Posts Tagged ‘ Cathedral City ’

Painting of Agnes Pelton’s Mountain Cabin Surfaces

Painting of Agnes Pelton’s Mountain Cabin Surfaces

Mount San Jacinto, above Palm Springs, played a big role in Agnes Pelton’s life and vision. From the porch of her little house in Cathedral City the artist studied and painted the peak, a symbol to her of upward yearnings. At age 60, she moved physically closer to the mountain when she purchased a get-away cabin in the village of Thomas Mountain. For those of you who drive Highway 74 from the desert to Idyllwild, Thomas Mountain is the cluster of cabins on your left as you cross the open “Bonanza”-like plain through Garner Valley. Until now Pelton scholars have…

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Agnes Pelton: Mystic Genius of Cat City

Agnes Pelton: Mystic Genius of Cat City

When returning from a haircut appointment recently, I swung by the former Cathedral City home of the visionary painter Agnes Pelton. She moved out of the house in 1960 and died a year later; today hardly anyone remembers she once lived there. [Editor’s note: This has changed since 2010 when this was written.] Still, I go by now and then just to check on the place. I drove down a narrow lane, braking to avoid semi-stray dogs and abandoned cars, and parked in front of a duplex—an ungainly hybrid of Spanish style and modern additions. Folded laundry heaped on a…

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