And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
We view the New Year as a time for review and making new plans. We resolve to live a better life. The desert is always changing; the strong winds bring much more than tumbleweeds--of which we have a fair share!
As a "long time" resident who drifted here for a teaching career two decades ago, the emergence of a strong arts community has been most notable. Artist have been drawn here for years. In the last decade a caravan of musicians, actors, conservationists, artists of every type have migrated to the dry, windblown but enchanting "colony" that is the Joshua Tree National Park gateway community.
If you visit, you will find a haven of Airbnb's, open vistas and surprisingly for January--lots of sunshine! (if the crazy weather of 2015 does not change this) Yes - change is in the air. JTAG Joshua Tree Art Gallery which has traditionally featured work by artist in the collective, will show the works of three women visual artists. Lucid Stead, a unique installation that appeared in North Joshua Tree three winters ago, is now only the skeleton of a homestead- that was the original inspiration for
Phillip K Smith III. Second Saturdays Artcrawls in Joshua Tree are awaited events. Occasionally, The Station hosts a trendy affair or community gathering.
Whatever you find...proceed with creativity- artists at play! (see sign below which leads from the 29 Palms Inn to the 29 Palms Creative Center)
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writer, artist, observer, social commentator. I arrived to the Hi Desert 3 decades ago - to enter my chosen field. At the time, I saw the vast horizon as the end of the world. Now, I see it as the beginning of creativity.