Incline Village photographer Bill Cooper will be among 40 artists showcased in the final round of July’s ARTour, a project of North Tahoe Arts that offers the public a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and processes of local artists.

A world traveler, Cooper and his wife, JoAnn Lippert, enjoy capturing the sights, colors, and textures of the places they visit in their photography. The husband and wife team travels extensively on their quest to photograph world cultures. Images like those shown here capture the extraordinary in the day-to-day lives of the people and places they visit.


The couple will be opening their Incline Village studio, Wild Encounters Photography, to the public from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 as part of this open studio event. From Incline Village to Tahoma to historic Truckee, ARTour offers a rare view of the projects and work spaces of both well-established and up-and-coming artists.  

“Only once per year can collectors, connoisseurs, dealers, and art lovers experience such an engaging, behind-the-scenes encounter with professional artists while touring the region by car,” said ARTour Coordinator Carla Beebe. “Using the Tour Guide, you can stitch together an easy-to-navigate driving tour based on your own specific interests.”  

Each day of the tour, all artists will be available to answer questions and share their creative processes. New this year, a demonstration schedule has been added to the Tour Guide featuring 12 artists in such disciplines as painting, woodworking, glass, enamel, and clay.

“New open studio tours are popping up across the country and are fast becoming a favorite travel genre while equally attracting local residents,” Beebe said. “You’ll be inspired, engaged, and occasionally challenged by the art. So, hit the road to meet the artists, witness the process, and see where local art is created. This is an experience you will never forget.”

For the guide, map, and a schedule of demonstrations, visit


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