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This is an area where members can post articles and links to art news that is relevant to the Desert Art Center.
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  • 03/01/2017 6:00 PM | Julianna Poldi

    New studio and gallery space at Backstreet Art District.

    2652 Cherokee Way, Palm Springs

    By appointment. 505-603-2658

  • 02/17/2017 12:08 PM | James Kampas (Administrator)

    DAC board member Susan Smith Evans’ painting "Nature's Limbs", 24" X 40", oil on canvas, was accepted into the U.C. Riverside Exhibition of Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council members, "Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley". The exhibition will be at the UCR Palm Desert Campus from March 3 to April 23, 2017.

  • 02/17/2017 10:36 AM | James Kampas (Administrator)

    Photographer Lea Jenkins is part of a special exhibit celebrating Black History Month currently at Banning Gallery in Banning. There will be a wine and cheese reception to meet the artists on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.

  • 02/15/2017 4:46 PM | James Kampas (Administrator)

    Desert Art Center painting instructor Terry Masters is featured in the Second Annual Palm Springs Modernists Exhibition at Desertpainter Gallery, from Feb. 16 to March 12. The artists’ reception is Feb. 18 from 5:30–8:30 p.m.

    Proceeds from the exhibition benefit United Way of the Desert and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information visit

  • 01/22/2017 2:46 PM | James Kampas (Administrator)
    The women’s show at the La Quinta Museum just opened, and it's a great show!  “Tell Me A Story” features work by 96 female artists. All work had to be created on the same size canvas, 18” X 24,” but could be any medium. Each piece is accompanied by a story written by the artist, talking about the inspiration for the piece. These are fascinating! The show runs until April 30th, 2017.

    The La Quinta Museum is located at 77-885 Avenida Montezuma in La Quinta.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission is free.

    Of the 96 artists in the show, 32 are Desert Art Center members:
    • Alicia Siegler
    • Antoinette Hanson
    • Barbara Spiegel
    • Barbara Wightman
    • Cheryl Flemming
    • Christina Bloch
    • Darleen Wilkerson
    • Ellen Finan
    • Erika Sanchez
    • Irene Maloney
    • Jean Bradley
    • Jessica Schiffman
    • Jilda Schwartz
    • Karen Curry
    • Kathleen Scoggin
    • Kathy Bracamonte
    • Linda Hanna
    • Linda Kottke
    • Mandy Main
    • Marcia Gawecki
    • Marcia Geiger
    • Marilyn Froggatt
    • Marsha Brown
    • Molly Preston
    • Nancy Frey
    • Nancy Rizzardi
    • Nettie Roberts
    • Susan Smith Evans
    • Toshiko Ousdahl
    • Valerie Milot
    • Veronique Branger
    • Vinnie Green
  • 01/14/2017 11:00 AM | James Kampas (Administrator)

    Get up close and personal with the creative process, at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s next "Pop-Up Studio" today at 11:00 AM. They will also happen on Jan 21 and Jan 28, 2017.

    Click here to find out more.

  • 01/13/2017 8:00 AM | James Kampas (Administrator)

    Art on the Edge group is having an exhibit at the Palm Desert Community Gallery, many DAC members are included.

    You are invited to see the show and to attend the Opening Reception on Monday, January 23, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.

    You will be treated to some VERY INTERESTING art, some yummy food and delicious wine.

    Click here to see the exhibit postcard.

  • 12/07/2016 6:55 AM | James Kampas (Administrator)

    Vaughan Davies: New Light on Tahquitz
    By Ann Japenga

    I would have told you I know Tahquitz Canyon well. I’ve studied the jagged mouth from my backyard for 21 years. I’ve watched the shadow of the witch glide across the canyon in the mornings and have even trekked to the third waterfall to visit a former hermit-in-residence. So I thought I knew this place–as emblematic of Palm Springs as Ayers Rock is of Australia. But then I saw a Tahquitz painting by Vaughan Davies. Here was a tilted slab rearing up as if about to speak. A spiky monolith, slightly foreboding. This was a Tahquitz new to me.

    Read the full article at California Desert Art blog.

  • 09/15/2016 12:00 PM | Terry Casella (Administrator)

    Thank you for your interest in the Desert Art Center's February  Enrichment Series.  For those of you who could attend, it was wonderful seeing you.  Special thanks to Ellen Finan for her hard work to coordinate and facilitate the event, and to Linda Dickhaut for creating an environment for empowering local artists.  

    As promised, this is a follow up about the day's panel discussion.  It's a brief summary with information to assist you to become more digital by promoting yourself and your work on the Internet.

