The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery is the recipient of the 2023 Joshuas Honor for Outstanding Art Gallery. Nominated by peers and selected by public vote, this not-for-profit arts organization and gallery space has earned a place in the hearts of locals and travelers alike. Located minutes from the 29 Palms Joshua Tree National Park entrance, the gallery has been written up as a “not-to-be-missed roadside attraction,” in Smithsonian Magazine and other international publications. The site features multiple art galleries and features the work of local desert artists that change monthly. The surrounding land also includes walking paths that wander through a very unique property populated with glass bottles, unusual outdoor art installations, and found objects.
Privately owned, and run by long-time desert resident and artist, Laurel Siedl, The Glass Outhouse is a project she started over 16 years ago. Booked with artists through the end of 2024, the galleries show 9 or 10 artists at once and are well appointed, showing the art in good light in surprisingly spacious conditions noting that they hang in former rabbit barns. There are few requirements for artists to show: they need to bring a $35 donation, do their own advertising (Seidl does not own a cell phone or a computer), and bring food for the monthly artist’s reception. Donations, Seidl notes, go toward the free cold drinks, the tootsie pops and the “high quality” toilet paper featured in the glass outhouses on site. It is truly a labor of love. “I don’t make any money at it,” she admits, “But, I love talking to people. It keeps me 79 years young!”