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Joshua Tree Downtown Nights adds new businesses to Art Crawl

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:33 pm | Updated: 11:19 pm, Fri Jan 18, 2013.

By Leslie Shaw Hi-Desert Star | 0 comments

For the last couple of years during the art season from fall through spring, on the second Saturday of the month, the galleries of Joshua Tree have been presenting new installations, staying open later and offering entertainment and refreshments. The “Art Crawls” became popular quickly and have continued despite of a few of the galleries closing.

But now some other types of businesses are joining in the fun, too. The official name of the new event is Downtown Nights. Saturday’s stops included the Joshua Tree Inn, JT Outfitters, BKB Ceramics, Ricochet Café, Natural Sisters and for the first time, High Desert Test Sites offered a mapping workshop. The three large art anchors of the show are still the Red Arrow Gallery, the Joshua Tree Art Gallery and the Art Queen.

“The Joshua Tree Downtown Nights on the second Saturday of every month has been a big success. JTAG had a crowd all night long for our premiere show for 2013,” JTAG manager Fred Fulmer said in an email Tuesday. “Our featured new artists this month are David Mackenzie and Judy Wold along with myself, David Burnham, Drew Reese, Barbara Drucker, Marcia Geiger, Marta Rogoyska, Karine Swenson, Michelle Page, Brian Leatart, Coco Hall and Melissa Spurr. We also have a new venue coming up for our next Joshua Tree Downtown Nights Feb. 9.”

The Art Queen was open 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, showing a huge collection of work by Don Shaw and Leslie Mariah Andrews was doing portraits. Shari Elf and the Art Not Walmart group are showing at both the Art Queen and at the Red Arrow Gallery. Shari has a display of her handmade clothing at the Red Arrow.

Steve “Shig” Shigley the manager of the Joshua Tree Inn has expanded his display of inverted Joshua Tree sculptures for the latest show. The surreal display of hand-like dead trees came from the Sawtooth Complex Fire in 2006.

The inn also has a lovely indoor display of the digitally enhanced nature photography work of Melissa Spurr.

Because of its popularity, The Red Arrow Gallery held over its “Take Art Home” show for one more month. More than 50 artists are showing in this complex conglomerate show that offers lots of art, frequently at reasonable prices.

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