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Expanded North Tahoe Arts shop opening; 2016 ARTour canceled

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — For 2016, North Tahoe Arts is expanding its ARTisan Shop, and the Kids Art Camp will now include onsite sessions at the Boys and Girls Club in Kings Beach.

However, due to declining resources, NTA's annual open studio event, ARTour, is postponed until 2017, and select 2016 workshops have been scaled back.

Located in Tahoe City since 1990, the nonprofit North Tahoe Arts views 2016 as a pivotal year. The Board of Directors plans to refresh some programs, reevaluate others and work to better engage community support.

Board members are closely assessing the viability of its programs, the organization's ability to grow, and how it can better meet the needs of the community.

"The board took a real serious look at its 2015 financials, and we looked at where we best serve the community," says Kellie Cutler, executive director, NTA. "With all the artistic talent in our region, NTA plans to continue to provide more opportunities for artists to share their work and to establish a more significant presence in the community."

The ARTisan Shop will expand into the building's gallery spaces, adding 500 square feet in order to offer visitors a larger selection and greater diversity of handmade local art such as painting and photography, jewelry, fiber art, glass, ceramics and more.

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The grand opening of the expanded retail space will be held Saturday, May 14, from noon-4 p.m., in conjunction with the Tahoe City Downtown Association's new event, Sidewalk Saturdays.

"We want visitors to think, 'If I want the finest art pieces from local artists, NTA's ARTisan Shop is where I go,'" added Cutler.

THE YEAR AHEAD

In addition to holding three Kids Art Camp week-long sessions at Rideout Community Center on the West Shore, NTA will also hold two week-long Kids Art Camp sessions at the Boys & Girls Club location in Kings Beach.

All five sessions will be held July 5-29. Camps give children in elementary and middle school a hands-on art experience exploring with various mediums and colors.

Camp sessions are taught by local artists and instructors who excel at teaching children the joy of ceramics, printmaking, painting, fiber art, earth art, book/journal making, jewelry, pastels, wire sculpture and batik.

After producing 22 successful annual ARTour events, each taking place in North Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, Truckee and Incline Village, the NTA Board of Directors earlier this year made a difficult decision to cancel this year's event.

"We felt that the program really needed to be revitalized," noted Pam Sutton, board president, NTA. "We'll spend 2016 assessing what makes ARTour a success and what we need to improve."

North Tahoe Arts for 2016 will continue to offer six free Kids Art Saturdays, free Gathering of Artists (twice a month), and various artist development workshops, as well as the North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open.

The Plein Air Open will take place June 13-18. Participating artists paint in the open air, "en plein air," scenes of North Lake Tahoe and surrounding landscapes.

Artwork created during the week will be for sale at the reception and at a free, public exhibit during the Tahoe City Wine Walk.

"Our Plein Air event is held in conjunction with the Tahoe City Downtown Association Annual Summer Solstice Festival and Tahoe City Wine Walk, making the weekend packed with things for visitors and locals to see and do," says Cutler.

This article was provided by North Tahoe Arts. For information on how to donate, as well as Kids Art Camps, workshops and other happenings, visit http://www.northtahoearts.com.