Art At The Airport
About the Featured Artists:
Truckee Tahoe Airport Regional Art Exhibit / January 23 - April 23, 2018
Keoki Flagg is a world renowned fine art and extreme sports photographer based in Squaw Valley. Born in Hawaii, Keoki developed a lust for world travel in his childhood and this has been a major force in his award winning photographic career. Documenting the experience is not enough for Keoki, he aims to capture the emotion and magic of the moment. The images in this exhibit are also available in many other sizes. Learn more about Keoki and his vast portfolio by visiting www.gallerykeoki.com or stop by his gallery in the Village at Squaw Valley.
Mike Rousana Garrett (pronounced Meeka) is a Truckee painter of Indonesian descent, and she describes herself as a natural born artist. “I ponder upon, search, and discover ideas. Those ideas I put into something visual like my paintings. That’s how I did it. That’s how it works.” In addition to working on canvas boards, Mike also paints murals, glasses, and canvas shoes. Learn more about Mike at www.rouz-art-usa.com.
Renee Koijane has been oil painting since 1990, and has attended classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and Chicago’s Lill Street School. Originally from upstate New York, Renee now lives on the west shore of Lake Tahoe with her husband, raising two boys and making time for her art. This collection of paintings is inspired by historical figures, nature, and Americana. Also, Renee is a founder of SirenArts in Tahoe City. Learn more about Renee at www.reneekoijaneart.com.
Carole Sesko is a Truckee-based artist working in mixed media. Trained in design as well as art, Carole graduated from UC Davis and Simon’s Rock College. Balancing composition, form, texture, color, and iridescence to create a unified whole, her work is process-driven, inspired by music, and by studying our geographical environment. See more of Carole’s art at www.carolesesko.com.
If you would like to purchase an artwork, please remove the artwork’s identifying tag from the wall and bring it upstairs to Airport Operations. You may pay for the artwork there, and take the artwork with you. If you need special delivery or shipping, please provide your contact information to Airport Operations. The artist will then contact you directly to make arrangements. Thank you!
About TRK's Art Coordinator and Art Displays:
Walk into the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s main terminal building, and you’ll immediately notice the captivating, eclectic and inspiring artwork hanging on its walls.
“Art At The Airport”, a program now in its fifth year, was developed by local Truckee resident and artist, Carole Sesko. As coordinator and curator, Carole creatively designs the exhibit displays featuring local and regional artists. The artwork not only adds color and intrigue to the building, but also gives artists the opportunity to showcase and even sell their artwork.
The exhibits change seasonally, enhancing the airport terminal with 25-30 new displays of paintings, mosaics, photography and more. The artwork gets great exposure with all the terminal traffic; from people departing or arriving on flights, to those attending functions in the meeting rooms or from folks just stopping by to enjoy a great meal and good company at the ever popular Red Truck Café, (Mon -Sat 9-3).
“Ninety percent of our artists are local or regional. Once in a while, we’ll add art from out of the area to expose the community to a new artist. We’ve featured artists from Boston to Berkeley,” said Sesko.
Carole approached the Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board of Directors with the “Art At The Airport” proposal back in 2011 when the new terminal building was just under construction. “For us it’s a great way to provide additional benefit and value to the greater community, and it fills our walls with beautiful art,” said Kevin Smith, General Manager of the airport. “It’s been very successful; we’ve received a lot of positive public comment and we want it to continue indefinitely.”
The “Art At The Airport” program is mutually beneficial, both for the artists to exhibit their work in a clean, bright, well trafficked venue and for the community to be exposed to talent and the vast array of quality artwork found in our region. In the last four years, Sesko said she’s received a lot of positive feedback from the program and feels the exposure has expanded interest and inspiration in our local artists.
In both 2015 & 2016, Sesko attended AAAE’s (American Association of Airport Executives) “Art At The Airport” conferences in Dallas, Texas and Minneapolis, St. Paul to learn how other airports were integrating art into their terminals and other spaces. “I met public art specialists and curators from around the country, mostly from larger airports such as Dallas Fort Worth, LAX, Chicago O’Hare, etc... Truckee Tahoe was one of the smallest airports represented. I was pleased to realize that our public art program is progressive, and we have advantages in our smaller sized airport. There are many ways to enhance the visitors experience at the airport and communicate our unique regional identity through the use of public art,” Sesko said.
If you are an artist and are interested in having your work considered for a future exhibit at Truckee Tahoe Airport, please contact Carole at: email@example.com, or leave a message for her at the airport UNICOM Customer Service desk upstairs in the main terminal building. Come visit us at the Truckee Tahoe Airport and don’t forget to take a few moments to enjoy the impressive views, both on the walls and out the windows!