Celebrating the arts in nature for the 2017 Art Hikes, Sept. 9th, 2017/Galena Creek, Mount Rose Wilderness
World Concert, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Encore Series, Sept. 9, Lake Tahoe
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, and InnerRhythms Dance, under the direction of Elizabeth Archer
- Fared Shafinurey 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, and performance painting with Susie Alexander
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 and earth paintings.
"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.
Elizabeth Archer of InnerRhythms Dance Centre
Elizabeth is the Artistic Director of InnerRhythms Dance Centre and the Performance Director for Trails and Vistas art hike. She has been dancing for over 40 years. Her motivation for founding InnerRhythms was to be able to nurture young people towards believing in their own power and expression through dance as an art form. Elizabeth believes that the opportunity to work with young people and share the rewards of participating in the performing arts is a positive way to give something back to our planet. www.innerrhythms.org
Community Partner: InnerRhythms Dance Centre: Art Hikes
InnerRhythms Dance Theatre brings unforgettable and riveting performances to Trails and Vistas. InnerRhythms Vision is to promote cultural enhancement and build awareness for the arts in the North Tahoe/Northern Nevada region through education, performance excellence and a unique, collaborative alliance between dance and other performing and media arts. Our 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.
InnerRhythms Dance instructors offer classes in modern dance, Hip-Hop, ballet, aerial arts, contemporary jazz. www.innerrhythms.org
Angele Carroll: Songwriter, voice, ukulele, guitar
Angele Carroll grew up singing in the back woods of Maine. She has spent her life growing from each musical experience to the next. Throughout her travels she has honed her talent and expresses exclusively from her heart. She has had many reputable teachers and notable performances. Angele tries to represent nature through the honesty of her music. Her priority is to give her audience a profound experience that will hopefully strike a chord or two. Her passion is to bring joy, and healing with her music and to try to help the world be a better place everyday. Her dedication is to play music that is honest. www.angelesings.com/
Reviews of Angele's performance "We love your singing, we loved your passion, we love your personality, we loved your hugs, we loved your spirit, we loved your inner and outer beauty. What a great time we had with your entertainment. It was fantastic! You were our total topic of conversation until bedtime! Thank you for your performance."
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Bio: My work focuses on the idea of hybrids, systems where different elements work together in harmony to create a new entity. These systems reflect the many conflicting realities in the world -and within myself- leading to mutation and adaptation.
Mutation as outcome from the interaction with the surrounding reality, as the result of a coexistence . Mutation as social and cultural transformation, spiritual metamorphosis, modern mythology.
Discussion topic: The viewer is not the only one who sees.
He who listens will be heard.
I want the public to become aware of the double and symbiotic relationship that happens whenver we find ourselves in nature: we see/hear it, and it sees and hears us.
I would like to highlight how the natural setting of Trails and Vistas is an ecosystem full of living creatures and organisms, that needs to be approached with respect.
"The journey itself is home". We feel home when we recognize a familiar element in the lanscape, something that ties in with who we are.
Also, the journey, as motion, mirrors the process of evolution that we undergo constantly at any time of our life. All things are atoms in constant motion. We are the journey.
Artist Lorna Denton- visual art
Lorna Denton is an artist living and working in Reno, Nevada and is on the Trails & Vistas Board of Directors. She was born in 1967 in London, UK and moved to Reno in 2001. Her B.A in Textile Design was received from West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, UK. Subsequently she completed a PostGraduate degree in Art and Design Education at Middlesex University, London, UK. Currently she is employed as a Teaching Artist for VSA of Nevada working within schools in Reno and Carson City. Her approach is to encourage all students to explore materials and to use visual arts as a learning opportunity.
Her work covers a spectrum of different media, including collage, printmaking, photography but predominantly fibre arts. Her work has been exhibited in several group shows in Reno, Truckee, Toronto, Canada and London, UK.
Lorna creates memory drawing books with each child for the Dreaming Tree Field Trips held in September at Sand Harbor, Nevada State Park, Lake Tahoe.
Some History: "I was born in London but grew up in Essex near Epping Forest. I returned to London for Art School and studied painting, mixed media, and film. Next I went off to New York to do my MFA. Eventually I moved to California and settled in Marin in 1991.
