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Tahoe Art Walk

South Lake Tahoe
Second Saturdays - 4 to 8 pm
November 9th, and December 14th

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     Tahoe Art Walk’s fun and free self-guided tour of local art takes place all along the South Shore on Second Saturdays beginning at 4 pm. Look for unique classes offered at special rates during the art walk too! Most venues are open until 8 pm. Follow the map at

     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. You can print out a copy of the map directly from the website. Click on the locations to get directions right on your device and to view information about special event details and times.

     Participating venues include Emanate Gallery, Dharma Love, Tattoo BonBon, Scott Forrest Fine Art Salon, Compass Clay Studio, Tahoe Art League Gallery, GaiaLicious Boutique, Benko Art Gallery, Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, Beads Etc, Artifacts, Sun Art Gallery, Poe Rava Gem Co., Dirk Yuricich Photography, and more!.

     New locations are expected to be added each month so check the map at 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 here to get on the map.

Shelley Zentner
Art of Ashtanga

Tahoe Yoga Shala
585 Tahoe Keys Blvd #FIA, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5 to 7 pm

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     Shelley Zentner's latest body of work is an epic display of 76 drawings of the Ashtanga Primary Series of poses. Shelley Zentner's life journey has been no less challenging and rewarding. Having lived in Tahoe since 2005, she was born in Wales, Great Britain, and is a world traveler. Zentner's work has been exhibited far and wide, including The Bristol Guild of Art, The Royal Cambrian Academy, and our very own Cowork Tahoe (formerly Tahoe Mountain Lab) and High Vibe Artisan Collective.

     Shelley Zentner founded the Tahoe Activist Artists in 2015, a collaborative group of artists and allies exploring community-based, purposeful, and artistic strength through numbers. That year she had also found a tumor in her right breast, and a new chapter in her journey began. An emotional, physical, and spiritual transformation began to take place, and yoga was part of that. Zentner looks back, "I began to feel the connection I’d sorely needed all my life. It was an awakening. An awkward, uncomfortable, sometimes painful, often joyous awakening. I don't know who I am any more, I'd say to my husband. And that's ok, I think. Is that ok? The certainty I'd held with an iron grip all of my life was gone."

     It's an understatement to say that Zentner has been an inspiration to the artistic community and the community at large. Last year Zentner was commissioned by the owner of Tahoe Yoga Shala to create the drawings for the 76 poses of the Ashtanga Primary Series. While working on this commission, she began to suffer symptoms of Breast Implant Illness from her post cancer reconstruction. She made the decision, "to let go of (her) breasts, or rather the last false appearance of breasts," and she adds that doing so, "has opened my heart uncomfortably wide. But now, I can feel a person’s heartbeat through my bony chest when I’m hugged and that feels amazing."

     Please join us at the artist reception on Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5 to 7 pm, at Tahoe Yoga Shala, 585 Tahoe Keys Blvd #FIA, South Lake Tahoe, CA to meet Shelley Zentner, view this epic series of drawings, enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres, and learn about the Art of Ashtanga. Admission is free, and all drawings and prints will be for sale. A percentage of the profits will be donated to causes buyers feel connected to.

Truckee Roundhouse

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

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     Truckee Roundhouse 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.

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     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.

Holiday Artisan Show
Emanate Gallery

2030 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Thursday, November 21, 2019
10 am to 7 pm
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Holiday Artisan Show at Emanate Gallery

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     Stuff your holiday gift list with hand crafted artisan works created right here in South Lake Tahoe! Emanate Gallery is hosting a pop up holiday market featuring lake tahoe's most unique and talented local artists! Buy gift items ranging from $25-500 including pottery, acrylic lakes, oils, handbags, photography, glass art, woodworking, jewelry, and more!

     Also, come with your favorite art and memories that have been stuffed in the closet or under the bed. Get your best images off the computer and on the wall as an intentional gift you won't forget. Enjoy incredible discounts on framing and art exclusively through the holidays!

Colors of the Southwest Art Tour

Arizona, Utah, Las Vegas
June 5 - 15, 2020

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     Even those of us who live in Tahoe love to travel, and now you can travel with North Tahoe Arts Artist Karey Dodge on an art lover's tour. Explore the fabulous Southwest on this 10 day adventure brought to you by North Tahoe Arts in partnership with Windigo Tours. The tour starts in Phoenix, AZ and continues to Las Vegas, NV. There is flexibility to spend time lounging by the pool or enjoying the highlights, including:

  • Exploring the red rock canyons of the American Southwest by Jeep
  • Private tour into Monument Valley, National Park
  • Optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, National Park
  • Visit the world renowned, Antelope Canyon
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise along the endless coastlines of Lake Powell
  • Daily creative prompts to encourage creativity and inspiration

Go to North Tahoe Arts for all the details.

Benko / Pinella Solo Show
Benko Art Gallery

3979 Lake Tahoe Blvd
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019
6 pm to 12 am
Free before 9 pm
$10 cover & 21 and over 9 pm-on
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     Get ready for another jam packed Benko Art Show. This one features John Benko and Willie Pinella collaborative works. See what these two have been up to all year. Admission is free until 9 pm, when it turns to 21 and over and DJ Mo' Steph will be stepping up to the turntables to get you moving around the gallery floor. Enjoy live art and the art raffle.

Compass Clay Studio

976 Edgewood Circle
South Lake Tahoe, CA

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     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 to find out more.

Yvonne McGrath

Roberta Mason Library
Lake Tahoe Community College
1 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA

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     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

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