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  • Sunset at Mojave Desert in Twentynine Palms, CA

The soft pastels of artist Larry Hemmerich of Thousand Palms will be featured in the East Gallery this month, with a showing of his desert paintings titled “This Way My Friend.” An exceptional pastel artist, who captures the desert in exquisite detail, Hemmerich is an Associate Member of the California Art Club and Palm Springs Artists Council, and in 2019 was juried into the Pastel Society of the Southwest and the prestigious Pastel Society of America.

Featured in the West Wing this month is “A Splash of Color,” paintings by abstract expressionist Francesca “Cesca” Spoonhower of Yucca Valley. A California native, she first moved to the Morongo Basin in 1981 and had residencies in recent years in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, where she participated in the Art Students League of Denver and created a wine label for Castillo de Feliciana in Oregon. Her colorful work has been shown in west coast galleries, and locally for the past three years since returning to the basin.

Also in the West Wing this month are the whimsical clay sculptures of Cher Townsend of Idyllwild, CA, in a show titled “What’s The Story?” Townsend’s figurative works often have objects, fabric, glass, or encaustic painting added to the work. Two of her pieces are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, and she was named 2017 Artist of the Year and 2021 Best of Show award winner by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild.

Artists’ Guild members will display new works in the Pickering Room this month. Regular hours at the gallery are 11:00am to 3:00pm Thursday through Sunday, and the show will be on display until October 24th.

To help keep our artists, volunteers, and visitors safe, modified COVID-compliance remains in effect at the gallery, with facial coverings and social distancing requested indoors.

The fall Art in Public Places exhibition, “Clouds Rolling In,” will open on Saturday, October 2nd at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Gallery. Opening day for the show will be celebrated from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, with light hospitality in the Visitor Center.

The show theme, “Clouds Rolling In,” is inspired by the fall season in Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert region and is expressed in painting, photography, mixed media, and 3-dimensional artwork by a variety of desert artists.

The group exhibition is presented by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms and will be on display through January 7th, 2022.

Located at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway, the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center is open weekdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and weekends from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

COVID-compliance is still requested at the Visitor Center, with hand sanitizer readily available and facial coverings requested for non-vaccinated individuals.

For more information or directions, contact the Visitor Center at (760) 358-6324.

WHAT:  9th Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition | See their JURIED ARTISTS list for 2021

WHEN:  Juried Exhibition: November 4th – 28th, 2021 | Art Expo Weekend: November 6th & 7th

WHERE:  29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive at National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday thru Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Art Expo Hours: Saturday, November 6th from 10:00am to 7:00pm; Sunday, November 7th from 10:00am to 4:00pm

AWARDS RECEPTION: Saturday, November 6th | 5:00pm to 7:00pm

ART CLASSES/DEMONSTRATIONS: Saturday, November 6th | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Details to come.

ARTISTS: View the list of Juried Artists for 2021

ARTWORK FOR SALE at the Gallery and online (in November) at

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition at the historic Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA, presents a juried exhibition of art inspired by the park, plus an art exhibition catalog, artist awards, art activities, and more. JTNP Art Expo weekend events include art demonstrations for youth and adults, gallery tours, and an art market at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery. Other activities include Park Ranger walks/talks at the Oasis of Mara and pottery classes at 29 Palms Creative Center. Also, that weekend is the annual “Weed Show” at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, located just down the street from the gallery.

In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and the national parks and specifically Joshua Tree’s impact on artists and visitors from around the globe, the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts created an annual Art Exposition in 2013 — a juried art exhibition and celebration featuring art inspired by or depicting the unique natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.


Admission is free to all events, but donations are gratefully accepted.

For Jurors and Award Judges and entry info, see their Call for Art page.

Note: If COVID-19 restrictions continue, this event may be modified. For the safety of our artists, visitors, and volunteers, facial coverings will be required indoors and social distancing may still be required, per state/county guidelines. The Art Awards Evening on Saturday, November 6th, will be held outdoors on the 29 Palms Art Gallery patio at 5:00pm, with entrance to the gallery possibly limited to avoid overcrowding. Light hospitality and a no-host beer/wine bar will be available.

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