Posts Tagged ‘ Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation ’

Carl Bray: Rare Images and a New Exhibit

Carl Bray: Rare Images and a New Exhibit

The Historical Society of Palm Desert is opening an exhibit of Carl Bray’s last paintings, along with a display of memorabilia from his studio loaned by the Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation. The opening reception is Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 11 am to 1 pm. For information, see www.hspd.org. A folk hero to desert art lovers, Bray died on July 23, 2011 at age 94. At his memorial service in Banning, his children showed a slide show of his life as a railroadman, father, fisherman, inventor, bridge-builder, humanitarian, artist and Indian Wells homesteader. For those who didn’t attend, you’ll…

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Save the Carl Bray Gallery; Submit a Comment by July 19th

Save the Carl Bray Gallery; Submit a Comment by July 19th

The most significant brick-and-mortar monument to the Smoketree School of desert painters is the Carl Bray home and gallery in Indian Wells, Calif. As well as being the last remaining scrap of the original village of Indian Wells, Bray’s gallery was home to the original Smoketree painter himself, a man who knew Fred Chisnall, Maynard Dixon, R. Brownell McGrew and many of the original desert artists. At age 93, Carl Bray still lives and paints in nearby Banning, California. The City of Indian Wells has been trying to tear down Bray’s home for years (even while he was still living…

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