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Goodbye to Carl Bray

Goodbye to Carl Bray

Smoketree artist Carl Bray died in Banning on July 23, 2011, at age 94, after a brief illness. Carl had been working on new paintings up until two months ago. He took an annual vacation to Missouri with family members and declined quickly upon his return. His death ends one of the great David and Goliath battles in California art history. For decades the City of Indian Wells tried to tear down his hand-built home and gallery on Highway 111. Carl held off the rich and powerful city with sheer determination not to be run off. After he moved away…

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Indian Wells Destroys a Cherished Link to California Art

Indian Wells Destroys a Cherished Link to California Art

November 21, 2010–Anyone driving down Highway 111 last week saw that the long-dreaded demolition of the Carl Bray Gallery has begun. A crew first tore off the roof that the artist had painstakingly reinforced with steel beams salvaged from the Indio railroad yards where he worked. By Friday, the 18-foot fireplace—made with stones from Berdoo canyon as well as favorites from the Bray kids’ rock collections–was exposed to view. The Indian Wells City Council voted to destroy the last trace of the town’s original village despite an outpouring of public dismay and the findings of an official environmental review saying…

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Carl Bray Gallery is Lost

Carl Bray Gallery is Lost

August 23rd, 2010–On August 19th the Indian Wells City Council decided unanimously to trash the Carl Bray home and gallery, despite months of public pleas to save it and despite the findings of an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) that the home is a significant historical resource meriting protection under federal law. For more on artist Carl Bray, see: http://www.californiadesertart.com/?p=29 In a hoped-for last-minute save, art dealers Kevin and Diane Stewart offered to purchase and restore the gallery. But the couple withdrew their offer after meeting with city officials and encountering only roadblocks. The alleged reason for the demolition–safety–is an excuse.…

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California Art Experts Offer to Restore Carl Bray Gallery

California Art Experts Offer to Restore Carl Bray Gallery

August 3, 2010–The Carl Bray home and gallery in Indian Wells has been stuck in limbo, with the city determined to tear it down and preservationists determined to hang on to it. There were two big developments at an Indian Wells Planning Commission meeting  on July 29th. Anyone who read the thick and costly EIR (Environmental Impact Report) saw a clear argument for saving the buildings as the most worthy option. The buildings meet CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) guidelines as historic structures; furthermore they are structurally sound. The preferred option according to federal law is to preserve the buildings.…

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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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