Abundance

An abundance of good friends,  new friends, art patrons, curiosity seekers, fellow artists, and wanderers showed up for our Annual Open Studio Art Tours Event the end of October.  It was a homecoming, of sorts, since Allen and I were in Detroit marrying off our youngest during the 2011 Hwy 62 Art Tours.  My new direction of small canvases was well received, in fact I sold several, and my large canvas was the topic of much discussion.  Fellow artist, Deborah Martin, gave me the canvas with a challenge to work large and after staring at it for a month, I took the first brush to canvas .  I was pleasantly surprised with the result and at the feeling of  “opening up” that working on a larger piece gave me , physically as well as artistically.   If you are interested in seeing it in person, I entered in the Southland Show currently hanging at the Twentynine  Palms Art Gallery.

Allen and I will be traveling during much of the next couple of months but my art is available at ArtF/X & Furnishings  in Yucca Valley, D L Bowden Frame Shop and Gallery in Twentynine Palms, and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley.   If you are in the Bakersfield area, I have entered four pieces in the Small Works Show at the Metro Galleries on 19th Street.

This holiday season keep your eyes open for the abundance of unexpected  small pleasures hidden beneath any burdens you may carry.

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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.

The Shrine Auction is Open!

Over 25 artists have contributed stunning pieces to the 4th  Gallery of Hope online auction to benefit the street children of Oaxaca, Mexico.  I am honored to be included with these remarkable, talented and caring individuals this year.  The website is now available for viewing and registration and the bidding lasts a short week so waste no time.  Please read browser notes at bottom of this post if you have trouble accessing the link.

“Imagine a virtual gallery teaming with  love, compassion, inspiration, kindness and joy.   A gallery where each offering was created with the intention of making a bright difference in the lives of others.  Please join our efforts and help us transform hope into reality for children in need”.

Rebecca Brooks, founder of the Gallery of Hope

The Gallery of Hope Shrine Auction is open for registration and viewing June 1-4 and for bidding  June 5-12

You will need to access with firefox/mozilla or google chrome,  internet explorer does not seem to work.

Mozilla/Firefox are alternative BROWSERS to Internet Explorer if you do not have these browsers use the links below to download them.

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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 .

Gallery of Hope

I am please to be part of the Third Annual Gallery of Hope.

This worthy cause raises money for the street children of Oaxaca Mexico. Take a moment to visit this grassroots organization that supports by offering a hand up, encourages positive change through education, and “pay it forward” ideals.  Supporting the lives of countless indigenous children who otherwise would never have the opportunity to go to school.

Participating artists create shrines that are then auctioned off online. Get a peek at some of the beautiful shrines created .  I am still working on mine!

The site for the auction itself will be released later in April….the auction begins May 1, 2011

HWY 62 ARTOURS 2010

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 www.hwy62arttours.com