The COVID-19 pandemic has hit freelance visual artists hard, as mandatory stay-at-home orders make it impossible to exhibit and sell works in galleries and connect in person with the community. “Times like these call into question the very necessity and viability of art itself,” says Jacob Arden McClure, a multimedia artist based in Palm Springs…

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“The toilet paper dilemma will be something we remember about 2020,” says Indian Wells artist Diane Morgan, whose watercolor painting on toilet paper, Bare Necessities, earned her a $500 grant to “Keep Art Alive” from the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC). The nonprofit organization is offering relief for working visual and performing artists in the Coachella…

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Just in time for the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Desert X released an eight-part podcast series about its site-specific exhibition in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, which features this work by Lita Albuquerque. Photograph courtesy Desert X/Lance Gerber   A day after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued California’s shelter-at-home order, local musicians took to the internet to perform…

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