About North Tahoe Arts

North Tahoe Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3)


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 Madeline Bohanon. At that time there was no building, art venues were presented in different sites all around the community. Since then the organization evolved into North Tahoe Arts, becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1990. Our mission is to support the visual arts in the North Tahoe-Truckee communities through exposure, education and participation. We seek to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike by providing quality visual arts programming to people of all ages and artists of all levels.



In 2016 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.

NTA celebrates the commitment of our volunteers 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.

Meet the Board of Directors

Kim Franke


Kim has worked in the interior and furniture design industry in Tahoe for 20 years.  She balances professional interests and artistic pursuits by studying, creating and appreciating art. Kim's many tallents and her creative spirit enriches North Tahoe Arts many programs, gallery exhibits and events.

Jane Jenny

Vice President

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.

Janet Martin


Janet Mees Martin, of Truckee Snowflakes Etc., was born in Casper, Wyoming. She moved to Tahoe in the 60's when her family relocated from Alaska. Janet, finding a joy for Alpine life, settled in Truckee, CA in 1989 where she spent winters with her late husband and children skiing the slopes of the Sierras. Janet was the production engineer for Caribou Mountaineering in 70's. Most people recognize Janet by her original sandblasted windows and doors around the Lake Tahoe region and by the iconic "Truckee Snowflakes," fused glass ornaments inspired by the beauty  of Tahoe.

Leah Rumon


Besides running a busy North Tahoe boutique Hotel, Leah enjoys black and white photography and exploring the Tahoe basin, which has been her home for a decade. Her strong business sense and creativity combine to make her a important asset to the NTA Team.

Heidi Reeves

Gallery and Plein Air 

Heidi has been contributing to North Tahoe Arts for years and here multitude of tallent  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 enthusiam and tallent on our team.

Meet the Staff

Heather Emerson

Executive Director


Heather comes from a background working in Adventure Travel and Tourism. She enjoys creating, teaching and participating in various art forms and mediums. Tahoe captured her heart and imagination over 15 years ago. In that time, she has immersed herself in the Tahoe community, working with non-profits, such as Art for the Schools and Project MANA. Her love of the outdoors, parallels her passion for art and creativity. Lake Tahoe's vibrant communities and natural wonders, have time and again, been her greatest inspiration.

Hope Huber

Program Coordinator,

Office Administration


Hope is a contemporary artist working from a background in environmental sustainability. She is passionate about building a strong community through art. Coming from Auburn, CA, she loves her home in Truckee and spends much of her time outdoors, running, and gaining inspiration from the natural world. 

Laura Churn Hill



Laura is a lampwork artist who indulges in her glass addiction at her home studio in Lake Tahoe. When she's not crunching numbers at NTA, she enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and gardening. 

NTA is actively recruiting new board members.
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email NTA at: info@northtahoearts.com 

North Tahoe Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support the arts in the North Tahoe-Truckee communities through exposure, education and participation.

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380 North Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 581-2787
Mailing Address
PO Box 6354
Tahoe City, CA 96145