Borrego Art Institute photo courtesy of Scott Lorenzen, Monument Architectural Photography

About Us

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 classesshows 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?

The Gallery at BAI would like to introduce our new program of Demonstrations and Seminars. Each month we will offer one or two programs to our members and the public. The second Demonstration, Rock Carving, presented by La Quinta artist Stuart Bailey, will be held December 14 at 2:00 in the gallery. Stu will discuss the process of creating a stone sculpture from starting with the idea, the tools to use, where to get the rock, plus he will walk the audience through the process of removing the stone and demonstrate carving and finishing the surface. Join us for an entertaining hour and a half of stone carving technique, examples and conversation. FREE to BAI Members, $15 to non members. 

Now Showing: The Art of Photography. Photographers from around the country display photographs that confirm that photography is an art form. Opening reception is Saturday, November 19, 5 pm to 8 pm. Many of the photographers will be on hand to discuss their work. Show is up through December 4th.


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 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 Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available online.        Click here to read all the latest news.

The ArtFarm is pleased to announce that the Pottery Studio will now be located within the main ArtFarm boundaries. The ArtFarmers and Potters will be working closely together in planning and implementing our joint venture. 

We recently held a successful joint fundraiser at the Gallery. Our next project will be to build a fence around the first phase of the ArtFarm which will also encompass the Pottery Studio.


November Donations:

BORREGO SPRINGS ART GUILD: $150 towards KidsArt.

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.

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. December's featured artist is Barbara Nickerson.

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. 

THE POTTERY: The Pottery schedule for DECEMBER Open Studio is Tuesday - Saturday, 10 to 2. It still will be held at the Pottery location at the High School. For more information and to get on the update list, email Jill Sullivan at or call her at 760-285-7145



Toni Williams...Solana Beach, CA            Martha Duskin-Smith...Borrego. Spr.

Diane Davis...FaIrfield, IA                           Susan Boutwell...Borrego Springs

Marilyn Bushre...Borrego Springs             Brian Helder...La Quinta, CA

Colleen Paulus...Arden Hills, MN               Jim Davis...Fairfield, IA

Sally Linden...Needham, MA                     Anita Offerman...Borrego Springs

Virgina Miller...Borrego Springs                Lois Carlson...Alpine, CA

Luciano Demasi....San Diego, CA               El Shelden Lawrence...Portland, OR

Ed Masterson...Julian, CA                           Roger Guzman...Chula Vista, CA

Adam Armold...Borrego Springs               Ronda Armold...Borrego Springs

Paul Blake...Borrego Springs                     Martha Ellul...Borrego Springs

Larry McCloskey...Rancho Mirage, CA       Nicholas Clapp...Borrego Springs

Bonnie Clapp...Borrego Springs                 Bunny McCabe...Borrego Springs

Judy Davis...Marion, MA                              Lynn Dee...Borrego Springs

Mike Wells...San Diego, CA                          Rosie Olson...Borrego Springs

Toni Kastelic...La Mesa, CA


John Albe...San Diego, CA 

Jonathan Moor...Julian, CA                

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We invite you to join us to participate in the excitement at the BAI. If you would like to receive announcements and info about our activities, please Register with us. If you would like to contribute your time and talents to BAI, you can become a Volunteer. As a donor-supported organization, your financial support is appreciated and needed. We welcome your tax deductible donations, and we now accept memberships. Click on the Join Us tab below and then click on Become a Member.

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Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive

P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA  92004


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Borrego Art Institute is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.



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