I think we would all agree that I am the one and only Potter of Rancho Mirage. But did you know that there also exists a Potter of La Quinta? His name is Elliott Newton, he is an award-winning ceramicist, and he will be the featured artist at the upcoming Rancho Mirage Art Affaire.
To be held over the weekend of November 7th and 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, this mega popular free event will take place—as it always has—at the Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly Whitewater Park) at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. The juried fine art and music festival will boast over 100 eminent visual artists working in painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and more. There will also be Smooth Jazz and other performers both days. This year’s Art Affaire also functions as the unveiling of the park’s new amphitheater, which comes replete with terrace seating for 600, a dramatically covered 2000-square-foot professional stage, and state-of-the-art back-of-house facilities that include public rest rooms and performer green rooms, but I’ve digressed. Back to the Potters of Rancho Mirage and La Quinta…
Just as I had a life change when I abandoned my high-flying career in the airline business in favor of a more quiet life of design and writing in the Palm Springs Valley, so did Elliott Newton have a change of heart quite literally as it happens. Following quadruple bypass surgery and a bitter divorce, Newton left behind life as a retailer in Los Angeles and enrolled in ceramics classes at College of the Desert. After five years of study, and five more as a teacher’s assistant, he ventured out on his own. He’s since mastered the “high fire/slow cooling crystalline glaze” process, making it his trademark, winning prizes for it, and exhibiting his work at some 20 art shows a year. His stunning, colorful, Roman-, Greek-, and Asian-inspired pieces sell for as little as $100 and as much as $1000. For more information about Elliott Newton and the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, please go to http://www.ranchomirageca.gov/art-affaire/
Personally, I can’t wait for the Potter of Rancho Mirage to finally meet the Potter of La Quinta at this year’s Art Affaire. Don’t worry. I’m certain that the Palm Springs Valley is big and fabulous enough for both of us!