“Origins and Pathways of Assemblage” panel @ Yucca Valley Arts Center | JUN 16 @ 7PM

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA – The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center (YVArts) will present a special panel discussion on assemblage artwork presented in the newly opened exhibition, GROUND TO SKY, on Saturday evening, June 16th at 7pm.  The exhibition pays tribute to famed assemblage artist Noah Purifoy and includes 27 esteemed artists working in the Joshua Tree National Park region.  The engaging inaugural exhibition touches upon two of the strongest elements of beauty and influence of the Mohave Desert: the creative and expansive desert landscape that continually draws and fascinates artists around the globe, and the awe-inspiring night skies that provide endless self-contemplation. 

The panel will be moderated by the curator of the exhibition, Michael McCall, Executive Curator of YVArts.  He will speak to the development of assemblage in fine art from the turn of the 20th century.  Also, presenting will be Sue A. Welsh, co-founder of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, and long-time friend of Mr. Purifoy.  Four artists in the exhibition will speak about their approach to creating assemblage art.  Cathy Allen, a tenured professor in Fine Arts for Copper Mountain College and apprentice of Noah Purifoy, will talk about her pieces in the exhibition and about the influence on her of Purifoy’s work.  Allene Payne, a self-taught artist and resident of Yucca Valley, will discuss her creative pursuits, consuming passion and her joy in assemblage.  Dan Bartlett, a photographer and self-taught artist, will speak about his wealth of skills gained from a lifetime of electrical/mechanical work and how that led him to the creation of the one-of-a-kind, functional assemblage art pieces in the exhibition.  Jeff Lipschutz, who holds the position of Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Art from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he taught painting for twenty-seven years, will speak of the collaborative father/son team formed in 2010 with his son, Michael, and about their three intriguing pieces in the exhibit.  

Tickets to this special panel are free for members and only $15 for non-members.  The new center is located at 58325 Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  For more information on the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, visit YVArts.org or send an email to info@yvarts.org to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.  Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or by calling 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.

 

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