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Visual Arts

19 Nov 2020
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Art adds color to our life. Imagine how dark and gloomy the world would be without music, movies, paintings, books and other forms of artistic expression. The MAEX Academy is doing its part to ensure that our world doesn’t turn gray. The nonprofit organization—whose mission “is to advocate for the artistic enrichment of the youth and community” via workshops, panels and public art—recently commissioned an art piece that showcases the power of the arts. According to a press release, the goal of “Unite”—a 5-by-3-foot aerosol paint on board and canvas painted by Rick Rodriguez—is “to commemorate the current state of affairs and remind us of the common practice of coming together as a community and supporting one another as we move forward as one. The message implores us to UNITE in a state of mutual sympathy or empathy for our neighbors that have faced the most adversity in this trying…
10 Aug 2020
If you’ve been in downtown Palm Springs recently, you may have seen—or even sat on—one of the 10 newly painted public benches now adorning the downtown sidewalks on Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Alejo roads. This collection of formerly drab benches has just been re-imagined via the beautiful artwork of nine local artists who applied to the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission for the chance to participate in the Palm Springs Main Street Bench Project’s Phase 2, which concluded on Aug. 5. That talented group included Ernesto Ramirez (who painted two benches), Marconi Calindas, Shanah Chomsinsub, Zach Fleming, Michael Foss, Kylie Knight, Rich Rodriguez, Patrick Sheehan and QWestOwen. The very next day, the commission issued another call for artists to transform 16 more benches, this time located on Palm Canyon Drive between Alejo Road and Tachevah Drive. Each artist will receive a grant of $1,000 per bench; all the…
26 May 2020
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Perhaps you’ve thought about getting some work on your arm, or maybe adding some colorful scales to the massive dragon inked on your back. Maybe you have a yen for a nipple-piercing … or something more south of the border. If so, until Stage 3 of the reopening process begins in earnest, you’re out of luck in California—unless you find a tattoo shop or piercing parlor that’s opened up again, either secretly or in deliberate defiance of state law. Four months ago, Jay’e Jones spent $30,000 to move her Yucca Valley tattoo shop, Strata Tattoo Lab, to a new location. The timing, as we all now know, couldn’t have been worse. Jones is obeying the law and trying to stay optimistic until tattooing and piercing parlors, along with hair and nail salons and gyms, can reopen during Stage 3. “Newsom was teasing (in one of his daily press conferences) that…
25 May 2020
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The coronavirus has made a lot of people realize they’ve been living life with a gross underappreciation for human connection—including the ability to go to a museum and learn with others. So … how do museums serve the public when people can’t physically connect? We recently spoke to representatives of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, the Coachella Valley History Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum about how they are each handling the closure—and what attendees can expect when they finally reopen. The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert wanted to keep reaching people during the shutdown—so it implemented a new online learning program called “Discover at Home,” which can be accessed via the museum’s website, “Not having visitors anymore, we wanted to continue being a valuable community resource for children and families, especially now during these uncertain times,” said Gregoria Rodriguez, chief programs and exhibits officer…
03 Feb 2020
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The Coachella Valley is home to picturesque mountains, gorgeous blue skies—and an ample number of residents who can afford fine art. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Palm Springs has become a beacon for art-lovers in Southern California and beyond. The art scene is vibrant and bubbling with growth, with dozens of art galleries here, as well as numerous art shows—none more prestigious than Art Palm Springs, the annual five-day art exhibition and show at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Scheduled to coincide with Presidents Day weekend and Modernism Week, Art Palm Springs attracts a growing number of art-lovers each year. While exhibitors from all around the globe take part, Art Palm Springs is special and personal to the participating galleries that call the Coachella Valley home. “For us, it’s (important) because it’s the regional fair. We are pretty much at home, and it’s nice to get to play in our…
28 Jan 2020
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La Quinta High School has produced many creative people, including singer/actor Tyler Hilton and singer/model Aubrey O’Day. While Zach Fleming-Boyles has not yet reached their levels of fame, he has accumulated local recognition—and he has a lot of big plans for 2020. He lives in Palm Springs with his two parakeets and works as the manager of school programs at the Palm Springs Art Museum, but in his spare time, he is a painter and musician. Using the moniker The Fat’s Sabobah—a name he claims “has no meaning” and is “search-engine optimized”—he’s been making what he calls “ambient techno” since 2003. Fleming-Boyles played his first show in four years at Bart on Dec. 30, and he is now branching out and performing/exhibiting in new and exciting ways. He will have an exhibition at the new Tim J Leary Studios at the Backstreet Art District throughout February, with a reception at…

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