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Art is in the Truckee Tahoe air

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Amy Edgett/Sierra SunGreg Van Loon's "Summer" has instant seasonal impact with a base of acrylic washed collage for hours of contemplation.
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TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Riverside Studios, the brainchild of a five-lady partnership whose vision to support artistic expression in the community has journeyed from an old, dilapidated house on Truckee’s West River Street, to warehouse to Brickelltown, landing at 10060 Donner Pass Road, in the heart of historic Downtown Truckee.These women produce buttery leather craft with bold silver ornamentation, pottery, clothing and jewelry, offering custom designs and additional, local artistic talent.andamp;#8220;We wanted to showcase non-traditional art, graffiti-style, abstract, and local,andamp;#8221; said partner Alanna Hughes. andamp;#8220;People for a long time have purchased commercial art, with no connection to the person who actually made the product.andamp;#8221;No more. Riverside Studios’ First Fridays bring an urban touch monthly to Truckee. Sip wine, nibble light appetizers and get your happy feet dancing in the street to DJ Brian Hess’ eclectic musical mix. And meet the people behind the art.Friday, May 6, will feature artists Kai Prescher, Greg Van Loon and his son Luke Van Loon, 4-8 p.m.Prescher will take on the paparazzi with his whimsical use of found objects, with a bit of humor. For this show he has chosen to incorporate easily recognizable items, much in line with the works of Marcel Duchamp. Kai’s medium consists of wood, steel and found objects. He has been local art fixture in Reno’s underground art scene since the early 90s. The Ukraine welcomed Kai as the first American artist to do a solo exhibition in 2002 at the Red University. Kai’s upbringing in Minnesota and his worldly travels have helped develop his creative motifs. Kai will also display a series of shadowcasters/wall sculptures.Van Loon has felt the creative pull since age 4: Maturing into expression through collage, assemblage, sculptural and textural painting. andamp;#8220;Four Seasons,andamp;#8221; the main piece in the May 6, First Friday exhibit, stemmed from a TOCCATA Vivaldi experience. andamp;#8220;Once I started researching, I found an incredible wealth of symbols attached to the four seasons,andamp;#8221; said Van Loon. Discover a bold playing card motif, with Roman symbols prominent in corners and each season graphically represented in the middle. Peer closely: Under the acrylic wash are Latin, Japanese, Chinese, planetary symbols and seasonal collage.Being Luke’s father subtly transformed Van Loon’s work, from a titch self indulgent, perhaps dark. He feels the universal fact parenting expands one’s perspective, an inspiring influence. His son Luke, a Glenshire kindergarten student, paints with Daddy: straight from the hip. andamp;#8220;He paints spontaneously, he knows what he wants to do and he does it,andamp;#8221; said Van Loon. Luke’s work will include andamp;#8220;Rock Star Skullandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Flag of America.andamp;#8221;In addition, Daddy Van Loon will offer andamp;#8220;kitchen college,andamp;#8221; light whimsical hangings incorporating French-style cabbages, fish, carrots and more. Van Loon has shown in the Truckee Tahoe area, San Francisco and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia.Hughes encourages families, locals and tourists alike to take part in this studio and streetside celebration of art each First Friday. Call 530-587-3789 for info.

Dragonfly Restaurant will host the Arts For the Schools’ 6th Annual Student Art Show Thursday, May 5, 4-6 p.m. For those who choose to stay for dinner, Dragonfly will offer half-off all entrees. andamp;#8220;Artists in Bloomandamp;#8221; will showcase more than 400 pieces of Tahoe Truckee children’s artwork. Art pieces were selected from a variety of elementary school classes throughout the region, including artwork created in the Arts For the Schools Artist-in-Residence program. The pieces, which include drawings, portraits and perspectives, will be on sale and proceeds benefit Arts for the Schools.Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Call 530-587-0557 or visit http://www.dragonflycuisine.com.Arts For the Schools raises funds throughout the year so art education may be part of local school curriculum.

Announcing North Tahoe ARTS, andamp;#8220;2011 Annual Members Showandamp;#8221; in the Main Gallery, May 4-June 1. North Tahoe ARTS is proud and excited so many of their own talented members have come together for this exhibit. It promises to be riveting. andamp;#8220;Remembering Madelineandamp;#8221; will exhibit in the Corison Loft. It is a tribute to a wonderful artist, mentor and teacher. Madeline Bohanon founded Sierra Artists Network 23 years ago, which became North Tahoe ARTS and an artists group called Art Vision. Art Vision will exhibit May 4-June 1. A meet the artists opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 5-7 p.m. Appetizers and wine will be served. All are welcome. The public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the Member’s show. People’s Choice Awards for first, second and third place will awarded to artists.Art classes will run through out the summer. Kids Art Saturday is a free program matching children with artists for artful projects. Call 530-581-2787 for details and deadlines. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed on Tuesdays, North Tahoe ARTS, 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

First Friday of the month, 5:30-7:30 for ages 5-12, KidZone Museum. Create beautiful art projects from reclaimed materials donated from local businesses. Students will work with a variety of materials ranging from scraps of fabric to broken bike chains, creating original art pieces that will inspire future creativity. Each class will feature a different art technique and focus including weaving, collage, decoupage, mosaics, jewelry making, sculpture and more! Throughout the classes students will learn about the impact of an over abundance of waste on our community and how the method of reuse can not only enhance our creativity but our environment as well. Teacher: Brooke Chabot. Cost: $15 per class (members get 20 percent off). KidZone Museum, 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, 530-587-5437.

Paint, sculpt, transform or adorn anything with pedals, any way you like. This includes your bike, scooter, hot wheel, trike, Burning Man creation, etc. All ages are invited to participate or just stop by and enjoy the festivities. Please have your entry finished before judging at 3:30 p.m., which will be based upon creativity, use of color, individuality, design and use of diverse materials. Prizes for first, second and third place bikes. Need not be present to win. Join us for the fun along with wine, beverages, snacks and a raffle. Artisans Market Place, 10382 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, May 14, 1-5 p.m. Call 530-587-2873.


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