Art + Culture

roses are red, violets are blue, i loved wanderlust, now you can too

While you are all jazzed up on the Wanderlust Festival after reading my post-mortem in Moonshine Ink (full story here), take that enthusiasm and secure some tickets for next year. The festival just launched a contest for their return in 2010. The winner receives two music + yoga tickets. Here are the details:

Compose an ode to Wanderlust, in any media, and send it to us here.  This could be a photo essay, a poem, a video, a sculpture or an interpretative underwater dance — it’s really up to you.  Our panel of multimedia art experts will pick the winner and notify them by email by September 15.  Your entry must be received by midnight (EST) on September 7 to be considered. Good luck!


my sugar glider + friends

Just arrived home from the first-ever Brickelltown Crafternoon… it was as amazing as expected! But I won’t spill all the details just yet. Look for a play-by-play of the action and more on Crafternoons in my next Moonshine Ink arts column, out mid-September.

For now enjoy my sugar glider creation, pictured above with a few other carved stamp friends. I can’t wait to explore this art form more!

Seriously people. Someone snuck into my room at night, snatched my dreams and then wrapped them up in this cute little Crafternoon package. I am so excited I want to run outside with my spray paint and go crazy… but that would just be silly, and wasteful.

I’ve always wanted to take a printmaking class with Sierra Nevada College’s Mary Kenny. Now, I can at Brickelltown’s first Crafternoon session. I’ve already RSVPed. You should too!

Please note the time is incorrect on the flyer. Class is from 4:30 to 7pm, same date.

(now all I need is a pet…)


I just turned in my Wanderlust post-mortem to Moonshine Ink; the issue will hit stands August 13, so you can read all about my crazy weekend then. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the Squaw Valley festival…

nice view...

the gold coast stage

photo booth sessionhead bangin' w/ rom and julievic, scotty, me. gettin crazy

p.s. Don’t forget to send in photos for Moonshine Ink’s Summer Photo Annual (the Aug 13 issue). Deadline is August 3. Send submissions (300 dpi @ 4×6 inches) to Include image title, short photographer bio and contact info.

North Tahoe Arts’ upcoming ARTour is one of my favorite events in the local art world. Like a treasure hunt for art lovers, it’s filled with surprises, like Carole Sesko‘s historic art shed or Andy Skaff‘s backyard bears—real ones (see photographic evidence taken by Andy below).

Seeing artists in their natural working spaces is a secret (well, not anymore) pleasure of mine… the disorder, the decor, the little muses around the room, the unfinished works—I love it all. [note: I am excited to report I’ll be writing an “In the Studio” profile on a renowned taxidermist for Western Art & Architecture‘s winter issue. Can’t say I’ve ever imagined entering a studio of that caliber…]

So join me for the ARTour hunt July 10–12 and 17–19. Download the map, then follow your folly…

tree climbing practice, as viewed from Skaff's plein air working space

tree climbing practice, as viewed from Skaff's plein air working space

I don’t know about you, but I cannot stop my index finger from snapping thanks to the invention of the digital camera. Cute dog on the beach… I’ll  take 10 photos. Trip to Yosemite… 100 more. And oftentimes, I get lucky, with light, composition and subject fusing for an extraordinary image.

Feel me on this? Then get your summery photos the ink they deserve in Moonshine Ink‘s Summer Photo Annual (publishing August 13). Email jpgs (200 dpi @ at least 4×6 inches) to by August 3.

Inflatable clown

Another month, another party… that’s how the folks at Truckee’s Brickelltown see it. July’s First Friday gathering features “art inspired by the carnival of life,” with more than 15 artists represented.

I don’t know about you, but for me, the word “carnival” conjures up some interesting imagery: part Mardi Gras, part clown frenzy, part brass band, the list goes on. While I let you whip up your own concoction of what exactly July 3 at Brickelltown will be like, enjoy the slightly disturbing, patriotic inflatable clown pictured above. And don’t forget to be there, from 4 to 8pm this Friday.

Edges are beautiful metaphors—for hope, anticipation, limits/boundaries (and crossing them). Thus, the noun is a fitting title for Tahoe Writers Works’ literary journal that no doubt leaps off an edge or two…

The South Tahoe–based writers’ club is releasing its third volume tomorrow Wednesday June 17. From 7-9 pm at the Blue Angel Cafe, join local poets, writers and artists for a release party to include readings and book signings.

Submissions for volume IV are accepted through October 1. See the Tahoe Writers Works website for more information.

Mushroom faces

North Tahoe Arts’ month-long celebration of slow food and the return of local farmers markets is in full swing. In addition to food/farm-inspired artwork on display, the Tahoe City gallery hosts speakers like Dan Macon of Flying Mule Farm (tomorrow, June 11), Gary Romano of Sierra Valley Farms and Mark Estee of Moody’s. I am particularly excited about the AGROart event on Thursday June 25, where artists will construct sculptures using produce from 10am to 2pm. Reminds me of an old-favorite book: How are you Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. For the full schedule of events, check out the North Tahoe Arts website.