Jennifer Trask – mixed media sculpture & jewelry

JENNIFER TRASK is arguably an artist of one of the most unique art forms you’ll have the pleasure of experiencing.  She creates mixed media, one-of-a-kind jewelry and large sculptural pieces as well as 2D work.  Jennifer attended Massachusetts College of Art completing her BFA in Metalsmithing in 1993 and graduated from State University of NY with an MFA in 1997.  Her work can be found in many public collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, & others.  And Jennifer is now a permanent Tahoe resi...
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Hrair – expressionist figurative painter

‘HARIAH’ - and you love the spelling: HRAIR - is Armenian, born in NY, raised in London, studied art in college and was greatly influenced by living and working abroad in cities like Paris & Tokyo.  Music has played an important role in his life & work, and his art takes on a rich mix of it and Impressionist, Fauvist flavors.  In his most recent “Crown Series”, Hariah (and I quote) “touches upon the corporate rat race, the long corridor of closed doors, and the dread of expectation - the juxtaposition of the profound with the profoundly mundane.” 
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Laura Bedard – printmaker, fine artist & author

LAURA BEDARD is a printmaker and abstract fine artist whose work, in her words, “has both a biological and celestial feel. Photographs of worlds that were once invisible to us are what spark that creative section of my brain.”  Her initial love of science morphed into the art realm and remains the stimulus for much of her work.  In addition, Laura & her husband have two young children, one being adopted, and her passion for such has translated into an initial book with her sister for all children that we will hear about.
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Franz Fox – abstract, expressionist, mixed media fine artist

FRANZ FOX, humorously put, is a reformed representational oil painter now deeply focused on his own genre of abstract art he calls “Neoplasticity.”  He studied painting in Paris & Malaga, Spain, while his formal education was in architecture which gives him a unique mastery of perspective and spatiality.  A very sad, if not tragic, event occurred in Franz's life that took his journey into art down a path he'd never imagined.  Previously, he owned and operated his own galleries but is now focused on his art and working from his studio in PA.
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Richard Lee Smith, Jr – photographer & expressionist painter

RICHARD LEE SMITH, Jr. joins us from Los Angeles by phone and describes his work this way: I am “a painter of gaudily-colored, mark-expressionist shapes with an undercurrent of spiritual commentary and personal growth.”  Richard studied at the SF Art Inst, received his BFA in 1997, and has had one-man exhibitions in SF, LA and Dallas.  He is also a photographer with a spiritual, underlying theme, and each image is an original framed in a one-of-a-kind vintage frame - no prints or editions!  We will hear how some very challenging issues came early in his life but his passion for art grew as a r...
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BEST OF The Art Scene: Michael Murillo – Visual Literacy & Acuity

MICHAEL MURILLO, veteran guest & previous Tahoe resident, who is here strictly representing himself this time as the exceptional & experienced artist he is as well as his "retired college professor" side.  We are here to just "talk art" and have some fun being ourselves while hopefully drawing our listeners in with aspects of the artist's life and process.  (Michael doesn't have any public website I am aware of... sorry.) > image by segmented wood turner Malcolm Tibbetts and painter Michael Murillo  
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Blue Wolf Studios w co-owner artists Amanda Dabel & Anthony Marrone

AMANDA DABEL & ANTHONY MARRONE, co-owners & artists of Blue Wolf Studios in Kings Beach, are ceramicists connected on a mutual vision and have created this artist studio & gallery combo that specializes in hand-crafted ceramics made on property in a full blown ceramics studio… kiln and all!  They carry over 40 local artists’ work from jewelry to fine art paintings & sculpture, are open 7 days/wk and want Tahoe to grow as an Arts destination!  ... hmmm, guess where the name came from :)
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Sara Smith – public art & multi-media fine artist + arts advocate

SARA SMITH, a full time, lifelong artist who is, in her words, “creatively a hummingbird inspired by many, many things.”  Her art ranges from landscapes to fantasy, coffee & ink drawings to murals on reclaimed pier wood, and from bears to Buddha.  Sara has a playful appreciation for both the simplicity and complexity of life and takes great interest in any project or event that will put Art and Tahoe in the forefront.  She is definitely a fellow Arts advocate will share one of her hopes for Tahoe!
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Bethany Brooke – abstract fine artist and philanthropist

BETHANY BROOKE is an abstract fine artist & philanthropist from CT with a 10 yr career in finance as her immediate background.  Bethany is married, a full time mom of 3 and heavily involved in the children’s charity, Al’s Angels, to whom she donates proceeds from the sales of her artwork.  Her paintings are bold reflections of her journey through motherhood, a way to express her immense joy for life and growth, and a visual way to channel her energy.
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