LTCC, Local Artist Hosting Caldor Fire Dedication in Haldan Gallery

August 3, 2022

a charcoal drawing of a Tahoe forest, entitled The Quickening, by Shelley ZentnerLake Tahoe Community College and local artist Shelley Zentner are partnering to host a one-year anniversary recognition and dedication ceremony for the Caldor Fire in LTCC’s Haldan Art Gallery. The public is very welcome to attend on Wednesday, August 17 from 5pm-7pm in the library building on LTCC’s campus.

LTCC Art Department staff will join Zentner, college leadership, City of South Lake Tahoe officials, and local fire personnel to mark the one-year anniversary since the Caldor Fire ignited in nearby Grizzly Flats, eventually reaching South Lake Tahoe and resulting in more than 221,000 acres burned and over 1,000 structures destroyed.

The event will also serve as a closing reception for Zentner’s solo art exhibit in the Haldan, entitled “Call & Response: Visions of the Forest After Wildfire.” The exhibit is made up of drawings and oil paintings created with charcoal collected from the fire. Read more about Zentner and this exhibit of work on her website. More information can also be found on LTCC's Art Galleries website.

"It is an honor to dedicate this collection of work to the firefighters and all first responders who helped save our homes, town and forest,” said Zentner. "I'm also deeply grateful to the press, online media, and local officials for keeping us all appraised of the situation as it unfolded. That communication was a lifeline for us all."

Zentner added, "During these challenging times, community and creativity are more important than ever. By gathering charcoal from the Caldor Fire and making drawings that express hope without burying the truth of what happened, my intention is to show that there is light even in the darkest times."

This exhibit of work will be open to the public through September 2, 2022. Haldan Art Gallery hours are: Mondays 1pm-6pm; Tuesdays 11am-3pm; Wednesdays 1pm-6pm; and Thursdays 11am-3pm. The art gallery is closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.