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06 May 2013
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Meet Richard Almada. Several months ago, he launched Desert Art Tours, a new business that offers … well, just what the name says: tours, organized and hosted by Almada, that offer attendees a chance to take in a variety of art in the desert and beyond. Almada has experience in the arts, cosmetics and real estate worlds over his 30-plus year career. As someone who does not know a whole lot about gallery/visual arts, I decided to talk to Almada about the valley’s arts scene, and where Desert Art Tours fits in. Consider yourself warned (in a good way): If you ask Almada a question about art, you are going to get a quick-paced, passionate, information-heavy answer. Here are some highlights from our chat. Why Desert Art Tours? Why now? Almada said he started the company because he recognized that there are a growing number of folks, both locals and…
24 Jan 2013
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The police officer pulled over the little dirty car heading through Joshua Tree National Park, because its driver—an unshaven male in a shabby jacket—was speeding. What caught the officer’s eye was unusual: Five women also rode in the car, sitting upright and dressed in stunning, multicolor satin gowns. With stiff body language, he walked toward the car, looking at the backs of the beautiful women, with their intricately styled hair. Then he noticed something else: Each female passenger in the car was wearing a spectacular pair of butterfly wings that bore a perfectly realistic image of a butterfly’s pattern, and were bobbing gently in a lifelike manner. “Where are you headed?” the officer asked the group. “I’m a photographer,” replied the driver, without bothering to answer the actual question; he had used those same words numerous times before to explain away potentially odd behavior. “It’s called The Butterfly Project.” The…
03 Nov 2012
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So the website for the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire says this: "This spectacular two-day event is a juried fine art and music festival featuring 100 award-winning visual artists in a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and other artistic originals. The best of Smooth Jazz music will be presented on stage Saturday followed by the new addition of Rhythm and Blues on Sunday." While we can quibble with some of that description (why is "Smooth Jazz" capitalized?), considering the gorgeous weather this time of year, how can a free festival featuring numerous great visual artists and some pretty decent music (including Smooth Jazz smooth jazz) not be spectacular? The Rancho Mirage Art Affaire goes down from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, at Whitewater Park, 71-560 San Jacinto Drive, in Rancho Mirage. Admission is free. For more information, call 324-4511, or…
26 Oct 2012
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Every first Thursday through May, walk among the art on El Paseo, in Palm Desert. The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the El Paseo Artwalk website.

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