Call For Work


THE MIND’S EYE: Featuring the historical paintings of Edith Valentine Tenbrink and selected works of MBCAC artists
On view: September 9th - September 25, 2022
Artists' Reception: Saturday September 10th, 6-8pm
Joshua Tree Art Gallery: 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Suite B, Joshua Tree, CA
Gallery hours: Fridays 11-3pm, Saturdays 9am-3pm and Sunday 12-3pm

JTAG is hosting “The Mind’s Eye” exhibition showcasing artwork that is inspired by the search for spiritual, metaphysical and religious understanding.

A portion of the main gallery will feature Bobby Furst’s (Furstworld) historic collection of religious works by Edith Tenbrink Valentine. Valentine, born in 1883 Iowa moved to Los Angeles in 1920. She and her second husband, John Tenbrink were inspired by the proliferation of idiosyncratic religious movements that made the Southern California a Mecca for spiritual seekers. Together, they founded the “Ancient Order of the Golden Precept” a blend of Western and Eastern philosophies. Edith was most prolific in the 1930’s and 1940’s - and her paintings were used as visual and inspirational tools to accompany their lectures on the “Seven Keys of the Masters.” Edith and John traveled to Indian and Egypt, and they believed that an ancient group of mystics from the Himalayas were the originators of their faith. This marvelous collection of paintings was saved from destruction when they were dumped at the back door of an LA area thrift store. We are thrilled to show this marvelous collection as inspiration for our JTAG artists.

We are looking for MBCAC member artists to share work that reflects the artistic search for spiritual or metaphysical order. Artists are encouraged to explore their esoteric side for their submissions to THE MIND’S EYE!

Interested in participating? Please review the guidelines below:

  • Artists must be a current member of the MBCAC. Become or renew your membership at or when dropping off your work.
  • You can hang work on approx. 3 linear ft of wall space or one approx. 12" x 12" pedestal for a $25 fee each.
  • Artwork Drop off is Sunday, August 28th, 3-5pm and Wednesday August 31, 10:00am-Noon.
  • We kindly ask each artist to sign up for one 3-hour gallery sitting shift on Saturdays and Sundays, to be arranged on intake day. Artists can pay a $25 gallery sitting fee if unable to gallery sit.
  • All wall-hung artwork must have hanging hardware (i.e., d-rings, wire, cleats, saw tooth brackets, etc.) For the safety of your artwork, resting a canvas frame on nails alone does not count as hardware.
  • Please have a label on the back of the artwork that includes: Artist Name, Title, Year, Medium, Size (height x width x depth) and Sale Price.
  • Artists will sign a simple consignment agreement when dropping off the artwork
  • The MBCAC will retain a 20% commission and will collect sales tax for all sales.
  • You will be contacted if your piece sells, and you may replace it with an additional piece.
  • The Gallery Director will be responsible for hanging artwork' Salon Style'.
  • MBCAC reserves the right to refuse any work not suitable for the exhibition.
  • Artwork can be picked up on: Sunday, September 25, 3:00-5pm. If these times don't work other arrangements can be made.
  • MBCAC will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage to the work of art submitted.

Please email JTAG Gallery Director, Katie Nartonis at to participate. Deadline to participate is August 25.

General exhibition

General Exhibition Requests:

For solo and group exhibitions curated by the artists JTAG asks for a fee of $1000 for the month, this can be divided amongst the artists participating in the exhibition. JTAG receives a 20% commission on sales. You do not have to be a member of the MBCAC. This space is autonomous with the artists taking the lead on organizing the exhibition with assistance from the Gallery Director. We are currently seeking exhibition proposal's for June and July 2022 and beyond.


Please send us an exhibition proposal to that includes: your name, phone number, e-mail, brief bio, website, dates requested and up to 6 JPEGS that are representative of your work.


Mural III by Rose Cefalu | February 19 - May 15, 2021


The MBCAC continues our mission to inspire and enliven the community through the arts by presenting a rotating line up of large temporary murals on the exterior wall of the Joshua Tree Art Gallery. As we reflect and shift with the daily changes and effects of COVID-19, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council understands that art has the power to connect, uplift and inspire everyone. While many residents are reevaluating the new normal, the downtown Joshua Tree commercial strip remains active. We aim to catch the eye of a passersby and shift their current outlook to one of inspiration and intrigue. Stay positive, stay safe and continue to make and appreciate art.

We are accepting submissions for a new mural to be installed mid December 2021 and mid-March 2022. We are happy to continue and adapt this great program started by JTAG founder Frederick Fulmer. Click the links to earn more about Mural I by Other Desert, Mural II by Anna Stump, Mural III by Rose Cefalu, Mural IV by Kate McCabe and Mural V by Juan Thorp.


  • Artists must be members of the MBCAC. Join here.
  • Artists who have participated in the past are not eligible to re-apply.
  • There is no fee to participate.


  • Up to five sketches of your proposed ideas
  • 3-6 examples of your past work that fits the style of your mural submissions
  • What time period(s) work for your schedule
  • Apply by completing the form below


  • The mural is approximately 147” wide by 73" tall with a metal frame that has a 2" border and 2 vertical bars equally space to hold and wood panels in place.
  • The Gallery Director will provide three panels of pre-primed polytab material marked with boundaries. When the work in complete these sheets will have adhered to existing wood panels when installed. The MBCAC will also provide the artist with Nova Color Artists' Acrylics 216 Exterior Satin Varnish for the final top coat to protect the work. The artist is responsible to the first coat of sealant that is compatible with the mediums used.
  • The Gallery Director will provide this guide with tips for mural prepping and painting.
  • Please understand the dimensions and limitations of the metal frame. The piece can be seen as three separate panels like this or one continuous piece with 2 vertical borders like this.
  • The murals do not have to be created with paint only. Polytab is a substrate, like canvas but stronger, that can have several kinds of mediums applied to it. Think printmaking, collage, drawing, and mixed media and more! All mediums used should be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand harsh conditions including high winds, extreme temperatures and any external force caused by humans. The artist must comply with all appropriate requirements for safety.
  • The Gallery Director will install the finished piece. The artist can be present for installation is desired.
  • The polytab material is versatile and after the exhibition the finished material can be attached to stretchers, framed or presented by other display methods.
  • The MBCAC is not responsible for any damage to the work. We recommend that the artist procure some form of liability insurance in the event of damage, theft or injury to a third party.


  • Artwork can be sold, but not removed until the 3-month contract is complete.
  • After the contract is complete the work will be returned to the artist for their own use.
  • The MBCAC will withhold a commission of 15 percent if the work is sold during the exhibit.

Please email requested information and/or questions to Gallery Director Katie Nartonis or complete the application form below.

Mural Application Form