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Fernand Lungren “The Desert Speaks” Exhibit in Los Olivos

Fernand Lungren “The Desert Speaks” Exhibit in Los Olivos

August 2, 2010–If you’re traveling anywhere near Santa Barbara before September 19th, consider detouring to Los Olivos to see works by Fernand Lungren, who’s been called the foremost desert painter of the early 1900s. Lungren, who was a resident of Santa Barbara for much of his life, has been undersung. He mistrusted art dealers and was reluctant to sell his work, so he remained less-known than more self-promoting artists. The show at the Wildling Art Museum should help to fix that. While the colorful deserts of Maynard Dixon or John Hilton may be more instantly accessible, Lungren’s deserts resemble what…

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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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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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Desert Art Center: Clubhouse of the Legends

Desert Art Center: Clubhouse of the Legends

An institution that nurtured generations of Smoketree painters—the Desert Art Center—celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. This is not some moldy shrine to art history; it’s a working co-op gallery in downtown Palm Springs. Located at 550 North Palm Canyon, the center is a warm, light-filled space housed in the old Frances Stevens School. You can go next time you’re in town and see works by contemporary artists while soaking up the vibe of the early giants. The gallery nurtured the All-Stars of desert art including Carl Bray, Wilton McCoy, Darwin Duncan, R. Brownell McGrew, Jimmy Swinnerton, John Hilton, Bill…

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Gary Fillmore Speaks in Palm Desert

Gary Fillmore Speaks in Palm Desert

Gary Fillmore, a well-known authority on Arizona and Western art, comes to Palm Desert on Friday,  April 23rd to speak on the painters Marjorie Reed, John Hilton and Jimmy Swinnerton. All three once lived and painted in the Coachella Valley. Fillmore, owner of the Blue Coyote Gallery in Cave Creek, Arizona (near Phoenix), is the author of an acclaimed biography on Reed “All Aboard: The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed” as well a book on Swinnerton: “Desert Horizons: Images of Jimmy Swinnerton’s Southwest”. Fillmore will be speaking at a location essential to the history of desert art. LG’s Prime…

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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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