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Lake Tahoe Fine Arts and Crafts Festival set for July 1-3

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This is one example of Fleurette Sevin's fun glasswork that will be on display this weekend at Lake Tahoe's West Shore.
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HOMEWOOD, Calif. — There are few things better than the mountains in summer. The days are hot and sunny and the nights are cool. Lake Tahoe really comes alive in the summer months with various outdoor activities and special events.

Among those events are the arts and crafts festivals by Pacific Fine Arts Festivals­, a series of outdoor art festivals in which artisans display their handcrafted wares against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking vistas.

The first of which takes place at Homewood Mountain Resort, which celebrates Independence Day weekend with the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Friday through Sunday, July 1-3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This free event brings 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 is a quick look at just three of the artists whose work will be on display this weekend:

Glass

Fleurette Sevin’s work with glass started with traditional lamp-worked beads using a torch and kiln. Although she still makes some of those traditional style beads, her work has evolved to using those same techniques applied to melting and shaping recycled glass bottles into beads and pendants.

She also cuts and fuses glass bottles to make barrettes, holiday ornaments and jewelry. Interest is added to the artwork with sandblasting and tumbling techniques or adding other recycled materials like plumbing pipe and telephone wire.

Fleurette has been merging glass and metal in some of her pieces and tries to use recycled materials whenever she can.

“As an extra touch, I do not use paper or plastic bags for customer purchases, but make my own out of recycled fabric samples,” she says.

 

Ceramics

Kurt McCracken attributes his artistic talent to his father and his grandfather who were both design engineers. McCracken’s eye for traditional forms informs his ability to wheel-throw one piece of clay into extraordinarily large size forms.

Often his vessels will exceed three feet in height. He loves to vary his art forms, creating large wall hangings, sculptures with glass and decorative plates. Some of his more contemporary works are ceramic towers (up to 8 feet tall) and abstract music designs.

Kurt is also using his design talents to create large-scale paintings on wood and canvas. Because of the size of his creations, Kurt custom designed and built his own raku kilns. He selects special clays for each of his hand-glazed pieces, which are individually fired at over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

These red-hot pieces are then transferred from the kiln to the reduction barrel. The glazes are oxidized with natural materials, such as pine needles, leaves and straw. This abrupt oxidation process is what produces the color, crackle and intensity that are signatures of Kurt’s gorgeous artwork.

 

Jewelry

Virginie “Vie” Blakey is a French, self-taught, visual artist and artisan jeweler. She grew up in the Lorraine region in the northeast part of France and now works from her home studio in Los Angeles.

Unsatisfied with what she saw on the market, Vie decided to bring to life what appealed to her about the ancient jewelry she saw in museums in similar displays. What started as her creating unique designs for herself transformed through the public’s appreciation of her beautiful work, culminating in the 2005 formation of her own handcrafted jewelry business.

Inspired by mythology, ancient civilizations and the outdoors, Vie fabricates her own molds from sculptures, coins, cameos and other historical objects, hand carves her own stamps and then makes each piece individually.

Every art piece has its own unique and authentic look and feel, recreating the much sought-after aesthetic of historic artifacts with a stroke of modern design.

Homewood Mountain Resort is located off Highway 89 on Tahoe’s West Shore, just 6 miles southwest of Tahoe City.

This article was provided by Pacific Fine Arts Festivals. Visit pacificfinearts.com or call 209-276-4394 to learn more.