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Rancho Mirage Festival of the Arts – Artists

Rancho Mirage Festival of the Arts – Artists2022-10-25T09:38:39-07:00

Artists

This boutique event showcases experimentation and craftsmanship, bringing museum-quality artwork outdoors. Meet the creators, learn their stories and see art being made.

Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsAdriana Lopez-Ospina is a Colombian American mixed media artist currently working on her series, “All That Glitters is Fools Gold.”

Adriana is inspired by Bogota, Colombia’s most prominent museum, the Museo del Oro. It is home to the world’s most extensive collection of gold artifacts. These artifacts provide a glimpse into the life and memory of the indigenous communities living in present-day Colombia. As a Colombian born in the United States, Adriana is only now starting to learn about the deep cultural significance gold had to the indigenous communities as she continues to learn about her family’s homeland. In her work, she aims to reflect on her connection to the indigenous community whose traditions lay the foundation for the myth of El Dorado. She strives to reconnect with her roots by creating images of her life and memory in gold, just as those before her have done. Lopez-Ospina has been working in gold leaf for the past four years and continues exploring new ways to weave figures and patterns to illustrate various moods and life moments.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsAndrée B. Carter was born and raised in New Orleans. She has lived in Seattle and Los Angeles and now resides in Palm Desert. Andrée’s love of color and texture is evident in how she treats the surfaces of her work. Andrée’s process combines two key elements: many, many layers of paint plus her signature use of handmade needlepoint. She creates a history embedded into the paintings by stitching onto the surface, cutting holes into the canvas, and/or using collage. Paper, fabric, thread, textiles, and other media all combine to add depth to the physicality of her works.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsUsing a combination of figuration, abstraction, and calligraphic influences, I aim to express something elemental about my subjects, to make the invisible visible. Many of my works are kinetic, alive, or sensitive to wind, light, gravity, time, human interaction, and perspective, so that they are highly variable, and do not exist in a static state. Favorite themes include fertility (in both the biological and cosmic senses) and the interplay between the spiritual, psychological, physical worlds. I am particularly drawn to things that are phototropic, as well as those that float, swim, glide, or fly.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsI create glass sculptures that represent landscapes and landscape elements meaningful to me. My current collection, Landscapes in Glass – White Sands National Park, illustrates the natural beauty of the gypsum dunes and the seemingly endless variety of skyscapes one can experience at White Sands National Park, New Mexico. Each freestanding abstract sculpture captures a moment in time like a three-dimensional transparent watercolor. Thousands of glass pieces are individually placed and fused to create each unique composition. Much like the natural environment, the look of each piece changes with the amount and direction of light to create a variety and nuance to each sculpture.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsCedric Major Mitchell is a Los Angeles-based glass artist from Oklahoma who honed his skills while studying business at Tulsa Community College. When he learned about the glass art form while recording in the music studio as an emerging local hip-hop artist, he immediately enrolled in a course as an elective. As a student, he quickly transitioned into an apprentice and then became an instructor at The Tulsa Glassblowing School. Inspired by an eccentric mix of Graffiti Art, Pop Culture, Mid-Century Modern, and Memphis Design, Cedric creates work from functional to decorative art, combining simplicity in design with bold colors to craft hand-blown vessels with a purpose.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsBorn in Palm Springs and raised in Yucca Valley, Cory Hamilton is a 35-year-old award-winning artist/ woodworker. For the last 15 years, he has specialized in designing and creating high-end custom furniture, small and large-scale sculptures, and painting interior/ exterior murals and fine art paintings. Working from his home workshop/studio in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree National Park is his backyard, playground, and place of inspiration. He say, “It’s a joy to work from my home with my wife and three small kids just down the hall from me!”

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsCraig Mann is a self-taught artist who began at age 16. It was then that his artwork and sculptures were first displayed at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The San Francisco Museum also purchased his early work for their collection. His current paintings have garnered praise for his range, use of color, and relatability. Attracting collectors and a social media following who enjoy his prolific portfolio, he opened his exclusive gallery, Mr. Mann’s Design Gallery, in 2021. He has already had three successful exhibits showcasing his talent. He is not limited in genre or style and creates abstract, impressionistic, cubist, realistic paintings. He continues to sculpt, and his subject matter is very familiar to local residents, drawing influence from the color of the Coachella Valley, the desert, and mid-century modern architecture. His mission is to make art approachable, accessible, and attainable

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsMy drawings are meant to capture the dynamics of the pose with artistic line work. Spontaneity and impression is what I hope to achieve in any drawing. I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan with a mother who encouraged my art and provided drawing and painting lessons from an early age. My interest in all forms of design has led me to be an Interior Designer designing commercial office space for large and small corporations across the country, as well as a Graphic Designer; designing all types of business collateral. The enjoyment I get from being creative every day has fueled my curiosity about the world and my many travels.

Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsInspired by the excitement of exploring a place for the first time, Deanna Fainelli uses mixed media painting to capture the wanderlust spirit. To convey the visual qualities of a scene while also expressing the ineffable feelings of curiosity and anticipation that make exploring so magical, Deanna combines a variety of materials in her work. She uses acrylic, pencil, charcoal, and spray paint to create her colorful and heavily textured abstract paintings with an urban flavor. Often tapping into her experience in photojournalism and her admiration for influential artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, and Richard Diebenkorn, Deanna uses her painting to spark the imagination, challenge conventional ideas of beauty, and connect people through art.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsPassionate about nature, Deborah’s move to the desert from the tropics provided new inspiration. Her Paper Flowers began with a flat collage and became magical when layered paper took on a life of its own.

Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsI am primarily an abstract and color field painter. After 20 years of living in Joshua Tree, I began adding perspectives of the desert environment into my work, utilizing photo transfer mixed with oil and acrylic. My recent series, “New Horizons,” conveys our changing environment based on horizon line elements of desert sunrises and sunsets. These minimalist paintings consist of large hues that play with the skyline in respect to color, mood and scope.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsGene Peebles does oil paintings and soft pastel drawings of what he calls “Skyscapes.” He says, “I use a “wet in wet” painting technique similar to a watercolorist by constantly blending and working one color into another to give a soft, undulating sense of light and atmosphere. Eliminating the ground plane draws the viewer’s attention to the part of nature that we most often take for granted in the chaos of everyday life. Success is achieved with a sense of motion that ranges from quiet stillness to raging thunder, and feeling the clouds drifting across the sky in constant change.”

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsHarley Weir is an illustrator and video game artist passionate about art and fantasy settings. As a lifelong Coachella Valley resident, Harley grew up surrounded by a rich variety of local artists and painters. Growing up playing captivating fantasy games such as Elder Scrolls and Runescape fostered within him a strong desire to pursue a creative career. In 2017, Harley graduated with honors from the prestigious Laguna College of Art and Design where he specialized in video game art, learning to work within many different disciplines across the production pipeline. Since then, he has worked within a wide variety of projects and teams. Harley continues to find joy in helping to bring new fantastic worlds to life.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsMy paintings and sculptures are abstractions based on observations of landscape, architecture, and the human figure. For the past several years, I have created different series of artworks that are continually evolving. I have been a practicing artist for over 40 years, with 15 solo and more than 100 group exhibitions. My artwork is in various public and private collections in the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including a permanent sculpture installation in Palm Springs, California. From 1988 to 2020, I was an art educator teaching studio art and art history at California State University-San Bernardino, College of the Desert, Temecula Valley Unified School District, and Palm Springs Unified School District. I retired from education in 2020.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsAfter completing two photo assignments for National Geographic Magazine in Asia, John shifted his landscape viewpoint to the golf industry and became known for his unique eye. Growing up in a golf-loving family, he saw the course from a golfer’s perspective. Partnering with his sister, they won acclaim and renown for their golf beauty shots and have worked for the top golf architects and resort developers. Among their clients were Steve Wynn, Tom Fazio, and the MGM Grand. Book publishers and golf magazines frequently feature their images to illustrate their publications

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsMusic, nature and science informs my work.

