Living in Rancho Mirage has many advantages. Since it truly is “The Heart of the Palm Springs Valley,” both visitors and residents are at a distinct advantage in that our central location allows us to get where we want to go in the blink of an eye. And one of the venues that I love visiting—The Palm Springs Art Museum—has grown over the years in both directions, and now offers even more opportunities to enjoy a world-class collection of art.

The institution celebrated its 75th anniversary this past spring, and the 2014 – 2015 season will continue to offer a wide variety of options for museum-goers, including lectures, interviews, educational programs, a full slate of entertainment at The Annenberg Theater, as well as the high level of touring exhibits and exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection.

I also love heading east to the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and enjoying The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. By the way, if you happen to be in the area on November 21, plan to join Honorary Chairs Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill, Suzanne Somers, and Barry Manilow for the Third Annual Meet The Galen, where partygoers are encouraged to put on their finest Greta Garbo and Fred Astair duds for an evening of champagne, flashbulbs, and Hollywood glamour. And of course, yours truly will be there! (Check the website for details.)

But the big news in the valley art world is the imminent opening of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s new Architecture and Design Center on Palm Canyon Drive. Housed in the beautiful glass pavilion—originally designed by E. Stewart Williams in classic midcentury international style to house Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan—the building has been beautifully repurposed to showcase architecture and design exhibitions. All 13,000 square feet on two levels has been reconfigured, and even the bank vault was pressed into service as part of the A+D museum store! I’ve seen the space a few times at preview parties, and I have to say, it’s spectacular. The main exhibition floor was recently christened the “Trina Turk Gallery” in honor of our talented Palm Springs Valley clothing designer. The grand public opening will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014, and I can’t wait to see the opening exhibit.

We are fortunate to have such a great art institution in our beautiful desert oasis, and my biggest dream is that both locals and visitors take full advantage of it.

Palm Springs Art Museum