Art Events

Painting at Point Arena Obi Kaufmann | South Lake Tahoe

Golden State in its glory
Artist, poet and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his best-selling “California Field Atlas” to the South Lake Tahoe Library on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. The lavishly illustrated book with hundreds of hand-painted maps and wildlife renderings is based on his decades of walking the back country of California. He will be presenting the book with a Q&A session to follow. There will be signed copies for sale. The event is free and open to all. | (530) 573-3185

“California Condor” Obi Kaufmann | South Lake Tahoe Library

Pop in for a pop-up
Tahoe City
Basecamp Tahoe City offers a pop-up art show/art shop on March 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The wares of more than 10 local artisans, working out of the Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace, will be displayed and for sale after the Tahoe City SnowFest! parade. There will be ceramic pieces, up-cycled knits, wooden animals, baby blankets and more. Complimentary hot cocoa and s’mores will be served. |

Art at the library
Incline Village, Nev.
Monika Piper Johnson’s artwork will be on display at Incline Village Library through February. She is an award-winning plein air oil painter living in Incline Village, Nev. She started painting still lifes and moved to landscapes. Her work can also be seen in James Harold Galleries in Tahoe City and Village Interiors and Cobalt Artist Studio in Incline Village. | (775) 832-4130

Roaring good art show
Riverside Studios and High Fives Foundation seventh annual Lion Heart Art Show will be on display until the end of February. This show feature artists who made masterpieces using 12-inch-by-12-inch panels of wood. Each panel sells for $100. Proceeds will benefit the CR Johnson Healing Center, a program service of the High Fives Foundation that provides resources to athletes in recovery from a sports-related injury. |

Art surplus for less
Tahoe City
North Tahoe Arts Fab ‘n’ Funky Art Clearance Sale Showing is until Feb. 28. Featured ARTisan Shop artists are clearing out their inventories to offer a variety of arts and crafts at discounted prices. Works on sale include original paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, jewelry and more. The showing will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
| or (530) 581-2787

Gallery opening
South Lake Tahoe
Join an Gallery Opening and Reception on March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall to meet artists and city officials. The exhibit is a joint project of the City of South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Arts Alliance. Local artwork is on display in the lobby and is rotated throughout the year. The art is also available for purchase. | (530) 318-9782

Gathering of Artists
Tahoe City
Gathering of Artists is every first and third Wednesday of the month at North Tahoe Arts Center. Artists are welcome to drop in and share studio space from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join fiber art group
South Lake Tahoe
The South Lake Tahoe Library hosts a fiber art group meeting on the first Friday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m. The group is open to those who enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery, hand sewing and other fiber arts. Participants will learn new tricks and are encouraged to share projects, ideas and stories. Bring current projects or start a new one. All skill levels are welcome. | (530) 573-3185

Artistic to the core
Minden, Nev.
Carson Valley Arts Council presents watercolor artist Vickie Kingman at the Copeland Gallery until March 1. Kingman, whose background in the arts is varied, currently teaches watercolor classes in Gardnerville, Nev. She has also been involved in community and children’s theater as an actor and director and she is a singer, recently with Fulton Street Jazz Band. |

No boundaries
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative announces “Inside and Outside the Lines” by artists Jonathan Farber and Susan Kotler at Sierra Room Community Center until March 1. Kotler creates works using acrylics or watercolors that allow for spontaneous and direct expression. She finds inspiration for her art in natural phenomena such as water, rocks, trees, light and concepts from quantum physics and consciousness studies. Farber bases his drawings on a specific mark-making style. He uses patterns of redundant, diminutive marks that are evident on an individual basis and also combine with other marks to form a larger whole or image. |

Reflecting permanence
Reno, Nev.
University of Nevada, Reno art department alumnus Joan Arrizabalaga will mount a solo exhibition, “Reflections,” as part of University Galleries’ exhibition series that investigates the permanent collection. It will be on display until Feb. 23 at UNR’s Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts. |

Join the tour
South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Art League’s summer 2018 Artist Studio Tour will be held on July 27 to 29 and Aug. 3 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as first reported at Artists have the option of participating for both weekends or only one of the weekends. All mediums are welcome. Artists new to the tour will need to be juried into the event. This year, there are two tier options. Many people live out of the area and find it difficult to participate on one of the sub-committees, which is a requirement for participation in the tour. This year, these artists will have an option of paying a slightly higher fee for not participating. Applications will be due March 30.
To ask for an application, e-mail |

Making art public
Tahoe Public Art (TPA) announces an open call for artist proposals for Temporary Environmental Art Installations along the new Tahoe Public Art Trail. One of the most important milestones TPA achieved in 2017 was securing a lake-wide permit from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for temporary environmental art installations on both the California and Nevada sides. TPA is seeking artwork that engages audiences in contemplating their civic responsibility as it relates to the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Tahoe Basin. |

