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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Devastating. Unprecedented. Dire. This is how local arts leaders describe the current state of affairs as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shutters museums, galleries, theaters, and performance venues across the Coachella Valley. They’ve canceled events, refunded patrons, sent home talent and back-of-the-house staff, and begun strategizing for their survival. The hurt, including lost economic impact, has…

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