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  • Sunset at Mojave Desert in Twentynine Palms, CA

Hosted by the 29 Palms Art Gallery, the “Basics of Drawing” class introduces the fundamentals of drawing throughout three sessions. The first class will begin with understanding the tools and mediums used, including charcoal, pencils, and paper surfaces. Artist Mark Spangenberg will introduce students to blocking, enveloping in, capturing light and shadow, and focusing on form. Simple still lifes will include glass, chrome, and cloth. An introduction of some laws of perspective will increase students’ sense of space and observation. Participants will also try to convey the feeling of the objects. Together everyone will hone observation and create a discipline of eye and hand, so each student gains the skills required to express visual communication in any style. The class size of the “Basics of Drawing” is limited to 9 (minimum class of 4 required). Book your spot now.

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.

Fall in love with art at Art-O-Motive! This fall season, Art-O-Motive will be hosting their very own Fall Art Days during the months of October and November. With the cooler desert weather, the gallery will be open over several Saturdays. All artists welcome! Booths are $15 a day (please bring your own table and shade covering). For more information, check out their Instagram.

October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and November 13th from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Now in its 20th year, the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours is an annual multi-disciplinary desert-wide open studio art tour, featuring 165 artists across 8 desert communities this year.

Printed catalogs and mobile app will be available soon, and in the meantime, check out the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours Instagram and Facebook for artist info.

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