By Angela Romeo
As the Coachella Valley welcomes Desert X and Desert Island for the second year the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert Center and the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council present one of the largest exhibitions of local, living artists in the Coachella Valley. Artistic Expressions features work from 90 of the Museum Artists Council members. This community outreach exhibition runs to April 24 at UCR Palm Desert Center. A special morning of art demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and April 1, also at UCR Palm Desert Center.
With over 400 members the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council is committed to creating a fellowship among the arts communities. This goal is compatible with UCR Palm Desert’s goal of creating partnerships that advance the public good, and impacting the cultural life of the community. Proceeds from sales of the work support Palm Springs Art Museum’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and general operations.
“This is not just about showcasing local artists,” said Terry Hastings, artist’s council board member. “It is more about showcasing the diversity of talent and the interpretation of what is art. Art requires a community if it is to be successful.”
UCR Palm Desert recognizes that artists play a crucial role in society. Our goal is to engage and inspire the community with extraordinary visual content while giving artists space to experiment, explore, and innovate.
“The art exhibition is just one of the many great events UCR Palm Desert provides as a service to the community, but it’s among one of our favorite annual events. This is an opportunity for the public to see the incredible talent of our Coachella Valley artists, from established photographers to emerging painters, and every kind of creative in between,” noted Tamara Hedges, Executive Director of UCR Palm Desert.
“The show is a non-juried but curated event. Without a theme or other parameters, each artist is able to create work that they feel best exemplifies themselves. This freedom carries to the viewer as each viewer sees the work as unique as they are,” continued Terry. “Moreover UCR-Palm Desert campus is a vital part of the community. By partnering with UCR we are able to open the doors to education and cultural opportunities. This Valley is more than golf courses and swimming pools. Artistic Expressions makes that point.”