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ARTour 2001 begins today

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Today is the opening day of ARTour, Truckee and North Tahoe’s ninth annual open studio tour featuring 50 local artists.Twenty-one of the artists are located in Truckee, Tahoe Donner, Glenshire and Donner Lake. Trees and utility poles all over Truckee are sprouting bright yellow directional flyers, pointing the paths to the art studios.Studios are open from Thursday, July 12 through Sunday July 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Ticket/catalogs are $13 ($3 buttons for additional people in a group), and are available in downtown Truckee at Vrooman Woodcarvings & Wildlife Gallery on Commercial Row, or from the artists. A full color catalog and detailed maps to all studios is part of the ticket.The self-guided tour maps are divided into four major areas: Truckee/Tahoe Donner/Donner Lake studios, Glenshire studios, north and west Lake Tahoe shore studios, and Incline Village studios. ARTourists can visit each artists’ studios, and see the environment that inspires the particular art.Truckee itself provides the tour with artists in many media – painters, weavers, photographers, sculptors, potters, jewelers and a woodworker. The rich variety of art forms speaks to Truckee’s developing identity as a gathering place for working artists. Artist-direct pricing in the studios provides an opportunity for ARTourists of all income levels to become collectors or just beautify a corner or a desktop.Downtown/central Truckee artists include Kathleen Curtis (ceramics/sculpture) and Jonda Friel (jewelry); Carol Sesko (functional art and jewelry); Alexis Kelly (pastel, charcoal, collage); Allison Pratt Shelling (mixed media) and James Hacker (metal and wood sculpture).Tahoe Donner artists exhibiting are Tricia Perbetsky (painting, landscape pastels); Audrey Dygart (watercolor); Sarah Patterson (fine art photography and collage); Cheri Degenhardt (basketry and dried wildflower arrangements) and Judy Mayorga (weaving).In Glenshire, Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk is showing her pottery, Debbie and Ken McMaster (gold and silver jewelry creations); Cathee vanRossem-St. Clair (hand painted eggs and watercolors); Alison Acaris-Weiss (printmaking); Carolyn Keigley (pastels and silk screens) and Judith Lancaster (woodworking, handcrafted furniture).Donner Lake offers two artists, Annika Hemminge (painting) and Xavier Alden (print and basket making).As in the past, there will be an ongoing gallery exhibit at the Art Center in July, featuring selected works from each artist. The North Tahoe Art Center is located in Tahoe City, 530 N. Lake Blvd., next to the firehouse and the run for Commons Beach. ARTour has been selected as the best local cultural event of the Tahoe area for the past two years by local newspaper polls.Sierra Artists’ Network is a nonprofit organization to promote the visual arts in the North Lake Tahoe area, and its open studio tour is a major fund-raiser. For more information call the North Tahoe Art Center at (530) 581-ARTS, or see their Web page and virtual studio tours at http://www.tahoeartists.com.


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