Midcentury design lovers turned out Friday night for the first modernism art challenge at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. Gallery members were challenged to create new work in modernist tradition, and they rose to the occasion in high style. The colorful exhibit shows a wide variety of art mediums, including glass, photography, jewelry, painting and even a sleek handmade chair.
The mid-mod exhibit is open to the public free of charge in the studio gallery Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About Desert Art Center
Founded in 1950, the Desert Art Center is the oldest of its kind in the Coachella Valley and was instrumental in forming the arts community that thrives in Palm Springs today. The center was started with a sale of donated plein air paintings, including a desert landscape by James Swinnerton and a scene of smoke trees by Agnes Pelton.
The 72-year-old nonprofit boasts a membership of 300-plus and raises funds for arts education and scholarships via two galleries and community art classes in downtown Palm Springs. To join or view the class schedule, visit the center at 550 N. Palm Canyon Dr. or the organization’s website at desertartcenter.org.
Christine Houser is a gallery member of the Desert Art Center and also publicity hair. She is a photography and mixed media artist living in Palm Desert and also an avid traveler, reader and bird watcher.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Last chance to see mid-mod art challenge in Palm Springs