Grants for Nevada arts
Nevada arts organizations can begin submitting applications for Nevada Arts Council grants for fiscal year 2019 now. These annual awards include Arts Learning Project Grants, Partners in Excellence Grants and Project Grants. In addition, individuals can submit nominations for the Nevada Heritage Award. Grant applications and award nominations for NAC grants and awards must be submitted through “GO Smart,” the new online grants system available at Applications for Artist Fellowship Grants and the Fellowship Project Grant are available now. | or (775) 687-7102

Art of the Basin and Range
Incline Village, Nev.
“Basin and Range” features 18 Southern Nevada artists who were invited to create as a response to and in honor of a tract of Nevada land covering 700,000 acres, now identified as the Basin and Range National Monument. This area not only includes wildlife and desert landscapes and formations, but also ancient and contemporary artwork: petroglyphs carved an estimated 4,000 years ago and Michael Heizer’s mile-long “City.” The exhibit will be at the Tahoe Gallery until March 23.

“Volte-Face” (about face) by Bryan Cera explores the motif of the human face through a collection of digitally fabricated sculptures and images. Through many forms of mediating the human image, Cera invites viewers to examine both utopian and cynical elements of emergent technologies and the ways they shape human identity. It will be on display until March 9 at Garage Door Gallery. |

Prolific artist presented
Reno, Nev.
The paintings of German émigré artist Hans Meyer-Kassel (1872-1952) have hung in the castles of kings and the homes of presidents. His artwork can be found in state capitols, university campuses, historical societies, courthouses, government buildings and museums across the United States and Europe. Now, this prolific but under-appreciated artist’s work will be presented for the public. “Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada” will be on view from Feb. 24 through Sept. 2 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery.

Classically trained as a painter at the University of Munich in his native Germany, Meyer-Kassel immigrated to the United States at the end of World War I to escape the post-war tumult and became enamored with the American West. Within a year, he and his wife, Maria, moved to Reno, Nev., later relocating to Carson City, and eventually settling in Genoa, where he worked from his small studio at the base of the Carson Range.

Unsettling exhibit
Carson City, Nev.
For nearly a decade, Reno photographer Paul Baker Prindle has documented sites from California to New York that look extraordinarily ordinary. Yet each of these places and their everyday landscapes has a horrific story to tell. Each photograph is of a location where gay men, lesbians and transgender individuals were murdered. Baker Prindle’s series, “Memento Mori,” is the featured exhibit at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS
Gallery through March 9.

“Human lives were forever ended in ignominious, plain places and I’ve purposely recorded these locals after years of growth and development have obscured any traces that once scarred the land. Each site I visited was an unsettling disappointment, bearing few, if any, clues to the value of the life that ended there. The photograph produced is a weak, but concrete, tie back to the criminal events that occurred at each site,” says Baker Prindle.

Ritz-Carlton sports winter art
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, has joined with SLATE Art Consulting of San Francisco to feature a new winter exhibition of Northern California artists’ works throughout the hotel’s lobby and public areas through April. The exhibition of 20 contemporary works of art, both sculpture and painting, include landscapes and abstract works. | (530) 562-3000

Get that glazed look
Wheel/Hand Building Ceramics led by Susan Dorwart is at Truckee Community Art Center for ages 16 and older. The class is ongoing on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is a more advanced class with use of the wheel and hand-molding projects. Learn to use coils and slabs and sculpture techniques. Pieces will be glazed with safe, lead-free glazes. The fee is $12 per class if paid monthly or $13 for drop-ins. There is a $3 materials fee due to the instructor at each class. |

Letterpress sessions
Bona Fide Books offers classes and workshops. Introduction to Letterpress with Steve Robonson on March 10, April 7 and May 5. Students will learn how to use a composing stick, set type and print cards or broadsides. The class includes materials and open studio hours at Tahoe Letterpress to work on projects. The sessions are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $50 each. Class size is limited. |

Proud, assertive Australian artists
Reno, Nev.
Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia” presents nine women at the forefront of international contemporary art. Featuring 70 works in media ranging from paintings on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark, to woven installations and video projections, the show is both culturally specific and globally alert.

Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, Marking the Infinite will be on view through May 13. Although hailing from some of the most remote communities on the planet, the work of the nine women artists speaks loudly and clearly to the contemporary age.

The artists are Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angeline Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. While these women are some of the most acclaimed Australian artists working today, for many it is their first exposure to American audiences. Their artworks are proud assertions of who they are and their pride in their communities.

Patterns mimic nature
Carson City, Nev.
Reno artist Nate Clark’s paintings will be featured at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery in Carson City, Nev., through March 11. The paintings highlight the subtle contrast between the imperfections of handmade marks and a methodical formula or scientific method.

