Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC)
City of Twentynine Palms
6136 Adobe Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
“Listening to the Desert: Military Musings,” the new exhibition by Art in Public Places in collaboration with Mil-Tree, opens on January 5, 2019, at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms.
The public is invited to the opening reception for the exhibition on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 2:30 to 4;00 p.m., as part of Art Cruise 29! First Saturdays. The event will feature music, appetizers, and guest artists from the Mil-Tree art project, along with other desert artists.
Cheryl Montelle is the founder of Mil-Tree arts organization, which aims to bring military and community together. Mil-Tree’s mission is to bring veterans, active duty military, and civilians together through arts and dialogue to help transform the wounds of war.
She explained the genesis of this exhibition: “Listening to the Desert: Military Musings” features artwork created in Mil-Tree’s Painting Workshop with acclaimed artist and teacher Jo Bertini held in November 2018, at Copper Mountain College and on the grounds of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Other desert artists were also invited to contribute their “Military Musings” artwork to the exhibition, which will remain on display through March 29, 2019.
In addition to the exhibition of new art at the Visitor Center this winter, Art In Public Places focuses on two historic murals in Twentynine Palms, Mural #5 by Chuck Caplinger, Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade, and Mural #20 by Don Gray, Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Art in Public Places exhibitions are hosted by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue in downtown Twentynine Palms. Call (760) 367-3445 for more information.
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Postcard: Images from participants of Mil-Tree’s Painting Workshop with Artist Jo Bertini