he HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours announces its 22nd annual one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers, art collectors and desert enthusiasts. Every October for the past 20 years, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc. (MBCAC) has produced the largest open studio event of its kind in Southern California.
The Tours take place over three weekends: October 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, with studios open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Take a self-guided tour this Fall to see 177 artists at 125 studios throughout the high desert gateway communities of the Joshua Tree National Park. The event is free and open to everyone. For a list of studio locations, places to pick up the tour catalog or to download a digital version of the catalog – go to www.hwy62arttours.org
The HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of the high desert, immerse themselves in its creative community and the opportunity to acquire art directly from local artists and makers. With the influx of many new artists to the high desert, this year promises a wide diversity of mediums, styles and prices.
Morongo Valley painter Snake Jagger has found that the HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours has become his most successful annual art event. Jagger notes, “It’s a pleasure to have people coming to my home gallery and studio, and enjoying the nature trails on my property, that are meant to represent my desert landscape painting.” Long-ti me Yucca Valley participant and sculptor Delos Van Earl reflects that “There is nothing like having the studio filled with people eager to see your artwork and interested in meeting you .” Landers artist Cybele Rowe loves sharing her studio space and notes “Much of my large scale sculptures have been built upon the desert floor. Being able to share the works in their place of inspiration makes HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours a unique immersive experience.”
The MBCAC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the art and artists of the Morongo Basin, which includes the high desert communities of Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Landers, Pioneertown, Twentynine Palms and Wonder Valley. The MBCAC’s mission is to “inspire and enliven the community through the arts, and to enhance the cultural and economic health of the region.” Membership includes the opportunity to show at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) and participate in the annual HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours every October.
29 Palms Art Gallery (74055 Cottonwood Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277) will host the annual Collective Show, featuring the work of artists participating in the HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours and it is an excellent way for visitors to preview the art that can be found on the tours. The Collective Show is on view from October 7-October 28, with gallery hours Friday 11 am- 3 pm, Saturday and Sundays from 10 am-5 pm. The reception for the Collective Show exhibition is open to the public during Art Cruise 29, Oct 7, 2023, from 5-7 pm.