State of the Atmosphere
On view: May 7-May 29, 2022
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, May 14, 6-8 pm as part of the Second Saturday Gallery Walk
Joshua Tree Art Gallery: 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Suite B, Joshua Tree, CA
Gallery hours: Fridays 11am-3pm, Saturdays 9am-3pm and Sundays 12-3pm

JTAG presents State of the Atmosphere featuring weather-related artwork by MBCAC members: Rose Cefalu, Doug Dolde, Rebecca Ford, Marcia Geiger, John Henson, Lisa Hwang, Ed Keesling, Alexandra Maceda, Jenifer Palmer-Lacy, Jared Quentin, Suzanne Ross, Laurie Schafer, Joan Scott, Jen Shakti, Esther Shaw and jewelry by Holly Rae Wind. High-desert dwellers know something about the mercurial nature of the desert weather. Some say there are only three seasons – cold, hot and windy. The sun provides warmth on cold winter days but scorches the skin in the summer heat. The wind at times manifests as a gentle breath or at times it threatens to uproot everything not tied down but maybe you will finally see a tumbleweed fly by. During the cold days, we hope for some precipitation to help the plants grow in the spring and maybe even some snow to stick to the ground. The monsoon season of the summer has everyone watching out their windows, waiting to see where the rain clouds move next and when we can smell the creosote in the air again. These are just some examples of the themes this group of artists capture in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

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If you missed reading our August Newsflash, I wanted to let you know that the MBCAC has decided not to renew our lease at Gallery 62. Due to the rise in rent prices, fiscal instability caused by the pandemic and lack of financial support from state, regional and local funders, we do not have the budget to operate two galleries. While I am sad that we have to close the doors at Gallery 62 in November, I am hopeful that we can continue the MBCAC mission at JTAG by combining the focus of both spaces into one cohesive initiative that fits the needs of our community of artists. The board is still planning how this transition will work out, so please have patience as we figure this all out. You can read our President Marcia Geiger's message here to learn more. If you are curious about how you can help I encourage you to renew your memberships, ask friends to become members, make a donation, participate in our upcoming call for work or simply show up and support our programming. Community is what matters most to me and without being present in our spaces and participating in our programming, our community will slowly dissolve.

-Aimee Buyea
Gallery Director

JTAG – Your Cultural Outpost in the Desert