Local children, adult artists submit original work on display on Kings Beach streetlights as North Tahoe Business Association’s core improvement project | SierraSun.com

Local children, adult artists submit original work on display on Kings Beach streetlights as North Tahoe Business Association’s core improvement project

Cassandra Walker | cwalker@sierrasun.com | @snow1cass

Anyone who has visited Kings Beach recently may have noticed an array of brightly colored works of art hung from the streetlights.

Local children and adult's artwork is on display among 15 original pieces that have been printed on banners and strung from streetlights, as part of the North Tahoe Business Association's (NTBA) Kings Beach Core Improvement Project.

The NTBA invited emerging and established local artists of all ages to submit their designs for consideration in the final artwalk district, stretching 1 mile along the busy, commercial core of Kings Beach.

"I think any artwork incorporated into the community is always a great idea," said Ako Martin, docent coordinator for Kings Beach Elementary of many years as well as the mother of 12-year-old, Kaio, whose art was selected among the final 15 original works.

"He was amazed that his work got chosen, and it made him really proud," she said of Kaio learning his piece, "Winter Trees" would be standing tall for all to enjoy.

"I think it made him realize how art can impact people's lives and even bigger, impact communities. I think he will have more opportunities like that and he will choose to submit his work and to continue creating art," she said.

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In total, 56 colorful concepts of diverse subject matter, mediums, and styles were submitted for consideration.

"North Tahoe Business Association's goal is to beautify our town and stimulate the local economy," said NTBA executive director, Joy M. Doyle.

"NTBA is pleased to visually enhance the Kings Beach community and provide a new and fully accessible, year-round activity that puts residents and visitors in front of and in downtown Kings Beach businesses," she added.

Martin also said the campaign's initiative is one of major impact for both the banner's artists and the spectators who get to appreciate them.

"Just to expose the community to public art and have a chance for artists and students who applied to this campaign is a valuable opportunity, in both ways, supporting the artists and involving the community," she said.

Joe Taylor of the Tahoe Expeditionary Learning Academy said the program is special to their students because it gives kids a chance to immerse themselves in the community.

"It exposes students to projects that have impact beyond the classroom," he said.

"The students at Tahoe Expeditionary Learning Academy get frequent exposure to a variety of art mediums, and a chance to participate and learn how art can strengthen a community through service," Taylor added.

The final 15 works were created by Tahoe Expedition Academy's pre-K class, as well as Kings Beach Elementary students, alongside professional local and regional artists: Jude Bischoff, Mike Bond, Anasticia Changler-Lang, Jennifer Eyzaguirre, Sue Gross and Pamela Hunt Lee.

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