Writer Maggie Downs Wins CDAC Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | May 12, 2020

The things 5-year-old Everest will say, and sing, while sheltered in place — missing school, where he should be rehearsing songs for his kindergarten graduation — never fail make his mother, writer Maggie Downs, think, laugh, cry, or wonder if this is really happening. Any of it. Like when, in the middle of a pandemic,…

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Anthony Tran Paints, Sings, Wins Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | May 12, 2020

Drawing on his love for Japanese culture, La Quinta-based artist Anthony Tran went to work on a new watercolor, Keep Fighting, an 11-by-14-inch painting on paperboard depicting, in a kaleidoscope of colors, a samurai — masked as a sign of the COVID-19 times — with his sword held high, ready to come down on anything…

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Tod Goldberg’s Essay on Sheltering in Place Wins CDAC Grant

By California Desert Arts Council | May 11, 2020

How does self-quarantine look for New York Times bestselling author Tod Goldberg? His new essay “The Outside In,” which won a $500 grant from the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC) to “keep art alive,” brings you into his stir craziness. “’The Outside In’ [below] is a piece of narrative nonfiction which examines this strange new…

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Tone Rubio’s ‘Frontline’ Drawings Win CDAC Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | May 11, 2020

“We see a lot of photographs and video clips, and hear lots of talk about curves and graphs,” artist Tone Rubio says of news reports about the COVID-19 pandemic. “My main focus is to show the emotion that is hidden behind masks, goggles, and face shields. There is lots of talk about heroes, and rightfully…

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Ricardo Vela’s Expressionist Paintings Win Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | May 11, 2020

For most of his life to express his thoughts and feelings, Emmy Award-winning journalist-turned-artist and gallerist Ricardo Vela picked up a camera. But when those emotions deepened, he needed something more physical: the expressive gesture of a paintbrush on canvas. On this surface, he was free to apply bold colors to represent his raw emotions.…

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With ‘Tribute to the Orderlies,’ Don Porter Wins Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | May 11, 2020

“Ugly, I know,” Don Porter says of Tribute to the Orderlies, his photograph of a temporary bas-relief sculpture. “I learned the orderlies at the nursing homes have even less PPE than their hospital brothers and sisters.” In this new work created during the shelter-at-home order, Porter depicts an orderly in a tattered yellow gown entering…

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New Kiln-Worked Glass by Paul Messink Earns CDAC Artist Grant

By California Desert Arts Council | May 7, 2020

Paul Messink — kiln-work glass artist and instructor who creates hand-painted, multilayered glass panels presenting nature and figures in deep dimension — has been using his shelter-in-place time to explore a new subjects and experiment with new techniques. His latest work, You Are Not Alone (shown above), on 25 layers of hand-painted glass, responds to the…

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Gideon Cohn, Lauretta Lowell Win CDAC Grants to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | May 7, 2020

Two La Quinta-based artists, Gideon Cohn and Lauretta Lowell, have won grants from the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC), whose Keep Art Alive fund is offering financial relief to Coachella Valley artists and arts organizations affected by COVID-19-related cancellations of art exhibitions and performances of all kinds. CDAC and affiliate La Quinta Arts Foundation established…

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Coachella Valley Arts News – May 2020

By California Desert Arts Council | May 6, 2020

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument welcomes amateur and professional photographers to participate in a photo contest to mark its 20th anniversary. Photograph by Tom Brewster/courtesy Palm Springs Life and Friends of the Desert Mountains   COVID-19 Arts organizations invited to apply for COVID-19 relief funds (WESTAF)The Western States Arts Federation’s WESTAF…

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