Caplinger has been instrumental in promoting the arts and cultural tourism in Twentynine Palms and throughout the Joshua Tree National Park Gateway Communities. In 2001 he co-founded the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and the annual Open Studio Art Tours, now called the Hwy 62 Art Tours. In 2004, he co-founded a public arts program for the City of Twentynine Palms--Art in Public Places--and the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC), and is Chair Emeritus.
In 2009, Caplinger designed and donated the concept for the City’s iconic 29! sculpture, a 7-1/2-ft. tall by 13-ft. long steel sculpture positioned at the western entrance to downtown Twentynine Palms, and in 2010 created a “29” branding logo for the city.
Caplinger regularly exhibits his works in group and solo exhibitions. A series of his paintings were featured in Southwest Art Magazine, and his “Tribute to Marilyn” mural was exhibited in the Hollywood Entertainment Museum in Los Angeles. In the fall of 2001, his paintings were featured at the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley, CA. The exhibit, titled “The West—From the Reservation to the Range—A Retrospective,” also featured the museum’s collection of bronzes by Russell and Remington. His award-winning creations hang in public and private collections around the world, and his historical murals are represented in cities throughout California and Texas.
Currently, Chuck Caplinger is available for portrait, painting, and mural commissions and consultations; one-on-one painting instruction in his studio; and group painting demonstrations.
The image submitted, titled “Bill McHaney”, is from his series of oils on canvas titled “In an Earthly Manner”, which portrays early basin settlers, prospectors, miners, and Chemehuevi Indians.
His source material came from Joshua Tree National Park archives, the tribe, and other sources. “In an Earthly Manner” reflects the closeness and spiritual connection that our Hi-Desert pioneers had with earth. It will be featured in a November 2018 exhibition at the 29 Palms Art Gallery and compliments the “Into the Wild: Fortune Favors the Bold” theme.
Pioneer Days buttons will be sold starting on October 13, by Judge & Sheriff contestants, at the Morongo Basin Health Care District, Health Fair at Luckie Pak.
Posters will be available at the Visitors Center & Chamber of Commerce as well as during Pioneer Days.
For more information on the 2018 82ND Annual Pioneer Days, or The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, call Board President & Executive Director Jacob Smith at 760-367-3445.