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The Desert Art Center is offering a free Summer Art Camp to kids who are 11-14 years old. There will be two 5 day sessions. Both sessions are 9am- noon, Monday-Friday, The first session is June 25-29,2018 The second session is June 25-29, 2018.

Three classes are offered: Clay, Printmaking and Painting & Drawing. Each class has two teachers and a limit of 12 students. A student may sign up for both sessions but take a different class in second session. There will be a $20 deposit made with application. This deposit will be returned if the student attends all 5 classes in a session. (See Application for details.) For information contact Sally Hedberg, or 925-788-9862.

Featured Artists for May

On Friday May 4, from 6-8pm we will be having the last opening reception of the season with a new show in the main gallery and three featured artists in the Small Gallery. Refreshments will be served

Nancy Rizzardi experiments by combining waterbased mediums with charcoal, inks and collage. She says she finds inspiration in her travels and the California landscape. 

Although John Ressler is primarily a watercolorist, he also enjoys other challenging mediums like casein and digital art. His predominant subject matter is "anything that interests, and challenges, him. One kind of challenge is to paint representationally but also to convey a sense of abstraction."

Janis Buller was originally an abstract painter when she studied at Otis College. She is now a landscape painter who strives to catch the ever moving light.  She aims to simplify her work and ‘avoids painting every thorn on the cactus!’

April Volunteer of the Month, 

Kathleen Irvine

Kathleen has been chosen as the Volunteer of the Month for her tireless work helping prepare the gallery for the week of intake before the opening receptions. She takes on any task that needs to be done to make the gallery “shine,” as well as answering the phone and helping with title cards.

Kathleen has been a professional artist since college, working in animation in Hollywood for twenty years.  She’s a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Artists Council, the Desert Art Center, and Fine Art America.  Her award-winning work is rich and has the beautiful energy of the artist herself. For more information about Kathleen and her art click here.

Please drop by the Desert Art Center and check out her paintings and learn more about this great desert artist.

Upcoming Events

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We are open every day from 10am to 4pm. There is a car park accessible from Indian Canyon road but there are also many other areas to park within a 2 minute walk. Click on this link to see parking locations


There are many opportunities for art classes at the Desert Art Center.  Elaine Starret  will be starting a new class called “Visionary Scapes”  using acrylic, oil or  mixed media. Contact her at or call 808-298-9551.

Ian Cooke is running a Watercolor Painting class for beginners and improvers, Tuesdays, 1-4pm. Phone Ian on 760 408 3313 or email for class details.

There are also spaces in the Life-drawing class with Meridy Volz  on Saturday's 9am to noon.  For full information contact Merridy at

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