Squaw Hosts 3rd Annual Art, Wine & Music Festival

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Squaw Valley, CA July 19, 2004 - The third annual Summer Art, Wine & Music Festival returns to the base village of Squaw Valley USA July 24-25, 2004. The two-day celebration features nearly fifty juried fine artists and crafts-people, kid's activities, a benefit wine tasting and live music in the base Village and on the outdoor summer stage at High Camp.

"This event makes for a perfect summer weekend, explains Eric Brandt, Director of Marketing for Squaw Valley Ski Corp. "The combination of fine art, fine wines, music, and fun in this beautiful setting at the base of Squaw Valley makes it one of the premiere events of the season."

The festival draws talented artists from all over the west displaying fine art in a variety of mediums including watercolors, oil, pastels, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, copper and pottery. A sample of the artists participating in this summer's festival include; Alan Adler's award-winning scenic photography, Sharon Medler's brightly colored beach-inspired paintings, Lord Tim Hudson's modern collage art and bold paintings, Karen Colbert's unique art quilts (voted North Lake Tahoe's Best Local Artist of 2003 in the Action Reader's Poll) and Jennifer Cull's hand carved stone vases. Other artists include Mike Howard's wheel thrown porcelain pottery finished with his unique reduction glaze technique, Jill Keller's abstract dichroic glass jewelry and artwork, Rob Matthers & Leslie Guinan's wood, glass and stone functional garden art, the mountain watercolors of Katie Royce-Salazar and many, many others.

The weekend also includes a benefit wine tasting featuring select Northern California wineries each afternoon. The cost for the tasting is $20 (which includes a commemorative wine glass) and proceeds from the tasting benefit the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation, Arts for the Schools, and the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School. Candle making, the Sky Jump Bungee Trampoline and fun games are part of the entertainment for kids attending the festival while adults can quench their summer thirst at one of the many Village restaurants.

Entertainment throughout the festival includes performances by a variety of musical acts on both the Village event plaza stage and on the outdoor summer stage at High Camp (free with a cable car ticket). The B-Side Players have been described as 'a young War meets Lenny Kravitz with a dose of Ben Harper' and they take to the mountaintop stage on Saturday July 24 at 2pm. Their sound is a furiously infectious blend of Latin, funk, rock, reggae, and soul that brings new life to nearly everyone that hears it. Following on Sunday July 25 at 2pm is a show with Big Sandy & the Fly Rite Boys. Part rockabilly, part classic old-time country, part hillbilly boogie and part of their own inspiration, the boys are sure to have the crowd on their feet.

The festival hours are 10am - 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.squaw.com or call 530-583-6985.