June 13, 2014

Call for Art: "Water in the Desert" at 29 Palms Visitor Center

Written by  Vickie Waite
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Swigart Memorial Sculpture on National Park Drive, donated by artist Simi Dabah Swigart Memorial Sculpture on National Park Drive, donated by artist Simi Dabah 29palms.org

“Water in the Desert” at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center

"Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance” is the theme for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy., in downtown Twentynine Palms. The show runs from July through September.

Desert artists are invited to submit one original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition, and can deliver their artwork to the visitor center on Friday, June 27, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme of water in the desert, focusing on either its scarcity or abundance, from storms and flash floods to dust devils and drought.

Acceptable media include photography, painting, drawing, watercolor, and mixed media; or artists may submit three-dimensional work such as assemblage, sculpture, ceramics, or fabric art. All work must be ready to mount or hang with professional wire, must be offered for sale, and should be suitable for viewing by the general public. 

Artists unable to deliver artwork on Friday, June 27, are asked to make prior arrangements to deliver artwork before intake day by calling the Chamber at (760) 367-3445 (10-4 weekdays only).

An opening art reception is being planned for Friday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with music and refreshments.

The gallery is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen, downtown Twentynine Palms. Art in Public Places exhibitions are presented by the Public Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Twentynine Palms.

Exhibition Guidelines are available on the Art in Public Places page at www.29palms.org. For questions, contact Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562.

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