Truckee-based woodworker creates birdhouse replicas of landmark buildings   Arguably Tahoe’s most famous building, George Whittell Jr.’s Thunderbird Lodge was designed in the rustic Old Tahoe style, with a steep gabled roof and intricate stone and woodwork. An eclectic variety of guests—Whittell’s poker buddies, celebrity friends and...

Founded in 1964, the Tahoe Art League continues to expand its offerings to the community   The South Shore is abuzz with everything art. From art installations in pubs to gallery openings to the emergence of new art organizations, it’s clear that the residents of South Lake...

The art of large-format printmaking in the digital age   The only thing better than capturing a spectacular sunset for a photographer is the feeling of hanging a large print of that scene on a wall, forever enshrining the glory of the moment and sharing the awe...

A mapmaker creates worlds from wood   Growing up in the pre-GPS era, Joe Inabinett navigated to towns outside his Washington D.C. home relying on his road atlas. He’d study the giant paper pages, decoding the narrow, crisscrossing slivers of roadways as he plotted his way somewhere...

Longtime sculptor counts snow as one of his many mediums   Ira Kessey, photo by Ron Richman   Ira Kessey is a busy man. In his studio in Tahoe City, he’s currently at work on multiple projects in multiple mediums. One is a bust of Captain George Whittell Jr.,...

Nevada Museum of Art exhibition traces the history and evolution of Burning Man   Among the tens of thousands of diehard “Burners” stretching the globe, only a select few know the history behind the countercultural phenomenon quite like Michael Mikel. With the assistance of Mikel and...

Incline Village artist uses watercolors for realistic landscapes   Maximizing the translucent yet vibrant properties of watercolors, artist Lisa Jefferson captures the ephemeral beauty of nature’s landscapes—of light on water, of shadows on snow, of clear skies and glassy lakes. “Watercolor lends itself to transparent subject...

In March, Tahoe Quarterly opened our Facebook page to our loyal readers for our fifth annual photo contest. We asked for photos in seven categories—Landscape, Kids, Sports, Instagram, Black & White, Wildlife and Pets—and hundreds of entries poured in to be included in our Best...

A look at the creators of Lake Tahoe’s ubiquitous carved bears   Lake Tahoe’s black bears, which roam the Sierra Nevada forests (and occasionally wander through its towns), often find themselves the subject of local artwork. Artists capture these majestic animals through the broad strokes of a...