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!

Spring clings to the Desert a little longer this year!

Normally by this time of the year we are hitting 100 degrees with some regularity.  But not this year and I , for one, am ecstatic.  I think, create, and function better when the mercury is lower.  I just finished 4 pieces of art for Woods in the Desert Art Gallery . Andy is celebrating the one year anniversary of his gallery in Joshua Tree , California this month with new works by featured artists Robert Arnett, Scott Monteith, , Rik Livingston, Mike Smiley and Mike Fagan and me!  My piece “Time Flies” is featured in the postcard advertising the event, thank you Andy!

The Artist Reception  is this Saturday, May 14 starting at 5pm as part of Joshua Tree Second Saturday Gallery Crawl. Hope to see you there!

Desert Sanctuaries

This is the finished “shrine” piece that I made for the Gallery of Hope .


I am pleased to announce that Allen and I will once again welcome visitors to our studio during the 9th Annual HWY 62 ART TOURS. We are the first weekend October 23 and 24 from 9-5.   I have begun work on several new series and am excited about where they are leading me.  If you can’t wait until the tours, I have art at True World Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, 29 Palms Creative Center in Twentynine Palms, CA and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley, CA.  If you are local you can pick up a  program at any SunRunner distribution point, and/or the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Office in Joshua Tree and if you are from out of the area you can order one online or our Limited Edition Collector Portfolio which includes a CD with tracks from all the favorite Hwy 62 Musicians at

Woods in the Desert

Joshua Tree, California ~ Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree is opening for the new season this Saturday, September 25 with an evening artist reception starting at 6 pm. Featuring new collections by Mike Smiley, Wally Pacholka, Robert Arnett, Mita Markland Barter, Rik Livingston, John Greenfield, Scott Monteith, Bonnie Brady and Ed Keesling.

The artists will be showing new pieces as a ‘sneak preview’ of what you may see at their studio during next month’s Hwy 62 Art Tours.
“Come enjoy the evening, art and goodies from Ricochet Gourmet”,
says Andy Woods, owner of The Woods gallery

MitaBee Wall at Woods in the Desert

Woods in the Desert Art Gallery is located at 61325 Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy) Suite D, Joshua Tree. After the reception on Saturday, the gallery will be open Tue-Sat 9-5, 760-399-7075.

Art: Packed and Ready to Go!

Headed to Palm Springs tomorrow for the Talmadge Art Show at the Palm Springs Women’s Club @ 314 South Cahuilla…….over 45 artisans displaying their wares for your pleasure. A perfect Valentine’s day excursion~