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Late 2009 brought a few assignments from Western Art & Architecture and I’m happy to say the issue is finally in my hands… nothing better than seeing your work laid out on glossy pages.

In their Winter/Spring issue, I go behind the scenes with sculptor and world-renowned taxidermist Michael Boyce of Animal Artistry to visit his home studio and discuss his latest venture into the art world: oil painting. I also interviewed big-time wildlife and sporting art collectors Alan and Nancy Maiss on what inspires them to collect. Read the stories here:

In the Studio with Michael Boyce

Collector’s Eye with Alan and Nancy Maiss

The latest Tahoe Quarterly is all glossed up and getting out on the streets.

In this issue, I cover the latest local avalanche technology (Squaw follows Mt. Rose in bringing in an avalauncher) and South Shore oil painter Kit Night, who was a delight to meet and such a talented and beautiful person. Check out these behind-the-scenes shots I took while visiting her studio—I especially love the white brick fireplace and random yet organized trinkets and wall art with which she surrounds herself.

Snow has fallen, the ski resorts are open (some of them at least) and the winter crowds are due to arrive any day… my latest handiwork in print form, the Lake Tahoe Traveler visitors’ guide, has hit the streets just in time for it all. Pick up one for free around the lake!

My stories include: Lunch on the Run, detailing the best food and where to get it at local ski resorts; Kidding Around, options for family fun; and a run-down on the season’s latest and greatest outdoor gear.

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

PHOTOGRAPHER: JB Budny of JB Photographic

PLACE: somewhere in Tahoe

SENDER: none, this one’s from my personal collection of “too pretty to send yet.” (maybe I’ll send it out in the great white sea of mail now since I’ve properly documented it)

DATE: circa 2006

*I’ve been collecting postcards for more than 10 years now, and I’ve always been thinking of a clever way to display them. Now, thanks to the wonderful world of WordPress blogging, you can enjoy them, too.

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hanni with her creations + the baby blanket we made together

Another month, another Moonshine. Yep, it’s time to check out my latest DiStill Life column in Moonshine Ink. While I try to put a personal touch on everything I write—by attending the art opening, taking the art class or simply covering an artist whose work I am really in to—this month’s musing on the North Tahoe arts scene takes the personal cake, you could say.

Hanni, one of my best friends and “partner in craft” (as I dub her in my story), recently moved back to Alaska. Bearing witness to her many talents over the past year inspired me to be more crafty, and I reflect upon our partnership and many other duos creating great things in our community. Read my column on page 69, or view it online (I’ll post the link as soon as it’s up).

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]gmail.com

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.