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Desert Writers Expo

The first Desert Writers Expo will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, 71-100 Highway 111. The event is in partnership with the Palm Springs Writers Guild.

Forty selected writers will be featured in the library’s community room representing a wide variety of genres. Readers can come to the free event to meet with writers, purchase books and have the personally signed, and support the Coachella Valley’s writing community.

Information: or (760) 341-7323



WHAT: A lively discussion on the concept of art master pieces, led by Robert Brasier

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Community Room of the City of Rancho Mirage Public Library 71-100 Highway 111

PRICE: Free to the Public

INFO: 760-341-7323 or visit

Rancho Mirage, California— The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library will host a stimulating and relevant discussion on art, delivered by Robert Brasier, Deputy Director of Education for the Palm Springs Art Museum. Admission to Now That’s What I Call Art! is free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Robert Brasier and his audience will discuss what makes a masterpiece a masterpiece and who says what art is truly great, and why. They will also explore some of the most famous visual art works of history.

Robert Brasier earned his BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his position at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Brasier has held teaching positions at Xavier University in Ohio and with the California State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library is located at 71-100 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. For further information, please contact the Library at 760-341-7323 or visit | |


William Miller Design Presents

Please join us on Friday, April 29, for this fantastic show featuring Palm Springs Art from
The Savage Archdeacon Gallery Palm Springs
Refreshments served!

Friday, April 29 • 6:00pm – 8:30pm

William Miller Design
70020 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage

For more information, call (760) 770-9199




The Lucie Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that promotes photography internationally through unique programs and events. One of the Lucie Foundation’s most successful programs is Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA).  Launched April 2009, MOPLA takes place annually and is a month-long series of events that draws together the photographic community of Los Angeles through exhibitions, outdoor projections, portfolio reviews, artist panels and educational workshops, including the standout program, SNAPSHOP!

SNAPSHOP! is the Lucie Foundation’s photography workshop program for at-risk Los Angeles youth, and takes place over four consecutive Saturdays. The Lucie Foundation has recruited some of LA’s most successful photographers to teach students about lighting, editing and storytelling. The Lucie Foundation has partnered with Santa Monica College, Lomography and Julia Dean Photo Workshops to create dynamic locations in which the students will learn. This program started as a one-day workshop in 2009 and, due to high popularity and enrollment, has expanded to four days that culminate in the exhibition of the students’ work during MOPLA’s closing night. We hope to expand this program in 2012, to include 100 students. The Executive Director of the The Lucie Foundation, Cat Jimenez says “SNAPSHOP! is a new and extremely important program for the Foundation, speaking directly to the core of our mission to cultivate emerging talent. The outreach and recruitment process is rigorous, and talented yet underserved students gain access to a phenomenal photography experience that can leave an indelible imprint in their creative expression. This program is vital and these children deserve these opportunities to learn in supportive and nurturing environments”.

To benefit the SNAPSHOP!, the Lucie Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event on April 23rd, 2011 at the Factory Place Events Complex in Downtown Los Angeles from 7 pm to 10pm. The Factory Arts Event Complex is a renovated button factory and the event will take place within its 9,000 square foot, sky-lit, brick-walled reception hall. The event will take place in association with Art Weekend LA and is supported by LARABA.

Photographs by David Lynch, Amy Arbus, and Tasya van Ree will be exhibited. The Macallan and Absolut will be serving liquor, alongside a coffee bar provided by Don Francisco’s. The printing of Tasya van Ree’s photographs was generously supported by Richard Photo Lab. The framing of Tasya van Ree’s photographers courtesy of Masterpiece Publishing, Inc.

Musical guests will include Peanut Butter Wolf, internationally known DJ and founder of Stones Throw Records and Los Angeles-based composer Miguel Atwood Ferguson and his group Quartetto Fantastico.

During the event, we will present a silent auction of various packages that will include fine art prints, gift certificates, and photographic accessories and equipment.

