June’s Hi Desert ART ROUNDUP

By Katie Nartonis

29 Palms Art Gallery
Twenty-Nine Palms

Joan Scott: The Adventures of Being an Artist

“The desert is an exciting place with rocks, mountains, creatures, and plants of many shapes, sizes and colors! Looking out the window or walking along a trail or road, I pause and focus on the many patterns, shadows, shapes, and textures – here, there, and across the valley.” – Joan Scott

IJoan Scott, a Yucca Valley resident and long-time member of the 29 Palms Artist’s Guild, presents her solo show: The Adventures of Being an Artist. Unlike many artists, Scott says she has never specialized in just one technique. The artist notes, “With these pieces, I would like to lay out a visual story line showing how adventures over the years, the many places I have visited and the artists I admired and worked with, have influenced my work. I am pleased to have this opportunity to share this at the 29 Palms Art Gallery.” Scott has truly enjoyed exploring and sharing art in its many forms. Some of her work is realistic, but also includes mixed media and abstract images. She relates, “I have truly enjoyed exploring and sharing art in its many forms and approaches!” This show is about her adventures as a woman who embraces new experiences, various cultures, and how she lives life with an open mind to life and people, which are all inspiration that leads to another artwork creation. She continues, “My passion for art in many forms is still evident, even as I lose energy and forget things! I’m delighted at the incredible variety of themes. materials, colors, and techniques that the many local artists keep displaying throughout this special desert area!! Go! Paint! Build! Teach! Enjoy sharing your creativity! I have, and I happily pass on to all the many adventures of being an artist!”

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Mark Spicak is a master of desert landscapes in oil and acrylic. His realistic approach captures the light, and the fauna and flora of the desert southwest in a way that makes the viewer feel as if they are a part of the scene. The artist has donated many of his original works on canvas to the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. He now lives in Rancho Mirage and continues to paint and create new work. For the first time, these early works will be shared with the public in an exhibition. Mark is a hiker who enjoys being out in nature and paints landscapes from points of view not often seen by the average individual. His perspective gives the viewer a glimpse into our beautiful and fragile planet.

Show Dates: May 31 – June 30
Opening on Saturday, June 1: 4-6pm
Gallery is open: Friday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm
29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, 29 Palms, CA 92277

Photo: Mark Spicak

La Matadora
Joshua Tree

“Viva La Luchadora!” A group show with featured art by Martín Quintanilla from Pátzcuaro, Mexico and also showing – DEFILED: Part 7 (thrifted altered art). The art is on view through July 7, 2024. Three bands will play the opening during the reception on June 8, 6-9pm:
The Websites (from Tucson), Bug Club (from Tucson) and The Hula Hoes (from Morongo Valley).

La Matadora Gallery is located at 61857 Highway 62 in Joshua Tree. Gallery hours: 12-5 PM Sat/Sun & by appointment. For more information, contact Colleena lamatadoragallery@gmail.com or IG: la.matadora.gallery

Photo: La Lucha by Martìn Quintanilla

HeyThere Projects!
Joshua Tree

HeyThere Projects! will feature the work of Melissa Monroe and Adam Shrewsbury through June 6th. The June show features artist Kevin Snipes. At the time this article went to press, HeyThere wasn’t sure what works Snipes would create for the show. So, go to the show and be surprised!

Image: Kevin Snopes

Figure Drawing at HeyThere Projects Hooray for HeyThere’s recurring life drawing sessions the first Thursday of each month! Featuring a full 3 hours of multi-poses from 5 to 45 minutes in duration. The first part of the drawing club will start with classic figure poses and build to longer poses with costumes. Theme nights and great music set the tone! The gallery will supply chairs, tables, and some drawing boards for participants, but they ask guests to bring their own paper and drawing materials. They also have supplies available in the store for purchase if needed. Free refreshments will be available to participants as well. Hosted by Ben Vitale. First Thursday of each month, -8pm. $25. For more information, https://heythereprojects.shop/products/desert-draw-club

Location: 61675 Twentynine Palms Highway, Unit 2, Joshua Tree, Ca 92252
heythereprojects.com and @heythere_projects

Hi Desert Artists Center
Yucca Valley

Cybele Rowe, Ceramic sculpture for Inaugural Members Exhibition at Hi-Desert Artists Gallery Esther Shaw, painting for Inaugural Members Exhibition at Hi-Desert Artists Gallery

Opening mid-June, the Hi-Desert Artists first show, the “Inaugural Members Exhibition”, opens to coincide with the larger Yucca Valley Art walk. An amazing 74 local desert artists are included in this show with a wide variety of painting, sculpture, and mixed media. The Feature Gallery will include a show of paintings by the uber-talented painter, Paul Donaldson.

The renovation of the Hi-Desert Artists center is nearly completed, and visitors will notice a new exterior as well as interior changes to accommodate the gallery transformation. A Steve Reiman sculpture has been donated for the front yard, and the space inside will be ready for a continual stream of exhibitions throughout 2024, including the MBCAC Art Tours Collective Show in October! In addition to the galleries, the Hi-Desert Artist’s Gallery Shop will have a great selection of high-end crafts by local makers. The opening celebration will feature music by Blues Oasis. We can’t wait to celebrate this beautiful manifestation of our local art community, kudos to the artist members who made this happen!

For more information:
www.hi-desertartists.com and info@hi-desertartists.com

Space Truckin’ Gallery
Yucca Valley

“Put a Joshua Tree On It!” show.
This eagerly anticipated annual themed show opens Saturday, June 3rd.
Reception from 5-8pm. Enjoy Joshua Tree art, prizes, hot dogs, and refreshments.
Address: 55940 29 Palms Hwy suite 2, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Photo: Put a Joshua Tree On It!


By now most High Desert residents and visitors have eaten at (or at least heard of) Spaghetti Western Saloon. In its first year it’s become known as a premier eatery, as well as a fabulous music venue in the Morongo Basin. What some have been missing is that, along with dining and live music, one can also see the work of iconic desert artists in Spaghetti Western’s “Saloon Salon.” The Salon is an intriguing gallery space that has new exhibits every two months. So far there have been eight shows featuring eleven artists, working in a variety of media ranging from paintings and photographs to rust and nails.

Timothy Hearsum has been a hi-desert resident since 2015. This is the first exhibition featuring his watercolors. His photographic work is known internationally through numerous exhibits, public, private and corporate collections and Getty Images. He has also published several books. Exhibiting along with Hearsum is artist Joanna Fodczuk-Garcia. Originally from Poland, Fodczuk has exhibited extensively in the U.S., Poland, Germany, Mexico, and South Korea and has lived in the hi-desert since 2014. A fierce abstract painter in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, Fodczuk explores shape, light, and color with a raw abandon. Her art reflects a deep connection with the arid magic of the hi-desert landscape. Both artists rely on the delicate usage of water in their process, allowing water and paint to reveal the terrain of their work. They bear witness to their art as it happens, interrupting as little as possible.

“With Water” runs through June 23 and can be viewed anytime during regular restaurant hours (Thursdays-Sundays 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) Come for the art, stay for dinner and music, all at Spaghetti Western Saloon.

Spaghetti Western Saloon is located at 50048 29 Palms Highway, Morongo Valley.

Katie Nartonis is a writer, curator, film maker, and specialist in art and design. Her current exhibition (and documentary film) opened during 2024 Palm Springs Modernism Week: “Jack Rogers Hopkins: California Design Maverick” and is open through September 28th at the historic Sam Maloof Foundation. Look for her upcoming book, “Glimpses of the Joshua Tree Dream.”

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