PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Melissa Morgan of Melissa Morgan Fine Art

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Gallerist Melissa Morgan is the owner of Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA. The gallery represents contemporary 2D, 3D and New Media artists both nationally and internationally, and evolved “Modern Masters Fine Art,” an El Paseo gallery opened by Melissa and her late husband in 2002. Melissa is also private art consultant and advisor.

Melissa Morgan Fine Art represents cutting-edge international contemporary art for both the savvy collector and for those newer to the art world. In its 6,500 square foot show-space, the gallery features paintings, mixed media, sculpture, glass, tapestry and photography. Additionally, the gallery showcases an extensive schedule of […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Palm Springs Art Museum’s Brooke Hodge

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Photo: Lani Garfield

Brooke Hodge is the Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Hodge is a curator, writer, and critic whose credentials include Deputy Director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York; Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum; Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA); and Assistant Dean of Arts Programs at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, among other positions. 

Hodge’s curatorial credits include major exhibitions on the work of such international architects and designers as Frank Gehry, Gio […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with John and Neil Lotz of Desert Distilling

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Desert Distilling Founders: Brothers John and Neil Lotz

Brothers John and Neil Lotz are the founders of Desert Distilling, the only distillery in the Coachella Valley. Their origins were simple—brothers in a basement making concoctions. Not much has changed, they take raw ingredients and turn them into finished products in small batches every day in-house. Keeping the batches small allows them to personally ensure every bottle produced has the exact same quality and finesse—character is never sacrificed for quantity. They are proud to be the Coachella Valley’s first, and only, exclusive boutique distilling brand. Awards and accolades […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with 2016 Palm Springs Life's Women in Business Award-Winner, Tracy Worthington

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Beauty industry veteran Tracy Worthington is a Palm Springs High School graduate. She worked for many years in Los Angeles as a hairstylist, manicurist, and makeup artist. She also developed a successful skin care line. Tracy left the frantic pace in Los Angeles for a quieter life back in the desert, and opened Wink Lash & Beauty Bar and Just Blow Drys, then complemented these sister salons with the new Loft at Wink Lash & Beauty Bar. On April 1, 2016, she opened a second Just Blow Drys location in Montecito, near Santa Barbara. Tracy was recently awarded a 2016 Palm Springs Life’s Women […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Designer Troy Bankord

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With almost 30 years of experience in the environmental design industry, Troy Bankord is well regarded for his excellence in landscape and interior design, consultation, and project installations. His expertise has resulted in the development of some of the most unique and imaginative properties in not only Palm Springs, but Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, the Midwest, and across Southwest. Troy is known for his dramatic, organically-continuous indoor and outdoor living spaces. And is a hell of a lot of fun. He divides his time between Palm Springs and Phoenix.

Kate Buckley: Troy, you’re a well-regarded landscape & interior […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Bruce Bibby of Ted Casablanca Gallery

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Bruce Bibby, aka Ted Casablanca, is a widely acclaimed, former Hollywood journalist, who, for two decades wrote about sensational, often prurient, Hollywood goings-on. His undergraduate degree is in sculpture from CalArts, after which he left to pursue a long and highly successful career in Hollywood and New York publishing—but he’s always remained an artist. Last spring he returned to art, where he finds stronger voices—more daring than in journalism.

Bruce recently completed a book, all true, about some of the hottest celebrity shenanigans you can imagine (or can’t); he also makes and sells art from some of the most inspiring […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Jenna LeComte-Hinely, PhD, CEO HARC (Health Assessment & Research for Communities)

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As CEO of HARC (Health Assessment & Research for Communities, a nonprofit based in Palm Desert), Dr. LeComte-Hinely oversees and conducts a wide range of research and evaluation services, including program evaluation, needs assessments, and representative community health assessments.  Prior to becoming CEO of HARC, Dr. LeComte-Hinely held the role of Director of Research and Evaluation for two years.

Dr. LeComte-Hinely obtained her doctorate from Portland State University in the field of Applied Psychology. Her expertise is in the area of Occupational Health Psychology, which aims to keep workers healthy, happy, and productive. Dr. LeComte-Hinely previously conducted research and […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group | Director, SOFA CHICAGO

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Donna Davies is the Vice President of Art for Urban Expositions, and the director of SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair), the premier art show in the country dedicated primarily to sculpture. Before joining SOFA, Davies was the Director of the Marx-Saunders Gallery in Chicago for more than six years; and Assistant Director of Contemporary Art for Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., for four years. 

 Donna runs the Art Group’s annual shows including the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. The fifth edition of the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair debuts on Thursday, Feb. […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week

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Lisa Vossler Smith is the Executive Director of Modernism Week and is passionate about promoting cultural tourism and the rich heritage of the Palm Springs desert region.  Lisa attended Indio High School and grew up in La Quinta where she began her early career training at La Quinta Hotel. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, Lisa pursued a career path in special event management, which eventually led to her employment at the Palm Springs Art Museum where she was most recently the Senior Director of Administration & Operations. Lisa and her husband, the artist Phillip K. […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Judy Vossler of the Greater Palm Springs CVB

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Judy Vossler, currently Senior Vice President of Administration of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been a part of area development for over 35 years. She will receive the “WLF Desert Visionary Award” along with her talented daughter, Lisa Vossler Smith (to be profiled in my next Spotlight), at the WLF Women Who Rule luncheon on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. 

Kate Buckley: Judy, where are you from originally, and what brought you to the Palm Springs area?

Judy Vossler:  I am the oldest and only girl in a family with 5 children. Fort Worth, Texas was our home until […]

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