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Our recommendations for January 2018
THE NEW FEMINIST GAZE: Nalani Hernandez-Melo and Simeon Den curate a group show opening Jan. 13 at Simeon Den Gallery in Cathedral City. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m., and the month-long exhibition includes panels and performances by the Wyld Womxn feminist collective. Info
WALK FOR ART: El Paseo Art Walk (Jan. 5) in Palm Desert features openings for Michael Battaglia (Desert Art Collection) and Jason Kowalski (J. Willott Gallery); a group show of locally based artists (Ramey Fine Art); a portraiture exhibition (Dawson Cole Fine Art); and 50 million-year-old fossil murals (Filsinger Fine Art). Other art walks take place at Backstreet Art District (Jan. 3) in Palm Springs, The Art Place (Jan. 3) in Palm Desert, and Cathedral City’s Perez Road Art District (Jan. 13).
SOUTHWEST ARTS FESTIVAL: About 250 artists from near and far converge on Indio’s Empire Polo Club Jan. 25-28 to showcase their work in a festival environment with live music and a variety of food and beverages. Info
SPIRIT OF THE POTTERS: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum presents a year-long exhibition featurings contemporary pottery by Tony Soares (Metis/Azore Island Portuguese), who, along with Cahuilla potter, David Largo, has been leading restoring Cahuilla pottery since the 1990s. Info
BOB VAN BREDA: The artist’s solo exhibition, Lost and Found, features discarded industrial and natural objects that he transformed into aesthetic forms at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert (through Jan. 28). Info
CARVED NARRATIVE: Featuring paintings by José Chávez Morado and sculptures by his brother, Tomás, Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado (through June 3, 2018) marks the artists’ first exhibition outside of Mexico and Sunnylands Center & Gardens’ first exhibition of art from outside its own collection. Info
SUBLIME ABSTRACTION: The season-long exhibition at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert aims to connect emotionally and transcend through works spanning more than half a century of art history. Info