Mia Hanak – Executive Director of Tahoe Public Art

MIA HANAK is Tahoe Public Art’s first Executive Director as of Nov 2016.  She is a first generation American born in SF to parents from the Czech Republic, has a BA in Art History & Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Museum Management and Exhibition Design from Tufts University in Medford, MA.  TPA – a startup non-profit organization founded in 2014 in Tahoe City as a consortium of local arts and community organizations – celebrated its new 501(c)(3) status in 2016, and part of its long-term vision is to bring public art to the greater Lake Tahoe Basin region.  EX...
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Image Nation w Sue Duerksen of Truckee Public Arts Commission

SUE DUERKSEN is a board member of the Truckee Public Arts Commission, who is joining me by phone from Truckee to talk about “Image Nation,” a new photo art installation featuring Nevada County veterans that comes to the Truckee Community Recreation Center w a reception March 10.  “Image Nation" is an initiative of the Nevada County Arts Council in partnership with Welcome Home Vets, funded in part by the California Arts Council and local contributions.  The photographs – self portraits and pictures of veterans’ hands, are the result of a therapeutic workshop with veteran and master photographe...
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Kristy Dial – gourd artist and advocate

KRISTY DIAL is a gourd artist of 21 years and originally from Tucson, AZ, where she studied graphic arts at the UofA.  She is married with two beautiful children, lives in Minden and pursues her Art full time as, in her words, an "addiction!"  And I love that, since I think to be successful and/or to produce creatively new art for a lifetime one needs to be "addicted."  And today we get to reveal a lot about a beautiful and multi-media art form probably not all that familiar to most people as well as two organizations devoted entirely to gourd art!         
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Erin Ulcickas – artist & founder of High Vibe Society

 ERIN ULCICKAS, an experimental artist and relatively new local to the S Lake Tahoe community as well as the founder of High Vibe Society, an artist collective.  Erin has been practicing various forms of art since 2008 and built a successful arts-based business in Wilmington, NC, where she learned first-hand how hard it can be to flourish with inadequate resources, lack of exposure to the local market and no mentorship.  Today we’ll be talking about how this experience has been the catalyst for HVS, her vision and how this community may participate.
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“Tahoe WordWave – a Festival of Story” w Jennifer Sander

JENNIFER BASYE SANDER is director of “WordWave - a Festival of Story at Lake Tahoe” that is having its 2nd annual event Oct 21-23 at Valhalla Tahoe in S. Lake Tahoe, CA.  A former Random House senior editor, Jennifer is co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published, now in its 5th revised edition.  A New York Times bestselling author of many books, Jennifer will fill us in on all the great events, authors, agents and kids stuff that will be happening at this wonderful literary festival.  And, yes, there's a Gala, too!!
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Tahoe Arts Alliance – beginnings!

A happy & energized crew from the steering committee (Core) of the newly formed Tahoe Arts Alliance on Tahoe’s South Shore came into the studio to share the TAA progress and plans to date, including the date & location of their "KickOff" event.  TAA is working & hoping to unite, promote, and  educate both the NV & CA sides w respect to all the Arts happening here!  In studio are Dave Hamilton, Rae Matthews, Scott Blumenthal and yours truly who cross many of the artistic disciplines and have been involved to varying degrees with promoting and advocating for the Arts quite awhile...
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James Rawie – conductor & cofounder of TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

JAMES RAWIE, conductor & cofounder w his wife, Nancy, of TOCATTA, the acronym for The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of The Tahoe Area.  James received his Master of Music & Orchestral Directing degree from Stony Brook Univ. in NY and has been committed to bringing musical excellence to our community for over 15 years.  From nothing he, Nancy & the community created this wonderful TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus that features the finest musicians & voices in two extensive annual events, the Summer & Winter MusicFests.
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Trails & Vistas with Executive Director Nancy Lopez

NANCY LOPEZ, Exec Dir of Trails & Vistas out of Truckee, CA, is with me in-studio to tell us about this year’s art hikes Sep 10 & 18, the “World Concert” Sep 10 and other wonderful programs to serve & educate our community and visitors.  The Trails & Vistas’ mission is “to create experiences of art in nature that inspire environmental awareness” and this year’s theme is “Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.”  
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TAL’s 10th Annual Artist Studio Tour w Walt & Connie

WALT STEVENSON, co-chair of the Tahoe Art League’s 10th Annual Artist Studio Tour, & CONNIE CLARK, President of the T.A.L.  Walt is also a teaching professor at Golden Gate University in S.F. and silk painting & watercolor artist, while Connie is a photographer who retired after 38 yrs as a business banker.  Today we will be talking about this important annual event (Jul 29-31 & Aug 5-7), Connie's & Walt’s art, as well as T.A.L.’s efforts re its arts programming & role in the Arts of the South Shore.
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