In this week’s edition of Art Shows a Go Go we shine a spotlight on two completely different art shows in two completely different parts of the desert; the High Desert and the Low Desert.

The weather is nice, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  The adventure on getting to the show is half the fun…



Low Desert


DOS Salon in Palm Desert

There is a new artistic duo in town, Cooper and Campbell.  However, Kimberly Nichols (aka Cooper) and Ryan Campbell (aka Campbell), are no strangers to the art world.  In fact, individually these two have blazed their own trails and have gained established names for themselves amongst the Coachella Valley’s art community.  So it’s very exciting to see the two artists, who have styles on the opposite ends of the spectrum from one another yet similar tastes and interests, come together on some ideas, abilities, and artistic expression!   The two are currently gearing up to put their collaborative work out on the line, and up for grabs…

This Thursday night Cooper and Campbell will host their second collaborative art show, Endless Summer.  It will be a featured show to the El Paseo Arts Walk in Palm Desert, CA.  The show will touch upon their contemporary collaborative works, and couture hair.  Hmmmm…. sounds interesting, right?  Make sure to check it out, and stroll the boulevard for the El Paseo Arts Walk while you’re at it.  Cooper and Campbell’s art show will be held at the DOS Salon 73880 El Paseo Suite 4 Palm Desert, CA from 6-10pm.



About the show:

” On Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. DOS SALON on El Paseo will present the exhibition ENDLESS SUMMER by artist duo Cooper & Campbell in conjunction with Art Walk El Paseo.
The show will feature new paintings by the artists as well as four live models with summer-colored hair inspired by the artworks. This is the second time DOS SALON owner Dennis Ogas has supported this creative duo with a show of work that coincides with cutting edge hair. The public is invited to attend to enjoy the art, refreshments and music.”



About the Artists:

Both Ryan Campbell and Kimberly Nichols are fine artists in their own right. Ryan does installations and paintings that mock society and our preconceived notions of the world and Kimberly does paintings, photographs and performance pieces that reflect on our ideas of beauty, stereotype and place in the physical world.

As friends and studio mates, both artists discovered that they had a passion for other streams of artwork outside of their individual voices and that their styles, for example, in their abstracts, strata and conceptual paintings, were similar and they decided to start the company as a creative arts and design firm that would allow them an outlet to create these collaborative projects outside of their individual art careers.

It is about creative synergy between two artists, the zone of play and random outcome, connection between two people, and the mutual love of making things and process.

Together they’ve already done projects such as the design and construction of a custom gate for a major art collector.

Their abstract strata paintings body of work is represented by Desert Art Source and their series AmClass which brings us all back into our childhood nostalgia through major installations of spaces covered in red/white/gold for male and pink/white gold for female utilizing objects and icons from childhood.

The show at DOS Salon this Thursday night ( TONIGHT!) from 6-9 p.m. is going to unveil a new body of collaborative abstract strata paintings in conjunction with couture hair creations.



La Quinta Museum in La Quinta

About the Exhibit:
Have a Roaring good time at The La Quinta Museum’s newest exhibit, “Jurassic Encounter.” The exhibit features some pretty impressive Dinosaurs, some of which come to life (sort of) animatronics style, plus other fun artifacts that include, a Dinosaur egg, and huge claws. The exhibit opens Friday, February 4th and runs thru July 31st. For more information call, (760)777-7170.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Phone: (760)777-7170
Location Details
La Quinta Museum
77-885 Avenida Montezuma
La Quinta CA US






High Desert



29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery in 29 Palms


About Jim Smart Photography’s Exhibit:


What better way to celebrate our lovely cool desert May air, than with a stunning photography exhibit by a local photographer, Jim Smart! PLUS! We are still in the excitement of celebrating our desert treasure, the Joshua Tree National Park, where Jim has captured lots of moody moments for his photography exhibit here at the Creative Center, and for very reasonable prices.  

Jim Smart developed an interest in photography some 50 years ago when he took a high school course and made a pinhole camera, shot with a Speed Graflex, and took surfing photographs in Hermosa Beach with a 35mm Pentax. Since then he has traveled throughout the western United States and used Leicas, Hasselblads (film and digital), a Mamiya 7 medium format film camera and owned or used most of Canon cameras made since the 1970’s.
He now principally uses the digital Canon 5D Mark II and the Mamiya.
Jim thought he could avoid the digital revolution, but was forced to “enlist” a few years ago when he became the advisor to the Coyote Chronicle, the school newspaper at California State University, San Bernardino where he teaches journalistic writing and photography. He now has become proficient in the use of Adobe’s CS5 Photoshop and teaches basic photography skills by private lessons. He also takes portraits upon requests in the Joshua Tree area and captures fine art images on his travels, especially in Joshua Tree National Park. He lives a few miles from the west entrance to the Park with his wife, Meg, and several of the images in the upcoming exhibit were captured there.
Some images to be on display were taken in the Mojave National Preserve where Smart recently was an artist in residence. He has had about half a dozen shows in Santa Ana and Hollywood and at the 29 Palms City Hall.

Phone: 760-365-1805
More Info:
Location Details
29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
6847 Adobe Road
29 Palms CA 92277 US



The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery in 29 Palms


About the Art for Art’s Sake exhibition:


Show runs through May 29.
Artists’ Reception: May 7, 5 to 9 p.m.
Gallery open 1-5 p.m. daily.
Featured artists:
Rick Hardman – photography & fine art
Eva Montville – wood sculptures
Barbara Johnson – mixed media
Marya Fields – jewelry and fine bead work
Pepper Wagner – tile art and hard-scape murals

Location Details
The Glass Outhouse Gallery
77575 29 Palms Hwy.
29 Palms CA 92277 US



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