“Listening to the Desert: Military Musings”
Artwork due Friday, January 4, 2019 at
Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery
“Listening to the Desert: Military Musings” is the theme for the next exhibition offered by Art in Public Places in collaboration with Mil-Tree organization from January 5 through March 29, 2019 at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms.
Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition. Artwork will be received at the visitor center gallery on In/Out day, Friday, January 4, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artists unable to make this time can request an alternate delivery time by calling (760) 367-3445 any weekday prior to January 4.
Cheryl Montelle, Founder of Mil-Tree, explained the genesis of this exhibition: “Listening to the Desert: Military Musings” features artwork created in Mil-Tree’s Painting Workshop with acclaimed artist Jo Bertini held November 16-17, 2018, at Copper Mountain College and on the grounds of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Jo Bertini is not only an accomplished and gifted artist, she is a gifted teacher as well.
In this 11-hour workshop, Ms. Bertini gave clear and inspiring instruction to participants of various levels from beginner to advanced, and these wonderful pieces are the result. In most cases the landscape served as the model, and creativity flourished with each and every stroke of all the participants.
This painting workshop was another example of the kind of activities that fulfills Mil-Tree’s mission statement: To bring veterans, active duty, and civilians together through arts and dialogue to help transform the wounds of war. This workshop was made possible by a grant from the Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions Foundation.
The theme can be expressed in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, mosaics, ceramics, fabric art, assemblage, sculpture or other three-dimensional work. All work must be ready to hang with professional wire or mount on a pedestal, must be offered for sale, and must be suitable for viewing by the general public. Outdoor art pieces—either wall-hung or freestanding—are encouraged and will be on display in the Visitor Center’s walled patio area.
The Opening Reception on Saturday, January 5, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. is part of Art Cruise 29! First Saturday and will feature live music and refreshments.
In addition to the exhibition of new art at the Visitor Center, Art In Public Places focuses on two historic murals in Twentynine Palms, Mural #5, Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade, and Mural #20, Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Art in Public Places exhibitions are hosted by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms. For questions or more information, contact PAAC liaison Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562 or email: email@example.com.
The Visitor Center is open daily at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue in downtown Twentynine Palms. Call (760) 367-3445 for gallery hours
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Images from participants of Mil-Tree’s Painting Workshop with Artist Jo Bertini
Mural #5, Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade by artist Chuck Caplinger, and Mural #20, Operation Iraqi Freedom by artist Don Gray.