HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM PRESENTS
YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW
AND OPENING RECEPTION
The Town of Yucca Valley will present the Yucca Valley High School Art Show, on display April 30 through May 30, 2013 at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. This annual exhibition highlights the finest work of some of this community’s rising talent from Yucca Valley High School. The display consists of paintings and drawings covering a large variety of compelling subjects and artistic styles. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 3rd, from 4:30-6:00 p.m., which is free to the public.
The West in Popular Culture
On Display September 22, 2012 through January 19, 2013
Today America’s colorful wild west history continues to resonate in our popular culture. From the dime novels of the 1800s to radio, movies and television, the ideal solitary and righteous hero was characterized in the stories of the American west, saving communities from the evils of an untamed wilderness. “Ride ‘em Cowboy!” will present information on the romanticizing of the west since the Louisiana Purchase and its influence on American popular culture including movies and television shows, some filmed locally in Pioneertown.
We are presenting “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” an exhibition of artwork contributed by local artists made from recycled or reused materials. This exhibit is designed to make people rethink our throw-away society by sharing the local community’s innovative and often surprising use of discarded items. In conjunction with this exhibit, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council will be displaying artwork from their “All Things With Wings” show.
Both exhibits will be on display from January 25 to April 27, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 7pm.
On Display June 9 through September 15
Our desert is teeming with plant and animal life that is adapted to the harsh environment, and reptiles are almost everywhere. We share our desert with these fascinating creatures but we often overlook them, and many of us know very little about them.
This exhibit will help you discover the world of reptiles—and get ready to be surprised by these amazing cold-blooded animals.
On Display January 7 through March 1, 2012
For thousands of years, humans have gone to great lengths to change their natural appearance in an attempt to make themselves feel more attractive, to conform to the prevailing customs of their cultural group, to attract a mate, to show off wealth or social status, and to make a statement about themselves. From body art such as tribal scarification, tattooing and piercing to the increasing popularity of plastic surgery, this exhibition presents a sweeping and sometimes startling look at our methods of adornment and the lengths to which people will go to achieve what they perceive as attractiveness.
Curator’s Lecture: Thursday, January 19, starting at noon, free admission and beverages will be served. A henna artist will be available after the lecture from 1:00—4:00 p.m. to create temporary henna tattoos for visitors.
On Display September 10 through November 5
As part of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council’s HWY 62 Art Tours 2011, and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tours, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum is pleased to host the Art Tours Collective Show. This dynamic exhibition will feature the artwork of many artists participating in the Open Studio Tours being held October 22-23 and October 29-30. The HWY 62 Art Tours encompass all of the arts of the Morongo Basin during this two weekend celebration showcasing music, performance and honoring the best in visual arts. The Open Studio Tours allows the visitor to experience working studios and purchase original art directly from the artists.
Exhibit Reception Friday, September 9, 4:30—7:00 p.m., FREE to the Public
Paul Martini will be available to greet visitors and discuss his work.
Free to the public.
Temporary Exhibit On Display June 11 through September 4
This exhibit features stunning photographs by Paul Martini, a contemporary nature photographer whose images depict both the unspoiled beauty of our desert, in addition to capturing humanity’s presence and impact on the landscape. Paul Martini’s photography incorporates fascinating contrasts of light and shadow, working in both color and black/white mediums. He presents day and night photographs, the night images featuring the use of various forms of artificial lighting. Many of the works were photographed in Joshua Tree National Park. (Haunted Truck shown above.)
December is a time when people all over the world celebrate holidays. Learn about the different customs of Chrismas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Bodhi Day. Discover the history and origins of the different holidays. Visit this exhibition to help celebrate and enjoy the season.