Agnes Pelton House Museum Day at the Historic Agnes Pelton House in Cathedral City
WHO: Agnes Pelton Society 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
WHAT: Annual Agnes Pelton House Museum Day
WHERE: Historic Agnes Pelton House, 68680 F St., Agnes Pelton Way, Cathedral City Cove, 92234
WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 11a-3pm
TICKETS: $15 at door and available in advance at www.agnespeltonsociety.com
The Agnes Pelton Society hosts the annual Museum Day at the Historic Pelton House in the Cathedral City Cove on Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 11a-3pm, located at 68680 F Street in the Cathedral City, California. Parking will be available in the neighborhood surface streets. Tickets are $15 at the door and in-advance at the website, www.agnespeltonsociety.com.
The Annual Agnes Pelton House Museum Day is an open-house event to celebrate the life and legacy of American Modernist painter, Agnes Lawrence Pelton. This one-day-a-year event is an opportunity for the general public to visit and learn about her historic home, her paintings, and the paintings of her artist friends, who formed an art colony in her quaint, Cathedral City Cove neighborhood in the 1930’s through the early 60’s. Attendees are invited to walk through Pelton’s original home and painting studio that also functioned as one of the first art galleries in Coachella Valley and is restored today as a modest private gallery of original paintings by those same now historic artists. The sculpture and meditation gardens will be on view as well as the recently created Gaudi-esque mosaics by the owner and host of the property, Peter Palladino,. Throughout the grounds there will be live-music and entertainment performed by a classical music ensemble, a Mexican folklorico dance group, and dance performances by the Los Angeles-based DiosGracias Voice & Dance Group. The adjacent Chuperosa Lane Murals Path showcases an outdoor gallery of murals by local artists commissioned by the Agnes Pelton Society that celebrates the living history of the Cove neighborhood.
Agnes Lawrence Pelton is the posthumously celebrated Cathedral City artist and leader of the Transcendental Painters Group based in Santa Fe. She designed and built her home in the Cathedral City Cove in 1939, where she lived and painted her masterworks of plein air desert landscapes and spiritual Transcendental abstracts.
After her passing in 1961, the rich history of the artists colony that flourished there from the 1930-60’s was virtually forgotten and her paintings, too. However, in the last few decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in her work and in March 2020, the travelling retrospective of her abstract paintings, “Agnes Pelton, Desert Transcendentalist,” will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and culminates at the Palm Springs Museum of Art in August 2020.
In 2010, artists Peter Palladino and Simeon Den purchased Pelton’s home and organized the Agnes Pelton Society, a non-profit arts advocacy whose mission is to sustain Pelton’s legacy. They host informational and educational events including the annual Museum Day and organize artmaking activities for children. They have taken on the ongoing process of re-imagining and restoring the storied property and forgotten history of the artists colony that includes the use of the home as the first art gallery in Cathedral City and the center of a former artists colony neighborhood, and re-establishing her place in annals of great Amercian art.