Art Guild Members Show
Finely Crafted Art Show
December 7 - December 30, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION FOR BOTH SHOWS: December 8, 5:00-7:30 pm
Gallery Hours :
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 - 4:00
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
The Borrego Art Institute (BAI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the goal to inspire and enrich the community of Borrego Springs by offering a venue for the public to experience, create, and enjoy all forms of art.
Our distinctive campus features the Gallery, the Pottery studio and workshop, the ArtFarm gardens, the KidsArt programs and our on-site Restaurant, Kesling's Kitchen all in the heart of Borrego Springs’ core business district at Christmas Circle and Palm Canyon Drive. A community resource and gathering place, The BAI is an important catalyst for adult and children's education, participation, art appreciation, and a great meal.
Please join us for classes, shows and other events, and as a member. If you are an artist, a resident, a visitor, a family, an art lover, or simply a curious explorer, we look forward to welcoming you!
What's New at BAI?
TWO GREAT SHOWS IN THE GALLERY FOR DECEMBER
The Borrego Springs Art Guild members are holding their annual show of members' work along with the Finely Crafted Art Show. Both shows open December 7 and the opening reception is Saturday, December 8, 5:00 to 7:30 pm. With both show packing the gallery, there is plenty of great one-of-a-kind art available in time for Christmas giving.
Congratulations to Kathy Brower of Pocatello, ID our Customer Appreciation winner for November!
Each month we will hold a customer appreciation drawing from entries submitted by gallery customers.
Our Gift Shop has new work arriving daily and sales have been brisk. It's not too early to start shopping for Christmas and securing those unique one-of-a-kind art pieces for which we have become known.
We are accepting memberships. For Members, artist's entry fees for entering shows are waived except for the Plein Air Invitational. Members also receive discounts on gallery workshops, and free admission to seminars and demonstrations. To become a member, go to Join Us in the menu at the top, click on Become a Member.
This coming season in January, in conjunction with the Latino Art show, will be a showing for the month of the beautiful photographs of Mongolia by acclaimed La Jolla photographer Nick Agelidis. Nick's new book, "Beneath the Eternal Blue Sky" will also be available and is the title of a program to be held on January 26 at BAI celebrating Borrego Springs becoming a partner city with Khvod, Mongolia. In attendance will not only be local dignitaries but also the Consul General of Mongolia. Our local elementary art students will be participating in the event as well as some of the High School students. As details unfold, updates on the event will be announced.
Sculpture artist Lynn Creighton , who had a showing of her bronzes of women in conjunction with the Plein Air Invitational last Spring, will return in March 2019 for a showing of her new series of bronzes.
NEW ARTFARM DIRECTOR TASKED TO OVERSEE THE DEVELOPING PROJECT
Introducing Wade Beane, new director for the ArtFarm. After spending hundreds of nights camping under the back-country stars, Wade has made Borrego Springs his full-time home. Growing up in the Midwest, surrounded by farms and childhood memories of picking giant zucchinis from the family garden plus his love of the outdoors, inspired him to teach environmental studies and organic farming for public school and Montessori students. This passion for helping students live responsibly led to Humane Education where he spent 12 years designing non-profit programs, served as executive director for a humane society, and trained thousands of volunteers in caring for animals and people in need. Wade has a BA degrees in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Science Education, and attended Northern Illinois University to receive his Masters of Science in Education.
To learn more about the ArtFarm's plans for the 2018/2019 season, click on ArtFarm News
The Orchard is In!
Over 40 fruit trees, varieties especially selected for desert growing, have been planted in the ArtFarm Orchard and Garden. They include nectarines, apricots, apples, figs, pomegranates, peaches, plums and kumquats.
Available in the Gallery - ArtFarm T-shirts. These are for sale in the Gallery store for $20 each plus tax. Proceeds will go toward continued funding for the ArtFarm.
Current and Upcoming Events at BAI
Kesling's Kitchen is OPEN EVERY DAY. To see the current menu, go to the restaurant tab and click on current menu in the drop down menu. The restaurant is open Monday - Friday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. 760-767-7600.
Kesling's Kitchen is now doing Weekend Brunch. With the start of the season, Kessling is now serving "Not Quite Lunch" on Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am to 11:00 am. To see their wonderful and delicious offering, go to their menu at Not Quite Lunch Menu
Kesling's Kitchen Catering: Book your party trays from our great catering menu. Go to the Restaurant tab and click on Kesling's Catering in the drop down menu.
Be sure to check out Kesling's Art Wall. Each month a new artist will be featured in the restaurant on the wall between the gallery and the restaurant. Our Featured Artist for the month of December is San Diego resin artist Scott Davies.
The Pottery Annual Holiday Sale
This year The Pottery sale has moved to The Mall, suite 122 & 123, home of The Pottery Mural Studio. Purchase one-of-a-kind, hand crafted gifts for the holidays from Borrego’s best. Clay artists, Ginger Dunlap-Dietz, Jill Sullivan, Gretchen Grawunder, Sue Boutwell, Lynn Dee, and Jack Sims, will be demonstrating both hand building and wheel throwing. Visitors will also see the progress on the Borrego Art Institute mural panels. Come shop and see – Saturday Dec. 8th, 10am-4pm.
The Pottery Mural Project
Funded by a matching $10,000 grant, the Pottery is enlisting community involvement in creating a mural on the outside South wall of the Borrego Art Institute building. The mural will celebrate the arts in Borrego Springs and is scheduled for completion in March 2019. To follow along on the progress of the mural, click on The Pottery.
2018/2019 SEASON SCHEDULE
The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. During school hours, anyone new to the pottery much check in at the school office. Find us under the big blue canopy.
MISS BORREGO PAGEANT SHINES BECAUSE OF KIDSART PROGRAM
BAI art teacher Leslie Duncan and the art program kids decorate the Pagaent stage each year. See story under KidsArt
Our BAI supported Photography program at the Middle School, taught by Tom Hogan, one of our BAI volunteers and a professional photographer, will continue in the 2018/2019 school year. The class completed a video, Big Little Town, which was shown during the Borrego Film Festival in January 2018. To view the video, turn up your sound and click on https://vimeo.com/246308644
WELCOME NEW and RENEWED MEMBERS:
Debra MacArthur...Borrego Springs
Kathleen Brigham...Ukiah, CA
Anita Offerman...Borrego Springs
Susan Boutwell...Borrego Springs
Gail Quigg...Joquiam, WA
Gordon Taubenheim...Rancho Mirage, CA
Karen DeLorenzo...Port Townsend, WA
Heidi Noyes...Borrego Springs
Sandy Huff...Borrego Springs
Sheila Rideout...Encinitas, CA
Carol Burke...Costa Mesa, CA
Heidi Schlotfeldt...Borrego Springs
Vicki Hill...Hemet, CA
Ruth Otis...Borrego Springs
Jane Wesley Brooks...San Diego, CA
Sandra Carson...La Jolla, CA
William Hanks...Borrego Springs
Don Stang...Oakland, CA
Arnold Meloche...San Diego, CA
Sandy Zelasko...Valley Center, CA
Bella Kessler...Portland, OR
Nita Wipper...Borrego Springs
Malia VN Dailey...Palm Spring, CA
Stephen Swintek...Huntington Beach, CA
Barbara Matson...Borrego Springs
Helen Wickes...Oakland, CA
Pamela Petterson...Borrego Springs
LoAnn Chan...Borrego Springs
Marilyn Bushre...Borrego Springs