I’ve been working in glass as a bead maker since 1994. Before glass stole my heart, I made ceramics throwing pots, mixing glazes, firing big kilns and teaching.  I studied the cello from age 12 and have combined a music and art career with various day jobs over the years. I love glass and beads, each come with their own history and disciplines and when combined the possibilities are endless. Throw in music and the ability to play it and I’m a happy camper.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsKevin Nierman was reared at the height of the bohemian art movement of the ’60s, which explains the unconventional approach to traditional shapes. He pursued his studies at the Colson School of Art in 1977 and is mainly self-taught. During a period of self-examination, he began to demolish and rebuild his creations, creating pieces that inspire, yet confound the viewer’s comprehension. The symbolism represented by the destruction and recreation of pieces originally intended to be perfect from their genesis represents a spiritual journey that we all encounter throughout our lives. Viewers of Nierman’s work intuitively respond to the symbolism presented due in part to their familiarity with artifacts from archeological dig sites. They respond to the symbolic references to our daily struggles, where we all struggle to create our place in the world and continuously respond to the external and internal destructive forces that challenge us each day.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsKim Garretson’s CocktailTwist Assemblage Sculptures use discarded artifacts headed to landfills. Artworks often have humorous POVs on drinking, art and culture. A portion of the profits support animal shelters.

Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsKim Manfredi graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in 1988 and then worked as a skilled decorative painter for many years. She returned to MICA, graduated with an MFA in Fine Art in 2009, and moved to the Palm Springs area in 2016. The pandemic inspired a period of experimentation in which Kim began applying paint in a free, liberating, and abstract way. She is an enthusiastic cyclist who rides daily with her biking community through the valley and into the mountains. These journeys power her artistic vision and provide the raw materials for new paintings. After graduating from MICA, she was represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery (2009 – 2013). She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Maryland Art Place, and most recently a portfolio-reviewed workshop at Anderson Ranch. Kim has exhibited at various venues in the Coachella Valley and is a founder of the Desert Open Studios Tour.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsMy paintings of mid-century architecture combine both tradition and modernism. My artistic style is rooted in art history and landscape painting, so when I approach iconic mid-century architecture, it is with an eye towards interpreting a contemporary subject with old-world techniques. The paintings are rendered in oils on canvas using a subdued palette of warm colors, applied in layers to achieve a luminous effect. I like to focus on a single detail of the building that incorporates dramatic lighting and composition. As a nod to my landscape background, I contrast the hard-edged intricate geometric shapes of the buildings with the organic forms of rugged hillsides in the background or the flowing movement of palm trees.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsEvery human being is born with the desire to express themselves in some manner. My work simply speaks of events in my lifetime. The desire to express runs deeper than merely a documentation of an event. It is about the human condition. During the early development of my art, images appeared and reappeared with enough frequency, so as to form a language of symbols. The image is of strength and fragility and from a technical point of view much of my work is quite simple. It does not attempt to flatter the viewer. There is no reliance on technique for its’ own sake. The object is the remaining statement left after we are gone. It is about life itself. Artists are the mirrors of society. They are the witness of our time.

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Mike McLain earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008, followed in 2010 by an MFA in studio art from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been shown in and around Los Angeles, Southern California, and across the United States. He has also curated exhibits in Los Angeles, Pomona, Claremont, Joshua Tree, and the Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio. In August 2017, he completed a residency and solo show at Shoebox Projects in Los Angeles. He is currently on hiatus from teaching drawing at the Palm Springs LGBTQ center but plans to return in Spring 2023.

Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsWorking in various media and materials, I often turn to the natural world for inspiration, especially my Californian environment. For my recent artworks, I selected elements from California’s vast landscape to create imagery that distills my visual and aesthetic experience. I use the Golden State mythology and its diverse landscape to focus my visual and conceptual vision. I use many multi-media processes, printed materials, and handmade papers to construct my compositions. These elements suggest an offset and ever-changing landscape when they are put together. The images are a little fractured but always come together to present a cohesive picture.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsOriginally from Dublin Ireland, Ronan Hurley now lives in Palm Springs, CA. He primarily focuses on painting Southern California abstract landscapes. Working with oil paint, color pigments and other mediums on canvas, he brings vibrant works of our beautiful desert landscapes.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsT’s formal fine arts training began at Santa Monica High School. His work in clay and wood sculpture, painting, and assemblage won honors in student exhibitions. He continued his art education at Santa Monica College and the more academically challenging Grossmont College in San Diego. Since then, T has continued to create works of art focusing on abstract painting. For the past 40 years, he has been a devoted labor and civil rights leader. His extensive travels in the U.S. and abroad, visiting the world’s great art museums and galleries, continue to inform his work.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsTom Birkner has exhibited his paintings in numerous cities nationally and internationally, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Milan, Venice, and Juárez. His work has been reviewed in journals such as Art in America, ART News, Tema Celeste, Flash Art, The New York Times, and The New York Observer. A graduate of Rutgers University with an MFA from Penn State, Tom is currently an associate professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is represented by Gerald Peters Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM and Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

