Art + Culture

I love gift shopping on Etsy, and the holiday season just begs for more browsing. Using their GeoLocator, you can find artists close to home. Here are a few of my Tahoe favorites at the moment, clockwise from top left.

*custom initial necklace $30 from Lala Design Studio

*felted wool bird ornaments $12 for two from Squirrel’s Nest

*fushia hot shorts $10 from Pantyline Productions

*snowflake sugar cookies $39.95 for one dozen from Cakebox Cookies

*pete’s menu hoops $52 from Buchan Jewelry

*black walnut clipboard $28 from Windswept Studios


While you’re dusting those lights off (we just put ours up this weekend), getting the advent calendars filled and shopping shopping shopping, don’t forget to stop by Brickelltown Christmas, a weekly celebration through December 18 at Truckee’s most artsy hood. Vendors with unique handmade goods, carolers and even Santa will be there for photo ops at this Friday’s soiree.

Be there! Fridays from 4–8pm. 10382–10368 Donner Pass Road in Truckee

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Get ready, the holidays are approaching fast! And to help you get your cards out in good, crafty fashion—and on time—Brickelltown Crafternoons is hosting a Holiday Card Making Class tomorrow, Monday November 23, 4:30–7:30 pm, at the Brickelltown compound in downtown Truckee. Linocut stamps, fabric and recycled paper are just a few of the items available to embellish cards, and the goal is for each person to make at least 15.


up to dry
Next week’s Brickelltown Crafternoon brings the basics of screen printing with Bryan Hassemer of Green Bikes North Tahoe. I’ve admired his work for some time now (see his designs at Truckee’s Riverside Studios), and plus he’s just an all-around amazingly nice person. In fact, he was instrumental in helping my old roommate screenprint the save-the-dates for her wedding. Think of what he can teach you!
Here are the details for the class; RSVP today as spots fill up.

Basics of Screen Printing: how to print & make your own tools at home

Tuesday November 17 4:30 p.m. @ Truckee’s Brickelltown

*cost: $20 (additional supplies available to purchase)
*bring: paper to print on, stencil ideas, exacto knife (if you have one), high contrast b/w photo
RSVP to truckeecrafternoons[at]

Man's head filled with wires and circuits, high section

Everything happens at once, they say, and for me, ’tis true this coming Thursday (November 12) when I’ve already RSVPed to the Artists Unite event sponsored by the Arts and Culture Council of Truckee Tahoe, and then this gem comes up at Sierra Nevada College’s Prim Library: A College Collective: Cyborgs and Dandelions.

A non-themed juried exhibition, A College Collective will bring student works from Lake Tahoe Community College, Sierra College, Western Nevada College, Truckee Meadows Community College and, of course, SNC. Though I’ll miss the opening reception this Thursday, the show runs through December 10. yeehaw!

Artists Unite is at Truckee’s Carmel Gallery from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and is like an artists’ mixer and plus they’ll be an update on the work of the Arts and Culture Council of Truckee Tahoe.

Just catching up after a long weekend with family in town… very relaxing to not touch my keyboard in a few days. ahhh!

But with all this time off, loads of publication-related news piled up in my inbox and Twitter feed that I must pass along. It seems that fresh voices on paper are popping up all around us these days.

the bona fide logo

1) Bona Fide Books, a new publishing company in South Lake Tahoe, is looking for literary essays about working in our nation’s national parks for their Permanent Vacation collection. Submit! Plus, Bona Fide has put a call out for guerilla acts of literary compassion, which I am totally into. I think I’ll start with my favorite poem, Seamus Heaney’s Postscript. Read more on Bona Fide’s homepage, linked above.

my cure for the kitchen blues?

2) Remedy Quarterly just launched promising to bring stories of food and recipes for feeling good. Right now, they’re taking pledges to get the first issue off the ground, but have already reached their goal. Can’t wait to flip through the first volume—I surely need some inspiration in the kitchen.

3) And last but not least, The Nevada Review literary journal launches November 19, bringing 100 pages of essays on all things Nevada: history, politics, environment, culture, people, the list goes on.

Hooray for words and the folks who bring them to us!

the bruder-designed building

The Nevada Museum of Art’s E.L. Cord Museum School has a good thing going. With instruction on everything from watercolor painting to Burning Man illuminated costume-making, the class menu leaves no art unturned.

Thursday October 8 the school’s instructors are hosting an open house, 6–8pm, to discuss their upcoming classes and display and demo their work.

And why should you go?

1) it’s free! *just stepping inside the architecturally beautiful building is worth the trip alone

2) class tuition discounts! *museum members get 10% off, and non-members get member pricing

3) you’ll be inspired to take a class (or gift one, like I did for a friend’s birthday last year), and then you’ll have a new skill

For more info, visit or check out the flyer.

Oh I just love poster art… in fact, I recently found myself browsing Etsy and various random online sites looking for concert posters from my favorite bands. Thus, when a local event looks to commission an artist, I am super stoked to see who they select, and what they come up with.

Artown is currently seeking a poster artist for the 2010 month-long festival (Click here for full details). Submissions are due Friday November 6, so get your resumes and artwork samples ready. Wouldn’t it be great if they choose someone from Tahoe! Last year’s selected artist was Candace Nicol, a Reno printmaker who incorporates painting and digital photography into her compositions.

Here’s a showcase of my recent poster art search to get your wheels turning:

Found this awesome blog post from Well Medicated dubbed “50 Amazing Gig Posters Sure to Inspire.” Here are two of my favs from his selection:


VRS Design on Etsy has some fun ones, too:


A Tahoe shot from my Sun 660 a few months ago

A Tahoe shot from my Sun 660 a few months ago

I thought Polaroid film was expensive “back in the day.” Now, the cost is up to a shutter-stopping $2 a pop, and it’s only going to get worse since Polaroid shut its instant film doors in 2008. Yet cost—so far—hasn’t stopped me from snapping those white square–framed pics so noisily ejected from my Sun 660. And I am not alone.

The Impossible Project, a whole army of folks devastated by the discontinuation, is looking to bring the medium as we know it back to life by 2010, and Urban Outfitters is aiding this mission by selling some of the deadstock equipment and film to its trendsetting (or following? you decide.) junkies. Plus, there’s a full-on Polaroid exhibit in L.A., showing through September 13.

Check out the Urban Outfitters blog for more information and to support the cause.