39585 Washington St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 360-3337
Fax: (760) 360-5496
Arts & Museums
This established gallery, located along the El Paseo Shopping Avenue in Palm Desert, provides art to adorn some of the finest desert mansions. Prominent names in art are pleased to be represented in these open, well-lit showrooms. Various bronze works tempt the desert collectors who have been inspired by the city's many public displays of bronze statues. Dennis Smith's touching children in bronze are among the works presented. Many European artists are featured, including Claudio Da Firenze and Ana Clara Esparrago.
Connie and David Katz have established a remarkable gallery. The desert environment seems to provide a unique atmosphere for the colorful, contemporary works, featuring paintings, sculptures, innovative glass art and decorative pieces by a kaleidoscope of artists. The desert cities seem to be an especially welcoming environment for bronze sculptures, and this gallery usually has several dramatic pieces displayed.
This dramatic, custom-constructed, 17,000 square-foot building is fronted by a massive suspended glass sculpture. Just outside the El Paseo shopping district, the gallery is a destination in itself. Dozens of renowned contemporary artists create an ever-changing selection of shows and exhibits. Individual objects are beautifully displayed and lit in a state-of-the-art environment. This venue is definitely a destination for the serious art lover with a big budget, but it is worth a browse for everyone else.
Kids delight in this friendly museum filled with interactive exhibits designed to foster curiosity. Archaeologists-to-be will revel in the Archaeological Dig, where they can search for Cahuilla Indian artifact replicas. The regular exhibits are augmented with traveling shows. Children can dress up, work with scientific equipment, explore teamwork and generally have a terrific time exploring more than 50 hands-on exhibits and activities.
Deserts provide great conditions for preserving planes, and this huge collection of historic planes is a Palm Springs landmark. Enjoy getting an up-close view of aerial history in huge, air-conditioned hangars, and then watch a movie in the Buddy Rogers Theater. There is a gift shop filled with airplane-themed souvenirs. Special events include air shows largely featuring aircraft from the World War II era as well as children's activities and lectures that are often presented by the men and women who originally flew the planes.
Warnock Fine Arts is owned by Larry Warnock who worked as a private dealer before opening the gallery. Warnock loves collecting and teaching printmaking process to others. Over the past few years, Warnock Fine Arts has displayed work of American and European artists such as Erik Desmazieres, Albert Woda, and Laurent Schkolnyk, James Groleau and David Smith-Harrison and Art Hazelwood. The authorities here are always interested in purchasing original prints or drawings.
The McCallum name is well known in the Coachella Valley, especially for its association with the renowned McCallum Theatre. The family history began in this small adobe home, built from the clay-rich soil of the Palm Springs area. The adobe now contains the Palm Springs Historical Society artifacts, and also displays some objects owned and used by Pearl McCallum McManus. Admission: USD2 per person, children under 12 free; includes a visit to adjacent Miss Cornelia White's House, built out of railroad ties.
This small museum is dedicated to the preservation of the Agua Caliente band of the Cahuilla Indians, who initially discovered the Palm Springs area. Displays include basketry masterworks by past and present artisans, early photographs and a full-size re-creation of a traditional Cahuilla kish. The museum is also the official repatriation center for disturbed remains of Agua Caliente tribal people and receives relics recovered in the area. Admission is free.
Situated at the foot of scenic Mt. San Jacinto, this art museum in downtown Palm Springs offers lovers of art a treat. It's not just paintings that you get admire here, as the museum also has extensive performing arts programs. Expand your knowledge about natural science or just take in the beauty of your surroundings. The various exhibitions held here shouldn't be missed.
Finding inspiration in the theme of the book The Whimsical Verse of Olly-O, by Molly James, Palm Springs artist Ron Chespak takes flight with unusual paper sculptures. These sculptures illustrate the characters in the book, with the exception of the invisible Olly-O, of course. In addition to the sculpture exhibits, a gift shop provides inexpensive Olly-O items and copies of the book. Part of the proceeds from book sales goes to support Easter Seals.
Massive, unusual, impressive and somewhat disturbing all at the same time, this museum is the result of one man's passionate interest in the Hopi Indians. Driven to recreate a Hopi Pueblo, Cabot Yerxa worked on this structure for 24 years until his death in 1965. The 35-room adobe and wood structure contains some of Yerxa's extensive collections from his world travels. See their website for further information. Guided Tours: Adults $6, seniors $5, students and soldiers $4, children under 6 free.