Desert Art Collection Gallery To Honor Renowned Internationally-Exhibited Artist/Desert Resident Sheila Benow With Show Of Mixed-Media Originals In Her Memory: “Sheila Benow: The Last Originals”

The original artwork of renowned internationally-exhibited artist Sheila Benow will be featured in an upcoming show at the Desert Art Collection art gallery in Palm Desert beginning December 1st. Featuring one-of-kind originals that stem from every phase of this critically-acclaimed artist’s career, “Sheila Benow: The Last Originals” will include watercolors, drawings, collages and mixed-media pieces. Also on display will be her unique, hand-tinted etchings.

“Brilliant lyrical ‘Earthscapes’…Benow has exhibited a variety of styles but all demonstrate her imaginative use of vivid, harmonious colors and a characteristic of rhythmic quality.” —Art News

“Benow’s strength is in her intuitive feeling for color demonstrated by pleasing harmonies that are musical in quality.” —NY Arts Magazine
A Palm Desert resident, Sheila passed away in 2012 after a long battle with breast cancer, but her work continues to be highly sought after by both private individuals and public institutions alike. A special reception will be held on Friday evening, December 5th, from 5-8pm with Benow’s daughters in attendance to discuss her work and meet art fans and collectors from throughout the Desert community and elsewhere. Benow’s critically-lauded and globally-collected etchings and paintings will be on display at Desert Art Collection & Sculpture Garden, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave., Palm Desert, for the entire month of December.


With a list of galleries/shows ranging from Palm Desert to New York City to Munich to Paris to Israel and Sweden, Benow’s works are highly collectible and can be found in many private and public collections including that of the Smithsonian/Associated American Artists. Benow was also a pioneering figure in the printmaking field and one of the first female artists to create etchings via the metal plate process. Most of her designs reflect some aspect of nature or natural landscape.

After making an important international name for herself in Europe and Japan and living abroad for thirty years, the New York-born Sheila Benow returned to the United States full-time in 2006 and chose Palm Desert as her home. With an impressive list of solo exhibitions around the world, Benow created Museum Editions for such prestigious institutions as the Albrecht Durer Gesellschaft in Nurnberg and Associated American Artists in New York. She also taught classes both in New York City and overseas, as well as the Coachella Valley.

Benow attended the Ethical Culture School in New York, Sarah Lawrence College and the Art Students League, and her work can be found in many private and public collections across the globe, including those of Lotte Lenya, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Felicia Faber Castell, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Bibb, Temple Beth El, Seth Hollander, CBS, Dr. and Mrs. L.V. Radkins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Somlyo, Georgio Moroder, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Springer and the Colombe D’Or Hotel in St. Paul De Vence. She has designed and illustrated numerous covers for record albums and children’s books, and was genuinely thrilled to be a part of the desert community. Benow was awarded Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Desert Art Collection hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4.
45-350 San Luis Rey Avenue, Palm Desert, Ca 92260 Ph: 760/674-9955