Sand to Stone, Contemporary Native American Art in Joshua Tree
Opening April 27th at 29 Palms Art Gallery
by Rhonda Lane Coleman, Project Director and Curator
The history between artists and National Parks dates back to the 1870s. One of the tenets of the National Park’s Call to Action for the next century is connecting people to parks through art. In January 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service announced “Imagine Your Parks” – a new $1 million grant initiative under the NEA’s Art Works category, marking the intersection of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015, and the NPS’s centennial in 2016.
"Putting on the Ritz" with the Joshua Tree International Film Festival
By Hilary Sloane
Does it get any better? We have Hollywood, the Palms Springs Film Festival, and the Joshua Tree National Park. Now we have our own International Film Festival.
MEDIA RELEASE – May 29, 2015
CALL FOR ART: Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2015
The third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held in November 2015 at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, California. The Juried Art Exhibition, a highlight of the annual exposition, will hang at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, Nov. 6 to 29, with a gala opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Nov. 13, followed by weekend exposition events Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 & 15.Subscribe Plan
It is well known that the desert attracts artists and creative types, and that there is an ever growing arts community in the High Desert of California. This region includes Joshua Tree, Morongo Basin, 29 Palms, and Yucca Valley. The primary access to the arts community is through its art events, but the Hwy 62 open studio Art Tours is different. Two weekends long, the Tours gives visitors a unique opportunity to meet artists in their respective studios and/or homes. What began in 2001 with just 24 participating artists has since grown to 140 artists and 95 studios (some artists share a space). This year the event took place during the nice and cool fall season, on October 25-26 and November 1-2. I went on the first weekend with my parents, who are art lovers, and left with a strong impression of the scale and identity of the High Desert arts community and culture, one that is nurtured and defined by the environment.
Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014 December 5, 6 & 7, 2014 - Oasis of Mara, Twentynine Palms, CA
Juried Art Exhibition: Opening reception Dec. 5, exhibition Dec. 5 – 28 Art Exposition: Artist booths, art demonstrations, nature walks, historical exhibits, music, culinary delights Dec. 6 & 7
In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and the national parks, and specifically Joshua Tree’s impact on artists and visitors from around the globe, the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts has created an annual Art Exposition – a juried art exhibition and celebration featuring art inspired by or depicting the unique natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.
The Noah Purifoy Foundation (NPF) is pleased to announce that the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture created by California artist Noah Purifoy in Joshua Tree, CA has been selected by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) for national listing. The Noah Purifoy Foundation (NPF) established in 1999 is an all-volunteer, private, non-profit foundation dedicated to the creative life and art practice of artist Noah Purifoy (1917-2004).
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), a Washington, DC-based national organization, provides people with the ability to see, understand and value landscape architecture and its practitioners, in the way many people have learned to do with buildings and their designers. Through its Web site, lectures, outreach and publishing, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide to help safeguard our priceless heritage for future generations. www.tclf.org. Each year, TCLF, through its selection and research process, chooses landscapes and sites to list called Landslide.
The Morongo Basin, already known as a place that draws creative people, is exploding into a popular destination for artists. Whether it’s the space, the quiet beauty, the ease of lifestyle or one of those magical things that no-one can explain, Joshua Tree and the surrounding areas is having a notable impact on artists and the art they produce. And the artists are returning, bringing their own signature.
Stan Sagers, a local resident, said, “6 years ago nobody knew where Joshua Tree was, and now you hear about the Joshua Tree scene all the time through TV shows and news articles.”
One contributing factor is artist residency programs like the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR), Harrison House Music and Arts Residency, BoxoProject, High Desert Test Sites and The Joshua Tree National Park Residency program. These programs bring artists to the desert, give them a place to stay for a period of time and offer them the space and freedom to work on their own art. Many artists are returning to visit, buy property, get married, and complete new projects.
James Berg and Fredrick Fulmer founders of JTHAR feel very connected to this movement. Many of the fifty artists participating in the residency over the last 8 years have returned.
“Joshua Tree has always been a beacon for artists, but it was more of a local secret for Los Angeles and West Coast artists,” said Berg. “Now it is becoming national and international.”
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency 2015
Submissions are now available online at our website for artists interested in applying for the 2015 residency program
Submission Deadline March 15th, 2015
Seven Week program runs May 20th - July 14th , 2015