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City Guide to Truckee: Friends of Bespoke

Bespoke is excited to announce a new series on the blog: the City Guide to Truckee.

 Andrew Bolam, "John Deere"

Andrew Bolam, "John Deere"

Every month, we’ll cover a small corner of our town, bringing you the places, people, and history that make us feel so grateful to live and work in Truckee.

 Annie Hooker, "Bats"

Annie Hooker, "Bats"

This month, we’re starting close to the heart with some of the amazing artists we’re lucky enough to call our friends. Truckee is home to an active art scene, nourished by local families who know the importance of creativity in a relatively small town. Local innovation and local solutions keep us committed to one another. As a community, we want our successes to be mutual and shared.

So, whether you’re visiting Truckee for the first time, or deepening a longtime relationship with this place, we hope you’ll follow the trail from Bespoke’s door to these studios and galleries.

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1.) Start up the road at the Bolam Gallery, the only gallery in Tahoe showcasing fine art by award-winning local artists, along with work from across the country and around the world. This is the working studio of Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker.

An English-born artist, Andrew’s interest in the landscape and history of the American west inform his breathtaking landscape paintings. He’s a longtime Tahoe resident with a passion for painting the natural world.

Annie’s work captures the hazy edges and piercing emotion of memory. Her canvases are filled with liquid light cast on everyday scenes, with imagery that seems inspired by mid-century snapshots. (Check out the Winter 2012/13 issue of Tahoe Quarterly for more on Annie’s work.)

2.) About a block away from Bespoke, duck into Riverside Studios, owned by ceramicist Alanna Hughes, Jeweler Sondrea Larsen, Jeweler Mary Guerra & Leather worker Kahlil Johnson.

Riverside Studios has long been at the forefront of the local arts scene, from its studio days on East River Street, when the Truckee River could be heard rushing along at outdoor gatherings. The wild river spirit lives on in its new location on the main drag.

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Along with Riverside’s owner-artists, an impressive cast of local makers keeps this shop stocked with handmade work of quality and, in our opinion, classic Truckee soul. Current artists include Tom Beebe, whose large-scale designs in wood and metal we recently celebrated at Truckee’s recent First Friday.

 Ring by Lorien Powers Studio

Ring by Lorien Powers Studio

3.) Further down the strip, check out Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry, next door to the lobby of the historic Truckee Hotel. You can often find Lorien at the bench in this working studio, handcrafting a custom ring while the mountain sunshine filters through the beveled glass windows.

Her work has an intensity and strength befitting her surroundings, with a focus on the natural character of mesmerizing gems and minerals. Among other hand-selected artists, Lorien features metal work by Lyle Poulin, a native Truckee artist currently living in Portland, Oregon, where he recently launched Hand Forge, his own metal arts studio.

4.) End your tour with a pint from a rotating selection of draft beers at Restaurant Trokay. Here’s to good friends and great art. Cheers!

Post by Melissa Reeser Poulin