Thinking holiday art on the North Shore |

Thinking holiday art on the North Shore

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

That red felt winter hat would be a good present for Grandma. Dad needs a new scarf before the weather turns cold, and Sis needs a new serving platter now that she’s married. This is as good an opportunity as any to stock up for the holidays with gifts for friends, family and co-workers, meanwhile supporting local artists and craftspeople.

Gallery of Gifts at North Tahoe Arts helps to kick off the holiday season ” featuring the work of about 15 artists ” with an array of arts and crafts for sale in both the ARTisan shop and the gallery through Dec. 31.

“[We like] to give local artists the chance to display their work for the holidays,” said Allison Becker, acting director of the arts center. “It’s fun and creative and people really get into it.”

All of the featured artists are members of the gallery, and some regularly sell their work throughout the year in the ARTisan shop, including Toni Rockwell’s beaded glass necklaces, Sue Gross’s popular boxed holiday cards, Anne Chadwick’s photography, Sue Odenheimer’s quilts, or Renee Tchirkine’s charcoal portraits, among others.

“As a working artist in the ARTisan shop, the gallery gives me another opportunity to create additional work,” said Nancy Olson, a Truckee artist who makes felt hats, and wool and silk scarves.

It’s a chance for more exposure, particularly when an artist’s craft centers around this time of the year, Olson added.

In conjunction with a shopping event in Tahoe City, the art center will offer extended hours on Dec. 1. And on Dec. 16 they will host a book signing and opening reception at 3 p.m., featuring authors Elizabeth Carmel, Laura Read and Anne Chadwick.