Executive Director/Founder Nancy Tieken Lopez
Nancy Tieken Lopez created the art hikes for her thesis project in 1994 while receiving her Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University. Nancy's studies included an emphasis in bronze sculpture and installation art and lead to more ephemeral materials of earth installations.
"My art is about connection – to a place, to the earth, to people's lives...Celebrating Art, Earth and Sky with guided art hikes through the majestic natural scenery of the Sierra."
Nancy moved to Truckee in 1998 and founded Trails and Vistas art hike in 2004 collaborating with Elizabeth Archer, and with local arts and environmental non-profits. Nancy Tieken Lopez is the Artistic/Executive Director of the nonprofit of Trails & Vistas, and collaborates with over 30 talented performers and artists each year to present an unforgettable experience of celebrating the environment through the arts. From locally renowned Lake Tahoe artists to nationally recognized artists, the Art Hike fuses a unique collaboration between person and place.
Do you want to bring Trails & Vistas Art Hikes to your community? Please contact the Founder and Artistic Director Nancy Tieken Lopez.
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The 2017 Artists of Trails & Vistas
Each year Lake Tahoe installation artist and Trails and Vistas founder, Nancy Tieken Lopez, works closely with choreographer and Executive Director of InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, Elizabeth Archer, to create an interactive art walk where the participants become involved as part of the experience.
Nava Dance Collective: Saturday
Photograph by Robert Bengston
Nava dance collective is an international community of dancers devoted to cross-cultural dialogue and artistic collaboration through traditional, sacred, and ethno-contemporary dance forms. Under the direction of Miriam Peretz, dancers from diverse cultural backgrounds collaborate in the creation of meaningful projects and performances. This style draws mainly on dances from the Silk Road, but is also heavily infused with contemporary aesthetics and devotional themes.
Nava is a beautiful example of a word shared by the Hebrew, Farsi, and Turkish languages. In Farsi and Turkish Nava means sound or tune. It is also the name of one the main Dastgah (musical modes) in the Persian and Turkish Classical music traditions. In the Hebrew language, Nava means pleasant, graceful, beautiful and is a common girls’ name. Also, in Hindi, Nava means young or new.
Being an international collective, dancers from all over the world have the opportunity to join. Through the collective there will be various opportunities for artistic exchanges with dancers across the globe.
Liza Carbé and JP Durand: Saturday
Mick Dodge: Sunday Art Hikes 9/10
Artists Celebrating Art In Nature
Trails & Vistas features many fantastic artists. One such world renowned performer is Tim Eriksen, whose experience is second to none when it comes to Harp Song.
Tim Eriksen will perform on Saturday, Sept 9 & September 10 Art Hikes, and the World Concert, Lake Tahoe the evening of the Sept 9.
Check out the following video YouTube featuring Tim Eriksen performing "The Cool of the Day". Learn more about @Tim Eriksen
SambaDá: Brazilian Funk Band
Tim Eriksen: Americana/Irish/Harp Songs
Take a musical and visual journey with the Art Hike and the World Concert on Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2017
- Tim Eriksen, "widely regarded as the best ballad singer of his generation" (BBC Radio). Tim combines hair-raising vocals with savvy arrangements for fiddle, banjo, guitar and bajo sexto, transforming American tradition with Southern Appalachian and Irish songs.
- Nava Dance Collective, under the direction of Miriam Peretz, collaborating with musician Fared Shafinury.
- Fared Shafinury will captivate audiences with his powerful voice and soulful ingenuity on the setar, weaving in his own lyrics in Persian and English.
- Jahan Khalighi, spoken word, poet, musician - building community though the arts for social change.
- World rhythms with Liza Carbé and JP Durand, showcasing a powerful ensemble of twin-guitar melodies.
- The evening opens with Mountain Eagle from the Washeshu nation, local musician Angèle Carroll, performance painting with Susie Alexander, and community partner InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, under the direction of Elizabeth Archer
The Dreaming Tree Field Trip Artists, Co-Sponsored by Nevada State Parks
Jean Louise Fournier is a poet and dancer whose art is inspired by our natural world. Her work reflects a close affinity for her natural surroundings. She is passionate about furthering the mission of Trails and Vistas as a performer, founding board member, and poet for Trails & Vistas. For the Dreaming Tree Field trips, Jean works with hundreds of children to write poetry along the trail and create a sense of place poem to remember the day at Lake Tahoe.
Storyteller Cathee van Rossem St. Clair
Cathee van Rossem-St.Clair, artist, poet, and storyteller.
“Since I lifted my first crayon, storytelling and language -- the language of birds, the language of the earth, and the silent language we humans use to interact with our inner and outer landscapes, have fed my art. Images from dreams, observations, and quirky musings push their way into my sketchbooks to this day.” - Cathee
Team building with Maria Jones
We all have to work together to help the environment and keep our lake healthy.
Maria has been a facilitator for team building for corporate and school outings for the last twelve years. “Children have the ability to come up with great imaginative ways to play and make simple tasks fun. Team building games utilizes each child's talents and ideas to solve different challenges. These games develop communication, creativity, and camaraderie within the group. They learn how each of them are important to complete the task, without their individual help in challenging, communicating, and committing themselves to the group and themselves these task cannot be completed.” -Maria Jones.