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In September of 1974, Tim J Leary started drawing classes at a community college in Central Florida. He also started working as a visual merchandiser that same month. These two events began Tim’s art career. His work as a visual merchandiser spanned 28 years and three states: Florida, Connecticut, and California. In 1992 Tim and his husband moved to San Francisco where he completed his formal education, studying spirituality, art, and art therapy. Tim holds an M.A. in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University and a Certificate in Art Therapy from U.C. Berkeley Extension. Tim started a teaching career in 2000 at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco. There he taught classes in drawing, color and design theory, and creative process. In 2015 Tim and his husband moved to Palm Springs, CA. He paints and explores the shapes, light, and colors of the desert. Tim is currently a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Docents and the Artists Council.

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Tim McMullen is a studio potter and has been creating ceramics for over 25 years. He studied at Long Beach State, taught over 15 years at College of the Desert, and is the Co-Owner and Founder of Silica Studios in Palm Springs, CA. Tim takes pride in his craftsmanship and specializes in one-of-a-kind porcelain and earthenware pottery. He also does production pottery for selected high-end resorts and restaurants nationally. He has blended his passion for music and clay into beautiful Doumbek drums. His drums were featured in Barry Hall’s book, From Mud to Music.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsTim Shockley is a contemporary sculptor living and working in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. A native to the region, Shockley’s art practice is directly inspired by his surrounding desert environment. The artist creates meticulously detailed works that bring forth a sense of Organic Surrealism combining natural elements into dream-like juxtapositions and structural hybrids. Shockley is a master of craftsmanship in a variety of media including; wood, metal and mixed-media assemblage. His diverse range of sculptural skills allows Shockley to execute his artistic visions into lucid realities.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsTaking what has been discarded or broken and is free or costs very little and turning it into something that might actually be interesting to look at is what motivates me. Sometimes I add lighting, so it stands out in the dark and casts interesting shadows. Or I add color to transform the materials further. We live in a world where the human race has produced a dazzling variety of objects, tools, and conveniences made of different materials and shapes. Unfortunately, most of these eventually end up as refuse. I am particularly interested in disassembling and reassembling these objects to create something new. I like to call my work “reclamation art” and seek to minimize my carbon footprint and practice recycling. I feel a sense of achievement if I can save something from demolition and give it a new identity.

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Wallace Colvard is a fine artist working in multiple disciplines and media. His work is expressed through painting and prints, digital collages, and photography. With an educational background in graphic design and computer science at North Carolina State University, he worked as a digital commercial artist for more than 40 years in textile print design, television graphic design, and art direction, film animation, and live-action visual effects. He contributed his visual style to many major companies, such as MTV, VH1, NBC (where he won seven Emmys), CBS, Disney, DreamWorks, and Sony Pictures Animation.

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Rancho Mirage Festival Of The Arts – ArtistsA resident of Tacoma, WA, glass artist Weston Lambert is drawn to the tension of contrasting attributes of strength and fragility with glass and what it implies about the balance we negotiate within ourselves. Lambert received an MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and his BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Manoa, HI. His glass work has been included in Sculpture Magazine and Glass Quarterly magazine and has been shown both nationally and internationally at The Toyama International Glass Exhibit, Toyama, (JPN), the Cheongju Craft Biennale in (KOR), and the Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA) Exposition in Chicago, IL, among other venues. Additionally, Lambert recently completed public commissions for the cities of Seattle, WA; Chattanooga, TN; Salt Lake City, UT; and Geneva, IL.

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In the beginning, I regarded my work as the simple craft of making lanterns out of paper, wood, glue, and electrical parts to power the light bulbs. The surface is constructed of thin pieces of paper, each saturated with polyvinyl resin (white glue) in multiple layers resulting in a hard and durable surface. After more than 45 years of practice, I believe my work has achieved the status of unique, illuminated sculpture. My work reflects a fascination with how nature moves in graceful paths or organizes itself in flowing patterns. My task is to express and illuminate, in ever more novel ways, the swirl of texture in marble or wood grain, evolving folds in flowers or seashells, or the fluid patterns left on sea-swept sand.

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Contact Information :

RMFestivaloftheArts@ranchomirageca.gov or Event Manager at 760.324.4511 ext. 228

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