Expressions in the Abstract
A three-artist invitational of Abstract Art
by Gerald Patrick, Theresa Vandenberg Donche, Leonardo Huete
November 9-December 1, 2019
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00-4:00. Closed Mondays
WE WILL BE OPEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY, 10-1
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?
OPENING RECEPTIONS HAVE CHANGED. Previously the receptions were open at no charge to the public. Due to the high costs for food incurred at each show opening and a need for sustainability, receptions will remain free for BAI members and participating artists but non members of the Borrego Art Institute will be charged $5 per person from 5:00-6:00 pm. There is no charge after 6:00 pm. BAI staff and volunteers will be manning a table at the door to greet visitors, sign up new members, and collect fees.
GIFT CARDS are now available in the Gallery. Cards are may be purchased in any amount and make a great gift. They are available at the desk in the gallery.
Our Customer Appreciation Winner for October is Laurie Hoffman of San Diego, CA
New Membership Levels added to BAI
The Borrego Art Institute now has six membership levels to accommodate our diverse community. Prior to August 1, 2019, BAI just had a basic membership for $50 per year. Now we offer membership levels for students ($25 per year), Individual ($50 per year), Family (two adults per household, $75 per year), Contributing ($125 per year), Supporting ($500 per year), Premier ($1200 per year).
Benefits for each group are as follows:
Student, Individual, and Family memberships include no fee to enter art in shows (except Plein Air Invitational), discounts on workshops, complimentary access to demonstrations and seminars, complimentary hors d'oeuvres at gallery art openings.
Contributing memberships include all of the above plus family membership, 10% discount on BAI Boutique merchandise, membership in North American Reciprocal Museum Association.
Supporting memberships include all the benefits of a Contributing member plus an invitation to the Annual Membership Appreciation Reception.
Premier memberships include all of the benefits of a Supporting member plus their name on Gallery Recognition Wall.
Becoming a member or changing your membership level is as simple as going to the menu bar at the top of the page and clicking on join us, scroll down to becoming a member and follow directions.
Our Gift Shop has new work arriving daily and sales have been brisk. It's a good place to pick up those unique one-of-a-kind art pieces for which we have become known.
The ArtFarm continues to rely on your generosity for its success. Please take a look at our current donation list and if you have some extra supplies at your home and no way to get them to the garden, we are happy to pick up. Thank you for your support!
Larger projects are also underway and being supported through donations. If you are interested in becoming a supporter of a larger project, please let us know! These projects include:
WELCOME NEW and RENEWED MEMBERS:
Kathy Brigham (individual)...Ukiah, CA
Urmi Ray (contributing)...Borrego Springs
Karen DeLorenzo (individual)...Port Townsend, WA
Christine Butterfield (Individual)...Borrego Springs
Heidi Noyes (individual)...Borrego Springs
Melissa Stahlberg (family)...Cherry Valley, CA
Dimmie Zeigler (individual)...Jackson, WY
Jane & John Jellinek (supporting)...San Diego, CA
Bob Blum & Carol Black (family)...Borrego Springs
Gary & Judy Haldeman (family)...Borrego Springs
Jean & Craig Johnson (family)...Borrego Springs
Ben & John Underhill (family)...Borrego Springs
Jack & Kathleen Osborn (Contributing)...Borrego Springs
Laura & Rick Alexander (family)...Borrego Springs
Debra MacArthur (individual)...Borrego Springs
Candy O'Key (individual)...Borrego Springs
Charlotte Lerner (individual)...Rancho Mirage, CA
Ross Adcock (individual)...El Cajon, CA
Sharon Dall (individual)...Borrego Springs
Judy Webber (individual)...Borrego Springs
Bob Little (family)...La Mesa, CA
Pamela Granbery/Joya Hoyt (family)...Borrego Springs
Bill Boutwell (individual)...Borrego Springs
Marshal & Janet Brecht (supporting)...Borrego Springs
Jerry & Nita Wipper (family)...Borrego Springs
Barbara Bright (individual)...Borrego Springs
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 every day, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. 760-767-7600.
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 (except in the summer) a new artist will be featured in the restaurant on the wall between the gallery and the restaurant. Our Featured Artist for October and November is Borrego artist Wil Gardner.
Beginning Tuesday, November 5, the Studio will be open from 10 am until 2 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, excluding holidays. We are still located on the High School property but next season we hope to move to a brand new facility which will be located in the Art Park behind the Borrego Art Institute building.
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. For information, contact Jill Sullivan at email@example.com or 760-285-7145.
Annual Holiday Sale is coming up December 7th. Work by our own ceramic artists will be held this year outside the Borrego Art Institute Gallery on the east patio.
The Pottery Mural Project
Funded by a matching $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pottery enlisted community involvement in creating a mural on the outside South wall of the Borrego Art Institute building. The mural celebrates the arts in Borrego Springs. To read the story of the mural, click on The Pottery.
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