Posts Tagged ‘ Mark Wasserkrug ’

Ralph Love and Roy Morrissey: The Art Shacks of Temecula

Update: Roy Morrissey died on July 7, 2011, in Hemet. The tourists called it Tee-mah-COOL-ya, if they called it anything at all. There were only a few hundred people in Temecula in the 1960s, but located as it was halfway between the art towns of Laguna Beach and Palm Springs it was perfectly situated for a mini art explosion of its own. Travelers on the old three-lane highway braked when they saw a sign on a roof that read “Art Shack”. The windows of the sagging structure were filled with paintings of smoke trees and canyons; the sweet sounds of…

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Carl Bray Sign, Mystery Artist, Rock Talk, Cactus Capers and More

Drivers passing through Indian Wells normally encounter a monotonous stretch of lawns, sidewalks and opulence. Now, though, travelers are sighting a colorful, quirky object on the horizon. It’s the old Carl Bray gallery sign, recently replanted by the City. The resurrection of the palette-shaped Smoke Tree Painter sign is a testament to the tenacity of the Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation. The group, led by Adele Ruxton, kept nudging the City for the last five years to see the project through. Preservationists all over the Valley lobbied to save Carl’s roadside gallery and home when it was threatened with demolition…

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