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Effie Anderson Smith: How To Revive the Legend of A Forgotten Artist

Effie Anderson Smith was an early Arizona settler and artist who studied with the esteemed California Impressionists Anna Hills and Jean Mannheim. She admired the Salton Sea mirages, declaring them on par with the Sulphur Springs Valley mirages in Arizona. So, for our purposes, she belongs in the annals of California desert art. For her nephew’s purposes, though, she belongs everywhere. I’ve watched in admiration as San Diego resident Steven Carlson has restored Effie’s name to public view from Laguna to Bisbee. If you have an obscure desert artist to promote–or are one yourself–you’ll want to heed the story of…

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Magic Bus, Mutant Cactus, Desert Light Gallery and More

Everyone’s talking about the faceless babies in Palm Springs, giant sculptures created by Czech artist David Cerny. Those who prefer their art organically grown are buzzing about a bullet-riddled homeless school bus that slumbered along the Mojave Road for at least 35 years. As hundreds of visitors stopped to take photos and add their own paint flourishes, graffiti and stickers, this found object evolved into art. Many travelers marked their own journeys by this landmark so it came as a ¬†collective shock when it disappeared in March, 2018. People reported the bus missing to Chris Ervin, archivist for the Mojave…

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