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The Golden Age of Warner Graves: Back to the Canyons

With so many international artists now sampling desert themes, it’s refreshing to meet a painter who is not a tourist but is genetically rooted in this place. Via his grandparents, Warner Graves III is connected to many epochal events in the region, including the formation of the Salton Sea and the building of the All-American Canal and the Old Plank Road. When Warner was a boy, he would lay on his grandmother’s sofa and study her desert landscape paintings on the wall while Lula Mae told him stories of the prospectors and desert rats she’d known in the 1920s. Lula…

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Slow Art, Palm Desert Firehouse Mural, Historic Artist’s Home in Danger and More

Slow Art, Palm Desert Firehouse Mural, Historic Artist’s Home in Danger and More

With Desert X returning to the Valley in 2019, all eyes will be on installations ┬áscaled to Instagram. In the shift to Insta-art, those who work in the enduring ┬átradition of 20th Century Impressionist painters are easily overlooked. One such “slow artist” who has long explored the power of the local landscape is Elaine Mathews. She keeps returning each fall to Whitewater, Araby Wash and other perennial locations, despite the influx of mirrors and robots. In an acknowledgment of her dedication, she has been chosen as the poster artist for the 37th Annual La Quinta Arts Festival, March 7-10, 2019.…

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