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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:  May 13, 2015
Featuring a Watercolor Presentation

by Dale Laitenen

DaleLaitenenDale Laitinen has been painting for over forty years with thirty five of those in watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and Watercolor West. He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University with a BA in Art with a painting concentration. He is a past juror of many National and regional exhibitions including Watercolor West, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Utah Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Red River Watermedia Show, Magnum Opus and many others.

A native of northern Minnesota, Dale has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work.

One of the signatures of a Laitinen painting is the long view with the natural forms of the topography being foremost. His works extend to the interaction between structures such as roads, dams, canals, powerhouses, and the natural landscape. In one of these paintings one might find a concrete dam that spans a river canyon, or a highway that cuts through desert sandstone, or a shadow of a bridge that crawls slowly across a red rock wall.

After college Dale spent eight years as an independent trucker hauling freight across country. In 1985 he turned to painting full-time.

Some of the periodicals he has been featured in, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine, and Drawingboard Magazine.

Laitinen’s work has been featured in several books including The Splash Series, Painting with the White of your Paper, The The Transparent Watercolor Wheel and more. An active workshop instructor, Dale has traveled widely in both the US and Abroad.
VISIT DALE’S WEBSITE:   www.dalelaitenen.com





The April TAL meeting featured 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.
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


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.