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Nevada Museum Of Art Opens Unique Lake Tahoe Exhibit In Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first major historical art survey of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra's infamous Donner Pass takes an ambitious trip through two centuries, highlighting the roles of Native Americans and railroad barons and the tourists and scientists trying to halt the loss of clarity in the azure waters.

"Tahoe: A Visual History" opened Saturday at the Nevada Museum of Art, featuring more than 400 objects by 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers and sculptors. Arranged chronologically for the most part, it combines culturally and historically significant creations with contemporary works.

"It's a visual encyclopedia of the lake," said William Fox, director of the Reno museum's Center for Art + Environment.

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The project's been in the works for five years, said Ann M. Wolfe, the museum's senior curator/deputy director.