Cultural season kicks off with annual Art Affaire event
With the cooler weather of the autumn comes a season of cultural events in Rancho Mirage. One of the first events in Palm Springs Valley is the annual Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, two great days of a juried art show bringing in the talents of award-winning local, national, and international artists as well as live musical entertainment, food, wine and other exhibits.
Affaire of the art
Free of charge and open to the public, this 18th annual event will be held Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine), at Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71-560 San Jacinto Drive in Rancho Mirage. Parking is available near the venue as space permits.
Take the day to wander through aisles filled with a wide-array of sculpture, paintings, drawings, apparel, jewelry, ceramics, glass and metal works and more.
A delicious selection of food items are available for purchase from local participating restaurants, including Acqua California Bistro, Norma’s Italian Kitchen, Wally’s Desert Turtle, and E & E Pels Italian Ices. The Rancho Mirage Rotary Club will provide wine and beer for purchase.
Jazzing up the Art Affaire
Enjoy free entertainment from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day where the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater hosts live jazz performances in partnership with Marker Broadcasting. Limited chairs and tables will be provided on a first come, first served basis and patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Saturday: National recording artist Will Donato takes the stage. This saxophonist’s hit radio single, “SUPERSONIC,” is the title cut from his seventh solo release. A dynamic performer, Donato has headlined or shared the stage with other greats — such as Richard Marx, Gerald Levert and Toni Child — at numerous festivals and his work is heard on the soundtracks of several movie including “Thelma and Louise,” “The Wedding Planner” and “No Man’s Land.”
Sunday: Award-winning guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Steve Oliver performs songs from his new 2018 album, “Illuminate.” With instantly recognizable guitar lines, “Illuminate” shines a light upon this musician’s highly successful career, which has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades.
More art around Rancho Mirage
If you appreciate art and are seeking more, there’s much more to see beyond the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire.
The Palm Springs Art Museum: Admission is free to the public all the time and open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day of the week except Wednesdays. The collection includes works by Ansel Adams, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and others. The museum also boasts major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens: Visitors to the historic estate can enjoy Walter and Leonore Annenberg’s outstanding collection of sculpture as well the current exhibit, “Flight Plan: The Birds of Sunnylands,” which focuses on the sanctuary the Annenberg’s created for birds at their 200-acre estate. Over a two-year period a National Geographic photographer documented the range of bird species found at Sunnylands and a selection of these images are now on display.
With so much to see, why not stay a few days to take it all in? Numerous resorts around Rancho Mirage provide spacious rooms, poolside patios, private villas and options to suit any traveling art enthusiast.