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  • Sunset at Mojave Desert in Twentynine Palms, CA

Join us in 29 Palms for the 8th annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, taking place this November 1-29 at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery! Hosted by the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, this event celebrates the art, culture, and history of Joshua Tree National Park, is centered around a stunning juried art exhibition at the 29 Palms Art Gallery featuring painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography by artists from all across the state of California and the United States – all of whom have been inspired by the park.

This very special juried exhibition will be on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery from November 1-29, 2020, and will be open to viewing Thursday through Sunday from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The Awards presentation will take place at the gallery on the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, and the gallery will be hosting outdoor art demonstrations on the patio during the Art Expo weekend on November 7 and 8. Stay tuned for more information to come!

WHAT:  8th Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition

WHEN:  Juried Exhibition: November 1-29, 2020  |  Open Thursday-Sunday 11 am to 3 pm

ART EXPO WEEKEND: Saturday & Sunday, November 7-8, 2020  |  10 am to 4 pm

AWARDS EVENING (with informal hospitality): Saturday, November 7  |  5 to 7 pm

WHERE: 29 Palms Art Gallery at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA

DETAILS: Click here for the current Schedule of Events – Nov. 7-8 (PDF)

ARTISTS: Juried Artists 2020 – See the Featured Artists page

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition at the historic Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA, presents a juried exhibition of art inspired by the park, plus an art exhibition catalog, and artist awards totaling $5,000. JTNP Art Expo weekend events include art demonstrations and artist talks for youth and adults, gallery tours, and more at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery. Other activities include Park Ranger walks/talks at the Oasis of Mara and pottery classes at 29 Palms Creative Center. Also that weekend is the annual “Weed Show” at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, also located near the oasis on National Park Drive.

In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and the national parks, and specifically Joshua Tree’s impact on artists and visitors from around the globe, the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts created an annual Art Exposition in 2013 — a juried art exhibition and celebration featuring art inspired by or depicting the unique natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.

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Admission is free to all events, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been modified this year. The safety of our artists, visitors, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance; therefore, facial coverings and social distancing will be required, per state and county guidelines. The Art Awards Evening on Saturday, Nov. 7, will be held outdoors on the 29 Palms Art Gallery patio 5-7 pm, with face masks and social distancing required, and entrance to the gallery will be limited to 10 people at a time to avoid overcrowding. Light hospitality, with Covid-compliant pre-packaged items and beverages will be available. (Also, the Art Market with artist booths, food and music on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn has been postponed this year and hopefully will return in 2021.)

About Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts
Formed in 2013, the JTNP Council for the Arts fosters the spirit of artistic expression inspired by the park, and supports the preservation, enhancement, and sustainability of the entire California deserts region. Learn more: www.jtnparts.org

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