The Fine Arts and Crafts on the Shore at Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe showcases an outstanding array of creations that capture the imagination and inspire the heart. Set among the towering pine trees along the shores of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach State Park, this free outdoor festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The weekend event, located on North Lake Boulevard, Highway 28 at Coon Street, is sponsored by the North Tahoe Business Association and features original collectables including watercolor and oil paintings, glasswork, sculptures, photography, fine crafts, jewelry and much more.
Among this year’s featured artists are Judy and Lawrence Romiti of Incline Village who will be showcasing their handspun rugs and tapestries. The Romitis, who share their time between their studios in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit and Incline Village, use material that includes wools of sheep, llama, mohair and alpaca.
“All of our creations are durable, reversible, all-natural and earth friendly,” said Lawrence. “We don’t use any dyes and all of our pieces are washable.”
Elany and Jiri Prusa of Penn Valley create hand painted, original art tiles. Their ceramic tiles are all their own original art designs that their family has been creating for more than 30 years. Each art tile is individually hand painted then fired in a kiln to 1,800 degrees until the vivid, jewel-like colors emerge. The tiles can be enjoyed as a painting or as a useful hot plate.
“We pride ourselves on our attention to detail with added color nuances that make each tile special,” said Elany.
Dirk Yuricich of Stateline, Nev., will be showcasing a variety of photos that feature the Lake Tahoe area, available in a variety of sizes from note cards to large pieces. The self-taught photographer uses a 35 mm SLR camera to capture landscape images, wildlife, abstract, travel, photojournalistic and documentary images.
Yuricich prints, mats and frames all of his images, using archival, photographic paper, acid-free, museum quality mat board and custom cut frames.
Among other artists participating are Gary Chappell of Nevada City with his handmade jewelry; Karen Colbert of Incline Village, one of Lake Tahoe’s most recognized artists, showcasing a variety of hand crafted functional quilts for the wall; and sculptor Chris Efstratis of Sacramento who creates clay vessels of all sizes, some of which stand six feet tall.
For more information on the Fine Arts and Crafts on the Shore contact the North Tahoe Business Association at 530-546-9000 or Pacific Fine Arts at 209-267-4394 or visit pacificfinearts.com. Check also on Facebook at facebook.com/PacificFineArts and on Twitter @PacificFineArts.