Mark Larson, also known as Jusmark, owner of Truth Tattoo in downtown Truckee, is a life-long experimental artist. As a tattoo artist, his clients describe him as “An artist, visionary and extraordinary communicator.” Mark has been painting for more than forty years. Moving a lot as a child, he lived all over the country, so art was his constant friend in a new place.
The Arts mean business. National nonprofit arts organization Americans for the Arts recently released Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations & Their Audiences. The Nevada County Arts Council spent a year surveying the creative industries in Nevada County to contribute to this report. You can read their findings about the impact of arts and the business community here:
Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk saw her first potter at work during a grade school field trip and desperately wanted to
try it. Though she was unable to convince him to let her try it that day, she promised herself that she would someday find a way to do it, and she did. Barbara’s love affair with clay really began in college and no doubt will continue for the rest of her life.
150 years ago, on May 10, 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, forever changing the landscape of the Truckee-Donner Summit area. This sesquicentennial of the Transcontinental Railroad marks the spanning of the continent with rails and a revolution to this area and the country. The railroad brought both freight and travelers to Truckee, helped create our local lumber and ice industries, and brought writers and artists to capture the beauty of the area.
Judi Morales is an artist, burner, steampunk indi-designer, and an instructor of upcycled sewing and encaustic painting. She volunteers at non-profits such as the Truckee Roundhouse, Friends of Black Rock High Rock, Crews with Obtainium Works, and the Steampunk makers of the Neverwas Haul art car – a three-story Victorian house on wheels.
In a process artistic called steampunk clothing indie-design, Judi repurposes obtainium (materials obtained that are not new),
KidZone Museum inspires learning through creative play and discovery. As a non-profit and Truckee-Tahoe’s only children’s museum, KidZone Museum strives to create a welcoming space where all families can play, discover and connect.
They offer a custom-designed, interactive Exhibit where children can immerse themselves in imaginary play; a jungle-themed science room with hands-on items for learning, seasonal insects and our Wentzscope – a special microscope specifically designed for little ones to use;
Local Artists Sara Smith and Michael Llewellyn will team up at this July 18th Truckee Thursdays street fair in Historic Downtown Truckee to introduce FOREST⇌FIRE, an interpretive exhibition opening at the Truckee Recreation Center in October 2020.
As one of 18 California artists to be featured in the exhibition, Sara will be creating Forest Home,
Erskine Photography specializes in fine art landscapes and architecture photography that captures artistic and expressive compositions that reflect emotion, tranquility and a unique moment in time. Erskine Photography approaches each photo shoot with research and strategic planning. They can often be found snowmobiling into the backcountry, hiking up to that next amazing viewpoint, or setting up a series of lights and modifiers to achieve their goal.
Members of Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Community Project (CATTCP), Mountain Forge, Inc. employees, the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, and the Truckee Donner Historical Society are planning a dedication for the rail platform, recently completed at the Truckee River Regional Park. The team will celebrate their success and recognize the many volunteers and donors who made the steel platform at the Children’s Railway a reality.
In 2017, Truckee became only the 14th city to earn the prestigious California Cultural District designation. Distinctive for its small-town vibe and mountain scenery, Truckee offers a creative culture that celebrates a tightly knit community, western history, and independent spirit, with abundant artists, arts venues, and special events.
To show off Truckee’s coveted designation and highlight its numerous and diverse cultural offerings this September and October,