Desertscapes, a Celebration of Early Desert Artists in Palm Desert

The City of Palm Desert is joining with organizations Valleywide (including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Living Desert and Edenhurst Gallery) to present Desertscapes, a monthlong celebration of the early desert artists and contemporary artists who are continuing the tradition.

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Painters of the Desert Anniversary

PAINTERS OF THE DESERT ANNIVERSARY–If Desertscapes weren’t enough excitement for one year, 2010 also marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Painters of the Desert”. It’s rare that a single book defines an entire genre of art, but that’s the case here. LA Times newspaperman Ed Ainsworth published this book profiling 13 desert artists in 1960 and it remains the standard text on the topic. Many of the painters were Ainsworth’s personal friends. Ed Ainsworth’s daughter, Sheila Ainsworth Herron, will visit the Coachella Valley during the Desertscapes event in April. Sheila met many of the desert painters herself on…

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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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Carl Bray Notecards

Carl Bray Notecards

The Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation is selling note cards featuring Carl Bray paintings of classic desert scenes. The price is $10 for a box of 5 cards.

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Desert Art Center Paint-Outs and Classes

Desert Art Center Paint-Outs and Classes

The dedicated and talented painter Elaine Mathews leads the Paint-Outs for the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs through May.

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