There are ‘staple weekends’ in the desert that I look forward to every year. As you can imagine, one of them is Coachella Fest weekend(s) …. and another (a little more under-the-radar) one is the HWY 62 Art Tours weekend(s). Both offer a rich arts & culture experience, however, they couldn’t be any further apart in terms of what you see, hear, learn and walk away with.

The HWY 62 Art Tour is like an old pirate’s treasure map to gold… ‘X’ marks the spot. But, instead of an island to explore, you have the stunning High Desert to navigate through. And although the land is wide, the skies are open, and the views stretch far and wide… there are many things that simply can not been seen from a car ride down Hwy 62.

The HWY 62 Art Tours features over 200 artists who open up the doors to their creative spaces and allow people to explore their fantasy world’s for a weekend. With a map in one hand and the other on the steering wheel (and both eye’s on the road, at all times, of course), you follow the directions to each open art studio. Many of them take you down long dirt roads, twisting and turning you around bushes, cacti, mountain ridges and rocks… until you reach your newfound pot of gold.

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Once you arrive at the artist’s studio you meet and greet, and then you get to walk around. You observe their space, see what inspires and influences them. Personally, that just excites me right there! Artist’s work spaces are always pretty cool places. Right?!

When I come across an artist that I connect with it is easy to engage in conversation with them. You can learn all about their past, how they make their pieces and what they are currently working on. Simply put, an art and culture blogger’s dream scenario.

One of the best things about these art tours is that there is no overhead when you purchase a piece. The money goes from your hand, to theirs.

However, everybody has their very own unique experience. You pick your own path for the day, there is nobody there guiding your down streets or telling which way to go. It’s great. It’s also something similar to what they call, “desert wandering.” 😉

I highly recommend that you pack your car full of friends, water and road snacks and get yourself up to the High Desert this weekend. And for all those who can’t make it this weekend… the Art Tours continue on next weekend as well!!

**Make sure to read all the information below for more details. All information has been extracted from http://www.hwy62arttours.com/.

 

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A Brief History of the Art Tours:

Conceived in 2001 as a festival for all the arts, with 24 participating artists, the Hwy 62 Art Tours now features close to 200, including those working in music, literary, performance and visual arts.

For the tenth anniversary, Art Tours organizers have put together an ambitious program to showcase a variety of the arts in the Morongo Basin.

“Open Studios” are still the main feature. A steadily growing number of artists open their homes and studios to an ever-expanding public. Each reflects the unlikely growth of the arts in this remote desert community.

Along with the growing Art Tours, this past decade has seen the rise of a thriving arts community, where cultural events occur year-round. Hwy 62 Art Tours is the premiere arts event of the year in this unique place, when the local community welcomes the world to have a look.

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Morongo Valley + Yucca Valley + Landers +Joshua Tree + Pioneertown’s Open Studios

OPEN STUDIOS – FIRST WEEKEND
OCT 19-20, 2013
9-5pm unless other wise noted.

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Maps to navigate this excursion can be found at the Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley and all other art galleries along HWY 62!

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HWY 62 Art Tour’s Site Specific Locations

LANDERS
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The Integratron

YUCCA VALLEY
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Desert Christ Park

JOSHUA TREE
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High Desert Test Site Headquarters

Noah Purifoy Foundation

Simi Dabah

World Famous Crochet Museum


WONDER VALLEY

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Beauty Bubble Museum

The Palms

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HWY 62 Art Tours Special Events

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62929 Sunny Sands Drive Joshua Tree 92252

Zircon Aerial Entertainment presents ‘One Perfect Moment’ a performance and celebration to kick off the 12th annual HWY 62 Art Tours. In every lifetime there are moments that can only be remembered as simply Perfect. Come join us for a special evening and share with us a few new ones. Come out to the Big Top and be amazed by daredevils and awe-inspiring performances whilst supporting the arts. Highlights of the evening will include:
Ballerina / Contortionist / Flying Man Act / Zircon & Wish Dual Act on Silks / Fire Eater / Opera Singer / Stilt Walkers / Art Show / Guest host Andy Woods / DJ After Party with Laser Light Show
+ Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Super Duper Prizes, Big Top Photo Booth and more!!
If you have been to Joshua Tree’s Big Top you’ve never been. It’s unlike any show we have ever done. You won’t believe your eyes!
All proceeds to benefit community arts.
It is recommended to buy your tickets early. $15 Seat / $10 Standing.
All tickets ordered by October 15th will receive FREE souvenir photos in our Big Top Photo Booth! (props and costume accessories included)
Call to reserve your tickets now 909 543 9868

Sponsored partner Arts Connection, The Arts Council of San Bernardino County

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/518863521531516/

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For More Information:

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council
61325 29 Palms Hwy # F
Joshua Tree, CA 92252-1912
(760) 366-2226
info@mbcac.org

www.mbcac.org

and/or

http://www.hwy62arttours.com/

 

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