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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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by DAVE RUSSO

The April TAL meeting features a power point presentation and a demonstration by Dr. Dave Russo as a “Kick-off” for the 2015 Season of Plein Air Painting. This is the 14th year that Dave will be inviting his students, TAL members, and the public to join him for Plein Air painting in Tahoe and the Sierra. He has expanded the list of locations and added several new, exciting places this year due to the warm weather we’re having.
 He’ll be returning to several favorite locations: the Iris Gardens in Camino, Glen Alpine Falls, Cathedral Meadow, and Sand Harbor. The group is looking forward to trying some new spots: the Truckee River Marsh, Tahoe Paradise Resort, Saddle Rd. Lookout and Blue Lakes. Photos of all these locations will be presented at the April TAL meeting to whet the appetites of new and experienced Plein Air painters. Additionally, an exhibit of paintings by participants from the 2014 season will be on display at the meeting. Packets of the directions and maps will be available at the meeting and at the Art Center and Showcase Gallery.
Email pleinair@talart.org for more information.
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APRIL 12th STARTS THE PLEIN AIR SEASON
DARussoIrisTAL members are welcome to start the Plein Air Season with Dave Russo on Sunday April 12th. We are returning to the historic ranch of Ida Glazier on Foothills Rd. It may be springtime in Carson Valley with lilacs and apple trees blooming.  Meet at 8:15 at Meeks Lumber in Meyers for carpooling or drive over Kingsbury Grade and travel south to reach the ranch. Maps and Directions will be posted on the TAL website. Pack a lunch if you wish to stay for the noontime critique. Questions? Email Sue Stevenson & Donna Reid at: pleinair@talart.org

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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.