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See our 2014-2015 Exhibition Schedule for 29 Palms Art Gallery

See new Board of Directors announced on Membership page!

The Summer Show ~ May 28 to July 26, 2015


April 2015 - Guild Members Show Awards

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 13, 2015 – Members Show Winners at 29 Palms Art Gallery

Award winners in the annual Artists’ Guild Members Juried Exhibition at 29 Palms Art Gallery were announced at a reception on Sunday, April 12, at the gallery. Fifteen artists were honored for their work in the annual Members Show, which was judged this year by Park Ranger Caryn Davidson, Artist-In-Residence Liaison for Joshua Tree National Park.
      In the Photography category, first place went to Bill Dahl for “Covington Flats,” second place went to Michael Faitl for “Out of this World,” and third place went to Ray Yeager for “Future Past.” Honorable Mention was given to Matthew Hall for his “Sunset” photograph.
     In the Paintings category, Esther Shaw of Yucca Valley received a first place award for “Smoke Tree.” Vann Nguyen received second place for “Scaffold” and Tobi Toboada received third place for “Chauvet.” Honorable Mention went to Chuck Caplinger of Twentynine Palms for his oil painting “Palms at Dusk.”
      For Works on Paper, Twentynine Palms resident Mark Spangenberg received a first place award for his hand-made ink creation “Monument.” Second place was given to Noreen Lawlor for “Luanna’s Rocks” and third place went to C.E. Barksdale for “Jump.”
      The Other category, which contained sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media, had four award winners. Nichole Vikdal of Yucca Valley received first place for “Waterfalls.” Joshua Tree residents were given second and third place honors, Eva Montville second for “New Lifeforms” and Cheryl Kandel third for “Shadow Tree.” Honorable Mention went to Cathy Allen of Wonder Valley for “Wonder Wire.”
      The Members exhibition will remain on display at the gallery through April 26 and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m.
      The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive at National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms. For directions or more information, call the gallery at (760) 367-7819 or visit the gallery’s website at: # # #

February 2015 - Students’ Art Show Awards

The 29 Palms Art Gallery hosted an awards reception on Sunday, Feb. 1, for the annual Students Art Show, a juried art exhibition open to junior and senior high school students of the Morongo Basin.  Cathy Allen of Copper Mountain College Art Department was the judge for this year’s student show, which features 145 works of art by local budding artists in photography, painting, watercolor, drawing, and mixed media. The show will remain on display at the gallery through Feb. 22.
     A highlight of the annual event is the $500 Ada Bigler Award, presented in memory of the late artist and Guild member to a high school senior whose talent shows outstanding artistic merit and potential. This year’s recipient of the scholarship award was Cheyene Hernandez of Krista Wargo’s senior class at Yucca Valley High School for her tempera painting “Apple of My Eye.”
     Nic Hopton, another of Ms. Wargo’s students at Yucca Valley High School, was awarded the $250 Copper Mountain College scholarship prize for his tempera painting “The Trap House.”
     Yucca Valley High School students won all four awards in the Painting category: Sydney Rieman won first place for a tempera painting “Sunlight”; Lily Naylor second place for her “Nightmares” watercolor; Emmie Partridge third place for “Crimson” salt and acrylic work; and Nic Hopton an honorable mention for “The Trap House” tempera painting.
Twentynine Palms High School students of Mr. Howes’ classes dominated the Photography category, with first place going to Kamaljot Singh for “The Golden Apple,” second place to River Smith for “Gentle Shadow,” and third place to Megan Pinilla for “Butterfly.”
     In the Drawing category, three of four awards went to Yucca Valley High School students: Gabriella Romero first place for “Flying Fireworks” pastel, Matthew Carr second place for “Planet X” pencil drawing, and Arturo Reyes honorable mention for “Texture Lines” pen and ink. Third place went to Jessy Dickerson of Hope Academy for a charcoal titled “Young Tarzan.”
     In the Other category, Christopher Falossi, an ICE West student, won first place for a limestone sculpture titled “Chuckwalla.” Second place went to Michael Yando for a “Self Portrait” digital work, and third place was awarded to Matthew Wiederhold for his print “Linkin Park”; both students of Ms. Morales at Hope Academy. Honorable mention was given to Markie Rauschenberg of Yucca Valley High School for a mixed media piece, “Bleu.”  # # #

Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition ~ Juried Art Exhibition -- 2014 ARTIST AWARDS:
Artist of Distinction Award: Chuck Caplinger, Twentynine Palms, CA
Artist-In-Residence Award: Claudia Bucher, Los Angeles, CA
Superintendent’s Award: Howard Spector, South Pasadena, CA
Stephen Willard Award: Greg Lucker, Wildomar, CA
Minerva Hoyt Award: Kim Zarney, Cleveland, OH
Honorable Mention: Don Chambers, Redlands, CA
Honorable Mention: Vann Nguyen, Sacramento, CA

Special Events 2014-2015

Season Opening Reception
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 (12-3 p.m.)
Rise and Shine! Volunteer Appreciation
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 (8-10 a.m.)
Chili Dinner—Pioneer Days
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  (5–8 p.m.)
Hwy 62 Art Tours Weekend - East End
Sat.-Sun. Oct. 25-26, 2014  (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Holiday Art & Crafts Fair
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014  (9 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 (5-8 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 (10-4 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 (10-3 p.m.)
Special Meeting (Election Nominations)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (6:00 p.m.)
Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 25, 2015  (10:00 a.m.) + Potluck

Spring Art Auction
Postponed to
March 2016  (5-9 p.m.) (Date TBA)


The Luminators & Friends entertain guests at Pioneer Days Chili Dinner 2013.


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Artist Susan Madsen wins the People’s Choice Award in the Members Show 2013.

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Summer Hours: 12 to 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday  (June, July, August)
Twentynine Palms Art Gallery
74055 Cottonwood Drive (off National Park Drive)
P.O. Box 115, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-7819



Guests at opening reception for Summer Show 2012 that featured 96 works of art!


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