The Sierra Artists Network was established in North Tahoe in 1985 as a means for local artists to meet, network and gather together to sell their art. The original group consisted of 7 members including founder Madeline Bohanon. The organization has since evolved into North Tahoe Arts, becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1990. Our mission is to increase community exposure and access to the arts in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. We invite the public to view and participate in the arts through exhibits, workshops, camps, and special events that take place at our Tahoe City Artisan shop and (soon to be) new King's Beach Art Center opening June 17, 2022.
NTA is supported by a network of volunteers who run our programs and artisan shops and the generous support of our members and donors. You can support NTA through membership or donations at anytime. Donations and membership fees directly support all of North Tahoe Arts' programs and general operating expenses.
Current updates: In 2019 NTA served over 18,258 people through our eight visual art programs. This total number served includes 270 children through our youth art programs and more than 220 local and regional artists through professional development, mentoring, art sales, artist networking and teaching opportunities.
From 2020-2021 NTA survived a challenging year as the world changed vastly. Our generous network of artists ran programs entirely on a volunteer basis.
In 2022 NTA hired a brand new Executive Director, and is gearing up to open our second location, the North Tahoe Arts Center, in King's Beach on June 17.
Meet the Board of Directors
Jane is a multi-dimensional artist, award winning house designer, teacher and past president of the non-profit art organization Side Street Projects in Los Angeles. Jane earned her MFA in 1999. Jane is a true patron of the arts and supports important NTA programs such as Kids Art Camp and our annual fundraiser, Monet's Table.
Niki Aaron is a resident of north Lake Tahoe. She is the founder of Live a Tahoe Day, an apparel and gift merchandise company based in Tahoe. Niki also co-founded a nonprofit art research organization dedicated to researching the life’s work of the impressionist artist Dawson Dawson-Watson. To document the research, Niki is co-writing the catalogue raisonné for Dawson-Watson. She has 24 years of leadership experience serving on nonprofit, art and HOA boards.
Heidi has been contributing to North Tahoe Arts for years and here multitude of talent and dedication shines true for Tahoe art community. Heidi is a prize winning Pastel artist and excels at various mediums. She also hosts the Bi-Monthly Gathering of Artists, as well as teaches classes here at NTA. We are more than thrilled to have her enthusiasm and talent on our team.
Pam joined NTA as a glass artist in the ARTisan Shop in 2007. She grew up in LA and lived many years in the Bay Area. After earning an MBA she worked in marketing and program management for several large high tech companies before moving to Reno in 1990. She has served on several nonprofit boards and is passionate about helping NTA thrive as a cultural and artistic hub in North Tahoe/Truckee area.
Kids Camp Co-Director
As a teacher of art, Laura Homen is always excited to share her philosophy. She believes it is as much about the process as it is about the product. Art makes us feel good, whether we are making it, looking at it, buying it or giving it away. We need to feel good about art. Laura has been a credentialed teacher for over 40 years, earning her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Foundations in Education. She was an art docent/teacher in the public schools for 27 years. Her enthusiasm for art and love of learning is obvious when you visit North Tahoe Arts Kid’s Art Camp where she shines while working with our “budding artists”.
Shop Artist Liason
Bio coming soon!
Meet the Staff
Le'a Gleason is a creative writer, journalist, and performer passionate about fostering community connections. With a professional background in marketing, communications, and event planning, her aim is to steer North Tahoe Arts to make a stronger community impact and expand its programs to further reach our community members. Her experience working for nonprofits for over 10 years has taught her the potential for large scale community impact that is possible when people creatively work together to brainstorm new and innovative ideas.
Carolyn Stark is the key backbone to North Tahoe Arts, keeping our finances in order and taking care of so much more! More on Carolyn coming soon...