Black Ice Theatre Company’s third production, Harbor, makes a perfect landing on the South Shore. Following the 2018 performance of 'night, Mother - nominated for four Tahoe Arts Alliance Awards: Overall Production, Best Director (Richard S. Sargent), and Best Actress (Briana Yvonne Biller and Pam Taylor) - South Lake Tahoe is presented with another successful staging of a compelling, contemporary story about life, relationships, and social dynamics.
The stage was set for Black Ice Theatre Co.’s two week run of Chad Beguelin’s Harbor, with some actual water. Harbor was originally scheduled to open at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre. Prior to opening night, the theatre was flooded. All hands were then on deck to find a new venue. One of South Lake Tahoe’s pioneering and innovative resources, Cowork Tahoe, opened its doors and provided a setting that was more intimate and engaging than the theatre itself. This relocation only enhanced the experience of this live event. The audience members are able to be seated with the action directly around them and be immersed in the drama as it unfolds. The stage set for Harbor was incorporated into the existing space at Cowork Tahoe, along with some help from David Hamilton, Lake Tahoe Community College, and Tahoe Production House.
This dynamic portrayal of family relationships is brought to you on the "stage" by Kevin and Ted, who are newly married and living in a "wedding cake" of a home, and Kevin’s sister and her teenaged daughter, who arrive in town, unannounced (Surprise!) via their van-home, with both their luggage and their baggage. Our same-sex couple and extended family show us what parenting, nurturing, dependents, and dependency is all about.
Harbor has four more performances: March 21st through 23rd at 7:30 pm and March 24th at 2:30 pm. Cowork Tahoe is located at 3079 Harrison Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Please order your tickets online or pay at the door. I cannot urge our local community enough to check out Black Ice Theatre Co. and this production. It can only help launch more events like this - a must see. Get thee to Harbor!
The year has begun with unprecedented enthusiasm for collaboration between local arts organizations, businesses, community, and government. The Tahoe Arts Alliance (TAA) is planning several events for the South Shore in 2019, including The Tahoe Arts Alliance Arts Fest and The Alliance Awards. New additions to the TAA board of directors are Bryan Yerian and Ellen Nunes. Bryan Yerian is known for his ceramic and mixed-media work and is co-chair of the Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) Art Department. Yerian’s January installation at Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA includes an 8 ½ foot "Vessel", a sort of lifeboat made from cast porcelain, which seems to fit the bill for the organization’s goal of reaching out and bringing together all aspects of the local arts community. In addition to Yerian providing instruction at LTCC, he and ceramic artist and instructor Colleen Sidey Yerian are known for reaching out to the community with their after-school ceramics programs for elementary students. The pair are also set to soon break open their new South Lake Tahoe ceramic studio, Compass Clay Studio.
New Tahoe Arts Alliance board member Ellen Nunes is a local artist and member of the Tahoe Art League and Tahoe Activist Artists. In 2018 Nunes participated in the Make Tahoe "quantum" series at Benko Art Gallery. Nunes’s art is currently available at Emanate Gallery, 2030 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, which will host it’s first anniversary event, "Cut the Ribbon", on Februrary 9th from 4 to 8 pm. Her most recent works find her, "immersed in experimenting with new techniques and substrates," such as her new Tahoe themed fluid acrylic paintings. Nunes tells Make Tahoe, "Collaboration between local artist clubs, groups, art businesses, the college, and our local government would serve to make our arts culture stronger and more cohesive. A Festival of Fine Arts with exhibitions and competitions featuring artists from around the lake is one way to advance the arts and connect and grow our relationship with our neighbors." Nunes got right down to business as a member of the Tahoe Arts Alliance board of directors by speaking at the January 15th South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting. Nunes underscored that TAA works with Lake Tahoe Community College and with the City of South Lake Tahoe. The exhibits at the City Art Gallery, 1901 Aiport Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, are the result of a collaboration between the City and TAA. View Nunes’s enthusiastic presentation on the City’s website by selecting "Public Communications" from the video links at this location.
