Salton Sea, Haze, 30″ x 30″, Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell
In conjunction with Desertscapes: A Month Long Celebration of Plein Air Artwork occurring throughout the Coachella Valley during April, the Salton Sea History Museum will present its inaugural exhibition, Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. The museum is open daily from 10 am-4 pm (closed Wed. & Thurs.)
Andrew Dickson, Late Afternoon Down Harbor Drive, 11″ x 24″, Oil on canvas, © Andrew Dickson
The exhibit will include work by Bill Leigh Brewer (photography), Cristopher Cichocki (new media), Andrew Dickson (artist), Joe Forkan (artist), Mary-Austin Klien (landscape artist), Christopher Landis (photography, author of In Search of Eldorado: The Salton Sea), Deborah Martin (American realist painter), Eric Merrell (artist), Joan Myers (photography, Salt Dreams), Kim Stringfellow (photography, author of Greetings From the Salton Sea). Accompanied by a full-color catalogue and curated by Deborah Martin, the exhibit will also include historic works of the area.
The Salton Sea History Museum is located inside of the historic North Shore Beach & Yacht Club on the north shore of the Salton Sea. Recently restored, this architectural landmark was designed by famed mid-century architect Albert Frey, who went on to design many homes and buildings in Palm Springs. The Club was a favorite hangout of the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and many other entertainers during it’s heyday in the 1950s and 60s.
Amongst numerous artist talks and lectures during April, Joe Forkan and myself will speak at the Salton Sea History Museum on April 23 from 1-3 pm on “The Artist’s Eye: Landscape Painting in the Desert,” covering our individual approaches to painting on location in the desert.