There is never a shortage of beautiful artwork to enjoy in the communities of Greater Palm Springs. Whether you’re on the hunt for the works of world-renowned artists at places like the Palm Springs Art Museum (and its Palm Desert branch) or seeking to buy paintings, photographs, or sculptures to decorate your home or office, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.
When looking for objets d’art for my design clients, I’m perfectly situated in Rancho Mirage—the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. Nearby I have some great galleries like Lik Gallery at The River, Kraake Fine Art, and Howard’s Backdoor Gallery. Heading just a bit east, I find galleries galore in the El Paseo corridor in Palm Desert, where I head toward favorites like Amago Gallery, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, and Heather James Fine Art. And while in the area, I never miss the wonderful public sculptures that are placed on the street’s center median. Heading west to Palm Springs, there are also myriad options, including the cluster of galleries located in the Uptown Design District, including Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Archangel Art Collective, and Shag.
But one place in Palm Springs always stands out for me—the Desert Art Center of Coachella Valley. This arts cooperative is located in the converted historic school building on North Palm Canyon Drive (adjacent to the Palm Canyon Theater and across the street from The Corridor—a very cool collection of shops and eateries). Founded in 1950, DACCV is home to 200+ local Palm Springs Valley artists who show in this unique space, as well as take turns working in the gallery to offer a full range of beautiful items including watercolors, ink, pastels, oils, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, and other decorative arts. The center also offers art classes, demonstrations, lectures, and musical performances. Closed during the heat of the summer, it’s a great place to browse, buy, and be inspired by all the local talent the remaining months of the year. www.desertartcenter.com
And when you’re done looking at man- or woman-made art, don’t forget to venture outside to see all the natural beauty that we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy in our beautiful Southern California desert. That’s available 365 days of the year…