Sounds never before heard among vibrant pine trees and colorful works of art including paintings and poetry inspired by the surrounding Sierra Nevada will be revealed just one hundred steps into the Tahoe National Forest on Sept. 7 and 8.
Welcome to Trail & Vistas’ art hikes, one of a kind guided hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail. The art hikes unite world-class performers and award winning artists with the natural world. And, the result is like no other outdoor experience. More than 60 artists will participate. Each and every attendee is encouraged to slow down, breathe deeply, soak in the cleansing mountain air and listen to the language of nature during the art hikes. Artists include internationally acclaimed Angelika who sings healing chants in ancient Sanskrit and Ian Ethan Case, a musician of the double-neck guitar and African Kalimba, among many others including sculptor and painter Brooke Bishop, poet Jean Fournier and one of the most prolific muralists west of the Mississippi, Susie Alexander.
Expect more than awesome dance performances by InnerRhythms Dance Theater, live storytelling, incredible music, thought-provoking sculpture and magnificent paintings. Unwind, relax and connect to the environment in a new way. Be inspired by all that your senses are experiencing with art in nature.
“We are very excited to bring a depth of talent in dance, art and music from around the world to this magical trail with alpine lakes and glacier boulders,” shares Nancy Tieken Lopez, the founder and co-artistic director of Trails & Vistas, a Truckee-based organization that seeks to create art experiences that inspire environmental awareness. The first art hike was created as Lopez’ thesis project in 1994. After moving to Truckee, she expanded the art hikes to form Trails & Vistas with Elizabeth Archer, executive director of InnerRhythms and co-artistic director of the art hikes. “We believe that the arts transform the human experience, that art is a gift to be shared,” explains Archer.
New for 2013
The forty-piece San Jose Symphony Orchestra will be on the trail for the Saturday art hikes. Music director Michael DiGiacinto’s compositions have been heard in venues throughout the United States and Europe as well as on NPR and PBS. In addition, Trails & Vistas will also host a special 10th anniversary concert at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. The San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra will perform. Additional concert highlights include two extravagant and original performance art pieces plus music by Ian Ethan Case from Boston, MA, Taiko Tsurunokai, a Japanese drum group based in Reno, NV and an opening act by world flutist Ann Licater.
Visit trailsandvistas.org for more information and tickets.