Truckee artist Anke Hass featured in new show at art center |

Truckee artist Anke Hass featured in new show at art center

Truckee artist Anke Hass will be spotlighted in a January show at the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City.

The North Tahoe Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit showcasing the artwork of Hass on Friday, Jan. 4 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Art Center, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

The public is invited and artwork will be available for purchase. Entitled “Faces and Places,” the exhibit will run thru Jan. 27 and can be viewed in the upstairs gallery Wednesday through Monday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the same time in the downstairs galleries, “Recent Works,” an annual exhibit by members of Sierra Artists’ Network, will be shown.

Forty-eight artists working in oil, watercolor, collage, sculpture, photography, mixed media, pastel, etching, graphite and tapestry will be represented. All works will be for sale and the public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception also on Friday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Anke Hass, successful local artist and Sierra Artists’ Network member, was formerly known under her maiden name Anke Claasen.

Born, raised and educated in Germany, Anke moved to Truckee in 1990, experiencing what she called a culture shock coming from a culturally rich place on the edge of Germany’s largest industrial areas to a place with majestic landscapes, serene nature and a cultural history seemingly unconnected to the world she just had left.

“Living in downtown Truckee I feel the pulse of past, present and future,” Hass said. “A most inspiring place to be an artist at.”

Anke won’t leave her two favorite genres, portraits and landscapes, any time soon, but when it comes to pinning her down to her preferred medium, she doesn’t want to limit herself.

“I am a painter and drawer, no matter what the tools are,” she said.

Her media range from sandstone lithography, contZ crayons, pencils to oil paintings, watercolors on paper and canvas.

Hass’s formal education was in communication and design at the Bergische University in Wuppertal in the former West Germany.

Hass is self employed and works on mostly commission basis for her customers.

“I like to be a self-employed artist,” Hass said. “Art is like life itself. You struggle through all these conflicting entities and think that life is just one big old paradox and you pray that God will show you the way.

“In art it is the same,” she said. “You struggle to express as much as you can on borrowed time before the brush stroke runs dry or your pencil gets dull or you covered so much white canvas that the pictures turned black. The minute you focus on looking at the shape of things you can’t see their dimension. And as you try to make a line with confidence and as spontaneous as you have courage to do, you give up all control over how real and intelligent the image will look.”

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