Artists in Bloom: Student artwork featured in annual Truckee and Kings Beach art shows |

Artists in Bloom: Student artwork featured in annual Truckee and Kings Beach art shows

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Professionally displayed artwork created by local elementary school students from Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe and Truckee will be on sale to the public to help raise funds for the Artists-in-Residence program that Arts For the Schools (AFtS) provides as part of our local childrenand#8217;s education. The art shows will include selected matted and framed artwork featuring paintings, pastels and acrylics of colorful florals, springtime themes, underwater animals and and#8230; trains! This yearand#8217;s Truckee show features selected train paintings designed by students to coincide with the grand opening of the Truckee Railroad Museum on May 8.

AFtS Executive Director Raine Howe said, and#8220;It is so much fun to collaborate with the many community-based groups, such as the Truckee Donner Train Society, who came up with the idea of featuring student artwork which ties into the town of Truckeeand#8217;s history and the Train Societyand#8217;s grand opening. It not only benefits AFtS and The Train Society; it reminds our entire region that we are all connected in ways that are not always obvious. We have many opportunities to make our own organizationand#8217;s event or programs more successful by engaging others to create an even more enriching experience for everyone.and#8221;

The Artists-in-Residence program brings local professional artists Nancy Tieken Lopez, Anke Hass and Cathee van Rossem St. Clair into the classroom for third, fourth and fifth grade students and to selected Sierra High School students.

Through creative art projects, the Artists-in-Residence program teaches children about the importance of giving by allowing their masterpieces to be sold to support art programs in local schools. It also demonstrates how art can serve a social function in the world and can make a positive contribution to youth and community. In addition to Artists in Residence, AFtS provides performing arts to local TTUSD and Incline schools.

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Funding for AFtS Artists-in-Residence and Performing Arts Programs depends on grants and private donations. Community support makes it possible to offer art instruction, dance/theater and live performances that enrich our children’s education. Mark your calendar for the and#8220;Artists in Bloomand#8221; Student Art Show fundraisers and take home a masterpiece created by the talented youth of our community.

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Dragonfly in Downtown Truckee will host the Truckee Art Show Monday, May 3, 4-6 p.m. and feature a localand#8217;s special of 50 percent off dinner entrees the night of the show. Call Dragonfly at 587-0557.

The Blue Onion in Kings Beach is the host of the second Art Show Tuesday, May 11, 4-6 p.m. and is planning a festive and#8220;Taco Tuesdaysand#8221; dinner menu. Call Blue Onion at 546-3913.

Make sure you call for reservations and bring your appetite with you to these two great events! For more information about Arts For the Schools please contact Raine Howe at 582-8278 or visit


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