What: THE LUCIE FOUNDATION BENEFIT to raise funds for SNAPSHOP! The Lucie Foundation’s photo workshops for Los Angeles at-risk youth.
When: April 23rd, 2011 from 7-10pm.
Where: The Factory Place Events Complex, 1397 E. 6th Street, 1 block east of Alameda Street.
Who: THE LUCIE FOUNDATION in association with Art Weekend LA, supported by LARABA and The Macallan© Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Artwork: David Lynch, Amy Arbus and Tasya van Ree.
Food: Honey + Ginger Catering.
Beverages: The Macallan, Absolut, Don Francisco.
Entertainment: DJ Peanut Butter Wolf and Quartetto Fantastico.

Tickets: $50.00 in advance, $75.00 at door.
Phone: (310) 659-0122

How to Work With People Who Bargain for Art


Q: I get upset when people call or visit my studio or contact me over the Internet and try to bargain me on the prices that I am asking for my art. I price my art fairly at what I think it’s worth and I refuse to negotiate. That’s my policy. The only problem is that I think I’m losing a certain amount of sales. How can I explain to people in a nice way that my prices are reasonable but firm so that I end up selling more art?

A: Art collectors like to feel they’re getting good deals no matter who they are, what they buy or where they’re buying it. Aside from the idea of “getting a good deal,” many potential buyers also have personal reasons for wanting to pay less, such as limited budgets, high cost of living expenses, temporary cash flow problems, and so on. Asking whether a selling price is firm or offering less than full value is entirely normal. As you’ve apparently discovered, if you get rigid whenever this happens and flat out refuse to negotiate, you’re likely to have difficulty moving beyond that point in the conversation. No matter how much convincing do, if someone is set on paying less than full price, the chasm will never be bridged.

Collectors who buy directly from artists often do so because they like being around artists, visiting artists’ studios, seeing how they work, and talking about art. For them, searching for art like this is also somewhat of an adventure; they prefer the thrill of the “hunt” to the more sterile environments of galleries. As with any human interactions, though, they typically gravitate toward artists who they get along well with and who respond to their needs– artists who they feel some sort of connection with. So be aware in advance that inflexibility on any issue, including money, will likely hamper your ability to form good artist/collector relationships, and ultimately, diminish your opportunities to sell art.

Rather than be intransigent when it comes to your selling prices, you might perhaps modify your attitudes towards people who like your art, but who for whatever reason, prefer to negotiate. Consider the fact that anybody who is willing to talk money already likes your art enough to want to own it, and that’s saying plenty. The last thing you want to do in a situation like that is to reject them straight away. At the very least, you have to respect them for having the nerve to step up and make a cash offer. This doesn’t mean you have to tolerate insultingly low offers from people who are simply playing games, who bargain for sport, or who badger you to the point of distraction (the sooner you remove those losers from your studio and your life, the better). But for people who seem to be genuinely excited about the prospect of owning your art, get flexible and give them a chance.

Here are some compromise options and approaches, in no particular order, that might help you to increase sales and ease those tensions over money:

Option 1: If you absolutely positively insist on refusing to negotiate your current prices, raise them maybe ten to twenty percent and then let people “bargain you down” to the whatever you would have been satisfied selling for in the first place. This way you can still be firm, but not look like it. It’s not the best or most compromising way to go, but at least you give the appearance of being open to negotiating.

Option 2: Make every effort to sell to any collector who really loves your art, makes reasonable offers, and who respects you while doing so. These are the ideal people you want to own your art. Reducing an asking price by five or ten or twenty percent is really not that big of a deal when you think about it– especially over the long haul– and often pays dividends in more ways than one. You give your biggest fans the art they want, you get your art out of the studio and into their homes or offices, you essentially enlist them as supporters who will likely talk your art up at every chance they get, and last but not least, you get a reputation as someone who’s approachable and willing to work with potential buyers. Collectors talk about the artists whose work they own all the time, and when they talk about you, you want to maximize the chances that they’ll say nice things and send new people your way.

Option 3: Offer time payments. Let buyers pay certain amounts per month, or pay off balances however they wish within set time periods, or pay by whatever other plans or methods you can agree on. With time payments, collectors feel like they’re paying less. They might also be willing to spend somewhat more since they’re putting less stress on their finances. Draw up simple written contracts whenever you use this option.

Option 4: Accept as many different forms of payment as possible. Offering options to pay by credit card or online by PayPal are pretty close to offering payment plans. This way, buyers aren’t pressured to come up with all the money immediately.

