Ellen Kimmel’s Ceramic ‘Tree of Life’ Earns CDAC Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 28, 2020

Inspired by the Mexican Arboles del la Vida, La Quinta–based artist Ellen Kimmel created Hope and Renewal, a hand-built ceramic Tree of Life candelabra, for her stepson and his fiancé, who were set to be married in Los Angeles when their wedding was cancelled due to fears of the spreading novel coronavirus. The work earned…

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Ryan Campbell Returns to His Studio to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 25, 2020

Ryan Campbell’s run as artist-in-residence at Palm Springs Art Museum was abruptly cut short when the institution shuttered until October due to the spread of COVID-19. The tours, talks, and workshops he had planned were canceled, and his other projects and sales were put on hold. He’s now back in his Cathedral City studio, adding…

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To ‘Keep Art Alive,’ Anne Faith Nicholls Paints ‘The Pandemic Paintings’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 25, 2020

Quarantine. Distance. Isolation. The conditions under which we’ve been living since California’s shelter-at-home order went into effect also provide the nomenclature for The Pandemic Paintings, a new series of surrealist works by Palm Springs–based artist Anne Faith Nicholls. “This collection of three small oil paintings considers the place of art, and the artist, in a…

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Crystal Harrell Recites Spoken Word to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 23, 2020

Sheltered in place with autoimmune disorder and socially distant from her boyfriend for almost two months, La Quinta–based freelance writer Crystal Harrell turned to her craft, launching a spoken word project to express her feelings and hope. “Like many others during this time, social distancing has affected me emotionally and sometimes stifles my motivation,” she…

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Painter of Cacti Adds Flowers in Effort to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 23, 2020

There’s a good reason the cactus prevails as the subject in paintings by Zachary James Fleming-Boyles: “I’m fascinated by the ease at which they could be propagated, and I consider them a symbol of resilience,” he says. “I render my paintings in bright, highly saturated colors suggestive of reality to impart a sense of hope,…

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‘Mackaroni Tony’ draws masked canine to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 23, 2020

“Many of us are dealing with the concerns of not knowing when we will be able to go about our normal lives again,” says artist Anthony Irizarry, aka Mackaroni Tony, whose latest drawing, titled Is it Safe Yet?, depicts a puppy stepping out from its doghouse wearing a surgical mask. “My drawing shows these feelings…

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With Coachella Fest Postponed, Cristopher Cichocki Created ‘Liquid Constellation’ to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 20, 2020

Right now, Cristopher Cichocki (pronounced cha-ha-skee) should be basking in the success of his massive, multimedia art installation at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival — a career-making show for audience of tens of thousands of revelers at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and hundreds of thousands more on social media. Instead, the…

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Toilet Paper Painting Wins Artist Grant for Diane Morgan

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 17, 2020

“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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Trippy, Desert-Inspired Animation Earns Thomas Gill a Grant to ‘Keep Art Alive’

By California Desert Arts Council | Apr 17, 2020

Sequestered during the COVID-19 outbreak, La Quinta artist Thomas Gill found a way to bring the atmospheric desert into his multimedia world. The result: a trippy, pulsating trek through a graphically designed landscape drenched in the colors of so many awe-inspiring sunsets. “I do professional photography and videography but also have a passion for graphic…

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