Cultural Arts

29 Palms Art Gallery

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is owned and operated by the 29 Palms Artists’ Guild, the oldest arts organization in the Morongo Basin, founded by a group of prominent desert artists in 1951-52, including famed desert landscape painter John Hilton (who served as its first president), Merritt Boyer, Evelyn Hutchinson, Michael Malloy, Kirk Martin, Vera Martin, Edna Onderdonk, and Fritiof Perssons. The gallery is incorporated as an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to “create a spirit of cooperation and fellowship between the artist and the public.”

In 1963, the Guild purchased a historic adobe at the Oasis of Mara (built in 1936 by the Stubbs Brothers as a home for western pulp fiction author Tom Hopkins). The adobe has served as the Guild’s permanent art gallery and gift shop for 55+ years. Monthly art shows feature desert art from September through June, with a Summer Show by Artists’ Guild members. Art receptions are held on the first Saturday of the month, 5 to 7 p.m. Art classes are offered for all ages throughout the year. The gallery also hosts seasonal events like the annual Pioneer Days Chili Dinner and a Holiday Art & Craft Fair, creative fund-raisers, art auctions, Monday morning Paint-Outs. A gift shop on the premises helps to fund the gallery. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

29 Palms Art Gallery
74055 Cottonwood Drive (off National Park Drive)
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-7819

29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery

Explore your creative side and see the artistic underground that exists here in the desert. The 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery welcomes visitors! Browse the art gallery. Book an Art Party with your friends. Schedule an art event for kids or adults. Artist/owner Gretchen Grunt and Selina Phanara offer art activities for the local or traveling art adventurer. The Creative Center welcomes walk-ins to paint pottery and create a canvas painting in the inspiring OPEN studio. Choose from a wide selection of ready-to-paint pottery: cups, plates, tiles & tons of figurines, starting at $15 (plus tax); plus instant canvas painting, starting at $20 (plus tax).

29 Palms Creative Center is a working-studio/gallery environment for professional, amateur, or budding artists to make mosaics, paintings, drawings, monotype prints on a Griffin Etching Press, fabric art, jewelry, hand-made books, painted ceramics, and more. Classes are offered year-round for adults, teens, and children, for groups or personal instruction. An Art Camp for kids and teens is offered in the summer. The art gallery exhibits local talents with jewelry, fabric art, paintings, pottery, fused glass, metal art, desert nuances and the recent art created by the studio artists who work on the premises. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays until 3 p.m., and by appointment for “Art After Dark.”

29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
6847 Adobe Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 361-3461 

Desert Art Studio

Ongoing Art Show on weekends at Desert Art Studio features desert oils on canvas and giclee prints of Mojave Desert landscapes and desert critters by longtime artist Chuck Caplinger, who also specializes in Southwest murals and portraits. The artist is available for commissions and for private instruction, too. Open by appointment and for occasional art show weekends.

Desert Art Studio
74655 Wellock Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 221-7703
(Dome house off Utah Trail, near Joshua Tree National Park north entrance)

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery is one of Twentynine Palms’ most unusual sites to see, located just east of downtown in Wonder Valley. Monthly art shows are celebrated with an art reception on first Saturdays of the month, with food, beverages, live music, and camaraderie. The gallery features desert artists, photographers, and musicians. Yes, there is a real glass outhouse, plus a hand-built Wayside Chapel and found-object art installations throughout the property. Admission free. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. (Closed July-August)

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
77575 29 Palms Hwy. (Hwy. 62)
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-3807
(Turn right off Highway 62 onto Thunder Road. Honk your horn! )

Murals and Public Art

See our Oasis of Murals page for the world-class outdoor murals painted in Twentynine Palms since 1994. (See the downloadable PDF brochure and map on the page.)

Also see our Public Art page for various sculptures and public art installations over the past 2+ decades in the community. (Their locations are identified on a downloadable PDF map.)


Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition

September 15 & 16, 2018
Art Expo Weekend
September 1 – 30, 2018 Juried Exhibition

The 6th annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition will take place September 15 & 16, 2018 at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. The Juried Exhibition features artwork depicting or inspired by Joshua Tree National Park created by more than 50 artists from California and across the U.S. The exhibition will be on display at 29 Palms Art Gallery through the month of September. The Art Expo celebration weekend features an Art Market at 29 Palms Inn, with artist booths, live music, food and beverages on the oasis lawn; plus free art demonstrations and the exhibition at 29 Palms Art Gallery; art displays and a hands-on public art project at 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery; exhibits at the Old Schoolhouse Museum; ranger talks at Joshua Tree NP Oasis Visitor Center; nature walks at the Oasis of Mara; an exhibit of paintings by the late John Hilton, and more. Admission free. See the PDF Schedule of Events.
Presented by Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts.

Art Cruise 29! (First Saturdays)

Art Cruise 29! First Saturdays in 29 Palms, CaliforniaOctober 6, November 3, December 1, 2018 — A new ongoing event in 2018 is “Art Cruise 29!” on the first Saturday of each month. Visit our local galleries and art studios and browse for art, participate in an art demonstration or art class, view the exhibitions, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at one of several art show openings. From mid-morning until after sunset, experience Art Cruise 29! | See the PDF flyer and map: ArtCruise29-2018

Hwy 62 Art Tours

October 13-14 & 20-21, 2018
Two weekends

The Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours, now in its 17th year, is a one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers and art buyers/collectors to create a customized self-guided tour of the art studios in the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities and to speak directly with the artists about their work and creative endeavors in the intimacy of their private work spaces. Purchase art directly from more than 150 desert artists, tour their habitats and art studios, visit local gallery exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of ancillary cultural events. Full-color catalogs and art maps available at local galleries and chambers of commerce and on their website. It’s a great treasure hunt!
Presented by Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival

April 2019

The 27th annual “Art in the Park” event, founded in 1992, will be held the first full weekend in April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission is free. Artist booths are staged on the patio at the park’s Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. Approximately 25 artists display and sell artwork showing their interpretation of Joshua Tree National Park and the California desert in painting, photography, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, gourd art, beading and jewelry. Admission free.
Presented by Joshua Tree National Park Association (760) 367-5525.


29 Palms Historical Society – Old Schoolhouse Museum

Twentynine Palms Historical Society was founded in 1982 and incorporated as a non-profit public benefit corporation. In 1992, the society moved the city’s original 1927 one-room schoolhouse to a parcel of land on National Park Drive near the Oasis of Mara and remodeled the building to become the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Today, the historical society continues to preserve and interpret the historical heritage of the Twentynine Palms area through a variety of museum displays, special collections, an extensive library, historical gatherings, educational lectures, and a quarterly newsletter.

The museum also has a fine Gift Shop and is the site of two famous annual events: the Old Timers Gathering during Pioneer Days in October and the Weed Show in November. The Old Schoolhouse Museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (Summer 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday).

Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-2366

Co-sponsored by Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and Twentynine Palms Historical Society on the second Friday each month, September to June. (See Calendar of Events for monthly lectures.) Lectures start at 7 p.m. $5 at the door. Subscribe to the entire Old Schoolhouse lecture series for $40 and save $10 on ten lectures! Subscribers also receive reserved seating at the events. To subscribe to the series, call (760) 367-5535; mail a check to: Desert Institute, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 (make check payable to Joshua Tree National Park Association and indicate Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series); or sign up online.

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is an adult education program offering an in-depth exploration of the park’s natural wonders. Learn from highly qualified instructors who are passionate about sharing their expertise and committed to providing a personal and fun learning experience. The Desert Institute is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association and operates with the full endorsement of the National Park Service. Join us this season for an educational adventure. Classes range from desert survival, natural history, and geologic exploration, to artistic endeavors like experiencing poetry and photography in the park. Besides field classes, Desert Institute offers custom programs, step-on guides for bus tours, community lectures, and JT Master Naturalist Certification.

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree NP
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-5535