Option 5: Ask whether an interested buyer has anything they’d be willing to trade– either goods or services. You never know who has access to what, and sometimes, a trade can work out far more profitably than a cash sale. You’d be surprised what people have to offer.

Option 6: When collectors bargain you on particular pieces that you simply don’t feel comfortable selling for those lower amounts, rather than reject the offers altogether, suggest other pieces that you’ll sell at those prices. If that doesn’t work, have them point out their favorite pieces and then show similar ones that are priced more within their budgets. Perhaps even show them art that’s slightly more than they can afford, thought not as expensive as the ones they made their initial offers on, and reduce those prices instead.

Option 7: Keep the negotiations open as long as possible and explore as many options as possible. Approach every such encounter like the perennial used car salesman who asks, “What do I have to do to get you into this car?” Assuming the buyer is sincere, sooner or later you’ll figure out a way for them to own your art, and for you to feel good about selling it.

Posted By Stephen Archdeacon
Savage Archdeacon Gallery Uptown Design District Palm Springs

Palm Springs Art Museum Board of Trustees Votes Final Approval of Palm Desert Satellite Facility

April 15, 2011, (Palm Springs, CA) The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Board of Trustees at its April meeting voted official approval to proceed with the development of a satellite facility and sculpture garden in Palm Desert. This vote was spurred by the successful completion of the museum’s initial fundraising goal, spearheaded by a magnanimous naming gift of $1 million from major donor Helene Galen in memory of her husband Lou. Funds are dedicated toward necessary modifications and improvements to the satellite building and general operating costs including an ambitious schedule of exhibition and education programs and other community events that the museum plans to present at its new location.

The satellite facility will occupy a handsome, 5-year-old, LEED Certified building formerly used as the Palm Desert Visitors Center, and the beautifully landscaped gardens that surround it, located in Palm Desert at the intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo Drive. Work on renovations to the building and the installation of outdoor sculptures in the garden will begin this summer, and the public opening of the facility is now envisioned for early 2012.

Fundraising for the project, which includes formation of a Founders Society, has been overseen by Ed Monarch and Jerry Fogelson, co-chairs of the museum’s Palm Desert Organizing Committee. These important efforts will continue into the future.

The Galen gift is a milestone in this campaign and motivates the whole project forward. “Helene’s extraordinary contribution, combined with that of the initial Founders Society members brought us to the point where we had the confidence as an institution to move forward with this exciting project,” commented Harold J. Meyerman, Chairman of the museum’s Board of Trustees. “It is crucial that the museum raises money not only to fund the cost of building improvements but also for ongoing operations. Only in this way can we have the cultural impact in the Mid-Valley and East-Valley regions that we strive for and that these communities deserve.” Steven Nash, museum Executive Director, added “This project and Helene’s gift mark a true milestone in the museum’s 73-year history!”

“I am honored that my contribution will enable the museum to expand its mission of providing quality art and arts education to the mid and eastern portion of the Coachella Valley,” said Helene Galen. “My husband, Lou Galen, was a long-time desert resident and I chose to honor him by naming this environmentally sensitive building in his memory. We have both been avid supporters of the Palm Springs Art Museum because we shared a belief that it is a unique cultural center and provides so many opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the extraordinary wealth of art and entertainment in the desert.”

The Galen name is well known throughout Southern California philanthropic community primarily because of the Galen Basketball Arena at USC, which is called the Galen Center. Mrs. Galen is on the Board of Trustees at USC, as well as the Board of Governors of the Keck School of Medicine, and is an active supporter of the arts in the greater Los Angeles area.

Mrs. Galen has been a resident of the desert since 1975. She is an extremely well known philanthropist who is financially active with both time and money in the support of more than 50 non-profit organizations. She is Vice Chairman of the Palm Springs Art Museum and McCallum Theatre, President of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, and serves on the Board of Governors of Eisenhower Medical Center. She is also a major donor of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Awards Gala and financially supports many not-for-profit organizations in the desert, such as the Desert AIDS Project, the Stroke Recovery Center, the AIDS Assistance Program, ACT for MS, FIND Food Bank, and the Virginia Waring Piano Competition.