“The repetition of simple shapes and marks develops a pattern that mimics nature by allowing the structure of each work to unfold and respond to itself, like the growth pattern of a forest ecosystem,” Clark said. |

Explosive T-shirt designs
Tahoe City
Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) is inviting all artists and non-artists to submit T-shirt design ideas for the collectible T-shirts sold each year at Tahoe City’s 4th of July celebration. The design will be selected based on adherence to TCDA’s 4th of July theme, which is “Dyno-Mite Big Bang” and includes fireworks over the lake at dusk. The 2018 fireworks show will be the biggest in the history of Tahoe City. TCDA is looking for artwork that is colorful, meaningful and represents a fun, family friendly 4th of July celebration. Artwork is due on or before March 15. Designs may be submitted to
Dana Tanner Powell at

 Plating delicious photos
South Lake Tahoe
Benko Art Gallery announces a show of South Lake Tahoe macro photographer David Mori until March 15. The beauty of the forms that we see almost every day in local nature are rendered in black and white film and digital photography. Mori is also an accomplished culinary artist whose career has taken him as far as Antarctica. His imagery incorporates his focus on textures and the abstract patterns and compositions that he sees through the lens, plating Tahoe’s natural forms for the viewer to savor. Make Tahoe Quantum – An Art Show (within an art show), is a monthly, curated installment presented by at Benko Art Gallery. | (530) 600-3264

Tahoe Art League members’ show
South Lake Tahoe
The Tahoe Art League, in conjunction with Lake Tahoe Community College, will host its second annual art show, “The Tahoe Art League Presents,” through March 25 at the college. |

A niche in wildlife
The work of photographer and Plumas National Forest employee Thomas Honeycutt is on display in the lobby of the Mount Hough Ranger District in Quincy until March 30. Honeycutt found his niche in wildlife and macro photography. He pursues both outdoor sports and any other moments of opportunity that may suddenly appear during his travels, including a pair of muskrats hitchhiking on his kayak as he floated down the Tennessee River. | (530) 283-0555

Student work featured
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, “ART from WNC,” at the Community Development Building [the Brick]. Eleven student artists from Western Nevada College have work in the exhibit until April 12. The exhibition presents poster designs by Professor Conkey’s Graphic Communications students including Neil Anderson, Christian Cooper, Jesus Fernandez Garcia, Robin Johnson, Michelle Keele, Suzanne Pipho, Stacia Woomer and Amanda Yau. Three additional students are Sharon Carter, who submitted a large watercolor landscape for the show; Bailee Barber, who has two series of photographs and Tracy Mendibles with a pencil drawing. |

Art from the heart
Reno, Nev.
Moments of Memory, a Northern Nevada nonprofit, presents a visual treasury of art expressed by individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at the depARTures Gallery in Concourse C at Reno-Tahoe International Airport until April 18. All masterpieces were created in one 90-minute art session. Included in the depARTures Gallery are display cases highlighting the specially designed techniques that inspired the artists.
| (775) 848-4757

Out of this world
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition “Writing from Mars” by artist Rick Parsons at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery until May 23. Parsons’ current work has been exploring automatic writing, jazz thinking and 3-D forms while also addressing the environment. Parsons has been teaching at Sierra Nevada College for eight years and was named the 2012-13 Faculty Member of the Year by the SNC student body. Artist and writer Chris Lanier has written the exhibition essay for the exhibit. |

Exhibit runs skin deep
Tahoe City
Tahoe Maritime Museum hosts “Ink & Ivory,” an exhibit featuring two nautical art forms on display until April. Scrimshaw, attributed to American sailors, is the art of intricate carvings on bone ivory and other found objects. These works of art capture visuals of the past and tell the story of environmental impact, laws and regulations. “Ink & Ivory” will trace the nautical tradition of tattooing. Discover tattoos that were meant to bring sailors luck, see skin-deep evidence of their travels and feel the sense of longing behind sentimental tributes to wives and sweethearts back home. Best of all, “Ink & Ivory” will feature modern-day tattoos which are specific to nautical tradition or deep Tahoe connection.

Boat names focus of exhibit
Tahoe City
Tahoe Maritime Museum hosts an exhibition that explores the stories behind the names of familiar Tahoe places and beloved Tahoe boats. “What’s in A Name?” will be on display until April. Choosing a name for a boat is a personal choice and not arbitrary. Many boat owners choose names that reflect a part of their life or family. Names are expressions of the owner’s personality and sense of humor. Other boat names pay homage to the tradition of the boat as a gendered object.
Visitors can also expect to delve into the complex nautical history behind the female persona of ships and boats. |