Much of my childhood was spent making dresses and homes for my dolls. I also loved going for nature walks in the forest with my dad looking for mushrooms and longing to see a deer but never actually seeing one because they’d all been hunted to extinction. Music, dancing and fairies were important to me, and I had a deep love of animals and Mary Poppins. All these things still preoccupy me today...longing, flight, and magic." - Stephanie Jucker
Current Exhibits: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Artist Gallery
Harpist Motoshi Kosako: Art Hikes & World Concert
Back by popular demand, with three standing "O's" at the World Concert, Motoshi Kosako will share his dazzling and innovative Jazz harp compositions for the art hike at Galena Creek Canyon on September 9th.
Born in Matsuyama City, Japan, Motoshi Kosako started his musical training on the piano and the guitar. In Tokyo he played the acoustic and electric guitar in professional Jazz bands and the Swing Journal magazine described him as “one of the most remarkable young Jazz musicians.”
In 1997, Mr. Kosako moved to the United States and soon after he started playing the harp. He was the principal harpist of Stockton Symphony Orchestra in California between 2005-2010 and the featuring soloist for 2009-2010 season.
His latest music innovation is improvisation and composition for the harp. Since 2008 he started touring Japan to give performances and he is considered as the most influential Jazz harpist in Japan. Mr. Kosako joined NPO holistic health research group in Japan (Total Health Research Group) and began conducting research projects involving sound healing and practical application of music to occupational fields for the promotion of health.
Barbara Attwell, Visual Artist
My project is an invitation to engage with trees. Trees can send, receive, and interpret messages, and we need to not only recognize this but become part of the dialoguing.
I regret that we do not share a language with wildlife, plant life, rocks, and stars, to more easily understand what they are emanating, to know the life they are leading. Ancient cultures did a better job with this by giving natural forces the reverence needed to stay in relationship with them. In today’s culture, alienation and a peculiar poverty of the soul are the result of our spending more time controlling nature than nurturing it. There is peace and joy in witnessing that our landscapes are very much alive, long-lived, and that we are a small, yet significant, part of the story.
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.”
Mountain Eagle of the Washeshu Nation
Susie Alexander: Performance Painting at the World Concert,
Susie will be creating several performance paintings inspired by the music on the stage on September 10th, Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe. The performance paintings will be auctioned off during intermission to raise funding for the nonprofits of Trails & Vistas and Arts in Wellness.
While working in France in 2009, a profound, personal relationship inspired Susie with the dream of sharing art-making and creativity as a personal expression of our intimate human experiences . The vision has become a reality with the manifestation of the Arts in Wellness non-profit in Truckee and workshop facilitator with community partner of North Tahoe Arts. Born in Europe, Susie Alexander lives in the Sierras and sells artwork internationally.
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“At every stop along the hike, participants will get an unexpected experience through art, culture, and the environment. We hope that your memories of the art hike will stay with you long after the walk has ended, with your own thoughtful reflections on the arts and the importance of environmental stewardship imprinted in your mind and heart.” — Founder, Nancy Lopez
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
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.
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.
Tahoe Flow Arts
Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is a community flow space, co-operative rather than competitive. "We bring compassion and respect to whom we play, dance, and practice yoga with by creating encouragement for each other through our personal life journey of self-expression. We flow together and we inspire one another." - co-founder Kelly Smiley
The Tahoe Flow Artists brings a fresh and explosive twist on expression through a variety of dance styles and circus entertainment. Tahoe Flow Arts specializes in aerial arts, dance, hula-hoop, acro-yoga, and fire dance. Several dancers will perform for the Saturday, Sept. 18 Art Hike. http://www.TahoeFlowArtsStudio.com
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.
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).
Lesley’s site-specific dance installations combine movement and sculpture to create a dialogue between humanity and the environment. She calls upon the natural environment to inform her work and guide her movement. One of her primary intentions as a director is to provide an authentic experience for both the performer and the witness. This performance process is inspired by Lesley’s mentor, 96 year-old dance pioneer, Anna Halprin.
Lesley has created public and private dance installations in the waters, forests and mountains of Northern California and the Tahoe Basin. She lives in Lake Tahoe with her husband and two sons.
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
The 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.