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?
Now Showing: 11th BORREGO SPRINGS PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL. The annual show of 15 invited Plein Air artists opened with the arrival of the artists on Sunday, March 5th. The artists painted in and around the Borrego Valley all week, hanging new work each day. Saturday morning, March 11, the work was judged by noted Plein Air artist Gil Dellinger who judged each artist by the body of work they had produced during the week. That evening the awards were given and taking First Place was Thomas Jefferson Kitts work; Second Place went to Phil Starke; Third Place went to Susan Elwart Hall. Honorable mentions went to Susan Lynn, Danny Griego, and Barbara Tapp.
Plein Air work will hang in the gallery until March 26. However, as work sells, it leaves the gallery with the new owners.
GALLERY NEED: The Gallery has need for a PA system. We have $150 donated towards a system and are looking for more $ donations or the donation of a used system in good working order.
GALLERY HOURS : Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
We are now 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, free admission to seminars and demonstrations, a gift card to Kesling's Kitchen. To become a member, go to Join Us in the menu at the top, click on Become a Member. Membership cards can be picked up at the desk at the BAI Gallery.
The BAI Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter is now available at the Gallery.
Things are happening at the ArtFarm!
Landscaping has been done at the orchard site in preparation for tree planting. The 8 raised beds have been filled with soil and compost by Thomas Fredericks' crew, and they will be installing irrigation to the beds this week. Armstrong Growers has donated quite a few plants to us and we will be meeting Saturday morning at 10 AM to plant them. Please bring gardening gloves, trowels, etc.
Now 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.
BAI in Pictures
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 7 days a week, 11 am to 9 pm. 760-767-7600.
Kesling's Kitchen is now doing 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. March's featured artist is photographer Lee Sie.
KESLING'S KIDS: This summer, Kesling's Kitchen started a culinary arts program for middle and high school students. Two students participated in each session, learning how a restaurant functions on the business and serving levels as well as food preparation. Students were taught how to make a wood-fired pizza which became each students lunch.
Go to the menu at the top of the page and click on Pottery to get information on classes, workshops and open studio.The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. Find us under the big blue canopy.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Merle Lambeth...San Diego, CA
Lynda Bostad...Bonita, CA
Barbara Williams...Borrego Springs
Don Stang...Oakland, CA
Helen Wickes...Oakland, CA
Christine Butterfield...Borrego Springs
Ingrid R. Wolters...San Diego, CA
Catherine Chambers...Alpine, CA
Melissa Gladhill...Chula Vista, CA
Jackson Gray...San Diego, CA
BORREGO SPRINGS ART GUILD: $500 towards the ArtFarm Entrance Gate.
BORREGO SPRINGS ART GUILD: $500 towards the Pottery Studio.
LIESEL PARIS: $500 towards the Pottery Studio.
NATALIE HUMPHREY: $100 in memory of Mrs. Beckie Beven.
David Rinehart and Laura Wingenter: $100 towards the General Fund.
Borrego Springs Art Guild: $150 towards Kids Art Program.
The Borrego Art Institute thanks all of our donors for their support of our organization. Donors are an important and vital part of our ability to sustain and grow such a wonderful asset to our community.