North Tahoe Event Center flower pots enhanced by service project
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Jamie Himes, an interdisciplinary studies major studying art and psychology at Sierra Nevada College, got the Kings Beach beautification started early this year.
The Service Learning Class project, “Coloring Kings Beach,” was so successful it won the “Inspiring Community Impact!” award at the Sierra Nevada College Senior Awards Breakfast this month.
Himes was inspired by the mosaic fish created by Peter Hazel that stands guard over the driveway at Lanza’s Restaurant in Tahoe Vista. She also wanted to involve the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe in a project that would also help to bring more public art into the community.
Himes saw the flower pots near the North Tahoe Event Center entrance would be the perfect canvas for her project. “I thought about how nice it would be to be able to give back to a place that puts on events for our community and who gives significant funding to the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe every year,” she said.
Himes worked with Jenna Bache, the Boys & Girls Club art specialist, to bring 20 children from the Clay Club ranging in age from 6-13 to the pottery studio at Sierra Nevada College. They rolled out approximately 150 pounds of clay and cut them into the tile pieces that would create the mosaic. Once the clay dried it had to be fired and then painted with different color glazes that would create the mosaic. There were so many tiles to be painted additional help was needed. Himes turned to Kristi Thompson, general manager at the Mellow Fellow in Crystal Bay and on Sunday during a Corn Hole Tournament, all the attendees pitched in and helped to complete the painting project!
During the course of three weekends in May, the mosaics on the pots took shape. The first weekend, Himes worked closely with Peter Hazel to learn the techniques for mosaics. The following two weekends, the Clay Club from the Boys &Girls Club joined her outside the Event Center to see their hard work in the pottery studio come to fruition. Now, those children will be able to look at those pots with pride whenever they go to the North Tahoe Event Center.
However, there is still work to do! Himes is soliciting donations to purchase an additional 50 pounds of clay to complete the work and will need help cutting more tiles, glazing them and then applying and grouting them. If you would like to donate money, materials or time, contact her at 530-412-2701. Time is ticking to finish these off before the busy summer season comes to Kings Beach.
The North Tahoe Public Utility District and North Tahoe Event Center would like to thank everyone who contributed to make this project happen including Jamie Himes, Peter Hazel, Jenna Bache and the Clay Club of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, and Kristi Thompson and all the Mellow Fellow painters!
About North Tahoe Public Utility District
The North Tahoe Public Utility District provides sewer and water service to the residents of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Cedar Flat and Agate Bay. The District owns, manages and maintains the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista which provides recreation opportunities to residents and visitors. In addition, the District owns and/or maintains all of the public beaches in the District including Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, and Secline Beach. The North Tahoe Event Center in downtown Kings Beach is also owned and managed by the District.