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November 19, 2014

Highway 62 Art Tours

It is well known that the desert attracts artists and creative types, and that there is an ever growing arts community in the High Desert of California. This region includes Joshua Tree, Morongo Basin, 29 Palms, and Yucca Valley. The primary access to the arts community is through its art events, but the Hwy 62 open studio Art Tours is different. Two weekends long, the Tours gives visitors a unique opportunity to meet artists in their respective studios and/or homes. What began in 2001 with just 24 participating artists has since grown to 140 artists and 95 studios (some artists share a space). This year the event took place during the nice and cool fall season, on October 25-26 and November 1-2. I went on the first weekend with my parents, who are art lovers, and left with a strong impression of the scale and identity of the High Desert arts community and culture, one that is nurtured and defined by the environment.

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The Morongo Basin, already known as a place that draws creative people, is exploding into a popular destination for artists. Whether it’s the space, the quiet beauty, the ease of lifestyle or one of those magical things that no-one can explain, Joshua Tree and the surrounding areas is having a notable impact on artists and the art they produce. And the artists are returning, bringing their own signature.

Stan Sagers, a local resident, said, “6 years ago nobody knew where Joshua Tree was, and now you hear about the Joshua Tree scene all the time through TV shows and news articles.”

One contributing factor is artist residency programs like the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR), Harrison House Music and Arts Residency, BoxoProject, High Desert Test Sites and The Joshua Tree National Park Residency program. These programs bring artists to the desert, give them a place to stay for a period of time and offer them the space and freedom to work on their own art. Many artists are returning to visit, buy property, get married, and complete new projects.

James Berg and Fredrick Fulmer founders of JTHAR feel very connected to this movement. Many of the fifty artists participating in the residency over the last 8 years have returned.

“Joshua Tree has always been a beacon for artists, but it was more of a local secret for Los Angeles and West Coast artists,” said Berg. “Now it is becoming national and international.” 

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ART IN PUBLIC PLACES EXHIBITION

October 1, 2014 to January 9, 2015

Opening Reception:

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Music by Randy Godfrey

Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Gallery and Chamber of Commerce

760.367.6197

www.visit29.org

Open

10:00am - 4:00pm Monday-Friday

10:00am - 3:00pm Saturday-Sunday

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Kim Stringfellow is becoming a pioneer in her specific brand of art and analysis. Her multi-layered media project, Jackrabbit Homestead—consisting of a book, downloadable audio tour and website—forever altered the scope of possibilities for the examination of a certain place in a certain time.

Stringfellow is a revered Joshua Tree resident, San Diego State University professor of photography and a visionary in research based art endeavors. 2009’s Jackrabbit Homestead chronicled the cryptic tale of the mostly decrepit cabins and shacks built in Joshua Tree’s Morongo Basin during America’s Small Tract Act in the late ‘30s and on.

Now, she is in the beginning stages of venturing out on a new endeavor entitled The Mojave Project, described as a “transmedia documentary exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert.” Here, Stringfellow uses her curiosity and resources to create a dialogue exploring the desert landscape, its inhabitants and its story.

Kimberly Johnson: The varying themes examined in The Mojave Project are as follows: “Desert as Wasteland; Geological Time vs. Human Time; Sacrifice and Exploitation; Danger and Consequence; Space and Perception; Mobility and Movement; Desert as Staging Ground; Transformation and Reinvention." Which theme supplied the most artistic or personal gratification for you to examine? 

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November 1, 2014

HWY 62 Art Tours

Hwy 62 Art Tours is presented by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council.

Description: Hwy 62 Art Tours is an open studio event, a self-guided tour of artists' studios, taking place over 2 weekends throughout the hi-desert. Guests can meet the artists and purchase art directly from the artists in their own working environment. Local artwork is also featured at many shops, galleries, restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals throughout the hi-desert, many of them are also highlighted on the Art Tours. There are special events going on through the Art Tours weekends, celebrating all of the arts including performing arts, writers, youth art, and more.

General Information: Hwy 62 Art Tours takes place over the last weekend of October and first weekend in November each year throughout the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, including Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Landers Pioneertown, Morongo Valley, and more!

Visit hwy62art.org for more information!

Published in Arts Event Calendar
October 25, 2014

HWY 62 Art Tours

Hwy 62 Art Tours is presented by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council.

Description: Hwy 62 Art Tours is an open studio event, a self-guided tour of artists' studios, taking place over 2 weekends throughout the hi-desert. Guests can meet the artists and purchase art directly from the artists in their own working environment. Local artwork is also featured at many shops, galleries, restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals throughout the hi-desert, many of them are also highlighted on the Art Tours. There are special events going on through the Art Tours weekends, celebrating all of the arts including performing arts, writers, youth art, and more.

General Information: Hwy 62 Art Tours takes place over the last weekend of October and first weekend in November each year throughout the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, including Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Landers Pioneertown, Morongo Valley, and more!

Visit hwy62art.org for more information!

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Student Art Show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its annual Student Show during the month of February.

The show features art from Junior High and High School students from across the Morongo Basin. The show will be judged and cash awards given in four categories: Painting, Drawing, Photography and Other.

The 29 Palms Artists' Guild will present a $500 Ada Bigler Scholarship award to the most promising Senior artist and the CMC Foundation will present a $250 scholarship award for a senior who will attend CMC.

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Student Art Show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold its annual Student Show during the month of February.

The show features art from Junior High and High School students from across the Morongo Basin. The show will be judged and cash awards given in four categories: Painting, Drawing, Photography and Other.

The 29 Palms Artists' Guild will present a $500 Ada Bigler Scholarship award to the most promising Senior artist and the CMC Foundation will present a $250 scholarship award for a senior who will attend CMC.

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San Bernardino, CA 92410

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Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
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