Only 100 Selected for Two-Day Show
Top-notch talent will be on hand during Rancho Mirage Art Affaire. Many artists vie for an opportunity to showcase their work and while some come from great distances, local artists also get the opportunity to share their creations. This provides a very eclectic mix for the public to see and purchase.
To ensure a well-balanced and interesting show, a panel selects only 100 artists whose one-, two-, and three-dimensional art forms are based on quality, originality, diversity and display presentation.
Palm Springs-based artists
Deanna Fainelli says her works are “urban-flavored fine art.” She has a passion for exploring city streets and abandoned buildings. Through mixed media painting, she elevates the moments she spends in urban settings and connects the viewer with things that make city life so intriguing. She notes that, “Texture, composition, color, and images are used to make emotional connections that remind us to be more aware of our surroundings, to look up and enjoying every day experiences.”
Painting is her first love and she uses mostly acrylic paint and paper, but Fainelli considers herself a multi-media artist whose work in graphic design and photojournalism significantly influences her art.
In addition to Art Affaire, her pieces have been shown in various venues throughout California, including SFMOMA Artist Gallery at Fort Mason, Stanford University, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Cory Hamilton grew up in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree National Park is now the backyard to his current home and workshop. The award-winning woodworker started when he was young, apprenticed under his father and was trained by his uncle who was a high school art teacher.
Over the last 15 years, he has specialized in the design and creation of small- and large-scale sculptures, as well as high-end custom furniture — from cribs to home bars — taking on commissions from in and around the Palm Springs, Orange County, and Lake Arrowhead areas. One of his biggest accomplishments was the opportunity to design and create a custom wood sculpture for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Each sculpture is hand-carved in wood and finished with acrylic and/or metal paints. Even the sections of sculpture that appear to be metal are actually carved wood with a faux metal finish. Furniture pieces are created in one of many styles, including modern, gothic, rustic, African, Moroccan, Japanese and Polynesian.
In addition to Art Affaire, Hamilton’s works have been shown in at Indian Wells Arts Festival, and the Palm Springs Juried Art Show at the Desert Art Center. In 2017, he took home a 1st Place Award at the Palm Springs Juried Art Show. The following year, he was the winner of “People’s Choice Award” at the Palm Springs Juried Art Show for his wood sculpture, “Nefertiti Revisited.”
And so much more
Free of charge and open to the public, the Art Affaire is Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine), at Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly Whitewater Park), 71-560 San Jacinto Drive in Rancho Mirage. Parking is available near the venue as space permits.
Wander through the aisles to booths filled with photography, sculpture, metal works, prints, paintings, drawings, apparel, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more. Make a full day of it by enjoying delicious food items available for purchase from Acqua California Bistro and a number of other local restaurants. The Rancho Mirage Rotary Club also hosts a wine and beer garden.
Then relax and take in live music, starting at 3 p.m. each day at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Patrons are welcome to come sit and hear LA Diamond Trio, The Soul of Motown, and national recording artist Will Donato.
Local Rancho Mirage restaurants will have an extensive array of foods and beverages available for purchase starting at 11:00 am. Treat your tastebuds to a variety of dishes from Rancho Mirage restaurants, including the brand new Sandbox Kitchen, serving tacos, quesadillas, burritos and protein bowls. The Haus of Poke menu includes create-your-own poke bowls, Thai boba tea, and Huli Huli Chicken. Acqua California Bistro will be serving tater tots and fries; and Brandini Toffee will be serving toffee covered popcorn, ice cream bars, shakes, and toffee. Plus, to help quench your thirst, the Rancho Mirage Rotary will be serving beer and wine.