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Visual Arts

14 Nov 2016
After three years of visits from Georgia to the California desert, Atlanta gallery owner Thomas Deans decided he wanted to set up shop here. He opened Thomas Deans Fine Art on El Paseo in September 2016. “My partner and I fell in love with the desert,” he said. “My belief is more galleries create more buzz and interest. We met a lot of people here who are art-lovers; (with more galleries), there’s more to look at for every window-shopper.” He added a quip: “Atlanta is a place to make money, and people come here to spend money!” Speaking of money, Thomas Deans offers works at every price point, from miniature oils for as little as $95, to larger pieces starting at just below $1,000, to a variety of beautiful paintings and sculpture selling for up to $20,000. Thomas Deans began his career as a music historian, and supervised educational publications…
27 Oct 2016
Just in time for Greater Palm Springs Pride, downtown Palm Springs’ Ted Casablanca Gallery is presenting a show of never-before-displayed photographs by Michael Childers—taken in 1974 at a drag ball in a Los Angeles, and at a White Party in Palm Springs in 2002. Childers is best known for his photographs capturing the personalities of celebrities, including Greta Garbo, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Warhol, Natalie Wood, Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Joan Crawford and Grace Jones, to name just a few. His work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums throughout the world. However, this upcoming show reveals a different side of Childers’ personality. Mentioning two of his favorite photographers, Nan Goldin and Diane Arbus, Childers said he thinks this Flaming Creatures series resonates with their work. Childers described working with famous people as more like a dream, while in the Flaming Creatures photographs, “the flavor of people—they’re not acting,” Childers…
03 Oct 2016
“Pixels to bricks” is the tag line for Fusion Art, a gallery that opened in May in Palm Springs’ Backstreet Art District, at 2658 S. Cherokee Way. At that point, Fusion Art had already developed a presence online; today, the gallery seamlessly melds both its online and physical forms. For example, the winners of an online juried competition will be featured in an upcoming group show at the Palm Springs gallery. Chris and Valerie Hoffman, owners of Fusion Art, chose Backstreet for its brick-and-mortar home for good reason: Chris Hoffman, an artist himself, had previously shown in other galleries in the hidden-away arts district. Fusion Art currently represents five artists: Evie Zimmer, a neo-op artist with energetic psychedelic patterns; Michael Goldzweig, a surreal/galactic abstractionist; Jeanie Gebhart, a palette-knife painter who specializes in coalescing abstract, still-life and landscape genres; Alicia Savio, an Argentinian classical and ballet dancer who paints and sculpts…
12 Sep 2016
Western Stories is a simple yet perfect title for the newest exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The show, which will be on display through Sept. 4 of next year, references historical relationships between people and the land. The works move us away a bit from our preconceived notions of the West—heroic and filled with scenic grandeur, for example—to reveal sublime and multifaceted character tales. “In juxtaposing how people connect to the landscape, through spirituality and the making of the Western icon, in showing cowboy and Indian themes, we encourage people to look and compare,” says curator Mara Gladstone. “Roping a Prairie Wolf,” Charles Marion Russell’s watercolor and gouache on board, captures the moment when two cowboys are about to capture a wolf. The comradery and excitement between the cowboys, atop their horses on the blue-tinted prairie, reveals a little about the cowboy aura and life. It’s no surprise…
18 Aug 2016
El Paseo’s CODA Gallery has always presented works with a colorful, positive energy—making visits to the gallery continuously exciting. Today, CODA is on the move: It will be reopening in September in a new space two blocks east of its former home. Sam Heaton has been the gallery director since January, although his experience dates back 20 years—as a gallery owner and director, and as an artist representative, with further experience in art sales, marketing, publishing and private-collection management. Heaton plans to highlight many styles of art in the new environment. CODA is known for blending mediums and styles while always retaining a vivid eloquence, humor and/or deftness that will be on display at the new location, opening Sept. 15. Two hot 2016 works are the Ben Steele pop retro-impressionism oil on canvas “Developing Dots,” and a Giuseppe Palumbo new surreal-minimalistic bronze entitled “The Edge.” Nicole Borgenicht recently chatted with…
26 Jul 2016
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The area surrounding the city of Coachella is dominated by farms, ranches, orchards and the laborers who work on them. As I drove to meet Armando Lerma at his Date Farmers art studio, I passed fields where migrant farmworkers were doing their jobs under the brutal summer sun. This is one of the places where Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union fought for the labor rights of these migrant farmers. Today, Coachella is becoming known for more than agriculture; it’s also getting more and more attention for its rising arts scene—and much of that attention is directly due to Armando Lerma and the Date Farmers studio. When I arrived at the studio, which Lerma started with Carlos Ramirez (who was not present; he apparently avoids interviews), Lerma greeted me. Lerma’s two large dogs jumped around in excitement as he opened the door to show me the garden area…

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