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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Rancho Mirage–based artist Sofia Enriquez has begun a new series of paintings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   “In this time of crisis,” says Sofia Enriquez, “there are a lot of harsh realities I have had to face head-on.”  The Rancho Mirage–based artist known for her distinctive figurative paintings, fashions, and large-scale installations (she…

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Arts and culture in the Coachella Valley are taking a hard hit from the COVID-19 crisis. Music and theater performances, museum and gallery exhibitions, film screenings, and other events have been canceled or postponed, arts institutions shuttered, and jobs lost. Like everyone else, California Desert Arts Council (CDAC) is grappling with how best to serve…

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Installation view of Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration, at Sunnylands Center and Gardens through June 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.   ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Museum exhibition surveys influential designs of Alexander Girard (Palm Springs Life) Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at Palm Springs Art Museum includes the legendary designer’s textile…

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