Monday, May 11, 2009

Tahoe ARTour 2009

Come explore the backstreets of the North Lake Tahoe / Truckee art world! The 16th annual Tahoe ARTour offers free self-guided tours of 31 art studios in the region. The juried open studio tour is a chance to meet individual artists and view or buy original art. This popular cultural event is sponsored by North Tahoe Arts, who will kick off the event with an artist's reception July 9 from 5-7pm at their gallery in Tahoe City. The ARTour is being held on two consecutive weekends: July 10, 11, 12, and 17, 18, 19, and the artist's studios will be open to the public Friday to Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm. This event is free to the public and is a great way to get to see art being created in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area. Original pieces are for sale directly from the artists, and artists will be discussing and demonstrating their techniques. A variety of art mediums are featured, including oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, printmaking, photography, glass, woodworking , weaving and wearable art.

All the artists are juried into the Tahoe ARTour to insure the quality of work will be excellent. Seven new artists will be joining 24 returning artists this year to create an exciting new ARTour gallery exhibit at the North Tahoe Art Center at 380 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. The artist's reception on July 9 will be the public's opportunity to meet the artist's in this year's tour and view an example from each of this year's 31 artists. The gallery exhibit will run from July 1 - Aug 2. Call 581-2787 for more information.

Last year, ARTour successfully expanded to include 2 weekends, allowing ARTourists the ability to see more studios and not feel rushed. Geographical areas of the tour include Tahoe City, West Shore, North Shore, King's Beach, Incline, Truckee, Tahoe Donner, and Glenshire. Free ARTour brochures include detailed maps to the studios, photos of each artist's work, and short statements by each artist. In July, the Tahoe ARTour brochures will be distributed through many locations including North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd.,Tahoe City (next to the fire station), the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, (in the train station in downtown Truckee), and at participating art studios. You may also download a brochure with maps online at For more information, please call North Tahoe Arts at 530-581-2787.