Nartonis has also joined the newly formed Whole Arts – Architectural and Educational Board at the Institute of Mentalphysics at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Earlier this year, Joshua Tree Voice was fortunate to have Nartonis join our staff as a contributing arts writer. Nartonis is an accomplished curator, filmmaker, 20th century design specialist and contributing designer, as well as an art and architectural writer for SoCal and Desert Magazines for which she covered Palm Springs Modernism Week in 2022. In her works, as well as her monthly local artist interview columns for the JTV, she has featured local artists including sculptor Cybele Rowe, textile artist Svetlana Shigroff, and nail artist John Henson. She plans to continue to “feature the varied and vital voices of the growing arts community” here in the high desert through her writing and curation. Her next Joshua Tree Voice article will feature Joanna Szachowska who is known for her varied art practice including works on paper, fiber, and clay.
The MBCAC (Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council) is a membership based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the art and artists of the Morongo Basin. Membership includes the opportunity to show at JTAG and to be a part of the annual Highway 62 Art Tours every October. One of the largest art tours in California (second only to San Francisco), the HWY62 Art Tours span three weekends every October. With the influx of new artists and art lovers moving to the high desert over the past few years, the MBCAC is expecting a vibrant Fall tour experience. The HWY62 ART Tour dates will be held October 8+9, 15+16, and 22+23.