Art Detour Show opens at 29 Palms Art Gallery - Reception Sunday, Oct. 5
“Art Detour: Hi-Desert Highlights” opens this week at 29 Palms Art Gallery, with a reception on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 12-3 p.m. at the gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, Twentynine Palms. The exhibition features desert art in all three gallery rooms and will remain on display through Sunday, Nov. 2.
“Art Detour: Hi-Desert Highlights” draws attention to 25 of the most important artists currently working in the Hi-Desert. This exhibition follows in the footsteps of a significant biennial called Desert Diversity, organized by longtime resident Audrey Gillick for the 29 Palms Art Gallery in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The current exhibition, curated by Rhonda Lane Coleman, evolved out of the desire to answer a call from curators, collectors, artists, and other arts professionals seeking a selective presentation of art from the area. Ignoring the invisible lines drawn among local art pockets, the exhibition pulls together a variety of high-level artists who function in disparate arenas – participants in Art Tours, members of the 29 Palms Art Gallery, artists represented by area galleries, others working independently in relative obscurity, and some who are well-known in other areas of the country but work here in isolation.
“Art Detour: Hi-Desert Highlights” hopes to bring awareness to the many amazing artists hidden among the rocks, roads, and vistas of the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. Unknown to the rest of the world, the region from Morongo to Wonder Valley boasts one of the highest concentrations of creatives of any rural area within the United States, and these artists share the landscape with a number of incredibly innovative non-profit organizations, artist residencies, and public art projects.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is one of those important art resources. It is the longest-standing non-profit art space – a veritable mini-art museum – and for over 50 years, this all-volunteer, financially-stable organization has presented the best of the Hi-Desert. The gallery encourages all artists and arts-interested communities in the Morongo Basin to take advantage of the exhibition and education opportunities it has to offer. This year the 29 Palms Art Gallery will be an Information Center during Hwy 62 Art Tours, which takes place over two weekends – Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2. Stop by, pick up an art tours catalogue, and be inspired to seek out new artists.
The 25 artists participating in “Art Detour: Hi-Desert Highlights” are: Cathy Allen, Diane Best, Christopher Bost, Wini Brewer, Bill Brewer, Chuck Caplinger, Shea Cline, Robyn Goudy, David Greene, John Greenfield, Gretchen Grunt, Coco Hall, Ed Keesling, Anne Lear, William Loveless, Tanner McGuire, Tony Milici, Eva Montville, Vann Nguyen, Jenifer Palmer-Lacy, Suzanne Ross, Thyrza Segal, Linda Sibio, Karine Swenson, and Judy Wold.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artists on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive off National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. The gallery and gift shop are open 12 to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call the gallery at (760)367-7819 or visit the gallery’s website at: www.29palmsartgallery.com. # # #