Posts Tagged ‘ Robert Hillery ’

Billie’s Taxi, Tribute to Edan Hughes, Adobe Dweller Frances Nugent and More

Fans of Cathedral City artist Agnes Pelton have long awaited the book by the City’s first mayor–and a friend to the early artists–Robert Hillery. At last Cathedral City: the Early Years 1925 to 1981 is in print. You can meet the author at a celebration June 14, 2015, at Bonta Restaurant in Cathedral City. While the book mostly covers small town life, of special interest is Hillery’s personal relationship with Agnes Pelton (she painted his mother’s portrait) as well as painter and art teacher Matille Prigge Seaman. The short section on Matille, known as Billie, is worth the price of…

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The Hunt for Agnes Pelton’s Cabin

The Hunt for Agnes Pelton’s Cabin

On a recent morning, Kim Housken and Don Graybill (volunteer sleuths from the Historical Society of Palm Desert) squished into my Subaru and we drove off through the stately pines and meadows of Garner Valley in search of Agnes Pelton’s cabin. It’s well known that in 1941, at age 60, Pelton bought a cabin in the mountains above Palm Springs. Yet for all these years no one has known exactly where it was. Occasional inquiries to Pelton scholars and mountain historians over the years have turned up nothing. Why did Agnes go to the mountain, anyway? After all, she had…

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