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 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, bold...