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If I never need a quick trip out of town to get “outta sight, outta mind” the first place I always consider is the High Desert.  It’s a 30/45 minute car ride up the grade that is not just a beautiful scenic excursion, but also a thought provoking, mysterious, and eerie experience.  Novels, movie characters, and Western films could be inspired and based out of people, places and things of the High Desert.  It’s everything an artist could dream of.  Desolate with tons of rich culture and personality.

This weekend, like most weekends up the grade, there are a ton of art shows going down.  If you got cash for some gas, get your a** up there!  (Can I say that?!?!  Whatever.)  Anyways, like I said, this is a highly recommended day trip filled with not just art galleries galore, but also some pretty amazing thrift stores and National Parks.

So, take a minute to check it out!:


Some of the most best galleries in the High Desert come together to bring you the Joshua Tree gallery crawl…. this is going to be good!


Warm up to the thought of Valentine’s Day.  It’s The Love Show.  It’s apart of the Gallery Crawl, so you can’t miss it!


Another segment of the Gallery Crawl… it’s a 1 Year Anniversary party!!  Congratulations on holding up a business this past year, must be equally challenging as it is rewarding.


Angels Look After Us: ‘Joshua Tree 13’

Online CD to Benefit Ailing Musician

The musicians of Joshua Tree and the area have compiled a CD to raise funds for Judy Van Ruggles. The banjo playing chanteuse with a vast repertoire of folk music and standards and the knowledge and heart to deliver them with a back story, is dealing with cancer. The CD, “Joshua Tree 13,” is available as a download at CDBaby and in limited release on disc featuring 13 tracks by area musicians.

Over 100s of open mics Judy plays from a wide repertoire always with a theme for her three song sets. Accompanied by her banjo, she owns Peggy Lee classics like “Fever” and “Is that All There Is.” She takes us to “Kansas City” and back “Over the Rainbow.”  Judy Van Ruggles’ contributions include her warm hugs, humor, wistfulness and wisdom, neck rubs and a vast knowledge of music of the 20th Century.

Local Brit guitarist Clive Wright has spearheaded this effort to give something back. Please show your love for the woman dancing around with the tip jar at all those Sundays at ‘Church.’


1. Tim Easton – Next To You (Tim Easton)

2. Bingo’s Dream Band – Shadow (Kevin Richie)

3. Dani Cali & Clive Wright- Heaven Breath (Daniel Cunningham/Clive Wright)

4. Patti Hood – Fairies Slumber (Patti Hood)

5. The Kittens – Whispering Horses (Shari Elf)

6. California Celts – Celtic Sound (Christopher Poland)

7. John Zulu – Still With You (John Rose)

8. Koonda Holaa –  Landers (Kamil Kruta)

9. Paul Gerkin – A Town Called Peace (Paul Gerkin)

10. Warsaw – Hills Of Yucca Valley (Christopher Poland)

11. Ted Quinn – Sabu’s Pedals (Susan Bradley)

12. Eva Stokes – Take My Heart (Eva Stokes)

13. Clive Wright – Angels Look After Us When We Are Sleeping (Clive Wright)


Joshua Tree Nat’l Park ROCKS!
A celebration of Joshua Tree National Park’s 75th “Birthday.”

This Hi-Desert Nature Museum exhibition exalts the unusually surrealistic, geographically intriguing, stone cold cool “piles-of-rock” formations that characterize Joshua Tree National Park.

2D & 3D art accepted. Tag art on back with your name, title, price & phone. Hanging art not to exceed 42″ any direction and must be ready to hang. All mediums accepted included pottery and sculpture. There are a limited number of pedestals. Entry fee: $10 MBCAC members; $20 non-members. Limit one entry per person.

Drop off Mon., February 28 thru Sat., March 5, at Donation=Creation Art Store, 61325 Hwy 62, Joshua Tree. 10a-4p Mon-Sat. 760-366-2226. DO NOT TAKE WORK DIRECTLY TO THE MUSEUM.

Show runs Sat., March 12 thru Sat., April 23, artists reception Fri., March 11, 5 – 7pm, at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 Hwy 62, Yucca Valley.