Current Exhibtion

Viva: Mary Delmege, Barbara Drucker, Barbara Spiller, and Karin Skiba
On view: April 1 – May 1, 2022
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, April 9, 6-8 pm
Joshua Tree Art Gallery: 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Suite B, Joshua Tree, CA
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm and Sundays Noon – 3 pm

Joshua Tree Art Gallery presents VIVA basically means long life.
It is through our art that we continue to live.
Creativity forever.

Mary Delmege
Barbara Drucker
Barbara Spiller
Karin Skiba

Four women observing and reflecting upon the complicated trajectories
of their lives through a diverse range of artistic processes and
objects including mixed-media paintings, collages, clay vessels and
drawings.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Mary Delmege has worked in clay since her early 20’s, although she earned a living marketing industrial products and later representing the U.S. government as a foreign service officer. She served in Mexico, Latin America and the US. Since retiring, she has focused her energy on ceramics full-time. Her focus is on hand-built vessels featuring various atmospheric firing techniques.

For the past seven years, Mary has been exploring the use of coils and slabs to craft a series of vessels. These techniques have been in use since people first started using clay. The bottles are shaped by hand using simple tools, that reflect observations of the natural environment from which the raw materials are derived. She is inspired by the cliffs and canyons of the desert Southwest. Her work has been featured in Arizona galleries including the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix and the Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert.
Artist website: www.marydelmegepottery.com

Barbara Drucker's studio practice includes painting, sculptural installation, documentary video, photography and artists’ books. She received her MFA from UCLA where she is Professor Emerita, Department of Art. Barbara’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Mazzocchi Gallery, Parma, Italy; Libera Academia di Belle Arti, Brescia, Italy; Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria; Kennedy Gallery, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece; Bouzianis Gallery, Athens, Greece; Art Centre of Hasselt, Belgium; Gallery SIDAC, Leiden, Holland; Biblioteca Rionale Affori, Milan, Italy; Center for Book Arts, NY; LA Contemporary, Los Angeles; 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica; Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica; Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles; and Kathryn Markel Gallery, NY.

Artist website: www.barbaradrucker.net/work

Karin Skiba is Professor Emerita of Art, Norco College. She is celebrating 47 years of exhibiting her work professionally this spring as an example of artistic persistence and passion. She has had work shown in Canada, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Portland, Joshua Tree, Palm Desert, and Riverside. Working with a variety of media, she creates from an instinctual basis that Georgia O’Keefe calls, “Making the unknown known”. Having a large bead collection, she began to incorporate bead weaving into a new body of work last year. Karin’s work now evokes traditional women’s handcraft in weaving and sewing but with paper, beads, and her photos, to give it a new platform. The work speaks of a respect for these skills, it represents feminine beauty, and pays tribute to the ancient craft of glass in decoration. Karin lives in Yucca Valley with her husband Robert, two horses and two dogs, and has a studio in Joshua Tree.

Artist website: www.karinskiba.com

Barbara Spiller’s work is nature-inspired and process oriented. Her practice has always involved scavenging: collecting and appreciating the beauty of worn, fragmented, partial objects and material, both manufactured and natural. In the studio, images – collected or photographed – are often combined in mixed media with shards of earlier works.

Barbara studied art at Douglass College (1956-60), a Fluxus/Dada period of non-traditional instruction. She has been represented in group shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, Dayton Art Institute. Other exhibitions: Atlantic Gallery, NYC; Joshua Tree Art Gallery;
IAE-EAI Santa Fe, and numerous juried shows including JTNP Expo. She is represented in private collections in Los Angeles and the NYC area.

She has been Master Teacher, Esthetic Education in the schools, Cooper Union/Lincoln Center Institute; Instructor, NYU; Master Teacher NY State Summer School of the Arts; Staff Development Training Consultant and Program Developer, The Studio In A School, NYC; Curated MOJAVE MADE, 16 Desert Artists, at Santa Monica Art Studios, 2019.

Artist website: www.barbaraspillerarts.com