Alice Rovinsky created “Rovinsky’s Palm Springs,” a series of topical cartoons that appeared in Palm Springs Life magazine in the late 1960s and 70s. Sophisticated, witty and always entertaining, the popular cartoons really created a distinctive world of their own conjured out of the desert’s lifestyle and social scene.
The little artworks capture the essence of a specific time in the desert gleaned by an astute observer with incredible stylistic flare. But surprisingly little is known about Rovinsky herself.
Earl Cordrey (1902-1977), a founder of Palm Springs Life and celebrated illustrator, designed the original logo and the cover for the premiere issue, March 20, 1958.
He continued to illustrated covers and other art for the magazine until the mid-1960s.
Tom Brewster, a longtime Palm Springs resident, worked for 25 years as a photojournalist, sports photographer, and freelancer for publications around the world before indulging his passion for desert beauty. Palm Springs Life has featured his landscape photography for more than 30 years and counting — especially pioneering views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
He is a graduate of the School of Journalism at University of Missouri and has published a book, Portrait of Palm Springs.