An Arnoldi Family Affair at Imago Galleries in Palm Desert
A recent art opening at the beautiful Imago Galleries in Palm Desert—right down the road from my retreat in Rancho Mirage—turned out to be quite the family affair. Patriarch Charles “Chuck” Arnoldi and his delightfully talented daughter Natalie showed off their oversize paintings while matriarch author Katie signed books next to son Ryland’s beautiful collection of creative and colorful wrapping papers (co-created with partner Sam Seidman).
The whole shebang took place at the architecturally iconic, 18,000-square-foot gallery founded more than 20 years ago by owners Leisa and David Austin just steps from El Paseo, one of the Palm Springs Valley’s premier shopping and entertainment districts. As one of the West Coast’s most respected art exhibition spaces, the building offers an outdoor sculpture garden and art terrace alongside huge open interior areas plus smaller inside rooms for more intimate art viewing. Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures figure prominently in the venue, including an incredible oversized green piece that fills a second story glassed-in corner area that is visible from blocks away outside.
Chuck’s monochromatic oils are reminiscent of disjointed architectural features such as modern skyscrapers and gothic cathedrals, while young Natalie—barely 22 years old and a Masters student at Stanford studying Ocean Sciences—paints subdued explosive fireworks, as well as airport/airplane motifs. Ryland and Sam’s highly successful wrapping paper venture is on exhibit—and sale—and boasts myriad designs ranging from paint splatters and gargantuan graphics to stylized images of flora and fauna. Mama Katie (who happens to be a former body-building champion AND a competitive surfer) held court on opening night with her mighty pen instead of a paintbrush as the writer of three critically acclaimed novels. Let’s just say this is one talented family! A visit down Highway 111 to Imago Galleries will introduce you to their world.