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MEDIA RELEASE – July 25, 2017

Artists Announced for Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2017

Sixty-three artists have been selected for the honor of displaying their artwork in the international juried exhibition for the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in September in Twentynine Palms, CA.

On Friday, July 21, a panel of six jurors met and juried 290 artwork images submitted by 120 artists from across the desert, California, the U.S., British Columbia and abroad. The jury selected 63 artists and art pieces depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park for this year’s show. Artwork ranged from oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, mixed media, and photography, to ceramics, assemblage, and metal sculpture.

International artists selected for the show were David Flatt of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Izabela Pawlaczyk of Koszalin, Poland.

Seven out-of-state artists were selected: Pam Ambrosio of Tucson, Arizona; Chin J. Banham of Las Vegas, Nevada; James Bush (Remi JaBuh) of Scottsdale, Arizona; Shelly Hull of Denver, Colorado; Alexandra Taggart of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Katherine Tonnessen of Vashon, Washington; and Kim Zarney of Cleveland, Ohio.

Artists in the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities include Marcia Geiger of Landers, and Joshua Tree artists Raini Armstrong, Gerhard Kammer, Eileen Kaniefski, Jessie Keylon, Alane Levinsohn, Alita Van Vliet, and photographers Doug Dolde, Mitch Miller, Jim Smart, and John Van Vliet.

Twentynine Palms artists selected are Penelope Benson-Wright, Chuck Caplinger, Marilyn Fernald, Lisa Manifold, and Elisabeth Pollnow.

Yucca Valley artists in this year’s exhibition are Hannah Campbell, Janis Commentz, Timothy Hearsum, Rossana Jeran, Ed Keesling, Daniel Lee, Ilona Mercier, Darlene Morris, Esther Shaw, Heather Sprague, Travis Usher, Nichole Vikdal, and Krista Wargo.

Artists from the Coachella Valley are Hunter Johnson and Douglas Shoemaker of Palm Springs; Robert Miramontes of Desert Hot Springs; Andrea Raft of Indio; Martha Villegas of Cathedral City; and Ehrick Wright of Rancho Mirage.

Other California artists are: Robert Arnett of Glendora (and Twentynine Palms); Valerie Messervy Birkhoff of Grass Valley; Linda Brown of Claremont; Teal Buehler of Chico; Larry Carpenter of San Marcos; Jane Culp of Anza; Lee Edwards of Duarte; Celeste Evans of Ojai; Michael E. Gordon of Long Beach; James Hammons of Sugarloaf (and Joshua Tree); Rose Ireland of Poway; Joan Lamensdorf of Pasadena; Greg Lucker of Murrietta; Chip Morton of Menifee; Christopher Pecharka of Laguna Niguel; David Sabet of San Clemente; Marie Van Dorp Skelly of Sunland; Brice Weaver of San Diego; and Jocelyn Young of Placentia.

One piece of art from each of the 63 artists will be displayed in the juried exhibition at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1. An awards reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Art Exposition weekend celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 & 17, and will include an Art Market with artist booths, music, food and beverages on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn; art demonstrations and the exhibition at 29 Palms Art Gallery; a community mural project at 29 Palms Creative Center; ranger talks at the park’s Oasis Visitor Center; nature walks at the Oasis of Mara; and other activities throughout the weekend. All events are admission free.

The 2017 jurors for the juried exhibition, working with facilitator John Cole and artist liaison Vickie Waite, were:

  • Larry Cush of Yucca Valley, Artist, Mixed Media and Public Art, formerly of Cush Art Studio, La Quinta, and former juror for La Quinta Arts Festival.
  • John Fisher of Redlands, Artist, retired Art Instructor at Redlands High School and former District Mentor, California Arts Project. Robert Hamilton, Art and Design Instructor, Twentynine Palms High School.
  • Casey Kiernan, Photographer, Filmmaker, Owner of Joshua Tree Workshops.
  • Danielle Segura, Executive Director, Mojave Desert Land Trust, Joshua Tree.
  • Jane Smith, Art Collector, Owner of 29 Palms Inn.

The annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition is presented by Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, in partnership with 29 Palms Art Gallery, both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. 

MEDIA RELEASE – May 23, 2017

Call For Art: Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2017

Artwork entries are now being accepted for the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and Juried Exhibition, which will be held in September at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters.

