The Coachella Valley, like Santa Fe, is an artists’ mecca. The nine municipalities in the Valley are home to 370,000 permanent residents and this swells by another 100,000-200,000 during the “season,” the winter months that attract snow birds. There are numerous creative arts centers, collections of studios, and galleries across the valley, extending from Palm Springs to Coachella. Art walks, gallery openings, studio tours abound and I was pleased to be able to participate in two exhibitions happening in October and November this year.
The CREATE Center for the Arts in Palm Desert hosted an 8 week community show of mixed media work by its members as well as an invited group of artists to which I belong. These two old favorites of mine were hung.
The second show, all photographers, was by invitation from the Old Town Artisan Studios in La Quinta. It was called In Focus and lasted only a couple of weeks in October. Here’s what I submitted.
Zabriskie Point Sunset on the left and, on the right, A Proper Perspective.
The Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis has continuously changing international photography exhibitions. These shows are juried and cover a wide range of themes. I seem to do best with my black and white images and was happy to be included in the latest Black and White exhibition. The image juried in is below.
A Note About My Books
On the right panel, at the top, you see a block about books of my photographs that I have published over the years. The image shows three early books published using Blurb software and I have added three more to that collection: Monkey Business: Wildlife Sightings on the Osa Peninsula, Superbloom 2019, and The Big Picture: Panoramas. These are all still available from Blurb but the four other books I’ve published, using Zno software, are no longer available. It seems that Zno has updated their software and no longer is willing to archive books made with the old software.
I chose Zno at the time, 2015, because they were the only one offering the lay flat option, the feature that allows for a image to go across two pages without the distortion of the center fold. Since then, other publishers, including Blurb, offer this option. There may be other advantages to Zno but given my recent experience with them I’ll stick with Blurb for future books. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused.