Fourth of July festival at Lake Tahoe to feature 50+ artists |

Fourth of July festival at Lake Tahoe to feature 50+ artists

Special to the Sun
Patrons peruse a previous Pacific Fine Arts Festival at Homewood.
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HOMEWOOD, Calif. — Homewood Mountain Resort on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore will celebrate Independence Day weekend with the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

The free festival takes place Friday through Sunday, July 3-5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., bringing together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing an assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of media, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography and much more.

Below are quick profiles on just three of this weekend’s featured artists:


Gary Chappell

Studio: Nevada City

Medium: Various metal and natural stones as well as wax and fossilized coral

Art: Handcrafted jewelry

Creative Process: Gary Chappell has been making jewelry since 1972. His creations, each crafted from metal fabrications, hard wax and other materials are all one-of-a-kind. He does his own lapidary and works in both gold and silver. Gary is also a gem cutter and enjoys using unique gems in his jewelry such as fossilized coral.


Jennifer Cull

Studio: Penn Valley

Medium: Stone       

Art: Vases and sculptures

Creative Process: “All my vases and sculptures are carved using traditional hammers, chisels, rasps, riflers, and then polished by hand with sandpaper,” says Jennifer. “I do it this way because I want to help keep the traditional methods and skills of stone carving alive. Lately I’ve been using air tools to keep up with the demand for my work. When I work I use no inspiration other than the stone itself and the beauty around me. I simply study the texture, colors, grain and shape of the piece I’m working on and try to see what would look most natural as a finished sculpture.”


Eva Stramer Nichols

Studio: Truckee

Medium: Watercolor and canvas

Art: Paintings of nature, landscapes, flowers and birds

Creative Process: “Originally I started painting with watercolors because I wanted to be able to paint little sketches as part of my travel journals when I started going on extended kayak trips around the world,” says Eva. “Since then I have completely fallen in love with this fluid and expressive medium ­ it’s always challenging, and I am constantly learning new methods of expressing different moods and motifs. I paint both plein air as well as in my studio ­ sometimes I make up scenes from my imagination, other times I try to convey what I see and feel.”

This article was submitted by Pacific Fine Arts Festivals. For information, contact 209-276-4394 or visit for more.

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