Museum Exhibits

Celebrate Lora Woodhead Steere, a Pioneer of Idyllwild Arts

Celebrate Lora Woodhead Steere, a Pioneer of Idyllwild Arts

Lora Woodhead Steere was only a baby in 1890 when she first rode a wagon into Strawberry Valley in the San Jacinto mountains. In 1946 she met Max Krone, who was founding a new school in Idyllwild, and Steere went on to teach the very first class at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (now the Idyllwild Arts Academy). Steere taught for 16 years at the influential academy without ever accepting a paycheck. Steere was an acclaimed sculptor and also a paleontologist and naturalist. (A background in natural sciences seems to be a plus for any artist.) Steere’s…

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CV History Museum Auctions Art

CV History Museum Auctions Art

Before the Coachella Valley History Museum moved their archives into a new building, the basement of the Smiley-Tyler adobe held a tantalizing stash of early desert paintings that had been donated to the museum over its 25 years in existence. The Indio Museum also has been given paintings by contemporary painters from the region.  An assortment of these early and recent paintings will be for sale on Saturday, May 15th. Early artists included are Carl Bray, Margaret Hunter and Freda Marshall. Marshall, a friend of aviator Jacqueline Cochran, painted on date boxes and gave the young Carl Bray his first…

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Painting World War II: The California Watercolor Artists

Painting World War II: The California Watercolor Artists

The California Water Color Society was an important presence in American art in the 1930s through 1970s. The painters had been perfecting their abilities to document everyday life when World War II came along. Their medium was portable, cheap and immediate—well-suited to capturing the war domestically and on the front lines. Life magazine commissioned some of the artists—among them, Barse Miller, Paul Sample, and Fletcher Martin—to depict preparations for conflict. Now, for the first time, The Oceanside Museum of Art has collected World War II watercolors by California artists. The exhibit–Painting World War II—is curated by Glen Knowles, an art…

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Faces of the Frontier in San Diego

Faces of the Frontier in San Diego

A photo exhibit at the San Diego History Center through June 6th explores themes important to the development of art in the Coachella Valley, including the coming of the railroad and the exploits of surveyors  who first captured the desert on film and canvas. Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924, is a traveling exhibit curated by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This is your only chance to see the exhibit in the West. Included are more than 100 photographs of figures like Sitting Bull, Kit Carson, Jesse James, Geronimo, Annie Oakley and Brigham Young, some…

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Smoketree Painters Included in Grand Canyon Exhibit

Smoketree Painters Included in Grand Canyon Exhibit

The Blue Coyote Gallery (Gary Fillmore’s gallery in Cave Creek, Arizona) and the Grand Canyon Association collaborate to present Canyon Magic, an artistic appreciation of “the world’s best known chasm”, now through June 10, 2010. The show is at the historic Kolb Studios on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The studio, dating to 1904, was home to the river-rafting photographers, brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb. Canyon Magic will appeal to readers of California Desert Art because many of “our” painters also ventured to the Grand Canyon—Paul Grimm, Edgar Payne, John Hilton, Hanson Puthuff and Jimmy Swinnerton, among…

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North Shore Salton Sea Artists Get Exhibit

Ed Ainsworth (see previous post) was the ringleader of a small arts colony on the North Shore of the Salton Sea.

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The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed

The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed

Gary Fillmore, owner of the Blue Coyote Gallery near Phoenix, has helped to assemble a show of traditional and contemporary landscape artists of the West.

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