Information about applying for the Tahoe Arts Alliance exhibit at City Art Gallery is here. Both have an August 23rd deadline.



Tahoe Masters
Emanate Gallery
2030 Lake Tahoe Blvd
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 4 to 7:30 pm


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     This installment of the Summer Series features world renowned artists David Foster and Lynn Woodward at Emanate Gallery Saturday - Sunday, August 10th & 11th from 4-7:30pm. You will enjoy live music, artist demonstrations, and refreshments, as well as have a chance to win in the raffle giveway.



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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