2020 Memorial Lion Heart Art Show

CR Johnson Memorial Lion Heart Art Show Celebrates 10th and Final Year in Downtown Truckee

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CR Johnson was a local Tahoe skier who was an inspiration to many. His infectious spirit and positive attitude were always welcome from the terrain park where he landed the first 1440 ever on skis at the age of 15 to the sets of various ski movies to the Winter X Games. 

In his iconic red, yellow, and green ski outfits, CR Johnson was well recognizable in the skiing world in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, CR passed away from a ski accident at Squaw Valley on February 24, 2010, leaving the ski community in mourning. 

After his passing, the High Fives Foundation and the Johnson family dedicated its rehabilitation center to the late skier, calling it the CR Johnson Healing Center where services are provided for athletes in recovery from outdoor-sports related injuries. Resources include physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, personal training, and more. 

The High Fives Foundation and CR’s sister, local leather artist, Kahlil Johnson, started an annual art show to spread awareness, inspiration, and raise funds in downtown Truckee which has been going strong for a decade. 

This year’s event will be held at Riverside Studios on Feb. 7, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


The Lion Heart Art Show is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s such a great and fun way to gather the Truckee-Tahoe Community to celebrate amazing art while raising money for a cause that is near and dear to all of us – the CR Johnson Healing Center.

said Kahlil Johnson, co-owner of Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee


The general public is more than welcome to attend as the event is free and art is still being accepted to put on display. Local artist participants will showcase mixed media on 12″x12″ panels of wood or sets of 4″x 2’ planks to create masterpieces in any medium. Each piece will be available for purchase, at $100.00 per 12”x12” panel or $200 per set of (4) 4”x 2’ planks, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Following the art show, unsold artwork will remain on the wall of Riverside Studios, available for sale, for the rest of February.

Proceeds from the artwork sold will benefit the CR Johnson Healing Center. 

Event Information:

  • Date: Friday, February 7th, 2020
  • Time: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Riverside Studios (10076 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161)
  • Cost: Free to attend
  • Includes the chance to purchase original art at a great price with proceeds going to the CR Johnson Healing Center. Enjoy great people, food, and beverages.

Email madelina@highfivesfoundation.org for more information.

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