Artists render support for one of their own
The tables are turned for Truckee artist Pamela Krone. She has spent decades giving back to the community, and now her artistic community is giving back to her.While Krone spends time at Stanford University, receiving treatments for leukemia, the artistic community throughout the Tahoe Basin has rallied to host a benefit to help meet the costs of her illness.”She was diagnosed with leukemia a couple of years ago, ” said her long-time friend Nancy Shaeffer. “But it came back in April.”Shaeffer said Krone had a bone marrow transplant at the end of July.
“It takes a hundred days before you know the results,” she said.Krone was released from the hospital Aug. 10, and is staying with her husband Gary in a nearby condominium while she receives daily outpatient treatments for the next two months.”She has lived in Truckee for 33 years,” Shaeffer said. Krone was raised and educated in California, attending the University of California at Davis, where she majored in art and specialized in graphics. She moved to Truckee in the early 1970s, where she founded a commercial graphics/sign painting company, Graffiti Graphics. After 20 years running the successful commercial arts business, she began to focus on fine art, painting in watercolor and acrylics and creating hand-painted sculptures.
“In recent yours I’ve enjoyed demand for my work to the point where I now spend five to six days a week painting in my studio,” she wrote in a recent resume. “My style could best be described as ‘my impression of realism.'” She also wrote that she loves creating large art works. The challenge with those – because of having to use acrylics – is to emulate the glowing quality of light, which oils do so well and the moods, which watercolors evoke.”Most recently, I’ve been painting old wooden boats and landscapes that present the essence of Lake Tahoe,” she wrote.Shaeffer said her friend has contributed her time and talent to the benefit of the community on many occasions.
“She used to paint backdrops for school plays and Truckee Follies and she raised money to provide Fourth of July fireworks,” she said. “She’s someone who for her entire life willingly volunteered hours of her artistic talent to help the community.” Three of her works are now available as limited-edition prints, and one of those, “Tahoe Rocks II” will be offered for sale by several area galleries as a fund-raiser for Krone. Her paintings hang in some of the finest restaurants in the basin as well as art galleries and private collections. “I’m very fortunate to be working with several of the area’s leading architects and interior designers,” Krone wrote. “I’ve shipped paintings all across the U.S., and several to Europe.”Krone’s daughter, Kristen, now owns Wild Cherries Coffee House in Truckee and her son Ryan is completing his master’s degree at Cal-Poly. Krone cannot be sent flowers or plants at this time in her recovery, but she would appreciate hearing from locals.