30+ Southern California Artists to Open NEW Exhibition SEP 7, 6-9 PM at Yucca Valley Arts Center

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Yucca Valley Art Gallery, located in the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center (YVArts), will present TRILOGY, the first of its new season of stunning and intriguing visual arts exhibitions, and the Gallery’s seventh large arts exhibition since it opened in June 2018. The exhibition features three separate presentations of artwork: COLLUSION—FRIENDS OF EMS, CONCOURSE C, and DESERT DUDES. Sustaining Members of the Gallery receive a private preview of the new exhibition at the VIP Gala Opening on Friday evening, September 6th. The new exhibition opens to the public at a reception from 6-9 pm on Saturday, September 7th, where joining in the Gallery festivities is the Morongo Basin Humane Society, who will be hosting a cash bar and raising funds for its no-kill shelter. The exhibition runs through Sunday October 20th, where it ends with a closing reception.


DESERT DUDES is an artistic tribute to the musicians that created the Coachella Valley-based genre of music known as ‘Desert Rock.”  The exhibition is a series of surreal portraits featuring the more notable musicians who created the genre (Brant Bjork, Josh Homme, Mario Lalli, and more), many of whom have recorded at the world-famous Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, CA.  Award-winning artist Patrick Hasson, a California-based artist known for his surreal and hyper-colorful “Dripping” style of acrylic paintings, was chosen by Executive Curator Michael McCall to exhibit this abstract series, leading off the new season of exhibitions.


In the spirit of community, assemblage art, and curio, YVArts will present CONCOURSE C, an assemblage shelter installation by Cathy Allen.  Viewed alongside, will be selections from Karyl Newman’s WASTE WUNDERKAMMER collection of objects found lingering in the desert.  This project is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” project to promote STATION ELEVEN, a book written by Emily St. John Mandel, and its post pandemic genesis of an airport community.  The exhibition explores the repurposing of discarded waste into a functional shelter and also as an archive of human enterprise.


Famed photographer, photojournalist, and filmmaker, Eric Minh Swenson (EMS), has assembled a group of contemporary artists and handed the list to YVArts curator, Michael McCall to present the artists as FRIENDS OF EMS.  This is a broad look at contemporary artworks created for the purpose of expression and exhibition.  EMS selected over 20 artists of various disciplines including  painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, performance, video, and street art.  Swenson will also be represented by a world debut of his film collaboration with artist Michael Skura, that will run through the exhibition.

The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is located at 58325 Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, California, 92284.  The gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday from 1-6 pm, holidays excluded, and there is no admission fee.  All artworks in the TRILOGY exhibition are offered for sale, and will also be available for viewing and sale via the online gallery.  More information on the new exhibition and YVArts  may be found online at YVArts.org.  No pets or emotional support animals are permitted to enter the facility.  

The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is a program and annex of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

PHOTO CAPTION: David B. Jang installing his artwork in advance of the September 7, 2019 opening gala of Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center’s newest large multi-exhibition entitled TRILOGY.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an extensive educational arts and technology  program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  It has achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from its many arts educational programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org



GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!