Trails & Vistas mission is to create community by celebrating the arts and nature.
We facilitate art events in nature for people of all ages to promote an appreciation of the performing and visual arts, long lasting environmental stewardship, and create relationships between the artists, the attendees and the local and world community.
Strengthening community with collaborating partners of artists, poets, conservationists, educators, writers, art and environmental nonprofits. Build a thriving rural culture that inspires arts activity, provides economic activity with geotourism, builds pride of place, and inspires environmental awareness.
Responsive & Interactive
Trails & Vistas offers arts in nature events dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance, literary, and music to a nature trail, by engaging the community in the art making process with guided hikes that are interactive with site specific artworks and performance.
Taking kids outdoors to create, discover, and learn. Trails & Vistas "The Dreaming Tree" field trips are an interactive art hike for 500+ California and Nevada third grade students with music, poetry, storytelling, environmental studies, and visual art.
Trails & Vistas Programs:
Art in Nature Field Trips - an interactive art hike for 300+ California and Nevada third grade students with music, poetry, environmental studies, and visual art.
Art Hikes- a 3 mile art hike with dance, poetry, music, storytelling and environmental art with family, leisure and meditative hikes
World Concert- a Peace Project of Truckee Tahoe with music and dance
Community art workshops-inspiring community members and visitors to create artwork, write poetry, and dance.
Guided History Hikes- guided hikes showcasing the Truckee Donner Land Trust land acquisitions and open space trails in the summer months.
Fundraiser: The Truckee Historical Haunted Tour October 13 & 14, 2016
Help the Arts & Environment
Trails & Vistas
Every year, the founder and Artistic Director, Nancy Tieken Lopez, of Trails & Vistas brings artists, dancers, and musicians to the Lake Tahoe region to celebrate the arts in nature.
From unforgettable Art Hikes, a World Concert, art workshops,to immersive arts-in-nature field trips for local students, Trails & Vistas embraces the magic of creativity in the Sierra. Trails & Vistas celebrates Art, Earth and Sky with guided art hikes through the majestic natural scenery of the Sierra. Celebrating nature....Celebrating art
Thank you to our Community Partners
Since 2004, Trails & Vistas has established a regional and local partnership program designed to foster the performing, visual and literary arts, and inspire environmental stewardship.
Jay Howard, park supervisor of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park said “Nevada State Parks is proud to collaborate with, and support, the activities of the Trails and Vistas organization. The Art Hikes, Art Hikes for Schools, World Concert, and other various hikes done at Sand Harbor and Spooner Backcountry is a fun and unique way to enjoy the great outdoors. The way Trails and Vistas joins art and nature in an outdoor setting is simply an experience that you must have. Come join us in 2016.”
We are collaborators!
Founded in 2004, Trails & Vistas has grown to offer Art Hikes, Art in Nature Field Trips, World Concert, and community art/dance workshops. Trails & Vistas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization partnered with several Truckee/Tahoe non-profit organizations, Arts in Wellness, The Truckee Donner Land Trust, Inner Rhythms Dance Theatre, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, For Goodness Sake.
Truckee Donner Land Trust
The mission of the Truckee Donner Land Trust is to protect significant scenic, historic, recreational, and natural resource lands in the Truckee-Donner region, from Donner Summit to Mount Lola and Perazzo Meadows. The Land Trust was founded in 1990 and has protected over 20,000 acres in 20 years. Kellie Wright, Development Director of The Truckee Donner Land Trust, says “Along with presenting interesting and engaging performances, organizers hope to instill in each hiker the importance of environmental stewardship and to inspire people to get involved in saving open space in our area.” www.tdlandtrust.org
InnerRhythms Dance Theatre
InnerRhythms Dance Theatre is a proud founding partner of Trails & Vistas since 2004. InnerRhythms mission is to use the power of dance and music to cultivate life skills in our youth, promote global stewardship, and create an everlasting passion for the arts in the communities we serve. www.innerrhythms.org
For Goodness Sake
For Goodness Sake mission is to nurture the spiritual health of the community by providing a welcoming, inclusive environment for exploring our spiritual nature, man and the universe, thereby bringin a higher sense of peace, hope, and health for all. Andy Hill has been a supporter of Trails & Vistas since 2007 and For Goodness Sake has expanded to celebrate world peace celebration event on September 21, 2013. www.goodnesssake.org
How the Art Hikes started
Article excerpt from In the Outside written by Palette Peterson, 1997
Collaborative strategies are integral to the work of artist Nancy Tieken Lopez, and were essential to her large scale production Spring Streams at Alum Rock Park in San Jose. This work was a community experience in environment through art that incorporated performance, music, poetry, dance and earthworks. Nancy worked with 13 other artists to create this event that celebrated nature and strove to reestablish community and personal connections to nature. My husband and I were fortunate to be amongst the 55 participants who gathered at Alum Rock Creek on a very warm morning in May, 1997. As we approached the creek, we were greeted by drum music and were linked to the rest of the group by ribbons tied to our wrists. Found poems were inscribed on the ribbons that were all linked to a 60 yard length of blue satin running through the middle of the group. We were transformed into a shimmering silver-blue river that flowed up the canyon as we hiked through the park. Found poems were also sandblasted into boulders that were placed along the streams and at the ridge line within beds of California wildflowers that Nancy had planted and nurtured through the drought-plagued winter. As we traveled along the art path, we stopped periodically to listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo, read a boulder, view an earthwork or watch the dancers. Their movements were accentuated by the flowing white gauze and natural artifacts of their costumes. They wove in and out of our path dancing amongst the flowers, trees and rocks while their white gauze swirled like ripples over our collective blue stream. Further ahead, two dancers performed at a cliff’s edge allowing their long veils to dance and play in the wind. We hiked back down to the creek to listen to an oboe and golden ringing bowls while dancers in and along the creek flowed with the movement of the water. At the stream, we were separated from the satin river and given a take-away made of wildflower seeds pressed between rice paper and sealed with bee’s wax. My seed packet sits in my studio and never fails to take me back to the sights and sounds of that day.
Although Nancy finds inspiration in the works of artists and writers such as Andy Goldsworthy and Lucy Lippard, her attachment to the landscape and her way of working in it stem from childhood lessons. Her love of the environment was nurtured early on while growing up in Texas’ hill country. The neighboring Guadalupe River provided hours of fun for Nancy and her siblings. She identified with Huck Finn and began working on the river in seventh grade, becoming a raft guide by the age of 16. Her mother, a biology teacher, poet and environmentalist, taught her children to appreciate and respect nature. Looking back, Nancy realizes that her earliest art experiences occurred in the landscape. At Easter, her family would gather wildflowers from nearby meadows for Easter nests. The afternoon and evening were spent carefully arranging the flowers in a circular design. On Easter Sunday, the nests would appear filled with fruit, nuts and chocolate. This German tradition was never missed and continues within her family today. The process was long and labor intensive; however, it brought their family together to share in each other’s company and in the beauty of nature in much the same way that Nancy’s work in the landscape brings us together in nature.