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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!

NEXT MEETING: November 12, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Featuring a presentation by David Foster

Join us for a fascinating evening with David Foster, Art Professor emeritus at Lake Tahoe Community College, as he shares his journey in creating the inspirational 9’ bronze sculpture “Ascending” that is on display outside the LTCC Library.

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IN HIS OWN WORDS

I was raised in a rural Iowa town, an area known for its rolling hills and rugged limestone bluffs, rich black soil and wooded valleys.  It was here that my original love for “looking” was shaped. My father introduced me to drawing as a youngster and by age six I knew I wanted to be an artist and continue the magic of drawing and making things.

In junior high school I became involved in making sets for school plays.  In high school, while pursuing my interest in art, I won first place in the State Safety Poster Competition. My father was a pivotal influence  because, as a stone quarry owner and operator, I became aware of materials and tools and the love and beauty of tools.

I entered the University of Wisconsin as an art major with the goal of becoming a commercial artist and a “realist.”  I graduated with a bachelor degree in art and a passion for abstract expressionist painting.

The decision to serve in the Peace Corps was one of the major cornerstones of my life.  I developed a passion for teaching and the belief that much can be made from nothing.  The daily three hour siesta provided the time for drawing and reading.  My love for art history was revitalized as I became reacquainted with many of my old heroes like Michelangelo and Marcel.Duchamp.  The Peace Corps experience also opened my eyes to the wonders and importance of travel.

After returning to Wisconsin for a teaching assignment, I enrolled in graduate school at san Francisco State University pursuing a master’s degree in sculpture and studying the new material of “plastics.”  New tools and exciting processes along with strong interests in glass making diversified my studies.  Photography became a critical component for all of my art interests in both recording my work and in maintaining my design and composing skills.  I studied under Don Worth, a protege of Ansel Adams.

Following graduate school I resumed teaching on the secondary and community college levels.  In 1978 I was offered the art program position at Lake Tahoe Community college.  For me it was a perfect fit, essentially starting from scratch and developing a new art program similar to my Peace Corps experience.

Teaching at LTCC has had many high points: developing a balanced program which provided multiple course experiences for a varying student interests, teaching art history abroad, and developing a bronze foundry program.  During a sabbatical the spring of 2001, I studied marble carving in Carrara, Florence and Pietrasanta, Italy.

And now, the completion of the monumental bronze and granite sculpture for the Barkley family and LTCC has bee a rewarding opportunity.