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Welcome to the Tahoe Art League! Our office is located in the TAL Art Center & Gallery at 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe. Monthly meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at S.L.T. Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Potluck appetizers & coffee served. Join us! (530) 544-2313
Next Meeting: April 8, 2015
Featuring a Plein Air Kick-off
by Dave Russo
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About Dave Russo from his website www.DARusso.com
I started painting when I was five years old. My mother gave me my first paints. She bought watercolors, the brushes and a really cheap pad of paper. But, she had no idea what kind of materials to use, and I had no idea of how to use them.
I remember how fascinated my parents were with my first paintings – I’d found my first love!
In the late 1940’s I was selected as the Boys Club of America, “Boy of the Year.” Because of my talent and community service, I was selected from a group of more than 300,000 boys. I had also won a scholarship to the San Francisco College of Arts. I took Saturday classes and night class while still in high school.
While in high school I won the Stephen David Epstein Memorial Scholarship. As the first recipient, I could study anywhere in the world for one year; I chose to study anywhere in the world for one year; I chose to study in Paris with Picasso.
During the time I spent with Picasso, I stayed at his home and studio in France, I traveled with him, observed the master at work, and received instruction from him in various art forms and styles.
When I returned home, I was asked about my year as the “National Boy of the Year,” I said “I met a lot of great people; governors, senators, movie stars, and even the President of the United States, but to be the student of Picasso, now that’s the greatest of all.”
I went on to college and received a Master’s of Art degree from San Francisco State, a Masters in Physical Education from University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in art from Stanford University. I then worked in the California college system as an art instructor and coach until I retired in 1985.
I love painting…. So in any of my artworks, I feel than an artist must be in his work as God is in creation.