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...

American realism artist Charles Muench is a man of the West. A resident of Gardnerville, Nevada, he hunts, fishes and has backpacked the Sierra Nevada since childhood. Like his life, Muench’s work captures the essence of the rugged West—Nevada cowboys riding in from the...

Fabric artist Karen Colbert creates intricate designs using two-inch squares   Off Incline Village’s Tahoe Boulevard, tucked into a small building near Wildflower Café, is Handmade At The Lake. Tables brim with art prints, jewelry and pottery, but the eye is drawn to the colorful quilts lining...

Old skis find a new life as functional art   It’s hard to get rid of possessions, even harder to part with those that belonged to a loved one. When Daniel Trauber died of leukemia in 2008, his wife, South Lake Tahoe–based Marianne Rosenfeld, found it an emotional...

Jude Bischoff’s vivid wildlife paintings are far from the average bear   Abstract blocks and squiggles forming a buffalo, speeding horses made of spirals and pyramids, a boulder-dotted stream flowing within the shape of a bear—this is the art of painter Jude Bischoff, whose works are bright,...