The new museum will provide exciting exhibitions, community events, educational tours, classes and lectures for all ages. The centerpiece of the project will be the finest sculpture garden east of Los Angeles. Set in a lushly landscaped desert oasis of water features, native plants and winding walkways dotted with natural rock benches, the Palm Desert facility’s sculpture garden will house the works of modern masters.

The interior of the building will boast four separate gallery areas that will feature rotating exhibits designed to complement the more expansive exhibits by the same artists being featured at the Palm Springs Art Museum. An additional photography gallery will display the works of local and international master photographers and multimedia artists. One of the most exciting elements of the facility will be the education wing, which will be used for art-making classes, curatorial lectures and hands-on museum experiences. In addition, this area will enable the museum to solidify partnerships with local organizations, schools and universities for after-school classes and intern/mentor programs, and provide a space for social programs for area libraries and galleries. Exhibition concepts and details about the museum’s plans for adding fine art sculptures to the building’s beautifully landscaped gardens will be announced in the coming months.

The Palm Springs Art Museum’s main facility is located in downtown Palm Springs in a 150,000 square foot architecturally-significant building and features compelling exhibitions and a robust permanent collection of modern, contemporary, Western and Native American, Mesoamerican and glass art in 28 spacious galleries and in its two outdoor sculpture gardens. The museum offers educational lectures, films and an assortment of programs and art workshops for all ages.

PURVIS YOUNG Art Exhibition at Colin Fisher Studios on 4/15/11

For More Information CLICK HERE

About Purvis Young 

Inside Art – A few moments at The Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery

Inside Art a Video Series Exploring
The Who-What-Where…And WHY!? Art Happens
Hosted By Muti-Media Artist RJ Taylor
Melissa Morgan Fine Art Palm Desert

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Louder Than A Bomb – FREE Screening

WHAT: An exclusive film screening of the documentary Louder than a Bomb
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community Room of the City of Rancho Mirage Public Library 71-100 Highway 111
PRICE: Free to the Public
Rancho Mirage, California—The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library will host an exclusive screening of the documentary Louder than a Bomb, winner of the “Audience Favorite Award” for the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Admission to Louder than a Bomb is free and open to the public.
In honor of April as National Poetry Month, come to the Library to watch this inspirational documentary, and feel your love of poetry and your pride in America’s youth explode! Each year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather together for the world’s largest poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder than a Bomb.” During the 2008 event, filmmakers Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs chronicled the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepared for and competed in the poetry slam. The documentary they produced, Louder than a Bomb,was chosen as the Audience Favorite for the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and as well, won awards at festivals in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Austin, among many other cities.
The City of Rancho Mirage Public Library is located at 71-100 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. For further information, please contact the Library at 760-341-7323 or visit

An Open Call for Art

117 North Sycamore
Santa Ana, California 92701

Phone: (714) 667-1517
Hours: Thursday & Sunday, 12-5pm; Friday & Saturday: 12-9pm; and by appointment.

DEEP entry deadline extended due to the request by many artists for a grace period!
The New Deadline is April 17, 2011.

An Open Call for Art

Deadline for entries April 17, 2011

Juried show by Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator, Laguna Art Museum

Deep is an exhibition by artists who persist in trying to express the intangible, creating work for which no simple explanation suffices. With existential landscapes, angst-filled portraits, feverish abstractions, arcane conceptual constructions, philosophical photographs, seductive ceramics and sculptures, self-reflexive videos, heady performances, esoteric installations, and internet-based New Media explorations, the artists in Deep are fearless in the face of the infinite, unafraid of introspection. And sometimes Deep is funny! Deep is a riddle, an enigma, a plunge into the unknown.

The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art – showing new art and nurturing the community that creates it.
Serving contemporary art since 1980.

For more info, please see the Prospectus

Grace Kook-Anderson received her B.A. in Art History (2000) and Art Practice (2001) from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice (2007) from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She is a co-founder of InSitu, a curatorial collaborative (2007-present). Her curatorial projects focus on contemporary art with an emphasis on the investigation of place and social change. At Laguna Art Museum, Kook-Anderson has curated WoW: Emergent Media PhenomenonOsCene 2010Jeremy Fish: Weathering the StormSean DuffySearcher; and is the coordinating curator for Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time initiative.