The best ways to find your creativity on the Art Desert Highway
It is believed that the Joshua Tree area – which includes the towns that comprise Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Landers, Wonder Valley and the surrounding areas – is long home to an eclectic, diverse and ever-changing community of creative artists as well as independent explorators. Its innovative cultural bent is evident in everything from land art and open-air installations to maker boutiques, craftspeople, architectural confections and gallery spaces artists’ residency programs, and a host of other unique and undefined offerings.
Shari Elf’s Art Queen and World Famous Crochet Museum are two of the most prominent artsy landmarks within the area. The other popular local spots include private architecture entropy as well as the mixed media installations as well as an unimaginably beautiful doll trailer as well as the slow-fashion boutique with intricate decorations. The district’s micro-arts section includes La Matadora Gallery, The Station’s quirky souvenir site in a vintage garage and gas station Space Cowboy Bookstore, and many more.
La Matadora was established by Colleena Hake in summer. The show is inspired by the intricate gothic, folklore-inspired the rococo of a ritualistic, found-object collection like the earth was an altar to be built. The present exhibition, Holy Relic (through December) is a showcase of works by Alea Bone & Shrine Two artists who raise found-object choreography to new heights of meaningful mosaic. Hey There Projects was started in 1999 by Aaron Smith and Aaron Smith (artists as well as friends, and occasionally Angelenos). They’re objective is to present emerging artists using a range of mediums.
The store offers the latest books, zines and other folk art . It also has ceramics, collectibles, life-style products, candles and other wearables. The store currently has an exhibition of two artists featuring portrait-based sculptures and works of Rob Sato. Next up will be the annual print exhibit during the month of December.
Sky Village Swap Meet offers the perfect place to connect the people you love, with a range of estate, antique, tag, salvage and curious sales as well as a few strange, semi-immersive, highly photogenic architectural concoctions. A huge chicken, a faux stained glass citadel, a handmade crystal cave, some saloons of the past along with weathered wheels for wagons are only a few of the many attractions on display at this unique marketplace. Antique china and hand-crafted jewelry are sure to make for a fantastic bargain.
It is home to the e Retreat Center; the Palms Art Gallery is still flourishing and is offering community-based arts and education programming along with it is the Yucca Valley Art Center which was forced close due to the covid epidemic has now reopened after the outbreak as it is now the Joshua Tree Gallery of Contemporary Art and is presenting some very interesting international and local programming. Heading north up toward Landers which is the world-renowned mecca of sound-frequency based aligning chakras, ley line-enhanced waters and the alien wisdom, the Integratron is still functioning as intended.
Sky Village Swap Meet offers amazing bargains on vintage objects, estate or salvage in addition to curiosity and salvage products. Additionally, there are a number of unusual, semi-immersive, highly photogenic architectural creations at the market, such as a gigantic chicken, faux stained glass citadels, and handmade crystal caves.