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Free 2nd Sunday PS Art Museum ART PARTY

Join us on Sunday, May 8 for Art Party ‘2011!

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The museum’s annual Art Party is an fun-filled opportunity for visitors and members of all ages to receive free art instruction and experience a host of activities throughout the museum. All art supplies will be free so that attendees can try their hand at making unique works of art, including painting, sculpting, sketching, ceramics, and printmaking.  This free day will also feature a special performance by the San Gorgonio Ballet (at 11 a.m.), storytelling for children (from 1-3 p.m.), docent tours of the museum (all day) and special screenings of Pixar short films in the museum’s Annenberg Theater.  Ben and Jerry’s ice cream will also be served.

Art Party is one of the museum’s Free 2nd Sundays, generously funded by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Manuel Pardo

Manuel Pardo, from “Stardust Drawings” series, 2011, Gelly Roll pens, at CSU Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery. Continuing through May 12, 2011
Cal State Fullerton, Begovich Gallery
Fullerton, California  
New York based, Cuban born artist Manuel Pardo creates intricate figurative drawings of stylish women that he limns using Gelly Roll pens filled with glitter. The centerpiece of this show is a group of forty 12 x 15 inch drawings of fancily attired and coifed women that are inspired by 1940’s fashion shots, pop culture and cartoons. Each woman wears an elegant gown, large, dramatic jewelry and elaborate make-up. Echoing the stylized attire are settings that combine 1930’s glamour with colorful Matisse-like patterns on patterns of overstuffed, overly decorated rooms. Pardo is paying homage to his self-sacrificing mother, Gladys, who moved here from Cuba to give her children a better life. The artist says, “I give her everything she did not have in real life: elaborate hairdos, fancy designer dresses and lavish surroundings all placed in the time period where she would have enjoyed them.”

The exhibition also features four 40’s style dresses and gowns, designed by Pardo, made just for the show. One gown, “Trust,” has a repeated pattern of a blowjob, and is dedicated, Pardo explains, “to housewives everywhere who were at the mercy of their husbands’ fidelity.” The dramatic installation enhances the work with angled, painted walls, stage-type lighting and a 20-foot high reproduction to scale of a Pardo drawing.

– Liz Goldner

Rik Phillips Now at Savage Archdeacon Gallery / Collection

865 N. Palm Canyon Dr. PS, CA


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



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

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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Meet The Museum 2011

Six years ago the Palm Springs Art Museum conceived an idea to reach out to the Palm Springs GLBT community by offering a Meet the Museum event that encouraged GLBT to either join the museum for the first time or renew their museum membership.  It started as a small thank you party, but has grown into one of the most popular and sought-after events that the museum hosts.

This year Meet the Museum will be on April 8 from 6-9 p.m. (The Friday of  White Party Weekend). The event is expected to sell out (last year nearly 1,200 members attended and raised more than $60,000 in just one night.  All of the funds raised go directly to pay for museum operations). Guests will be greeted by chairs Jamie Kabler and Jim Casey of Integrated Wealth Management, who has been the lead sponsor of the event since its inception.  The décor will feature fanciful inflated sculptures and DJ Corey D will be spinning tunes in the museum’s sculpture garden.  At 6:30 p.m. international dance diva pepper MaShay (best known for her “Queer as Folk” theme song) will enchant attendees as they arrive to the party.  Complimentary pop art photos will be taken of guests and a massive “candy bar” will offer dozens of varieties of delicious treats.   The party will feature the popular DJ Victor Rodriguez in the main level who will fill the air with upbeat dance tracks while attendees mingle throughout the museum.  The entire museum is open and guests are encouraged to roam among the galleries, but the most popular spot in the party is the main level where a lavish hosted bar and food station will be presented.

Once again, Meet the Museum is 100% underwritten by the party’s generous sponsors, including: Integrated Wealth Management (Jim Casey & Jason Altieri), Jamie Kabler, Helene Galen, Harold Matzner, Randy Bruno & Paul Desris, (Westwood Catering), Mark Anton & Scott Histed, Peter Mahler, Bob Dickinson & Michael Marler, Tony Otten & Roy Komassa, Rick Hutcheson & Rob Kincaid (Greater Palm Springs Realty and Vacation Palm Springs), Ellen Donaldson, U.S. Bank, brien o’brien Salon, Barbara & Jerry Keller (Acqua Pazza California Bistro and LULU California Bistro), Kristi Brown & Sara Hammond (Tulip Hill Winery), Randy Berg (Signature Party Rentals), Saks Fifth Avenue and Young’s Market.

To attend, contact the museum’s membership office at 760-322-4820 ($50 for an individual membership or $85 for a dual membership) or visit the museum’s web site at

Bob Bogard
Director of Marketing Communications
Palm Springs Art Museum
P.O. Box 2310
Palm Springs CA 92263
Direct: 760.322.4814
Fax: 760-327-5069

Inside Art By RJ Taylor/ Zencominc Communications