SELECTS gives a new perspective to this year's ART PALM SPRINGS

Art and design enthusiasts from around the world will descend on Palm Springs this Presidents Day weekend. One of the major draws for art collectors, museum curators and art tastemakers is Art Palm Springs.  The show has grown to become one of the top art fairs on the West Coast. Artists and galleries from around the globe, including Venezuela, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and coast to coast from the U.S. are drawn to the show, and 2017 will be no exception with a record 70 galleries and over 300 artists.

New this year, producers of Art Palm Springs announced the […]

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

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 solo and […]

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

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 artists he’s […]

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

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. Smith III, […]

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Greater Palm Springs Pride Unveils 2015 Marketing Campaign

Greater Palm Springs Pride recently unveiled artwork [pictured at right] created by renowned, mid-century modern artist, Nat Reed as the cornerstone of the 2015 marketing campaign for Palm Spring Pride Festival and Parade scheduled to take place November 6-8, 2015 in downtown Palm Springs.

“We wanted to take our marketing to an all new level,” stated Ron deHarte, President, Greater Palm Springs Pride. “There are six major Southern California Pride Festivals and we wanted a brand and a compelling image that was iconic, very Palm Springs-centric and that would really stand out,” said deHarte.

“We loved what Nat came up with,” said […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with artist Travis Hiner, also known as Suboken

The Suboken Project: The many faces of Travis Hiner

Travis Hiner, also known as Suboken, was born in Longview, Washington, and moved to Southern California as a child. A 1990 graduate of Palm Springs High School, he then moved to San Francisco to obtain a film arts degree from the Academy of Art University. He now lives and creates in Greater Palm Springs. His solo exhibit, “The Suboken Project: Presenting…” will be on exhibit at the Palm Desert Community Art Gallery from Nov. 21 – Jan. 31, featuring two of Hiner’s conceptual collections: “The Cartographer’s Dilemma” and “In A Place: Series […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Artist Lon Michels

Lon Michels (standing) with partner Todd Olson and Maltese, Bazzy

The son of a fifth-generation stone mason, Lon Michels learned perspective from his father’s work. Michels grew up in the small Midwestern town of Marquette, Wisconsin and followed his mother’s artistic lead early on. “I remember that she would throw flowers in a pattern across the floor and then make paintings of them.” After college, he moved to New York City as a working artist. Lon received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was nominated for a Joan Mitchell grant in 2007. Along with his partner and fellow artist, […]

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