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Saturday night a wide spectrum of the greater Tahoe community came together to help launch the very first Womens Ski Patrol Calendar for Squaw and ALpine Meadows. Braving one of the first winter storms of the season, everyone who came celebrated with these amazing women. Seven of the all star cast featured in the calendar were present signing autographs. In addition, everyone crowded into gallery three to see a brief slide show and presentation by Keoki Flagg, Lynn Gibson from Gallery Keoki, Tom Feiten from Squaw Valley and the Patrollers.
Finally , after a journey of many years ELEMENTAL has been released. Last nights gathering was an amazing celebration. So many wonderful people have played their part in helping this long anticipated creative project come to life. The book has impacted all bringing an unmistakably new paradigm to Gallery Keoki. Sharing this moment with the entire creative team, my family and so many friends makes this path so worth while.
Thank You all! Keoki
This Year’s Squaw Dogs Event was a giant Woof. The welcoming committee were on their paws, and the “Puparrazi” were everywhere. This year the entire team was present and celebrating. From the unveiling of the new 2015 Team photo, to the auctioning off of the one-of-a-kind signed Paw do Print, everyone had a blast and raised some well needed funds for The Squaw Valley Avalanche Rescue Dog & Education Fund. To all the local sponsors who helped support this incredible program – Thank You.
We are very excited to share Keoki’s interview with fellow photographer Karen Hutton. See what inspires these two photographers in this great video!
Sand Harbor took on a bright new look last week as Senator Majority Leader, Harry Reid and The Tahoe fund hosted this year’s Tahoe Summit on it’s shores. An all-star cast including, Governors Jerry Brown and Brian Sandoval, representatives, Dianne Feinstein and Mark Amodei all came out to celebrate Tahoe’s past decade of environmental success. Planet Earth’s champion and renown environmentalist, Al Gore, delivered a fiery key note speech describing in detail many of the planet’s environmental challenges while at the same time sending an unmistakably positive message about our ability to change our future path. He shared scientific data that proves our efforts are paying off and that the past patterns of diminishing visibility have been reversed. Like many in the crowd, I was quite surprised about how much has been accomplished in Tahoe since his last visit with President Clinton over a decade ago… It was a proud moment for so many people and organizations who recognize the preciousness of Tahoe’s crystal waters and the vulnerability of the basin. One by one each speaker spoke with passion and conviction pledging their continued political support and demanding all in the audience to hear the call to action. If we have any hope to sustain the precious ecological balance of Tahoe’s Blue world, we all have to do our part.
What an amazing weekend. Invited to participate in the 108th Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD) and Celebrations my business partner, Lynn Gibson, and I arrived at the Waldorf Astoria in black tie and ceremonial dress with a thousand people from around the world on Saturday night. Both the cocktail hour and post dessert receptions featured exotic menu items ranging from beaver, muskrat, camel, scorpions, earthworms, and more. The silent auction offered incredible adventure trips, a ride in zero gravity and a donation of a communicator and phaser donated by Star Trek’s Gene Roddenberry.
During the night many awards were given to amazing adventurers who reflected deeply on the theme of the night, “Sacred Spaces.” President Alan Nichols proudly announced that this was the very first ECAD to be live streamed as a special call came in from the International Space Station Commander, to congratulate astronauts John Glenn and Chris Carpenter for their President’s Legends Medals. Next up, Erden Eruc received a Citation of Merit for spending 5 years and eleven days circumnavigating the globe in a row boat. The night closed with James Cameron describing ECAD as the Academy Awards for explorers, sharing his passion about carrying the Explorers Club flag to the deepest depths of our planet’s oceans. Throughout the night a kaleidoscope of images was projected onto the grand room’s walls and ceiling showing far away galaxies and disappearing glacial sanctuaries.
Keoki gained perspective while maintaining the camera angle at Golden Retriever eye level at the Annual Black Tie and Tales event at the Ritz Carlton, Northstar on February 16th. The event grows in success each year with this years proceeds breaking all previous records. The highlight is pup and master outfit pairings.