September Events

Hello friends:
Just a reminder that MitaBee ~ Art and Books will be closed from August 16th-September 8th.  When we reopen in September there will be a couple of exciting events you won’t want to miss.
 Saturday, September 24th from 9:00-4:00: Embellished book workshop
Put them all together in an exquisite repository to inspire and delight you, to remind you and to enliven you.
In our workshop we will create beautiful pages with collage, paint, stamps, found objects, layering and  embellishing, texturing and aging, until the beginning and  end are one in the same and you never end up with what you  had planned …. 
but something much, much better.
Using a small cardboard book as our base, so we can  spend more time on content and creativity than construction and you will go home with an adorned  and treasured tome.
I will provide all materials, paints, papers, books,  magazines, glues, stamps, found objects and ephemera  

HOWEVER  you will end up with a more personal piece if you use things that you find and that are interesting to you. When you are going through your everyday life keep a look out for pages from  magazines, newspapers, fortunes from cookies, quotes, maps,  wrapping paper scraps, bits of lace or material, ribbons,  vintage packaging, images, old photos, tickets, small found

 objects and memorabilia that might work for you. Bring extras to share!
This is a beginner’s level workshop but if you have  any favorite tools (scissors, exacto knife, pens, mediums, glues) bring those for your personal use.

 This workshop is limited to 6 people , class  is  $50 with a $10 material fee
You may reserve your spot  by emailing me (

Friday,  September 30th from 7:00-9:00 pm  Ruth Nolan book talk and signing

Ruth Nolan, Professor of English at College of the Desert and poet/writer, will give a lecture based on the California desert literary anthology, No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California’s deserts.*
The lecture is open to the public, free of charge, and will be followed by a question/answer session including members of the audience.
The desert anthology was edited by Nolan during a year-long sabbatical project.
“This book is a reflection of my lifelong passion for the California desert, both in spirit and intellect, and includes a widely comprehensive overview of our region, starting with stories of the Cahuilla and other desert Indian tribes, up to contemporary desert writers,” says Nolan, who uses the anthology as a reading companion for the creative writing and literature classes she teaches, including the popular Inlandia Writers Workshop in Riverside.
The presentation will focus on selected readings from the collection, including works by local authors Susan Straight, Juan Felipe Herrera, Gayle Brandeis, and Nolan, and will include a discussion of historically, philosophically and culturally significant works by nearly 80 other authors in our region and beyond, including voices of well-established, little known, and emerging writers.
  * available for purchase at MitaBee Art and Books

See you all in September!

Dog Days

Excerpts from MitaBee ~ Art and Books newsletter:  the Summer Buzzzzzzzz……

 Summertime is entrenched in Twentynine Palms and the heat is on. (although, blessedly the temps were much gentler this last week)  Visitors from out of state and out of the country seem to enjoy the triple digits on the thermometer and every so often when the door opens at MitaBee ~ Art and Books  there is an unfamiliar face.  Lured away from the comforts of a cool hotel and pool they have ventured out to explore our little city.  What is missing this time of year is the steady flow of locals that once populated our streets and bolstered the local economy by spending their  hard earned dollars at the various small locally  owned businesses.  Think Local when planning that next shopping trip.

The slow times  do give me the perfect opportunity to work on my petite assemblage pieces in my onsite studio.  Small rusty tins (often sardine cans with their vintage key attached) surrounded one of a kind collages.  Pieced together with faded photographs, old maps and words clipped from discarded books then adorned with found objects and bits of  forgotten memorabilia. Rarely measuring over 4″x 2″ and priced at 30.00 each these small moments in time are the perfect hostess gift or birthday present. Easy to mail and easy to hang.  There is always room for one more MitaBee!  I have finished 3 series since May, the first using a background of fabric from a dress I found wrapped around a creosote bush along a dirt road in Wonder Valley, the second series features a vintage playing card with an image of a Joshua tree and for the third series I used joss paper printed with a hand carved original image of a Joshua tree.
MitaBee Art and Books will be closed from August 16th – September 8th so I can replenish
my rusty bits, my used books and MYSELF!

In closing, if you haven’t been in to MitaBee ~ Art and Books, please drop by .  If you have visited  but it has been awhile, check back, we have new books and  new art every week!
  Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9-5. Friend us on Facebook for the latest news, happenings and sales!
And you can also find me on my new online gallery at ArtFire!
MitaBee ~ Art and Books
An eclectic little shop with 
Local Art and Low-priced books  

6594 Adobe Road (just south of the fire station)

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277  


Friday ~ Saturday ~ Sunday ~ Monday  9-5

MitaBee ~ Art and Books

Soon to be .....MitaBee ~ Art and Books

I have signed the lease and am hard at work on my new shop. I am moving my studio about one mile north to a sweet little building just 1/2 block from the epicenter of our small town. I will exhibit my work and some of my husband’s , Allen Robison Barter,. There will also be a small bookstore with new and gently used books. There is an outside area with a shady tree where dogs are welcome while their owners peruse the shelves. I hope guests will feel comfortable to stay awhile while I work in my on-site studio. The tentative opening is the end of February, beginning of March.