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Gardnerville artist participates in community art project

by Caryn Haller

Gardnerville textile artist Nancy Ryan has been selected as one of 50 artists in the area to participate in the “Run Salmon Run,” a community art project to benefit the Tahoe Tallac Association.

Ryan’s salmon will showcase at Bert’s Cafe located at 1146 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe beginning Saturday through the end of October.

“I was asked to do it, and I think it’s good PR to get your name out there, and get known in the area as an artist,” the 65-year-old said. “It turned out really good for my first attempt at something like this.”

Ryan spent four weeks creating her two-foot long salmon, decorated totally in fabric and attached to an art quilt depicting a salmon run.

“I used a fabric that had several different colors in it to look like scales,” Ryan said. “I created the quilt in the background to give it the impression the fish was swimming upstream.”

After a friend introduced Ryan to quilting 25 years ago, she hasn’t stopped creating more than 200 wall quilts.

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“My expertise are landscape quilts, but I call them textile art because people think they’re bed quilts and they’re not. They are wall quilts,” Ryan said. “Nature doesn’t make many mistakes, and when I quilt the way I do they turn out looking like paintings.”

Many of her textiles have been showcased in one-women shows, exhibits and galleries winning many awards. Some of her pieces are held in private collections.

Her piece entitled “West Fork of the Carson River” won an honorable mention in the East Fork Gallery’s miniature show recently.

“I’m like the odd man out here because nobody does what I do here,” Ryan said. “Whenever I enter a show I usually win money or a ribbon, so I’m assuming people like them.”

The “Run Salmon Run” project is coordinated by “Made in Lake Tahoe.”

Salmons will be displayed in businesses throughout Lake Tahoe with each item being auctioned at the Valhalla Holiday Faire on Nov. 18.

For more information about Ryan, visit her website at

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