Openings reveal vibrant Truckee art scene
The gathering of art patrons in Truckee’s industrial quarter Friday night almost seemed out of place.
The tony crowd sampled wine and cheese, listened to a poetry recital, and toured the works of regional artists on display at neighboring studios, the Truckee Gallery on Industrial Way and Carole Sesko’s Contemporary Art, located next door.
On the other side of Truckee, art aficionados turned out for an artist’s reception at Riverside Studios, which presented a show called “Trapped in Time.”
The three receptions on a single night was a notable event in the history of the area’s burgeoning art scene. At her studio-gallery, Sesko praised the work of the five other artists featured in the show, “Truckee-Tahoe Modern Regional Art: A Modern Artistic Response to the Region through Art and Poetry.”
“It’s a modern response to living in the area,” Sesko explained to a visitor. “We’re interpreting our experiences, presenting them in a new visual language.”
To Karen Terrey, a creative writing teacher with the local recreation department, the evening was a success when an appreciative audience gave her poetry reading its undivided attention.
“It’s nice to have a rapt audience,” an excited Terrey said afterward. She described the appeal of Lake Tahoe and another public event that today’s Truckee residents share, which she conveyed in the poem, “The Opposite of Train.”
“We hear the train whistle 20 times a day,” Terrey said. “It’s a public event. When the train sounds its whistle, everyone looks up.”
At the Truckee Gallery, Fred Noerdlinger’s abstract watercolors evoked landscapes and forces in balance. The public also wandered through the gallery’s extensive exhibits of regional artists that included works in various media.
Next door, Sesko’s work was on display with that of five others: Anton Standteiner, Eve Werner, Greg Van Loon, Soren Wolff and Sara Zimmerman.
Dominating the central room was an expansive abstract canvas by Wolff that, in Sesko’s words, conveyed “movement, flying, wind, currents, skiing.” Eve Werner’s clever works included a sculpture of a bear’s head created from pieces of household trash called “The Tragic Demise of Yogi Bear.” One of her paintings, “Pinus Ponderosa, Skyward,” splayed the trunk and branches of a ponderosa against a sky of teeming blue brush strokes. Werner decorated the frame with wooden scales from ponderosa pine cones.
Sesko said she was pleased with the turnout for fine art in a neighborhood where most people come to buy tires or fix a transmission.
“We’ve created a little arts district in the industrial section of Truckee,” Sesko said.
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