Since December, Truckee resident Carole Sesko has been helping promote art at The Rock, and exhibiting at their gallery where she is the Artist-in-Residence. Located at 11209 Brockway Road, Truckee, off Highway 267, the gallery can be found in Suite 101, near FiftyFifty Brewing Company. In this modern spacious facility, Sesko is presenting a solo exhibit of her contemporary large-scaled art works, mixed with smaller sculpture and functional art pieces. Inspired by the great acoustics of the room, Sesko has featured a series of Wednesday night performances, which mix ‘art and culture, Truckee style.’ Moonshine Ink caught up with Carole Sesko for this interview:

Moonshine Ink: What has been the most meaningful part of the experience of being at The Rock?
Carole Sesko: I’m grateful to The Rock for extending this opportunity to me. Personally, I’ve learned a lot by working with this large space. This has been my first opportunity to view this collection of artwork as a cohesive body and to study the way the pieces interact with each other. This has inspired new ideas that I’m eager to work on next. Also, I’ve enjoyed sharing this exhibit with the public, talking about the creative process, and getting their input.

MI: Why (or perhaps when) is retail space important for artists?
CS: I have huge respect for the artists who have made this leap, because it takes so much dedication and commitment. A lot of artists enjoy the creative freedom of their work, but turning art into a retail business involves investment, strategy, and an unyielding schedule. I think an artist who is considering retail has to ask themselves what is more important to them: art for art’s sake or business for business sake?

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MI: You’ve hosted a couple of evenings of art and culture at the gallery. Tell us a little bit about those events.
CS: To date, we’ve held five cultural nights in the gallery: June Saraceno reading from her poetry book, ‘Altars of Ordinary Light,’ an intimate concert with guitarist Ian Case, a night of original poetry by Karen Terrey, Krista Benjamin, and Ann Keniston, a presidential campaign stop by 19th century superstar Horace Greeley (aka David Fenimore), and cowboy poetry with Dan Seaborg.  I’ve invited performers who I consider to be among our ‘regional treasures,’ a concept I learned about from studying Japan. The Japanese highly value their artists and performers, referring to them as their ‘national treasures.’ Bringing that concept to North Tahoe /Truckee, we have a wealth of dedicated and talented people who deserve more local exposure. All the events were well attended and everyone had a great time.

MI: What memory stands out in your time at the Rock?
CS: Looking out at the smiles in the crowd while these artists were performing made me feel very happy. Each night was fabulous and unique.

MI: What does North Tahoe/ Truckee need to do to support art and culture?
CS: With the uncertain state of the economy, I think it’s important to keep our focus positive, resourceful, and aware of our potential. A simple yet effective way to support art is to continue to help nurture artists: provide encouragement, feedback, and attention. Our arts organizations are wrestling with the economic downturn and deserve more of our support. Communities that promote the arts when they are looking to redevelop their economy find the arts pay off in increased tourism and enhanced quality of life.

MI: Where do you see yourself in two years?
CS: While there’s value in making plans, I like to be flexible in picturing outcomes. I don’t think we should limit ourselves. Whatever I’m doing I hope it’s creative, original, and somehow helps or inspires others.

Meet Carole Sesko at the gallery at The Rock, Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m., or most days by appointment. Call 530-412-0639 or visit carolesesko.com.

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