Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Last Ember of Hope


THE LAST EMBER OF HOPE"/ © Scott Monteith

18" x 24" Color Pencil and India Ink

Open Studio Weekend
November 4th & 5th
Wonder Valley, CA

if you have ever wanted to visit the desert the winter months are the time to do it. I am located just 10 minutes from the entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park which is also a short cut to Palm Springs. there is camping, a swanky local RV park, several inns, hotels, motels and B&Bs to choose from. as the time gets closer I will even let you know where you can camp for free, free music events and some of my favorite places. or if you want to ask me you can leave a comment (it wont be published so you can leave an email addy and I will get back to you, unless you just want to say something nice about me and Ill publish that.) I will also be making some of my art available for purchase online again.

this year there will be 90 artists opening up their studios for tours over two weekends. the last weekend of October is for the west side (Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Yucca Valley, and half of Joshua Tree) with 40 artists and two galleries. The first weekend of November will be the east side of the Morongo Basin (the other half of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and Wonder Valley) with approximately 40 artists, and two galleries. there wont be any way to get to them all in one day so there are two days each weekend and definitely a lot to see.

unfortunately some studios and art were lost in the wild fires that took a lot of Pioneertown so a few have cancelled, however, they plan to begin rebuilding soon. while the fires burnt parts of Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree no artist studios were burnt. I plan to go out and take some pictures while the ashes are still visible and before things start growing back. all it takes is a little rain, which those parts have had, and the plant life comes right back. the ground and rocks may still be darkened but the plant life is lush and green as long as there is a little moisture. I plan to keep you informed.


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