Written by Alice Tresidder, 1970; and added to by Irma Roughton, 2004.
The Tahoe Art League was formed in 1964. Starting as a social club, a few artists got together and met at South Tahoe Middle School. Everyone brought their paints and we painted! Tish Hall, from the Tahoe Garden Club, would set up a still life arrangement and we would all paint. If a new person came in and wanted to join the art league, they would have to step out of the room while we voted on whether to accept them. No one was ever turned away. We would have our very successful outdoor Shows at the Crescent V Shopping Center (now Heavenly Shopping Center) on the sidewalk in front of Lawrence’s Department Store (now Sports LTD). One year, the television comedian Phyllis Diller was in town. She came to our show and purchased many works of art from us. The Tahoe Art League made her an honorary member. Phyllis kept in touch with us and whenever she was in town she would buy art from the Tahoe Art League.
|Loretta Bookhammer||President 1993/94, Outdoor Shows Director 1997-2006, and Hospitality Chair 1997-2006. Loretta
has contributed to every Art League event and occasion since joining and continues to be very active
participant in Outdoor Shows and on the Art Center Committee. Loretta is also the Art League’s
Liaison to the City of South Lake Tahoe.
|Donna McRadu||President 1986. Coordinator of many shows and activities during the 1980′s and 90′s. Donna is our
eldest active member and continues to attend Art League meetings and participate in shows.
|Irma Roughton||President 1971, 1997. Coordinated numerous Outdoor Shows, Paint Outs, and other Art League
activities. Irma has also been our effervescent hostess at the Art Expo.
|Lois Wooldridge:||A member since 1991, Lois has served the Art League in many capacities: as Vice President, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Outdoor Shows Chair.
She is a mentor for emerging artists, a hard worker on numerous Art League projects, and a constant leading presence at the Outdoor Shows.
|Vern Lee:||Vern Lee has been actively involved in the Tahoe Art League since 1995, serving as President in 1998 and 2001. He has always been eager to help and has participated readily in many of the Art League’s projects.|
|Elsie Brothers||Elsie and her husband, Earl, joined the Tahoe Art League in 1988, and together they contributed greatly to the success of the organization. Elsie served as Chair for Demonstrations, Membership, Hospitality and Meetings.|
Tahoe Art League Presidents
1965/66 Alice Tresidder
1967/68 Edythe Kirbo
1969 Penny Senior / Bernice Nelson
1969 Bernice Nelson
1970 Virginia De Steunder
1971 Irma Roughton
1972 William C. Lankeit / Bette Claire Douglas
1973 Helen Brower
1974 Myrna Spalding Vindum
1975 Lucille Franchini
1976 Shari Palmer / Libby O’Gieblyn
1977 Cecelia Kammerer
1978 Elaine Johnson
1979 Helen Brower
1980 Gene Turner / Nina Johnson
1981 Penny Senior / Catherine Hoover
1982 Stan Stevenson / Penny Senior
1983 Gene Turner
1984 Cecelia Kammerer
1985 Bernice Westberg / Donna McRadu
1986 Donna McRadu
1987 Ester Haldeman
1988 Robert Herman
1989/90 Robert Oden
1991/92 Earl Brothers
1993/94 Loretta Bookhammer
1995 Earl Brothers
1996 Evelyn Kehlor
1997 Irma Roughton
1998 Vernon Lee
1999 Ralph Lent
2000 Earl Brothers / Carol Jones
2001 Vernon Lee
2002/03 Shelby Kolstad
2004/05 Lois Loveless
2006 Sara Wolters
2007 Shelby Kolstad
2008 Shelby Kolstad / Dorothy Davis
2009 Robert Schimmel
2010 Robert Schimmel / Janette Reed-Lawson
2011 Janette Reed-Lawson
2012/13 Juanita Gibbs Brock
The Art Building was formerly the Al Tahoe Post Office from 1950 – 1974 and was located on the corner of Hwy 50 and Al Tahoe Blvd. where Denny’s Restaurant is today. In 1974 it was planned to be replaced with a larger facility. When the Art League heard the plans for its demolition, the Art League attempted to purchase the building from the Postal Service. However, because the building was built using public funds, it could only go to another government agency at that time. All efforts by the Art League was then shifted toward helping the City acquire the building from the Postal Service so it could be used as an Art Center for our community. In 1975, the president of the Tahoe Art League, Myrna Vindum, was also the City Clerk at that time. Myrna processed the necessary paperwork required for the Postal Service to donate the building to the City for the Art League’s use. Following the City’s acquisition of the building, the Tahoe Art League was given a renewable 5 year lease and immediately began the necessary renovations to transform it into an Art Center.
The Art League obtained a transportation permit to its current location, and City Building Permit # SR-29606900 to make renovations. The building’s current location at 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd was specifically selected because it was land formerly owned by the Lake Valley Community Club (LVCC) until 1959 when they donated it specifically for “public education and recreation.” Several Tahoe Art League founding members were also members of the LVCC and were pleased to see the development of an Art Center because it fulfilled the dual purpose of education and recreation. The LVCC’s vision was for an eventual community recreational and cultural center on that land.
Tahoe Art League volunteers worked several months to renovate plumbing, electrical, roof, windows, ceiling, floors, walls, added a kitchen, two bathrooms and improved the exterior. TAL also added landscaping and sprinklers to the front.
By the end of 1975, all improvements were completed and the Tahoe Art League received a recorded proclamation “City of South Lake Tahoe Resolution #1975-10 Authorizing the Tahoe Art League full use of the Art Building for meetings, classes, exhibits, including the right to sell art, promote the sale of art and artistic products.”
Since 1964, the Tahoe Art League has continuously provided fine art experiences and art education to our community and to visitors to Lake Tahoe.