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November 19, 2014

Highway 62 Art Tours

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.

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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.” 

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Come Join us for the next 1st Saturday Night, February 1st, 2014 'til 9pm.

Join Old Town - Yucca Valley Merchants for the 1st Saturday Old Town - Yucca Valley event every month for a festive neighborhood gathering that is fun for all the family.

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Come Join us for the next 1st Saturday Night, January 4th, 2014 'til 9pm.

Join Old Town - Yucca Valley Merchants for the 1st Saturday Old Town - Yucca Valley event every month for a festive neighborhood gathering that is fun for all the family.

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LIVE BANDS: DROP THE WORLD, SPANKSHAFT, JACK'S INDIGO, MACHIN' & TJ NASTY!!

Oct. 26th, ALL AGES, NO COVER!!!!

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October 19, 2013

Hwy 62 Art Tours 2013

Over 200 artists are featured in the 12th annual HWY 62 Art Tours Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27, 2013.

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ARTS CONNECTION CONFERENCE PARTNERS

            

 

Arts Patrons

Drs. Ernie and Dotti Garcia

 

  

JT Saloon

 

Arts Sustainers

   

The Ranch Projects Publishing

 

Arts Advocates

Cultural Planning Group

Gloria Macia Harrison and William Harrison, Jr.

Harrison House Music, Art & Ecology

OmniTrans

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Paulson Orthodontics

Stone Adventures

 

Arts Friends

BoxoPROJECTS

Chaffey College: School of Visual and Performing Arts

High Desert Test Sites

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR.com)

Randy Polumbo

Pioneer Crossing Antiques

Riverside Arts Council

City of Rialto

 

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