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Local plein air painter Andy Skaff exhibits at Wolfdale’s

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Collector Anne Herring of Reno, Nev. discussed Andy Skaff's paintings with the artist.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; To see the beauty around you through the eyes of an artist is a truly a gift. West Shore artist Andy Skaff shared his gift with guests at an artist’s opening reception Sept. 2 at Wolfdale’s Restaurant in downtown Tahoe City. Skaff, who divides his time between Tahoe’s West Shore and the Bay Area will be displaying his latest works at the Zagat-rated restaurant through the month of January 2012.

Skaff began college as an art major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, but decided becoming an attorney offered a more stable career choice, working in the energy regulatory field. He always loved painting and collecting art, so after 34 years he decided to follow his heart and pursue painting on a full-time basis. He studied early in his painting career with celebrated plein air painter Kevin McPherson in the French countryside, where the practice of painting in the and#8220;open airand#8221; became popular with the Impressionists in the 19th century.

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Larkspur Hotel Group and Martis Camp have all purchased his work for their permanent collections. Skaff is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, and the North Tahoe Arts Association. He is also a volunteer fireman at Lake Tahoe’s Meeks Bay Fire District.

Wolfdale’s set out a table of tasty tidbits for guests to nibble on while enjoying a glass of wine or cocktails. Guests milled around the bar and dining area scrutinizing Skaff’s prolific paintings which adorned every possible wall space in the restaurant. Many stayed on for dinner.

Attending the artist reception at Wolfdale’s were Laura Herring; Sally, Kim and Charlie Klinedinst; Roy and Gail Kirkorian; Janet and Dick Saalfeld; Amy, Brian and Nate Kaminski; Julie Skaff; Lora and Dave Nelson; Richard and Cheryl Jacobs; Barbara and Martin Keck; Gerry and Cindy Johnston; Sandy Evans Hall; Carol and Jon Shanser, Stew and Margaret Ward; Lynn and Dave Olson; Betty Simpson; Kevin Wightman; Fritzi and Bill Briner; Linda and Bill Anderson; Michele de Braganca and Carol Pollock.

and#8212; Vicki may be reached at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net

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