New Artwork by Chuck Caplinger and Heather Sprague on Exhibit Nov. 1-25 Opening Reception Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m.
– New artwork by renowned desert artists Chuck Caplinger and Heather Sprague is on exhibit at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, Nov. 1-25. Join the artists at an opening reception on Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. as part of the Art Cruise 29! first Saturday events in Twentynine Palms. Sprague will do a live performance art piece at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, as part of her exhibition. Also showing in the gallery is a variety of artwork by 29 Palms Art Gallery guild members.
Caplinger’s exhibition, “In an Earthly Manner,” features oils and giclées on canvas depicting early settlers who lived in what is now Joshua Tree National Park and the Oasis of Mara. Caplinger acquired photos of early settlers, prospectors, miners and Chemehuevi Indians from the national park and the tribe as a basis for his paintings, which reflect the closeness of these settlers with the earth.
“Our desert community’s close identity with our past is ingrained in our everyday lives,” says Caplinger. “We embrace the tenacity and spirit of the early Morongo Basin settlers in many ways.”
Sprague’s exhibition, “An American Woman,” includes photography, time-lapse and real-time videos pulled from 100,000 images taken over 366 days to describe the journey and values of an American woman and how they are upheld by society today.
“In order to be truly brave, one must be vulnerable,” says Sprague. “The core of my work is about connection to self, to place, to community, and the world ‑‑ and the responsibility that comes along with that.” Sprague’s goal after launching the exhibition in Twentynine Palms is to see it run consecutively in national locations until November 2020.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive at the corner of National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA, 92277. The gallery is free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, visit www.29palmsartgallery.com or call 760-367-7819, Thursday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.