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Jim Toenjes: The Path of a Migratory Desert Painter

Longtime Palm Springs resident Jim Toenjes took off in his trailer four years ago, with his paints and his German Shepherd Greta by his side. His itinerant lifestyle resembles that of the early desert artists who made a seasonal circuit from Palm Springs to the Arizona Navajo country and then up to the Sierra in summer. It’s a life many of us envy, and in this Q&A Jim tells us what it’s like being a painter At Large in the World, as he calls himself. —Many people would be hesitant to go nomadic for fear of being too cold, too…

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Jimmy’s Kiddies, Desert Lampmakers, Route 66 Art Museum and More

Arizona art dealer and author Gary Fillmore continues his absorbing Looking for Jimmy series, named for the former Palm Desert artist Jimmy Swinnerton. In a recent episode Gary solved the mystery of the Canyon Kiddies figurines. A woman phoned Gary a decade ago and said she had some Canyon Kiddies figurines Swinnerton had given to her late mother. (The Canyon Kiddies was Swinnerton’s popular comic strip circa 1922-1941.)¬†It was only recently that Gary discovered the origin of the charming figures. Read the caper here and be on the lookout for these rare Kiddies in your local thrift store. Jimmy…

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A Quartzsite Christmas, Visionary Bill Ogden, Tahquitz Discovery and More

Artist and archaeologist Jim Toenjes sends holiday greetings “from way out Quartzsite way”. The former Palm Springs resident is now a nomadic artist, ¬†traveling the deserts (with winters in Washington state) in a camper with his paints and his dog, Greta. Go see him if you pass through the gem and mineral hub–Quartzsite, Arizona–this winter. Jim writes: “Getting some painting done in prep for the annual Quartzsite Art League show in January, 2016. Attached is my card this year, with a painting from last week. It is 28 x 48 on plywood. Had to hike nearly a mile to the…

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