By Caroline Covington
Joy and passion surrounding fine art are hallmarks of Coda Gallery, an El Paseo stalwart that’s resonated with contemporary art collectors for 25 years. Awaiting discovery inside Coda’s 15,000-square-foot gallery is a vast collection of paintings, sculpture, glass, and ceramic works by more than 150 established, mid-career, and emerging artists.
Brimming with color and life, the art at Coda mirrors the personality of the gallery’s beloved founder David Katz, an avid collector and philanthropist who opened in Palm Desert in 1988.
“I’ve been addicted to art my entire life. For me, it’s an emotional thing. When you view art, it should make you feel good,” reflected David, who devoted himself to enhancing people’s lives through art.
This spirit of generosity and warmth greets visitors the moment they enter the gallery, where advisors are welcoming and willing to share their expertise with collectors at every level.
Coda showcases work by nationally recognized artists such as Laddie John Dill, whose work is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And the gallery has exclusive rights to the sculpture of internationally celebrated local artist John Kennedy. However, Coda excels at introducing and developing careers of emerging and mid-career artists.
“Many of our artists’ works are included in private collections, and all of them continue to grow and move forward in their careers,” explains Gallery Director Barbara Hill-Stanley. “Throughout a quarter-century, Coda has placed work in thousands of collections, both private and corporate, and our art advisors have cultivated trusting relationships with the community’s most distinguished collectors.”
Coda’s 2012-2013 season will highlight the finely painted, delicate and meditative images in Chris Young’s new work; recent figurative sculptures by Jeannine Young; abstract landscapes by Mark Bowles; paintings by Australian painter Brett Lethbridge; the current collection of atmospheric figurative, landscape, and architectural paintings by Jamie Perry; and the exciting new still life, floral, and geometric paintings by Coda’s master painter and sculptor David Dornan. Also on display will be Ben Steele’s popular historic imagery deconstructed with humor and intelligence; whimsical glass and COR-TEN steel sculpture by Borowski; exquisite hand-painted chandeliers by Ulla Darni; and a series of sculptures constructed from used car parts by James Corbett. Expect the unexpected in Charley Snow’s new series of animal paintings and landscapes.
Coda Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the gallery for summer hours or to arrange private viewings.
November 10, 2012 — Jamie Perry
November 24, 2012 — Ben Steele
December 29, 2012 — Vladimir Cora
January 19, 2013 — Brett Lethbridge
February 9, 2013 — Chris Young
February 23, 2013 — Charley Snow
March 16, 2013 — Jeannine Young/Mark Bowles
March 30, 2013 — David Dornan
73151 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260