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 High School Art Show

Open daily in our Small Gallery 10am to 4pm featuring work from talented students in the local High Schools.

Spring Fling – Saturday April 21

Demonstration, Members' Meeting and Barbeque

2pm Demonstration by Julianna Poldi

How to approach Abstract Art

Julianna Poldi is a Desert Art Center artist and teacher.  She is an award-winning artist with current gallery representation in California and New York.  

Abstract art is real. As with poetry or classical music, it engages the imagination and offers us a new perspective of reality. Demonstration  will include simple exercises to enhance our understanding of abstract painting.  Julianna holds an MFA in Arts and Consciousness from John F Kennedy University.   

3pm Spring Members Meeting -  This will be an important business meeting, as it will include the election of officers for the next two years and a change in our bylaws. You will also meet the Board members, hear about our successes over the last year, our financial status and plans for the future.

4pm  Barbecue - bookings for the barbecue are now closed.

Featured Artists for May

On Friday May 4, from 6-8pm we will be having the last opening reception of the season with a new show in the main gallery and three featured artists in the Small Gallery. Refreshments will be served

Nancy Rizzardi experiments by combining waterbased mediums with charcoal, inks and collage. She says she finds inspiration in her travels and the California landscape. 

Although John Ressler is primarily a watercolorist, he also enjoys other challenging mediums like casein and digital art. His predominant subject matter is "anything that interests, and challenges, him. One kind of challenge is to paint representationally but also to convey a sense of abstraction."

Janis Buller was originally an abstract painter when she studied at Otis College. She is now a landscape painter who strives to catch the ever moving light.  She aims to simplify her work and ‘avoids painting every thorn on the cactus!’

April Volunteer of the Month, 

Kathleen Irvine

Kathleen has been chosen as the Volunteer of the Month for her tireless work helping prepare the gallery for the week of intake before the opening receptions. She takes on any task that needs to be done to make the gallery “shine,” as well as answering the phone and helping with title cards.

Kathleen has been a professional artist since college, working in animation in Hollywood for twenty years.  She’s a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Artists Council, the Desert Art Center, and Fine Art America.  Her award-winning work is rich and has the beautiful energy of the artist herself. For more information about Kathleen and her art click here.

Please drop by the Desert Art Center and check out her paintings and learn more about this great desert artist.

Upcoming Events


We are open every day from 10am to 4pm. There is a car park accessible from Indian Canyon road but there are also many other areas to park within a 2 minute walk. Click on this link to see parking locations


There are many opportunities for art classes at the Desert Art Center.  Elaine Starret  will be starting a new class called “Visionary Scapes”  using acrylic, oil or  mixed media. Contact her at or call 808-298-9551.

Joann Fallstone is running a pastel class in Painting Animals on Monday afternoons. Joann has been painting pet portraits for some years and has won many awards. Phone Joann on 760 671 8812 or email

Ian Cooke is running a Watercolor Painting class for beginners and improvers, Tuesdays, 1-4pm. Phone Ian on 760 408 3313 or email for class details.

There are also spaces in the Life-drawing class with Meridy Volz  on Saturday's 9am to noon.  For full information contact Merridy at

Art Under the Eaves

During the spring months we offer the opportunity for any of our members to showcase and sell their art at our Art Under the Eaves events.  Quite simply, you turn up, bringing your own table and chair and set up a display at the front of the DAC. If you wish to paint, this adds extra interest for visitors. You pay a single $25 fee at the gallery sales desk and all income from your sales is yours.  Last opportunity this season

Saturday April 21

We suggest you aim for a 10am start when the gallery opens and finish by 2pm when our art enrichment events start in the auditorium.

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