South Lake Tahoe Artist Paints Mural of Sierra Juniper on Blue Dog Pizza in MidTown | South of Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA – Local artist Annie Walker uses her unique and colorful styling technique to create “Sierra Juniper” on the back wall of Blue Dog Pizza in Midtown in South Lake Tahoe.

Blue Dog Pizza in Midtown is located at the intersection of Sierra Blvd. and Lake Tahoe Blvd. The art represents the feelings of rebirth, new beginnings and second chances that many felt after the Caldor fire.

Walker’s style can be vibrant and modern, but it also reflects all the classic beauty around Lake Tahoe. This mural is inspired by the Western Sierra Junipers endemic to the Christmas Valley region and the vibrant Tahoe sunsets that light up the sunset sky.

The piece is also a beautiful tribute to the late co-owner of the building Paul Beran. Paul, who died suddenly last summer, was director of mountain operations at Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort and was a driving force behind the resort’s growth, culture and success, devoting more than 25 years to Sierra. His spirit touched many in this community and the mural will help honor and reflect his legacy.

“Color and texture are important keys to my work”, explains the artist. “I always draw from nature for creative inspiration on canvas or wall murals. Sierra Juniper is a mural depicting the natural wonders surrounding the Tahoe area. The background is inspired by the colors of Tahoe during the ‘golden hour as the sun sets. yellow as the juniper twists into the foreground.’

The goal is to help catalyze more local art here in South Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Art League is managing the process and would like to thank the City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado Community Foundation, Tahoe Women’s Community Fund, and Lake Tahoe Celebrity Golf for helping fund the mural – as well as Kelly Moore Paint, Shelter Building Company, and Mercades Beran, owner of Blue Dog Pizza, and his team for their support in completing this mural.

Tahoe Art is trying to raise funds for more murals in South Lake Tahoe. Mercades and Blue Dog Pizza have graciously announced that they will match donations for future murals received through December 31 up to $4,000. To donate, visit

From Annie Walker: The junipers of the Sierra stand upright through the exposed, sloping granite. The warm twists of the trunk and branches reach high into the sky transforming them into living sculptures. They are one of the toughest trees I have ever seen and are considered one of the oldest trees in the world, with some dating back over 2000 years. Surviving millennia of wind and snow, fires and summer heat waves, they contort into their own unique organic shapes. These trees symbolize the tough and resilient identity of the South Lake Tahoe community. This mural would remind the public of the natural beauty and stability of the environment around them.

South Lake Tahoe became my home two years ago during the pandemic. While pursuing my decade-plus career as a freelance painter and artist, I also immersed myself in the sculpture community at Lake Tahoe Community College and participated in the Sierra Arts Festival in Reno. Paint this mural on Lake Tahoe Blvd. would continue my progression in the artist community and share my work with my fellow citizens and visitors to South Lake. It would be a great honor and opportunity to be part of this project and continue to thrive as an artist.

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