Deadline for entry submissions for the juried exhibition is Saturday, July 15, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. PT. Artwork must depict or be inspired by the unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history. Artists may enter up to three (3) artwork entries for an entry fee of $35, and images of the artwork and entry fees can be submitted online. Complete guidelines and entry form are available at www.JTNPArts.org.

Approximately 50 to 60 artists will be selected for the honor of exhibiting in the show, which will be on display at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery for the month of September, with an awards reception set for Saturday night, Sept. 16.

Artists’ work will be for sale during the show, and they will be included in an exhibition catalogue and eligible for one of several cash awards totaling $5,000. Entry is open to national and international visual artists age 18 and over. The artist’s work can be 2D or 3D and must be original and created within the last five (5) years.

In addition to the exhibition, the Art Expo weekend celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various venues at the Oasis of Mara. The event will include an Art Market, booths, live music, food and beverages on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn; art classes, demonstrations, and the exhibition at 29Palms Art Gallery; demonstrations at 29 Palms Creative Center; interpretive walks and talks at Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center and the Oasis of Mara, and more.

A complimentary 10x10 booth space will be offered for juried artists to sell additional art during the Art Expo weekend’s Art Market. Other artists may participate in the Art Market for a $50 booth fee.

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition is presented by Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and local sponsors and partners. For more information, visit the website www.JTNPArts.org, or email: artists@jtnparts.org.

MEDIA RELEASE – September 19, 2016

Awards Announced for Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2016

The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in Twentynine Palms was a successful event over the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18. Nearly 250 people attended the awards reception on Saturday night at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, which featured a juried exhibition of artwork inspired by Joshua Tree National Park.

Out of 92 artist entries from California and across the nation, 49 artists were juried into the exhibition, and seven received special awards for their work, with awards totaling more than $5,000:

First Place Award went to Jaymie Arquilevich of Ojai, CA, for her fabric art piece “A Meeting of Trees.”

Second Place went to Frederick Fulmer of Joshua Tree, for his mixed media “Desert Tracks.

Third Place was Kim Zarney of Cleveland, Ohio, for his “Joshua Tree” water soluble oil on paper.

Fourth Place went to John Van Vliet of Joshua Tree for his photograph “Critical Mass.”

Honorable Mentions were given to Robert Fogel of Haughton, Louisiana; Larry Percy of Troy, Alabama; Karine Swenson of Joshua Tree; and Echo Westover of Yucca Valley.

The Superintendent’s Award, personally selected by Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith, was given to Sal Vasquez of Palmdale, CA, for his 8x10 plein-air oil painting “Joshua Tree Sunrise, Headstone Rock.”

For more details on the Art Expo weekend activities, read full media release

MEDIA RELEASE – August 1, 2016

Artists Announced for Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2016

Forty-nine artists have been selected for the honor of displaying their artwork in the juried exhibition for the fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition in September in Twentynine Palms, CA.

On Friday, July 29, a selection committee met and juried 236 artwork images submitted by 92 artists from across California, the U.S., and British Columbia. The jury selected 49 artists and art pieces depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park for this year’s show. Artwork ranged from oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, mixed media, and photography, to ceramic, glass, and metal sculpture. For artist selection and more details, read full media release.

MEDIA RELEASE – November 9, 2015

Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2015 – Weekend Events

A schedule of events is now available for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition this weekend in Twentynine Palms. All events are free and open to the public. Festivities begin on Friday, Nov. 13, with an opening art reception at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening event will celebrate the Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition 2015, and will include an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend, meet the artists, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. The gallery is located at the corner of National Park Drive and Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms. | read full press release

MEDIA RELEASE – September 21, 2015

53 Artist Selection Announced – Juried Art Exhibition 2015 – Joshua Tree National Park

Fifty-three artists have been selected for the honor of displaying their artwork in the Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition 2015 at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, a highlight of the third annual Art Exposition in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA. | read full press release

MEDIA RELEASE – May 5, 2015

CALL FOR ART – Juried Art Exhibition 2015 – Joshua Tree National Park

The third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will be held November 13-15, 2015, at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, California. The Juried Art Exhibition will be on display November 6 to 29, 2015, at 29 Palms Art Gallery, with a gala opening reception and awards on Friday, November 13.