The City of Palm Desert is joining with organizations Valleywide (including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Living Desert and Edenhurst Gallery) to present Desertscapes, a monthlong celebration of the early desert artists and contemporary artists who are continuing the tradition.
Ed Ainsworth (see previous post) was the ringleader of a small arts colony on the North Shore of the Salton Sea.
The Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation is selling note cards featuring Carl Bray paintings of classic desert scenes. The price is $10 for a box of 5 cards.
The dedicated and talented painter Elaine Mathews leads the Paint-Outs for the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs through May.
The Coachella Valley lost an important figure in desert painting in July with the death of Edna Hollinger.
In another loss, the desert archaeologist and artist Jay von Werlhof of Ocotillo died on December 10, 2009.
Gary Fillmore, owner of the Blue Coyote Gallery near Phoenix, has helped to assemble a show of traditional and contemporary landscape artists of the West.