Desert Art Center 2012 Paint-Outs

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The free monthly paint-outs of the Desert Art Center are reason enough to become a desert painter if you aren’t one already. You’ll go to beautiful places, stand around and draw smoketrees, palaver with others as much or as little as you’d like. The paint-out ritual embodies the elemental and timeless pleasures of landscape art.

These are not art classes. Anyone is welcome. You don’t even have to be an artist to tag along. This year’s treks are led by the supremely popular teacher and artist Elaine Mathews.

Dude Larsen, cowboy artist

For more on the Desert Art Center, a Palm Springs institution since 1950, see:

For information on paint-outs contact Elaine Mathews:
760-898-5453 or

Paint-outs are the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month
8am-3pm.  Locations may change and some parks charge admission.

Saturday, December 17: The Salton Sea

Thursday, January 5 and Saturday, January 21: Coachella Valley Preserve, Thousand Palms

Thursday, February 2:  Bogart County Park, Banning

Saturday, February 18: Whitewater Preserve

Thursday, March 1 and Saturday, March 17: Living Desert, Palm Desert

Thursday, April 5 : Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Palm Desert

Saturday, April 25: Painted Canyon, Mecca

Thursday, May 3: Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Saturday, May 19: Highway 74 Cahuilla Tewanet Overlook, Palm Desert

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