Random Rodents with Plague

What’s on my mind?

The building of a casino in front of our house in the desert, the bedroom addition being added to our little cabin in Big Bear,  the random rodents with plague found in the neighboring mountain communities, the bread I bought at Trader Joe’s on Monday that is covered with mold today, the planning and implementation of The Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire.

Art? 

Art?

Guess I must not be a TRUE artist because everything else comes first,. Also, I am not starving, I don’t need to sell my slightly used Hasselblad Stellar to buy food for my rare speckled guinea pigs. I do not stay up all night worrying about if my art is au courant, and I love being interrupted to chat with friends.

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Thank you Perry Hoffman for creating the above postcard!

On a brighter note, Allen and I will be opening our studios for BOTH weekends of the Hwy 62 Art Tours !The last two weekends in October are a beautiful time to visit the desert, we will share our latest creations with you, some food and drink and a viewing platform to observe the progress (sic) of the casino.

I promise to be in a more cheerful mood by then!

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The 10th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours!

MitaBee Art and Books will be the location to experience the art of  Mita and Allen Barter this year on the 10th annual Hwy 62 Art Tours!

 Open both weekends ~October 22-23 and October 29-30

Special Hours for Art Tours!

Saturday and Sunday from Nine to Five

(normal business hours 10-4)

A Stranger

Come visit this eclectic little shop that is home to the studio of Mita Markland Barter and also serves as a small gallery and bookshop. Books specific to the Joshua Tree National Park communities and books authored by local residents are a specialty. Area artist’s greeting cards and local music CDs round out the selection. Location G12 on the Art Tours Map, you will find our listing on the Art Tours Website under Galleries.

A message from Ted Quinn,   president of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council:

Welcome to the 2011 Hwy 62 Art Tours. For the tenth anniversary of the premiere Hi -Desert art event of the year, we’re excited to present over 200 of the areas best and brightest stars, embracing all of the arts.

While we know that it’s nearly impossible to see it all in just two weekends, we know that whichever route you choose, from the open highway to the dusty desert road, you will find inspiration and stimulation at every turn. We would not want you to miss anything that may move you, so be sure to look at what is being offered on both weekends of this years ambitious tour.

The artists who have made this desert their home are as varied as the landscape. Many of us feel not that we have not chosen the desert, but that the desert has called our names.

Each person has his or her own story which brought them here, but whether it’s the silence, the mystery found in the Joshua Tree, the vastness of the night sky, the feeling of connectedness to something greater than ourselves or spiritual solace, this desert draws out the best of each one.

it is not the solitude of isolation we have sought, but the openness, in all of its manifestations.”With the expanse of our minds,” as our colleague, Candacy Taylor says, “Our desert inspires us to make a difference, to make art.”

We hope that you will find the beauty and the richness that is shared by all of us who love this place. The Hwy 62 Art Tours are designed to give you a road map to this place, where the inner life is enhanced by the outer reaches of the human imagination.