Category Archives: Announcement

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


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

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.