Interview with Gallery Keoki
If you’ve ever seen the high-res, glossy and gorgeous photo of the Squaw Avalanche dogs sitting on a ski lift, you’ve experienced the work of Keoki Flagg. His career, which has spanned three decades, has taken him to all 7 continents. His work has graced covers of big-name magazines like Nat Geo Travel, Sunset, and Men’s Journal. He has won international awards, like the Captain John Noel award and KT Award, for his fine art photography. Now, Keoki calls Tahoe home and has kept his career inspired by the iconic vistas we all know and love.
Keoki moved to the area in 1989. The mountains drew him in, but the community is what sold him on living in Truckee/Tahoe full-time. To this day, his favorite thing about running his business, Gallery Keoki, is, “being part of an amazing community!” The gallery, located in Squaw Valley, just celebrated its 20-year anniversary. Its walls are filled with the beautiful works of Keoki. Visitors walk around in awe. “Seeing our clients reaction when we install an art piece... it's like nothing they have ever seen before.” Co-owner Lynn Gibson says. “[We love] watching young kids look at the art and dream - big!”
With a lengthy list of five-star reviews decorating the Gallery Keoki Facebook page, it’s easy to see that people not only dig the artwork, but that they are moved and inspired by it. So, what makes Keoki’s work so special?
Gibson describes the process behind each photo. An initial vetting process ensures that each photo is “an original, iconic, emotional, timeless statement.” The photos are then processed in a very special way, by using “the highest quality, state-of-the-art photographic emulsion on light responsive paper.” Finally, the photos are bonded to optical acrylic creating, what Gibson calls “a window to the world viewing effect.”
Keoki’s love for Tahoe is evident through his art and through his involvement in 25 local charities, including the Squaw Valley Institute and Gibson’s involvement with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. Tahoe is everything to them. “We can work, ski, hike, boat, bike and participate in community services all in the same day.” Explains Gibson. “We enjoy meeting visitors from all over the world, becoming friends while they are here, and often keeping in touch with them for years.”
Quick Fire Questions:
What is your favorite activity in Truckee/Tahoe?
Winter time: skiing at Squaw Valley! Summer time: boating and camping on the Lake.
Where is your go-to place to relax?
Hiking to a vista where I can sit on a rock and see the Lake.
Where is your favorite spot to grab a cocktail or bite to eat?
Beach bum or Snow bum?
Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?
Greeting customers at our Gallery in Squaw Valley.
Truckee is growing so quickly! What are you most excited about in this new development?
A unified look, strong sense of place, better traffic flow and free parking for events and shopping.