On view: July 

LOOKOUT

An Outside Look At Inside Art

 

As we reflect and shift with the daily changes and effects of COVID-19, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is committed to the health and safety of our community. During this time art has the power to connect, uplift and inspire everyone. While most residents are staying at home and reevaluating the new normal, the downtown Joshua Tree commercial strip remains active as our neighbors and the farmer’s market remain open.

To continue our mission to inspire and enliven the community through the arts we present LOOKOUT, an exhibition series in the front window of the Joshua Tree Art Gallery. Artists Rose Cefalu, Sharon Davis and Philippe Jestin continue the series showcasing a rotating lineup of bold and colorful paintings and camera-less photography. Featured artists will change monthly and the window display will change weekly as long as our galleries remain closed.

Contact us if you’re interested in purchasing any of the pieces. Interested in showing? Contact us.

Open Hours: Ongoing (Gallery is closed but visible FROM OUTSIDE.)

Featured Artists

Thomas Alban

Alnitak

Stoneware, Glaze and Wood

24 x 46 x 1.5 in.

$2700

We All Breathe Together

Stoneware, Glaze and Wood

41 x 36 x 1.5 in.

$2200 

(Proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter.)

Naked

Stoneware, Glaze and Wood

32 x 27 x 1.5 in.

$2100

Meissa

Stoneware, Glaze and Wood

46 x 24 x 1.5 in.

$2400

About Thomas

Moving from Savannah, GA to Pioneertown, CA in the fall of 2000, Thomas began working with clay. The many forms and colors of the Mojave Desert would soon be organically represented in his work; for instance, the erosive forces of sun and wind on wood as demonstrated in his popular ‘Wood Pot’ series – a faux bois vase so compelling people often ask how he manages to fire glaze on wood.

Also informing his palette? The layers of reds and rich browns emerging from old pieces of metal decaying in the sun over decades, contrasted with open blue skies of the high desert.

While he takes pride in the true functionality of his work, Thomas also tends to stray into new areas that are anything but ordinary. Being largely self-educated in the medium of clay, he’s not anchored to old-school thinking when it comes to form and function.

Each piece at MazAmar Sculptural is unique and one of a kind, and each has found its way into the collections of his many clients from around the world, knowing the work will live on.

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Wini Brewer

The Mind’s Eye

2017, Acrylic and Masking Tape on Wood Panel

30 x 30 in.

$1200

Hidden in Plain Sight

2020, Acrylic and Collage on Canvas

36 x 36 in.

$1500 

Birds and a Bee

2014, Acrylic and Collage on Wood Panel

36 x 36 in.

$1500

Beekeepers Ball

2014, Acrylic and Collage on Wood Panel

36 x 36 in.

$1500

About Wini

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Wini maintains studios in Los Angeles and the California high desert.

She studied at Art Center College of Design Pasadena, California State University Long Beach, and University of California Los Angeles. She is the recipient of two Vermont Studio Center fellowships.

Her current work is process driven, combining abstraction and pattern with representational elements, using layered acrylics and glazes often juxtaposed with black and white graphics or collage. Favorite subjects include women, birds, bees, rabbits, and trees.

Selected exhibits include (solo) Kerckhoff Gallery/UCLA, Pharmaka, Coagula Curatorial, La Luz de Jesus, Red Dot Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, LA Art Core, bG Gallery/Bergamot Station, San Diego Art Institute, Palm Springs Art Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Beta Main Museum/Los Angeles, Neutra Institute Museum/Los Angeles, Reykjavik Art Museum/Iceland, Yucca Valley Arts Center, and the Palm Springs Art Fair.

She is included in the collections of Kemper/Gilliam and Magnus Films as well as being represented in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

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Cesca Spoonhower

KARMA

2020, Mixed Media on Canvas

36 x 24 in.

$860

JUSTICE

2020, Mixed Media on Canvas

36 x 24 in.

$860 

#1054

2019, Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 36 in.

$800

#1068

2020, Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 36 in.

$800

About Cesca

Cesca’s practice is inspired by shapes, textures and contrasts. She loves the way it makes the textures pop. Not putting too much planning in a piece, Cesca likes to just let it flow and see what comes up. These two new portraits were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Having studied realism for 14 years, Cesca loves the freedom of abstract expressionism, especially when combined with dance. Dance a little, make a brush stroke, dance some more, make another brush strong, and so on. Cesca doesn’t title many pieces because she wants the viewer to take part in the conversation. “I want them to decide what they feel.”
 
Indigenous to California, Cesca moved to the Morongo Basin in 1981, with recent stays in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Art studies include community colleges and the Arts Student League of Denver.

She created a wine label for Castillo de Feliciana in Oregon and has shown her work in Galleries in Oregon, Washington and Denver, Colorado.

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See previous lookouts: May, June, July.