Benko Art Gallery presents a new show of original art by five local artists: Anastiscia Chantler, Kristen Pobatschnig, Janette Reed Lawson, Willie Pinella, and April Enerson. Expect all the good stuff that happens at Benko Art Gallery's show opening events: live art, live music, and art raffle. This is an all-ages event that is free and open to the public.
"Obsolete: Examining the Artist’s Role in a Time of Artificial Intelligence" takes us on a tour of once useful items. Obsolete hardware such as film cameras, microscopes, and gas lamps are loving rendered in soft light - almost an antique, sepia tone - bringing many of us back to not so distant days when we would romance the (rotary) phone. In 1965, Gordon E. Moore illuminated the concept that, basically, computing power would double every year. Although not quite doubling every year (Gordon E. Moore - Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits), it seems new things become old things faster and faster. Despite this, everyday people and celebrities alike enjoy carrying the torch for all things analog. Sales of vinyl records have steadily increased in recent years and have likely surpassed 10 million total units for 2018, Fujifilm has released a camera that prints Polaroid style images instantly (Fujifilm Instax), and actor Tom Hanks has become known for his collection of typewriters by writing a book of stories about them (Tom Hanks - Uncommon Type: Some Stories).
When I think of things that have gone the way of dodo, my list also includes floppy discs, card catalogs, paper maps, videotape, CRTs, pay phones, paper money (hello, cryptocurrency), and medical marijuana cards (hello, recreational marijuana). All of these things were created to help us exchange information by documenting, recording, viewing, and transferring these records. Isn’t that what I’m doing here on this computer so you can view it on your current device? This article will perhaps be obsolete by the time you view this exhibit, discover that there is more than meets the eye, and the light is shed on our future. - Sheilah Boothby
The Trio of Artists Receptions includes all three galleries at Lake Tahoe Community College. In addition to Catherine Lockner's "Obsolete: Examining the Artist’s Role in a Time of Artificial Intelligence", the Haldan Gallery will host a reception for "Off the Press: Tahoe/Reno Printmakers," and the Student Center will host a reception for the Tahoe Art League Members Group Show.
Shelley Zentner is in the process of creating an anatomically correct drawing of every pose (asana) in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. She has completed the first 30 of the 75 poses. The 30 completed drawings will be available for viewing on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm, in an intimate setting at Tahoe Yoga Shala, located at 585 Tahoe Keys Blvd #F1A, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and admission is free. The artworks will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to causes they "feel connected to."
The asana drawings will become illustrations for a training manual for yoga teachers. The 75 drawings will be completed in March 2019, in time for a 200-hour RYT Teacher Training and Mysore Style Apprenticeship that will take place at the Shala. Laura Josephy, yoga master and owner of Tahoe Yoga Shala, commissioned the art and will be present at the November 11th event to discuss the Ashtanga practice and teacher training.
Artist Shelley Zentner accepted the challenge of creating the 75 teaching illustrations and stated, "I love drawing the human figure, and the challenge of making 75 studies felt like an extension of my own yoga practice and an opportunity to deepen my understanding of anatomy." Shelley Zentner herself is a teacher, and is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Lake Tahoe Community College Art Department.
Local Ceramic Artist and Sculptor Guy Gilmore met with Make Tahoe to talk about his latest show, "The American Dream", opening on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm at the Lake Tahoe Community College Foyer Gallery. Lake Tahoe Community College is located at 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, California. The Foyer Gallery is located directly inside the entrance to the Fine Arts Building. "The American Dream" will be on display through the entire fall quarter. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public during normal business hours, which includes evenings and weekends when classes are in session.
All of the work you will see in "The American Dream" was made locally by artist Guy Gilmore, right here at the Lake Tahoe Community College Art Department, but the message displayed is of national concern. If widespread drug addiction is due to drug abuse, what would you call abuse of capitalism through unmitigated greed? "The American Dream" exposes the dark reality of this American nightmare, the Opioid Epidemic. Gilmore has created a visually powerful exhibit of ceramic, bronze, and mixed media work to get your attention. He shares his story and message in hopes of helping others avoid the trap.
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