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  • 11/04/2017 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Always wanted to sculpt? Take Kay Henkel’s Sculpture class at DAC on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to 12 PM. Kay has been teaching for over 30 years and she’s an honored member of the National Sculpture Society. Among her clients are Hollywood celebrities Candace Bergen, Gene Hackman, Lucille Ball, Sonny Bono and Rodney Dangerfield.

    Visit our website for more information about this class and other art classes click here.





    The Elevator by Kay Henkel
    A crowded elevator… with the walls removed! Packed in like sardines,
    20 adults – plus a couple of children – busy talking on the phone,
    checking each other out, picking pockets, and annoying one another.

  • 10/19/2017 2:31 PM | Anonymous


    Drawing to Enhance Your Skills
    with Instructor Rik Phillips

    Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Rik Phillips was born in Boston, MA. At fourteen, he won his first art award. This launched his forty year art career. At seventeen, he won a scholarship to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and later went on to the University of MA to receive his bachelor's degree in education.

    In 1973, Rik taught Three Dimensional Design andrikwithborderConceptual Art at Montserrat School of Visual Arts.

    All students welcome, whether beginner or intermediate. Classes focus on the skills and fundamentals of composition, perspective, shading, shape, texture, value etc. The Class will include not only instruction in the classroom but will experience drawing nature.

    $120 for 4 weeks or $35 for 1 class
    Held in the Desert Art Center small studio.

    Contact Rik to sign up or for more information.
    Email: artsoulrik@gmail.com
    Phone: (760) 770-3777
    Website: www.KauaiArt.com

  • 10/08/2017 1:10 PM | Anonymous


    “When Chuckawallas Dream”
    Susan Smith Evans Memorial Retrospective

    Join us in celebration of the life and
    work of Susan Smith Evans
    Friday, October 13, 2017
    5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Exhibition on display October 10
    through November 1, 2017

    at CREATE Center for the Arts
    73446 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 834-8318
    www.CREATECenterForTheArts.com

    All proceeds benefit the Susan Smith Evans
    Memorial Scholarship Fund.
    To learn more about Susan Smith Evans,
    please visit www.SusanSmithEvans.com


    A 501(c)(3) Charitable Arts
    Organization #81-4414345



  • 09/22/2017 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    November 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017
    7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    DAC instructors Jessica Schiffman and David Fairrington were each selected to host one of the 4 drawing workshops that will celebrate the Annenberg Estate’s sculpture of “Eve” by Auguste Rodin, in honor of the centenary of the artist’s death (1841-1917). Jessica will be there on Nov 8th and David on Nov 29th. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Fee is $25.

    Click here for more information.

  • 07/21/2017 12:33 PM | Anonymous


    August 18 – August 20, 2017

    Paint under the pines in a small art village, 5500 feet above sea level. Accomplished landscape painter Jessica Schiffman will teach you her step-by-step method and help you capture changing light and shadows. You will learn about contrast, perspective, color theory, simplifying and organizing shapes, controlling paint, and more.

    For more information, and to register, contact Jessica at jscaschiffman@gmail.com.

  • 06/08/2017 5:00 PM | Julianna Poldi

    Poldi Gallery hosts portraitsofacity.org

    Student Exhibition Opening Reception

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    6pm to 8pm

    Julianna Poldi Gallery

    2652 South Cherokee Way

    Palm Springs, California 92264

    Backstreet Art District Palm Springs

    portraitsofacity.org

    Exhibition will be on display starting

    Thursday, June 8, 6pm- 8pm opening reception

    Friday, June 9, 11am- 5pm

    Saturday, June 10, 11am- 5pm


  • 05/30/2017 4:26 PM | Anonymous


    DATE & TIME: Tuesday, June 13, 2017  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

    Indio-based artist Patrick Blythe, known for his bronze, stone, and glass sculpture, will discuss his work and life at an Arts Salon presented by the California Desert Arts Council (CDAC). Coachella Valley Art Center in downtown Indio will host the free event.

    In his presentation, “Art, Soul, and Community”, the artist will talk about his lifelong love of art as well as his career, inspiration, and special place in the art community. Blythe set up his studio at the art center, where he not only creates his work, but also welcomes artists from near and afar to come learn, work, and collaborate. He has become a valuable resource for artists and the community.

    Coachella Valley Art Center
    45140 Towne Street, Indio, CA 92201

    Click here to RSVP online.

    For more information visit www.cadesertarts.org

  • 05/07/2017 6:00 PM | Julianna Poldi

    Featuring work by abstract painters Julianna Poldi, Konrad Carter, Michelle Murray, Ed Boeke and Patsy Telpner

    2652 Cherokee Way, Palm Springs

    Call to confirm 505-603-2658

    11-5 M-Sat


  • 02/17/2017 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    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.

760 323-7973

550 N. Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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