Tahoe Resort Showcases Art for July 4th

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LAKE TAHOE, CA – July 2, 2008 – Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates Independence Day weekend with the 8th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Lakeside, Friday through Sunday, July 4-6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing their assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of media including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography and much more.

Among this year's featured artists is sculptor Chris Efstratis of Sacramento who creates clay vessels of all sizes, some of which stand six feet tall. Most of his sculptures incorporate plenty of color with bright, bold colors accompanied by shadows of cool colors. "Some of my pieces have underlying meanings due to their action or character, but sometimes I just like building something simply because it is fun," says Chris. "I sometimes have no idea what I am going to make, but just start out by getting my hands into the clay until something dawns on me, perhaps accidentally."

Bob Evans, who currently resides in Roseville, has lived in northern California since 1960 and has spent many years photographing the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the high Sierra Crest and the California coast. His vivid images capture serene landscapes that evoke a sense of calm. "I have always had an intense interest in the arts -- music and photography," said Bob. "The outdoors has also been my most comfortable environment, so I have been putting the two together to produce what I hope are pleasing images."

The paintings of Oakland resident Karen LeGault are set apart by a deceptive simplicity and a refined traditional Asian technique and aesthetic. Deeply rooted in Western realism and Taoist philosophy, Karen's lush, distilled compositions express beauty, fragrance, rhythm and form through a magical palette where spirit is reflected through matter. "Having studied, practiced and taught Tai Chi Chuan and other spiritual disciplines from 1981 on, I have a special interest in combining Eastern and Western concepts and techniques," said Karen.

Other artists participating include Frances Casey of Mendocino, California displaying her unique pieces of jewelry that feature hand-crafted antique buttons; Gayle Mayhew of West Point, California showing her whimsical jewelry that includes rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings; and Jack Durnford of Hood, California whose mixed media wall art uses wood and concrete to create serene forms.

Homewood Mountain Resort is located off highway 89 at Homewood Mountain Resort, just 10 miles southwest of Tahoe City. For more information about the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival contact the Homewood Mountain Resort at (530) 525-2992 or Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296-1195 or www.pacificfinearts.com.