The sixth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in Twentynine Palms was a successful event on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. Early estimates show that more than 2,000 visitors attended the weekend activities, including the Art Market on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, where people enjoyed music, food and beverages and shopping for art at nearly 40 artist booths.
On Saturday night, nearly 500 people attended the awards reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, which featured the juried exhibition of artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park.
Out of 121 artists from the desert and across California and the U.S. who submitted artwork for possible inclusion in the juried exhibition, 58 artists were selected for the show. One piece of art from each artist is represented in the exhibition, which remains on display through September. Nine artists received awards for their work, with awards totaling $5,000:
First Place Award went to artist Alane Levinsohn of Joshua Tree, for her oil painting of Joshua Tree National Park rocks, titled “Dividing Line.”
Second Place went to photographer Robert Miramontes of Desert Hot Springs, for his night photograph of the park, “Beautiful Moment.”
Third Place was given to nature artist Kathy Kleinsteiber of San Jose, for her acrylic painting “The Great Escape II, Greater Roadrunner.”
Honorable Mentions were given to five California artists: Chuck Caplinger of Twentynine Palms, Terry Houseworth of Tustin, Lezlie Kussin of Granada Hills, Karchi Perlmann of Los Angeles, and Travis Usher of Yucca Valley.
The Superintendent’s Award, personally selected by Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith, was awarded to Jeffrey Skelly of Sunland, CA, for his oil painting “Stormy Desert.”
Judges for the awards for this year’s juried exhibition were artist and curator Nathan Cartwright of The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, Gary S. Colby, Professor of Photography Emeritus at University of La Verne, and artist and sculptor Steven L. Rieman of Yucca Valley.
The juried exhibition will remain on display at 29 Palms Art Gallery through Sunday, Sept. 30. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive at the corner of National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. (www,29palmsartgallery.com)
The Art Exposition is presented by the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Twentynine Palms. Visit their website at www.jtnparts.org.
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