From this painter’s perspective, desert spring brings a renaissance of creativity. This year’s superbloom and April awakening is spectacular.
The hi desert boasts a variety of art forms from many artists. Last weekend’s Joshua Treenial lasted three days at multiple sites and included installations, light projections, sculpture, film and more – a contemplative contemporary complement to the desert landscape.
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery in Wonder Valley-an installation itself on an acre of open land with uninterrupted vistas, features a joyful April exhibit: monsters on yupo (plastic paper) by Marjorie Franklin and clay shell and cactus sculptures by Ann Chevrefils.
Local galleries have new exhibits: Gallery 62, Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG), 29 Palms Art Gallery, Taylor Junction. Hwy 62 Art Tours just completed registration of 130 artists for the fall open studio art tour in October and promises another wonderful autumnal art experience.
Some (even more) unique venues include the Mojave Pot(tery) Shop and Llama Rescue on the Yucca Valley Mesa, studio of Snake Jagger in Morongo Valley, and Chuck Caplinger's Desert Art Studio in 29 Palms (available by appointment). Don’t miss East Joshua Tree galleries and shops. The Joshua Tree National Park Desert Institute offers a vast playground and classes.
Music, theater, local festivals abound for curious and creative visitors, hikers, painters and photographers. Attractions include the Joshua Tree Music Festivals in May and October, the Orchid Festival in October (orchids grow in one of the countries’ largest greenhouses at Gubler Orchids-open year round), Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (year-round) and local historical societies offer programs.
My current work? Inspired by the fields of yellow brittlebush, pops of orange mallow, red Indian paintbrush and blue lupine. And the ocotillos will bloom soon!
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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.