BY ANGELA ROMEO

In a continuing collaboration, The Artists Council and UCR/Palm Desert have opened the Fifth Annual Creative Expressions exhibit. This exhibit will run through is January 31 at UCR, 75080 Frank Sinatra, Palm Desert.  The exhibition is open from 1 to 4pm on January 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. All work is for sale.

The Opening Reception is on January 10th from 5 to 7pm. The organizers have asked that anyone interested in attending the reception to RSVP at: https://events.ucr.edu/event/creative_expressions_opening_reception#.XgGG19VKjcc

The exhibit features work from Artist Council members representing a variety of style and media. Art demonstrations by artists Kim Manfredi, Anne Bedrick, Diane Morgan and Chick Curtis are scheduled for Saturday January 11 from 10am to noon. These demonstrations will highlight the use of metal leaf, oil and watercolor painting, and mixed media. These demonstrations are free to the public.

For first time participant Edward Boeke, his piece Mystic Stare, joins the lush gathering of work.   For him the show provides an opportunity to meet the local artistic community. “I was recently recommended by local artists friends to join the Artist Council for the great programs they offer for local artists, noted Boeke. “I am so grateful to meet and be exposed to such wonderful and diverse community of Artists! Being a part of the up and coming show in January is so exciting!”

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New Gallery Owner and AC member Anne Bedrick chose Focusing on Brightness for her entry. She has similar sentiments regarding the show.  “I am new to the valley and joined the Artists Council to gain exposure for both myself and my work. The exhibition at UCR helps me to do just that. The exhibitions that they put on are top notch with artists exhibiting in many different media. I feel so lucky to have found them!” said Bedrick.

The Artist Council and UCR has created not only an opportunity for the public to view the work of local artists but has led to a series of workshops. “The first program called The Artists Council Mixed Media Series, organized by member Kim Manfredi,” said Artist Council Board Member Ulrike, “will bring notable art makers and art-world professionals to our region. Their ideas and images will fill our community with insight into the art making practice. The aim of this series is to build imaginative experiences that showcase the diversity of artists and their worlds. This series will also help to illustrate the complexity of understanding creativity and the world around us. The Artists Council hope is to elevate the meaning of art and its value in our community.”

The first speaker in the series is Joyce Kozloff presenting “Unwind With Mixed Media: Maps + Patterns” is scheduled on February 7, 2020.  Kozloff will present an overview of her work in both genres spanning close to 50 years. Reception for this workshop starts at 5:30pm, presentation starts at 6:15pm and the cost is free.

The Artist Council is a nonprofit 501(3) (c). Donations are tax deductible and go to assist with the programming, outreach and exhibitions. For additional information on the exhibition, donations and membership, contact the Artists Council at info@artistscouncil.com

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