    The panel consisted of:
    1. Terry Casella - Desert Art Center’s Website: Using the DAC's Photo Album
    2. Anna Miller - Social Media & Artists:  Cost Effective Global Communication
    3. Heather Spraque - Website Development:  Creating Your Own Website

    Part 1.  The Desert Art Center Website offers its members a powerful tool to network with other members, promote work and create a very strong, online community.  The website includes creating a personal account with details and information to share with other members and/or the public.  Members are encouraged to take advantage of using the DAC's website in every way possible to promote themselves and their work.  The website design is intuitive, user friendly and includes functionality to create personal photo albums.  Once uploading images to photo albums, the items can be shared on any social network platform or website by copying and pasting the links of the photos.  Descriptions can be added to every photo/link to drive traffic to your work, your website, or your contact information.  Don't miss this opportunity to get your name and work included on an art-related website.  The DAC's website is continually being enhanced to meet its members' needs.  So, please send user feedback and suggestions to the Center.  Your input and ideas will help create a stronger online presence and Desert Art Center Community.

    Part 2.  Social media is free.  There's no need to pay for Internet presence.  Use social platforms with heavy traffic, and they will create high organic search engine results for you and your work.  Facebook has 1,100,000,000 - Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors.  This amount of traffic alone drives organic listings of your page high on search engine results ( Facebook is one example, and there are many more (see attached handout).  Here's an easy place to start.  If you don't already have a Facebook Account with your name, create one.  After you have your Facebook account, click the little drop down arrow icon in the upper right corner of your account's "wall" or page.  Select Create Page.  Follow the instructions and within minutes you will have a Facebook page for your art or business. (Here's an example:  Add content, photos, comments, links, anything your heart desires related to you, your work and your passion.  Copy and paste links from your DAC's photo albums to your "Artist" Facebook Page. If you have your own website, drive traffic directly from your new Artist Facebook Page to your site.  Drive free traffic to your work.  Use your imagination and a little time to make social media work for you! 

    Part 3.  Creating your own website.  Whether using an Internet service (i.e., or using a cost effective design company (, it's a smart idea to create a personal website. When you have your own website, you can use social media sites to drive free traffic to your site.  Your website creates your image to the world.  So choose the name of your website and its content wisely.  Make absolutely certain to incorporate Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for every page you create on your website. At minimum, each page must have in its page source code "meta" tags: Page Title, Keywords and Description.  For more details, search the Internet to learn more about meta tags (  Your website's editing software will allow you to add meta tags.  So, don't allow these words to scare you.  Your goal is to make it easy for people to find you on the internet.  If people know you by your name, then use some form of your name in the website's title.  If your business name is easy to remember (i.e. Amazon, Google, Desert Art Center), use it for the website name. Working with Artists, I've found people know you best by your name and will remember your name easier than a quirky business name (Examples -- and Find a ".com" domain available and pay about $10 a year to keep it.  (I use to purchase and maintain domain names.)  

    Here are just a few examples and suggestions for domain names "currently available" to purchase for under $10 each at

    Please take a look at, find your ".com" domain name and buy it.  Then, decide what you want to do next.  Just take the first step because the world (the Wide World Web) is waiting for you.  It's waiting to meet you, to greet you, and introduce you and your work to the universe!

    Questions? Concerns? Comments?  
    Please feel free to contact me anytime by replying to this message. 

     Anna Miller 

    Please send a Friend Request to: 

    If you are interested in hiring someone to build the "framework" for you to create/build your own website (add content), own it and not have to pay an annual or monthly service fee, please let me know.  I will talk with my website developer and make sure he gives you a good price for an easy to maintain site using Paypal as the shopping cart.  I've been using the same person for over ten years.  He has created sites for me and some of my friends.   Here's a short list of sites he's created for us:

    More information is located here --

    Warmest Regards,

    New & ReNewed Fashion ...

    Social Media & Artists

    Here's a short list of online resources for Artists to create networks, promote their work and generate sales.

    There's more. Lots more!

    The Internet is filled with ways for you to connect globally with other artists and art lovers. For more information about Social Media and Artists, go to (or any Search Engine) and Search for the topics you find most interesting related to your field of expertise.

    The Top 10 Social Networks for Creative People


    Top 10 Reasons Why Artists Fail with Social Media media/


    Best Social Networks for Artists to Sell Their Work


    An Honest Look at Social Media for Artists


    How Artists Can Use Social Media to Discover and Promote Their Voice socia_b_4756824.html


    Three Social Media Platforms for Artists


    5 Rules for Artists Using Social Media


    Facebook and Social Networking for Artists artists.html


    How Visual Artists Can Use Social Media To Get Famous (Sorta)


    Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites | February 2016


    The World's 21 Most Important Social Media Sites and Apps in 2015 important-social-media-sites-and-apps-2015


    Online Resources for Selling
    18 Ways to Sell Your Art Online ------------------------

    Platforms with high traffic: (New & Vintage) (New & Vintage) (New) (New & Vintage) ----------------------

    Thank you for joining us at the Desert Art Center, February 20, 2016.

    Anna Miller

    Warmest Regards,

    New & ReNewed Fashion ...

  • 07/07/2016 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Use the link below to read the art news & happenings from artist and DAC member Joe A. Oakes

    Focal Point Newsletter, July, 2016

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