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Elizabeth Armstrong

The JoAnn McGrath 
Executive Director, Palm Springs 
Art Museum.

Site Staff Vision, Watch & Listen - Vision

Elizabeth Armstrong revels in her role connecting residents and visitors to Coachella Valley art and culture. In the three years since she relocated here to become director of Palm Springs Art Museum, she has marveled at the area’s seemingly endless creative activity as well as the talented, and discerning, people who continue to move here. About 1 in 5 people

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Desert X Lays Plans for 2019 Exhibition

A new director and co-curators are doubling down on inaugural success.

Steven Biller Arts & Entertainment

Desert X, the wildly popular exhibition of site-specific art installations across the Coachella Valley, has announced its second edition will unfold from Feb. 9 to April 30, 2019 with a new executive director and the return of artistic director Neville Wakefield. “We are thrilled Neville is continuing as our artistic director,” says Desert X President and Founder Susan Davis. “His

Barbara and Robert Barrett

His and Hers

Longtime married couple Barbara and Robert Barrett 
finally find the time to have their first joint art show since college.

Daniel Vaillancourt Arts & Entertainment

“People — even handymen — come to the house and tell us, ‘You should have a show!’” chuckles Barbara Barrett as I sit with her and her husband, Robert, in the comfortable living room of their well-appointed country club home, which is festooned with art created — and keepsakes collected — over more than 50 years together. “So we’re finally

Tim Shockley

Tweaking the Nature of Things

There’s more to Tim Shockley’s sculpture than its clever twists.

Steven Biller Arts & Entertainment

ART You could easily describe Tim Shockley’s sculpture as clever and playful, but the closer you get to the art and the artist, the more clearly his ideas reflect a lifelong connection to where he is from: a 5-acre ranch in Indio Hills. “It has everything to do with who I am and how I approach art,” he says as

Rancho Mirage Art Affaire patrons and artist

Rancho Mirage Art Affaire Signals Start to Season

Art 
mediums ranging 
from photography 
to painting are 
on full display.

June Allan Corrigan Arts & Entertainment

The sound of musicians tuning their instruments, the sight of artists angling to best display their work — if it’s November, it’s got to be the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire. Now celebrating its 17th year, this premier event — which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4–5 — heralds the beginning of the valley’s art festival season. One, two, and

Francisco Albuquerque’s 1952 photograph of Lina Bo Bardi on the stairway of Bardi’s House

Staring at Walls

It’s open season for galleries 
across the desert.

Steven Biller Arts & Entertainment

Art is something of a sport in the desert. Every month, Greater Palm Springs art galleries open new exhibitions of works in every medium imaginable — painting, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, textile, light, and installation — by artists from near and far. It’s a feast for the eyes and, sometimes, for the ears. And the season is just getting started.

David Fairrington's "Red Kimono" series

David Fairrington is Seeing Red

The desert artist helps the women who pose in the Red Kimono Series make a bold statement about who they are. See its Greater Palm Springs unveiling Oct. 6 at the Desert Art Center.

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You can see the antlers perched on Jen’s head, but what artist David Fairrington reveals about her in his painting is her spirit. Fairrington saw it in Jen’s eyes when she finally agreed to pose for him as part of the Red Kimono Series that will make its valley debut Oct. 6 at the Desert Art Center (DAC) in Palm

Jesus Rafael Soto's "Cuatro Modulaciones"

Tango Americano

A trio of exhibitions reveals 
Latin America’s artistic legacy in the 
desert and beyond.

Steven Biller 111 East, Arts & Entertainment

ART Six years ago, we marveled when more than 60 museums and cultural institutions across Southern California opened simultaneous exhibits tracing the rise of the L.A. art scene. The shows, funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Pacific Standard Time initiative, dissected the region’s revered light and space movement (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), intersection of music

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Artistic Plunge

Linda and Greg Maxson have gone from showing their art in the casita of their Palm Desert home to a expansive gallery space at the Backstreet Art District.

Marcia Gawecki Arts & Entertainment

When the husband-and-wife artistic team of Linda and Greg Maxson retired from Dow Chemical, their lifelong dream of owning a gallery took shape in small, calculated business steps. For three years, they hosted monthly art shows out of a casita at their Palm Desert home to showcase Linda’s paintings, prints, sculptures and tiles. With a solid backing of regular customers last year,