Joshua Tree Art Season

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 10:02 pm | Updated: 11:00 pm, Tue Sep 24, 2013.

By Leslie Shaw, Hi-Desert Star | 0 comments

JOSHUA TREE — The Joshua Tree art season opened Sept. 14 with shows at Joshua Tree Art Gallery and Radio Free Joshua Tree, previously the location of the Red Arrow Gallery.

JTAG’s new installation is made up of works by its regular member artists as well as guest artists Janis Commentz, displaying her acrylic paintings of sun-dappled women in colorful locations, and Barbara Spiller, showing her primordial mulit-media creations. “A photo in the New York Times inspired me to make these ‘world egg’ or ‘cosmic egg’ creation myth pieces,” Spiller said.

At the former Red Arrow Gallery, a new facility for Radio Free Joshua Tree has opened with a show called “Bedlam.” Featured artists are Jacobine Van Der Meer and Emmy Collins.

Van Der Meer is influenced by military imagery. “I use war images and grotesque historic elements in my work,” she said. “It’s a reflection of what is going on now.”

Collins’ favorite assemblage multi-media piece is called “Happy Dead Doom Snakes.” “I’ve had some close calls with green Mojave snakes where I live in Pear Blossom,” the artist said said. “The piece is an answer to the ‘What if I’d been bitten?’ question.”

Fred Burke is the manager and a board member of the location, which is applying for nonprofit status. “We intend to have changing exhibits in the future,” he said. “We are going to do an exhibit in conjunction with MilTree and will be working with the art tours.”

Both galleries plan to continue the second-Saturday art crawl tradition by opening new exhibitions with new guest artists, putting out snacks and staying open until 8 p.m.

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