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Opening Reception & Fall Art Show

  • 10/06/2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

with Featured Artists 
David Fairrington & Rick Christie

Join us on Friday, Oct 6, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, as we celebrate the beginning of the Desert Art Center’s 68th year of supporting the visual arts in the Coachella Valley.

DAC Gallery will reopen full-time with our exciting "2017 Fall Art Show" that includes the works of over 100 talented, local artists. At the same time, featured artists David Fairrington and Rick Christie will host a "First Friday" show and reception in our small gallery.

There will be live entertainment and complimentary refreshments. There is no admission charge and everyone is invited!David Fairrington:

David Fairrington is an internationally known artist who grew up in Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University. After graduating, David served as an "Army Combat Artist" for the Dept. of the Army in Vietnam. The paintings he did are now in the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

After the military, David opened his own design studio, designing and executing movie posters for such studios as Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Sony and MGM Studios.

David was named a "Master Artist" by "International Artist" magazine and his portraits are in private and corporate collections. Some of the people painted by David Fairrington are: Arthur Ashe; Police Chief William J. Bratton; California representative Alan Lowenthal and Congresswoman Janice Hahn.

He also paints portraits of celebrities. His most recent celebrity portraits are for ABC Television and the Disney Corp., that include the stars of: LOST: Terry O’Quinn, Matthew Fox, Navin Andrews, Michelle Rodriquez; EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME: Ty Pennington; GRAY’S ANATOMY: Meredith Grey, Sandra Oh, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers; DESPERATE HOUSEWIFES: Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria Parker, Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan.

In the ballet world, David is known as the "Degas" of ballet painters. He is also an accomplished landscape painter with his work hanging in several state and local government buildings.

Paintings from David's Red Kimono Series will be on display and available for sale.


During one of my classes, a female student criticized a male artist who always dresses his young female models in provocative, “pin-up” looks. She complained, having been a model herself that she couldn’t believe men continued to present women as sex objects. Why couldn’t the young models just be who and what they are without accouterments like negligees and little collars which emphasized their breasts. It just seemed like the continuation of age-old, outdated sexism.

Even though I’ve painted women all my life, I’d never considered this and wondered if I’m guilty of presenting models from a strictly male perspective. Consequently, I was inspired to do a series in which the models chose how to reveal themselves, the only requirement being the use of a red kimono in the picture, either on them, around them, or however they chose to use it. I used the kimono to thematically tie the series together. I encouraged each woman to add something meaningful which represented who they are as women. Some chose certain shoes, boots, or personal props. 

This is the pictorial story of these women and who they are. It was collaborative and revealing for both the artist and the model.

Rick Christie

Rick Christie is a high school art and ceramics teacher who lives in Desert Hot Springs, CA. His first love is making pottery, but he also like to make collages, murals, and paint water colors. Rick's ceramics are usually functional, but his goal is to create "art" in the form of a familiar object. He's always searching for the line that separates "craft" and "art".

Rick's work can be found in private collections across the United States, Europe and Australia and he has showed, among other places, at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Riverside Art Museum, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, The TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, the Myers Gallery in Santa Ana, and the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. He is a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum's Artist's Council, the Riverside Art Museum, the Desert Art Center of Palm Springs, and the American Ceramic Society.


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