Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition Dec. 5-7, 2014
The second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be celebrated on Dec. 5, 6 & 7, 2014, in Twentynine Palms, CA. Events will take place at a variety of venues in the Oasis of Mara area, located south of 29 Palms Highway on National Park Drive, adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters.
A gala opening reception will kick off the event on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, with wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and awards for the 2014 juried art exhibition, which features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park. A total of 53 artists were selected for this year’s exhibition from destinations as far away as New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, and Berlin, Germany, and from 28 cities throughout California, including Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Yucca Valley. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, art exposition festivities will continue at various venues in the Oasis of Mara. Admission is free, and activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
More than 25 artist booths on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn will be a highlight of the weekend, along with music by local musicians and BBQ by Bruce’s Coyote Café. The booths will feature ceramics, fabric art, jewelry, beadwork, photography, sculpture, paintings, fine art prints, and creative works for sale by artists in the exhibition as well as other local artists.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery will be open both days for viewing the juried art exhibition and for free art classes for youth and adults offered by artists Darlene Morris, Art Mortimer, and Thyrza Segal. Art demonstrations will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday afternoon by Gretchen Grunt and Doug Whitfield at the 29 Palms Creative Center, and historical exhibits will be on display at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
The park’s Oasis Visitor Center will be open, and National Park Service staff will lead interpretive walks in the Oasis of Mara. Saturday highlights include a Photography Walk with Mike Buchheit of Grand Canyon Field Institute, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and a “Walk with the Superintendent” on the Oasis Trail at 1:00 p.m., conducted by Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith.
Special lectures and NPS talks are also planned for the tent at the 29 Palms Inn, including a history of Joshua Tree National Park by noted historian and author Lary M. Dilsaver.
For more information, directions, and a complete schedule of events for Dec. 5, 6 and 7, visit the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts website at www.jtnparts.org.
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