The 4th annual Incline Village Fine Arts Festival hits Preston Field on Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13 |

The 4th annual Incline Village Fine Arts Festival hits Preston Field on Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13

One of the most unique aspects of any fine arts showing is getting to meet and interact with the brilliant craftsmen and women behind the pieces that get people's attention.

The annual Incline Village Fine Art Festival encompasses feelings of inspiration, community and camaraderie over awe-inspiring works of art and will be held in North Lake Tahoe at Preston Field this weekend.

Local artists, as well as presenters from around the country, display unique works in high quality crafts, such as jewelry, painting, woodworking and metalworking, photography, blown glass and ceramics, to name a few.

Dave Harper, a metalworking artist fro, Montana, is one artist not to miss at this weekend's event. He will be back for his second year, stationed right at the gate with his beautiful metal art on display.

"In the big cities, there are so many things to do that some art shows get lost, but in Incline, it's more of a community-thing where people come by and they keep coming back, it's really a family friendly vibe," Harper said.

Harper says he doesn't travel to many showings each year, but he and his family make it a point to head to the Incline Village show for the friendly people and atmosphere.

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He creates everything from small, nature-themed art pieces with bear and deer tracks in metal, to large pieces like the bear cub piece he has most recently been working to complete.

"Even if someone is not a customer, it's really super cool when they come to the booth and say something like, 'Wow, your work is really unbelievable,'" said Harper of the crowd atmosphere at these art events.

"Then when someone says, 'Oh my gosh, I have to have that,' and you're able to earn money from the build — the feeling that you built something and people accept it, that's what I like," he said.

Harper first worked in metal creating railings and more industrial projects when he fulfilled his childhood dream of working on rebuilding and revamping a stagecoach from the ground up.

When his clientele requested that he create more artistic statement sculpture pieces, Harper felt a new sense of pride and fulfillment in his work, and has been creating artistic pieces ever since.

Another artist who will grace the Incline Village Fine Arts Festival this weekend is Lisa Bone, a ceramics artist based out of Loomis, Calif., who took her early lessons in hand building ceramic pottery to a whole new level.

"I'm always looking for new techniques," said Bone of her original and gorgeous decorative pottery pieces.

"I actively try to find new things to try and get better at it — everything from stenciling on the glaze beforehand to using horse hair and a glaze process called raku."

Bone's works often feature handcrafted vases, shallow bowls and plates, in which she incorporates various designs, textures, and colors using different methods of firing the ceramic piece.

Her dishes are beautiful and unique, the very reason they are so eye-catching also makes them not safe for using to eat with — these stunning sets are for looks only, and the odds are, people wouldn't want to do anything other than display them for guests, anyway.

Each of Bone's pottery pieces is handmade and typically uses a raku firing process where the ceramic goes through an extreme temperature change, first being heated to 1,860 degrees, and then immediately cooled in a reduction chamber.

"Going from a hot kiln to a reduction chamber, when the piece is in there it's capped, which starves the air and makes the raku glaze have beautiful changes and cracks where the smoke gets through," Bone explained.

She said it's an exciting process because it goes so quickly and produces unique cracks and flashes in the glazed piece.

"There's fire and smoke and flames and all that," she laughed.

Another of Bone's technique uses horsehair after a smooth piece is fired in the kiln. The hair burns into the outside of the piece, leaving a pattern in the ceramic.

"I do several custom horse hair pieces for people whose animals pass away, it's a nice way to honor them," she said.

"I think my stuff is really different. I spend a lot of time decorating a plate, then the raku glaze does its own thing. For me, it's a nice surprise because it's a different style from other people's raku."

This weekend Bone will be presenting at the festival in a booth alongside her dear friend, and says they're both excited to share their artwork with guests and to have a great time.

"We have two very different arts, and it's really a lot of fun. Jen has gourds and they're hilarious, I do the raku. [The arts show] will be something new and exciting," she said.

This will be Bone's first Fine Arts Festival and she will feature her original, handcrafted pieces from Friday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 13, alongside several artists who bring their inspirations to life using just about every medium imaginable.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.