Tahoe Bagpiper: Sean Cummings
"My first gig as a piper was in 1976 and came as a result of my dad sending me out of the house to practice. As a result, I was asked to play at the graduation party of a neighbor - three blocks away.
Since then I have performed at a wide variety of events including: the 2005 World Pipeband championships in Glasgow, Scotland, numerous St. Patrick's Day melees, Celtic Faires, and many weddings." - Sean Cummings
Sean currently plays with the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band and has performed as a member of the Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band, in Buffalo, New York (established in 1837), and the Monterey Scottish Pipe Band.
Deb Kelly sharing her Life Ingredients
Deb Kelly welcomes hundreds of children to Sand Harbor State Park with her stories of The Dreaming Tree. Deb speaks about each child's contribution to a world based in happiness, respect and love.
We would like to thank one of our valued sponsors, Kelly Brothers Painting Company for sharing their marketing director with us for Trails & Vistas. http://www.kellybrotherspainting.com
Cathee van Rossem St. Clair
I’m curious about language: the language of birds, the language of animals, the language of the earth, and the silent language we humans use to interact with our inner and outer landscapes. It begins with a line, a dot, a circle, a shape, a sound, a sensation. Add a few quirky musings, vivid dreams, accidental epiphanies, and a few marks on paper or stone or eggshell become visual stories that call attention to a moment of time in this unpredictable world. If I’m lucky, a work of art leads to a way of life. A way of life leads to a work of art.
Michael plays percussion and ethnic wind instruments. He has been playing and teaching for more than 30 years and has had the opportunity to travel to many countries. These include Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Europe, and Israel studying and learning from the keepers of various traditions. He also maintains a contemporary relevance by organically mixing in electronic influences with dozens of traditional instruments.
Mr. DiMartino has also performed with Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, Mickey Hart, Baba Olatunji, Yungchen Llhamo, Joules Graves, Umayapurim Shivaraman, Gordon Stone, Col Bruce Hampton, and at national festivals —Horde, Big Summer Classic, Gathering of the Vibes, and Starwood.
Angelika Healing Music: Art Hike
Angelika is an internationally renowned composer and recording artist. Her inspiring compositions, soothing, heart-opening angelic voice and music bring us gently into the stillness and peace deep within. Angelika sings ancient chants/prayers, Mantras for healing, Bhajans for singing along and her original songs accompanied by a 50 string Tamboura/Monochord and 12-string guitar. Several contemporary mystics and masters gave special darshan for Angelika’s music ministry to conduct powerful blessings. She has published 14 CDs and shares her music worldwide at spiritual gatherings, ceremonies and conferences. http://www.angelikahealingmusic.com
Angelique Benicio has created site specific art installations and performances for the Trails & Vistas Art Hikes in Tahoe since 2010. Her sculptures and performance artwork offers an unique experience of art in nature with a child’s sense of wonder and introspection. Benicio’s work always has an element of mystery and magic with dance, original costumes and sculptures with place making at its core. There is a sense of wild joy in her original art installations with interesting characters of a six foot snail, a life-sized feathered white raven, a wild coyote leaping from boulder to boulder, or storytelling with earthen sculptures about imaginary insects saving the environment. Angelique’s artwork is always a favorite of the Trails & Vistas art hike attendees since her work involves the audience with sounds, sights and touch that only performance art can offer, and only the creative genius of Benicio’s work can deliver.
Angelika Healing Music
Angelika is an internationally renowned composer and recording artist. Her inspiring compositions, soothing, heart-opening angelic voice and music bring us gently into the stillness and peace deep within. Angelika sings songs accompanied by a 50 string Tamboura/Monochord and 12-string guitar.
Jean Louise Fournier
Inspired by Martha Graham who wrote "Dance is the hidden language of the soul", Jean Fournier spent some of her happiest life moments dancing at Temple of the Wings outdoor dance studio. Jean recently earned certifications in Nia Dance and Ageless Grace to spread the joy of dance with others. She believes the natural beauty of Donner Summit provides a beautiful stage and is thrilled to perform a poem about the birth of creativity (collaborating with dancer Jennie Pitts-Knipe and poet Barbara Teiken).
Brooke Bishop, Visual Artist
Look outside to find inner truth
Visual artist Brooke Bishop says “I wanted a way to integrate the evident power and peace of the natural world into my soul, and then into my art. Taking my first Trails & Vistas tours, many years ago now, very much sparked that connection.”
Nature inspires her to hone a love of color, texture, pattern and form in her magical paintings. Bishop strives to reach inside for her truth and portray it, whatever form that may take.Brooke applies her love of pattern, texture and color to convey the emotions that lie beneath the surface of each work of art. Her fascination with the human psyche, and life’s eternal questions, inspire her creations. Working primarily in a figurative manner, she takes liberal license to follow where the paint and her energies lead.
“I love the action of drawing and painting, to feel the juiciness that is just barely in my control. I love to play with the duality of complex pattern and airy open spaces, and to create a dialogue with the viewer full of questions and revelations.”