From the Low Desert to the High Desert, there are art openings happening left and right.  Culture and idea all around.

Scroll down to see what’s up around town.

If you go to one of the art shows let us know by  @-ing us on Twitter/Instagram: @thecvartscene

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palm springs art gallery

La Maniaca / Vito Peralta
Maniac Dreams / Instances

On view:
MAR 9 – MAR 30, 2013

Opening reception:
March 9th from 6:00 – 10:00pm

Two shows, one space…

Beyond painterly excellence, these artists bring forth works from their true essence. Somewhere beneath the constructs of fantasy and reality lies the subconscious, a place where daydreams and desires originate. Come and see what is desired and dreamed.

About the artists:

LA MANIACA – Maniac dreams is my collection of thoughts, visions, and emotion. This body of work is about carnality, innuendos, death, and life. I spent the last year traveling, experiencing life on the road. The homeless, animals, and landscapes are what inspired me the most. These pieces invoke a passion and a lust that I haven’t felt before in any of my other pieces. I don’t paint rainbows and butterflies – I paint people blowing their brains out. This collection is about my travels, my thoughts, and the beauty of life and death. Enjoy!!
– excerpt from artist statement, Maniac Dreams 2013

VITO PERALTA – When was the last time you daydreamed? Throughout school in my younger years I had a tough time leaning, especially when it came to acquiring the ability read. We had a nightly assignment called silent sustained reading and I can assure you that not a single page was read from the 1st through 6th grade. What I did discover was that my imagination would take over and I would visualize myself with super-human abilities doing very wonderful things. My work is derived form these earlier days. “Instances” embodies the humble idea of the imagination taking over and delivering you a pleasant alternative to everyday habits.
– excerpt from artist statement, Instances 2013

Performance art piece:
I AM NOT A DJ by MLN17 – LIFEWORK gallery owner
MLN17 will create live with sound using 2 junky turntables, a basic mixer, and vinyl records. Every hour, a short set will be created.

Please join us in welcoming La Maniaca and Vito Peralta in their first solo shows in Palm Springs, CA. Share this event and show your support for the arts!

 

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The frightfully sensual, heavily worked, and often confrontational paintings of Hans Burkhardt (1904 – 1994) are among the most moving, masterful, and important works of their time. His re-location to Los Angeles from New York City in the late 1930s forged the West Coast’s most direct link to the abstract expressionist movement. In 1967, as the Vietnam war moved the decade from optimism towards discontent, he extended his painterly practice into astounding and revolutionary realms.

Steven Biller, editor-in-chief of Palm Springs Life and freelance art writer, will lead an informal conversation about the powerful works from this transitional year, Burkhardt’s position in art history and his enduring influence on generations of contemporary artists.

Hans Burkhardt’s paintings are included in the collections of museums such as the British Museum, the Guggenheim, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Andy Moses "Boreas" acrylic on hyperparabolic concave canvas 45''H x 90''W

Andy Moses “Boreas” acrylic on hyperparabolic concave canvas 45”H x 90”W
featuring
Andy Moses
Lita Albuquerque 
Lisa Bartelson 
Marcia Roberts
 Ned Evans 
Norman Zammitt 
JP Long
Jay Johnson
73-040 El Paseo
Palm Desert, Ca 92260

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The March Show at Joshua Tree Art Gallery features works by David Burnham, Frederick Fulmer, Marcia Geiger, Coco Hall, Cyrus Lemmon, David Mackenzie, James O’Keefe, Michelle Page, Olivia Parkes, Drew Reese, Steve Rieman, Greg Ross, Karine Swenson, and Judy Wold. There will be an opening reception at the gallery during Second Saturday in Joshua Tree, March 9, from 6 to 8pm.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery is located at 61607 Hwy 62 Suite B, open 10am-3pm Saturday and noon-3pm Sunday, or by appointment at 760-366-3636. For more info visit www.joshuatreeartgallery.com.

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NEW PAINTINGS and SCULPTURE by BRET PHILPOT at THE RED ARROW GALLERY on SATURDAY MARCH 9, 2013

Come celebrate BRET PHILPOT: STRUCTURE and the Red Arrow’s 6-year anniversary.

Reception: Saturday, March 9th from 6 – 9 pm.

Exhibition runs March 9 — April 7, 2013

March 9, 2013 — Joshua Tree — The Red Arrow Gallery is thrilled to present the work of Bret Philpot, a treasured desert artist. Currently residing in Palm Springs, but always retaining a creative home front in Joshua Tree, Philpot brings us his fifth Red Arrow show. Philpot’s new body of work, entitled Structure, rides the line between painting, sculpture and installation, venturing into new territory by abstractly constructing some of his fantasy architectural landscapes into three dimensions.

 In 1997, after fourteen years of civil engineering drafting, Philpot decided to let loose and give himself the freedom to paint. His initial paintings began as explorations of raw emotion, personal spirituality, and political injustices. Today, inspired by the spontaneity of Jean Michel Basquiat, the unusual textures of Anselm Kiefer, and the accessibility of Michal Rovner’s video, Philpot’s paintings nod to his earlier work, but are new topographies of organized disorder.

Elements of a draughtsman’s steady hand appear in his fictitious architectural skylines, wisps of organic flora, and almost imperceptible linear fissures. Philpot has created his own visual language of recurring symbols, layering them with paint to reveal cross sections of secret chaos. Seemingly organic patterns created by the reaction of compressed materials accompany details of dried flowers, twigs and roof shingles muted by thick layers of paint. His landscapes — urban, rural and internal — are riddled with an underworld of social commentary.

Landscape and music are instrumental to Philpot’s art. Joshua Tree National Park, the Hi-desert, and the Salton Sea, as well as Los Angeles and New York City have been his muses and music propels his painting process. According to Philpot, “How music forms the art I create runs so deep, it is hard to put into words. Instead I put it into the art — Massive Attack, Radiohead, Portishead, Faithless, and Gram Rabbit. Jesika VonRabbit and Todd Rutherford in their music creations have consistently formed many an emotion and frame of mind for me that have allowed art to flow effortlessly. They hold power when I hear their talent.”

The Red Arrow Gallery is grateful for a solid six years and would like to thank the Hi-desert community for being inspirational, exciting, and creative participants. Your thoughtful patronage and involvement have made the Red Arrow what it is today. To the 50+ artists we’ve shown throughout the years and to the hundreds more we will debut in the future, “Thank You.”

The Red Arrow Gallery

61597 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

www.theredarrowgallery.com

760-820-2155

Exhibition dates: March 9 — April 7, 2013

Gallery hours: Open Saturday and Sunday 11 — 5, Monday – Friday by appointment.

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If you go to one of the art shows let us know by  @-ing us on Twitter/Instagram: @thecvartscene

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