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29 Palms Art Gallery News & Events

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

new See our 2015-2016 Call for Exhibitions page: (Here)
May 18, 2015: Deadline for applications

Notice: Art Auction has been postponed until spring 2016!

March 30: In/Out Monday, 9:30-11, Annual Members Show (Rules)
April 12: Reception & Awards Sunday, 12-3, Members Show

April 15: Plein-Air Watercolor Class, Wednesday, 9 a.m.

April 18: Recycled Assemblage Youth Class, Saturday, 9 a.m.

April 25: Annual Membership Meeting: Saturday, 10 a.m.

March 2015 - Chuck Caplinger, Vann Nguyen, Guild Members

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will open its March exhibition with a reception on Sunday, March 1, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the gallery. Featured this month are Chuck Caplinger’s desert paintings, Big Skies, and Vann Nguyen’s abstracts, Distant Horizons, and Artists’ Guild works.
Chuck Caplinger is a distinguished artist and a significant leader in the desert art community. The 29 Palms Art Gallery is honored to debut his most recent series of paintings, Big Skies, inspired by the hi-desert’s panoramic beauty – from sunny days to dramatic stormy skies and phenomenal sunsets. Well known for his oil paintings of desert landscapes, wildlife, as well as portraits and murals, Caplinger’s professional art career began in the 1960s as an illustrator and art director and his prolific work has taken him from one side of the country to the other. In 1997, he made Twentynine Palms his home and states, “Living and working in southern California’s Mojave Desert offers up a daily dose of endless love and inspiration, and sharing the results of my artistic expressions makes the experience even more special.”
     Vann Nguyen’s Distant Horizons offers a wonderfully contrasting perspective of hybrid imaginary constructions, occupations of architecture and landscape made up of digital images on fabric, acrylic, spray paint and portions wiped away by bleach. His work, influenced by modernist abstraction and American minimalism, parallels his experience of straddling the worlds of architecture, design and art. The processes and visual language of siting, diagramming, planning and construction play an important role in the work. Meanwhile the layering and transparencies of forms, lines, images and materials create artificial worlds of the man-made and the natural. Meanwhile. Born in Nha Trang Vietnam, Nguyen grew up in New Orleans and now splits his time between Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Morongo Valley and the desert art community.
     New works by 29 Palms Art Gallery Guild Members will be on display in the Pickering Room. Guild Members are invited to submit up to two artworks on In/Out Day when there are designated Members Exhibitions. If you are interested in participating, please check the Exhibition Schedule available online or in print and become a member today.
     The March exhibition will remain on display at the gallery through March 29.  The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive at National Park Drive and is open 12 to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For directions or more information about the March 1 reception or upcoming art classes, 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
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.

OPEN 12 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday  (September through May)
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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