By DeAnn Lubell

Photo Credit: Photos provided by Artists Council

With a history of more than 20 years working with nonprofit organizations, including Old Town Artisan Studios in La Quinta, Thomas Burns seems the perfect fit for the nonprofit Artists Council at the Galen Art Center in Palm Desert. Thomas founded and directed the Carmel International Film Festival.  He also led the branding process for startups to Fortune 500 domestic and international companies.

“One of the main goals for both Thomas and the Board is to create the most important arts organization in the Coachella Valley by introducing local artists,” said publicity chair, Suzanne Fromkin.  “By promoting art sales, each artist will get the message that their art is meaningful and important.”


The Artists Council, located at 72567 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260, is now in its third year as an independent organization promoting the art and artists of the Coachella Valley and beyond through its missions such as elevating artists through exhibitions, professional development, and community engagement. It does so by offering a robust program of exhibitions, art and business-of-art classes, workshops, lectures, critiques, salons, book clubs, and social gatherings. Visit the AC website calendar to find scheduled online critiques, professional development sessions, book club meetings, online charity sales, and the AC Facebook People’s Choice Awards.

“I am really excited to be part of an organization that is about changing the lives of artists,” said Thomas.  “The whole mission of the Artists Council resonates with me. It’s all about promoting and encouraging artists and keeping art in our lives.”

Coming up for the Artists Council is the 2023 AC Exhibition & Sale held from February 16 through March 19, 2023.  ACE received the largest number of entries totaling 286 applicants this season.  The jury for the event, consisting of Marcia Reed, retire chief curator and associate director of Getty Research Institute and Wendy Posner owner of Posner Fine Art in Los Angeles, selected 80 artworks.  Award winners will be announced at an opening reception scheduled for February 17 from 4-7. Opening tickets are $25 and may be purchased through the website.  Otherwise, gallery admission is free to the public Wednesday-Sundays.

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