Visit Agnes Pelton Home, Become a Desert Painter, Appraisal Day in Palm Desert

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Agnes Pelton’s home in Cathedral City.

Get a look at Agnes Pelton’s former home this Sunday, February 10, 2013, on the Cathedral City Historical Society’s Home Tour of Working Artists. The tour spotlights the homes and studios of artists working in the Cathedral City Cove, including photographer Peter Palladino and choreographer and dancer Simeon Den, owners of the Pelton house. The couple is maintaining Pelton’s home—where she painted her most transcendent works–as a shrine to the desert painter. You can see the exterior, at least, on Sunday and see the rest of the home during a major Agnes Pelton celebration April 6th and 7th. Sunday’s home tour also features artists Tim Townsley, Guy Wonder and Doug Morris, Robert Reeves and David Travis.

See details of the home tour under Special Events: or call (760) 321-6577.

For more on the Agnes Pelton Weekend events in April see The website is under construction so check back soon.


Deborah Martin and Contemporary Southwest Art at Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

Deborah Martin, Yellow Camper, courtesy George Billis Gallery

Deborah Martin, Yellow Trailer, courtesy George Billis Gallery

The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair debuted last year to exuberant word-of-mouth. Even if you think you are not into post-war and contemporary art, you’ll find plenty of southwest landscape-inspired work at the Palm Springs Convention Center the weekend of February 15-17, 2013. See art from 55 top galleries from the deserts, LA and San Francisco, as well as Arizona and Santa Fe galleries such as Gerald Peters and Addison Rowe Fine Art. The George Billis gallery booth features the work of 29 Palms artist Deborah Martin, one of the leading lights of the “New Topographic” (urban and blasted) style of desert art. Martin specializes in the Salton Sea, Wonder Valley and other haunted desert settings.

For more on Deborah Martin:

Deborah Martin, Mustang. This new painting from the Back of Beyond Series will be at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.

Deborah Martin, Mustang. This new painting from the Back of Beyond Series will be at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.


Learn to Be a Desert Painter with Terry Masters and Other Leading Artists

Terry Masters is offering classes at his new Desert Painter Gallery in Palm Springs on Monday nights, 6:30 pm. Beginners and all levels are welcome. The fee is $25. See or call (760) 778-8855. 370 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

Along with Terry’s classes there are plenty of opportunities this season to study with the current masters of desert art. The influential abstract-realist Mark Kerckhoff offers classes for all levels February 20-21, in Anza Borrego and March 5-7 in the Coachella Valley. For fees and information: (949) 226-1111 or email

A young star of California Art, Eric Merrell will be teaching in Anza-Borrego March 15-17, 2013 and in Joshua Tree April 19-21. For fees and information Email

If you care to explore new deserts and wilder ways of expression, travel with adventure artists Greg Frux and Janet Morgan to a wilderness base camp in Southern Utah, April 22-26. Practice field sketching, watercolor and oil painting—blended with botany and geology–in places like Dance Hall Rock and Broken Bow Arch. For fees and information or

Once again the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park offers in-the-field art classes, including oil painting with Diane McClary (April 27), watercolor by Anahita King (May 5) and drawing with ink and clayboard with Cynthia King. (April 20). For more see: or call (760) 367-5539.

Janet Morgan, watercolor, On Route 12

Janet Morgan, watercolor, On Route 12

Appraisal Day Returns to Palm Desert

Anyone who has contacted this site with questions about the value of your desert paintings, please note that the Historical Society of Palm Desert again sponsors its popular appraisal day on April 13, featuring appraiser Kevin Stewart of Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. Reservations are recommended; $10 an item. The event is part of Desertscapes, a Valleywide celebration of desert art in April.

For more on Appraisal Day see, or call (760) 346-6588

In addition to Appraisal Day, the Desertscapes calendar is especially full this April, 2013, the fourth year of the event. The new website with a complete schedule will be posted soon at:

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1 comment for “Visit Agnes Pelton Home, Become a Desert Painter, Appraisal Day in Palm Desert

  1. Ann, Thank you for the great coverage of the Cathedral City Historical Society Cove Artist Home Tour.

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