Ray Goodenough – co-author of “Parallel Journeys – a Memoir” and therapist

RAY GOODENOUGH is the co-author along with his daughter of “Parallel Journeys: a memoir of a father and daughter’s life apart” and runs the Center for Higher Learning in S. Lake Tahoe.  This book reveals the tip of the iceberg as Ray’s life hit rock bottom and then turned around in a way that permitted a reunion w his daughter, Kathy Rem, and their discovery of how lives apart can still be inextricably intertwined and influential.  Ray has studied human behavior extensively, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist & a licensed Neurolinguistic Programmer.  Kathy is a writer and author.
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Susie Alexander – muralist & Arts in Wellness founder

SUSIE ALEXANDER, a passionately professional fine arts painter by necessity (which she will explain!) and an empty-nest mom of wonderful children who appear to be as motivated and centered as she is.  Born in Europe, Susie is one of the most productive mural artists living on the west coast, and her personal art production is right up there, too, given the “40 paintings in 28 days” project she completed during Feb 2010!  In addition, Susie has begun a non-profit organization called “Arts In Wellness” which evolved from a profound and unusual experience she had a few yrs ago in Europe.
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Mischell Riley – full-time professional sculptor

MISCHELL RILEY is an extraordinary sculptor of bronzes & monuments who lives in Reno, NV and has an eclectic background that includes being a two-time Junior Olympics Gold Medalist in the high jump & six-time All-American!  She earned a BA degree from Oklahoma State in 1991 and currently has a 7 year contract with PBS for a TV sculpting show airing in Berlin and Holland.  In 2010 Mischell was chosen to create the Reno Fireman’s Memorial life-size bronze monument and now is stone carving life-size work in white marble.
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Tahoe Arts Project 2012-13 w Peggy Thompson, Exec Director

PEGGY THOMPSON is the Exec Dir of Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) that was established in 1987 by a group of parents, professional musicians and teachers to bring performing arts and cultural enrichment to schools in the South Shore region of both CA & NV.  TAP’s artists-in-schools programs meet some of our children’s needs for high quality performing arts activities in grades K-12.  The artists also present one public performance for the community to enjoy during their week long visits.
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Yasmin Sayyed – fine artist as educator & healer

YASMIN SAYYED, an artist w amazing artistic abilities and even more impressive academic credentials, describes herself this way: “In search of a quiet place to make art, I hail from NYC of Cape Verdean and Jamaican ancestry. My art is philosophy-driven and speaks to being in and of an organic flow of life with all its wonders and challenges. I use a mixture of acrylics and oil pastels to depict movement, color, layered textures and visual tension… I like to say I paint with brushes dipped in the splendor and elegance of Spirit.”
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Mara Sfara – fine artist and sculptor

MARA SFARA, is a fine artist and sculptor residing in Farmington, CT, with her family.  She has been painting, drawing and sculpting since the age of four and trained at the renowned Art Students League, NYU & The U of Pennsylvania as well as apprenticed with prominent artists such as Burton Silverman.  Her work has been shown from NY to Spain & Buenos Aires to LA.  In her own words, Mara prefers sculpture to painting because “it is more joyful… and less repetitive…”, so we will be focusing on her bronze imagery today.
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Mazer & Smith – Acoustic Rhythms & Artistry + Healing Healthcare Systems

SUSAN MAZER & DALLAS SMITH, known as Mazer & Smith professionally and on music labels, live and work in Reno, NV.  They met in 1984 in S Lake Tahoe after which Dallas relocated from the Bay Area, and they married in 1987.  While performing together at Harrah's, Susan and Dallas founded their current business endeavor, Healing Healthcare Systems, which delivers the CARE Channel, a 24-hour relaxation channel available to patients around the country in approx 700 hospitals.
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Renea Menzies – International Fashion Model turned Artist

RENEA MENZIES came to art late in her career choices and during a divorce.  A proven success as a beautiful, international runway model who had no formal art education or training, Art became her passion, then her commitment, and finally her financial solution!  Her modeling in some of the most exotic locations around the world became very influential in her work.  Gotta love it when success comes like this, don’t you think? . .
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Kim Wyatt – author and publisher/editor of Bona Fide Books

KIM WYATT is an author and owner/publisher/editor of Bona Fide Books, an independent press in Meyers near S Lake Tahoe, CA.  Kim was an editor for many years before starting her own publishing company and has just released Tahoe Blues: Short Lit on Life at the Lake, a collection of flash fiction and micro essays about life at Lake Tahoe.  For this book, she invited writers from all around the Lake to participate, and one of her long-term goals is to establish a center for writers and artists in S Lake Tahoe.
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