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  • 06/16/2018 9:27 AM | Veronique Branger

    The City of Palm Desert Public Art Program presents


    Exhibit runs June 8 - August 24,  2018

    Reception Monday, June 18, 2018 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

  • 05/02/2018 5:00 PM | Poldi Poldi

    Wednesday May 2 @ 5 - 8PM

    2652 S. Cherokee Way

    Palm Springs

    Backstreet Arts District


  • 01/20/2018 7:43 AM | Ian Cooke (Administrator)

    The Coachella Valley Watercolor Society invites DAC members to take part in a workshop led by Tom Franceconi, March 13-16. For more details go to

  • 12/12/2017 11:22 AM | Sarah Webber

    Hello I am a new gallery member arriving mid January and am seeking a workspace/room/garage with good light... somewhere to do my art.  I will be in the area until May.  I would be willing to pay up front or month to month.  I am an oil painter who paints animals on canvas small, medium and sometimes large format. If anyone knows of anything my phone number is 805 550 2938, my email is and I can also be contacted through my website which is  Thank you so much!  Looking forward to coming to PS!

  • 12/04/2017 3:59 PM | Brad Zylstra (Administrator)

    Marilyn Froggatt has been honored with a great article in the Riverside Press Enterprise - click on the following link

  • 12/02/2017 12:15 PM | Brad Zylstra (Administrator)

    LIFE DRAWING:  Saturday’s 9-12
    Instructor Meridy Volz

    Meridy is one of our most popular teachers. Her subjects are nude models. You will have exercises to loosen up and instruction on how to render the human figure. Warmup is usually in charcoal on newsprint with longer poses in the medium of your choice.

    Cost: $120 for 4 classes
    Location: DAC Auditorium

    Phone: (760) 668-9852

    LIFE DRAWING: Sunday’s 9-12
    Instructor David Fairrington
    This class will have both nude and clothed models. Drawing from the “inside out” will be taught to get more volume and depth in your drawings and paintings. Painting with various media covered. Line work and capturing drama in the drawing emphasized.
    Cost: $35 for 1 class
    Location: DAC Auditorium
    Phone: (951) 966-6800


  • 11/09/2017 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    You are invited
    to our annual Holiday Lunch which takes place on Sunday December 10, at 12 noon. Once again, the venue will be the O’Donnell Golf Club Restaurant. Desert Art Center Members and their spouses or guests are invited. 

    The cost, inclusive of gratuities and tax will be $30. There will be a cash bar available. 

    The menu which offers a choice of entrées is as follows:

      Mixed Green Salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, dried sweet cranberries, cranberry balsamic dressing
    Option #1 Seared New York Steak Diane
    Herb roasted potatoes
    Seasonal vegetables
    Option #2 Grilled Salmon with brown sugar mustard glaze
    Herb roasted potatoes
    Seasonal vegetables
    Option #3 Vegetarian
      Chocolate Brownie Sundae  with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream
      Coffee and Tea

    If you would like to attend, you can book at the desk in the gallery, with your name and selected entrée choice. You may also book by telephone to 760 323 7973, in which case we ask you to make payment when you next visit the gallery or on the day of the event.

    Do come for some good food, to meet up with old friends and meet some of our new artists!
  • 11/06/2017 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Calling All DAC Regular and Gallery Members to lend support to the 2nd Annual “Arts for Kids Day,” on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 from 1-4 pm at the DAC. This event raises funds for DAC’s Middle School Art Project and the Susan Smith Evans Scholarship Fund. To accomplish this amazing feat, we need participation from every member! It’s fun and rewarding to see so many families and friends enjoying an afternoon of art and entertainment.

    Call Sally Hedberg at 925-788-9862, or email her at to assist that day with art projects, selling raffle tickets, setting up and clean up.

    The First Ever Juried Art Show for Regular and Gallery DAC Members!!!

    Our goal is to raise $8,000 and as a DAC member, you can help us by entering and donating a piece of your art into the Judged Art Show which will be part of this event. There will be several categories, Best in Show, People's Choice, Wearable Art, 3D Art, 2D Art and Photography. Winners will be presented with ribbons. All the Art will be in a raffle drawing.

    Click here to get the Art Show Entry form.

    Contact Stefanie Young, Art Show Chair,  for questions.

    Tickets for “Art for Kids Day” are $5 for adults, kids under 16 free. These tickets make great “stocking stuffers” and Holiday gifts for families, friends, neighbors etc. Tickets and promotional cards available at the DAC Gallery front desk.

  • 11/04/2017 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Always wanted to sculpt? Take Kay Henkel’s Sculpture class at DAC on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to 12 PM. Kay has been teaching for over 30 years and she’s an honored member of the National Sculpture Society. Among her clients are Hollywood celebrities Candace Bergen, Gene Hackman, Lucille Ball, Sonny Bono and Rodney Dangerfield.

    Visit our website for more information about this class and other art classes click here.

    The Elevator by Kay Henkel
    A crowded elevator… with the walls removed! Packed in like sardines,
    20 adults – plus a couple of children – busy talking on the phone,
    checking each other out, picking pockets, and annoying one another.

  • 10/19/2017 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Drawing to Enhance Your Skills
    with Instructor Rik Phillips

    Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Rik Phillips was born in Boston, MA. At fourteen, he won his first art award. This launched his forty year art career. At seventeen, he won a scholarship to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and later went on to the University of MA to receive his bachelor's degree in education.

    In 1973, Rik taught Three Dimensional Design andrikwithborderConceptual Art at Montserrat School of Visual Arts.

    All students welcome, whether beginner or intermediate. Classes focus on the skills and fundamentals of composition, perspective, shading, shape, texture, value etc. The Class will include not only instruction in the classroom but will experience drawing nature.

    $120 for 4 weeks or $35 for 1 class
    Held in the Desert Art Center small studio.

    Contact Rik to sign up or for more information.
    Phone: (760) 770-3777

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