Call and Response: Visions of the Forest After Wildfire
The Caldor Fire of 2021 raged up the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada, destroyed the community of Grizzly Flats, crested Echo Summit, then burned both sides of Christmas Valley where my family and I live. Miraculously, a narrow strip of green at the bottom of the valley was preserved between two ‘wings’ of charred forest. After we returned from evacuation, I began collecting charcoal from the fire to draw with. It felt like a healing thing to do at a time when we, as a community, were reeling from shock and devastation.
The drawings and paintings in this collection are a response to the surreal landscape we found ourselves in, and the complex emotions associated with our home surviving when so many others were lost. As a cancer survivor, my practice is always to seek light in dark times. So, when the first morning light spilled over the valley ridgeline through the trees, it was a deep impulse that called me to capture those rays dancing magically through the charred forest. Combining charcoal with soft colored pastels, I made intuitive, impressionist drawings that captured the fragile beginnings of renewal. The color was returning already.
2022 Faculty and Staff exhibition
“LTCC Faculty & Staff Art Exhibition” featuring large-scale ceramic sculptures by Bryan Yerian and Grace Weber; 2D artworks by Cathy Caple, Miles Hall, Julia Schwadron Marianelli, and Frances Melhop; and photographs by Jim Grant, Amy Hackleman, Pat Leonard-Hefner, and David Mori. This eclectic exhibition gives insight into the ideas and skills of the professional artists teaching and working at the community college and their unique and diverse studio practices. The opportunity to see the work of these artists collectively provides an appreciation of their techniques, concepts and standing in the contemporary art world.
Joann Brockley & Leonard Titzer
Drawing & Collage
The featured artist of one of last year’s larger exhibitions, Taylor Quill constantly wows the art world with fresh perspectives and an incredibly polished technique. There aren’t many artists who can do what Taylor Quill does.
The first “Virtual” Exhibition of the Haldan Art Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College, titled “Worry Beads”, is based on one large, site-specific, sculpture that is made of wood-carved “beads” and strung together like a beaded chain. Each bead, one for every year since 1945, is scaled at one cubic centimeter per human life. The volume of each is set by the number of terrorist-caused deaths for that year globally. The whole is about 40’ long and the largest bead (representing the year 2014) is 19 inches in diameter. The sculpture ends with 2017. This piece along with other sculptures comprise this solo exhibition by Loren Madsen
hand-colored ink transfers, oil painting, watercolor
John was born in Brookings, S.D. in 1959. He preceded to get his B.S. in Fine Arts with an emphasis printmaking from S.D.S.U in 1981. Then continued his education at University of Iowa receiving a M.A. in Printmaking in 1984 and M.F.A. in Painting in 1987.
thread on mixed media
The advent of sonograms, MRIs, and other advanced forms of body imaging have transformed modern medicine and the way in which people view their bodies. These non-invasive renderings provide doctors with critical information about personal health, and, yet, when faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis, these medical images can provoke fear and confusion. They give a powerful glimpse into the complex systems of the bodily existence, marking growth and deterioration.
Paula Chung’s textiles expose viewers to the inner beauty found within their own bodies, challenging them to embrace change and find common ground.
photopolymer etchings, relief prints, lithographs and artist books
Kathy Aoki addresses beauty, gender, and pop-culture issues through familiar visual formats injected with a twist of humor. Her ongoing series, collectively entitled “The Museum of Historical Makeovers,” has roots in art history, beauty trends, feminism, and museology. Through a simulated museum framework, the work delivers wry, feminist reflections on today’s values. Past solo exhibitions featured ersatz historical prints, paintings, sculptures, and immersive installations that pay mock homage to beauty and cuteness.
Yu Ji’s artwork has been recognized for its elaborate compositions based on observational sketchbook studies and for pictorial interpretations of figurative form in space.