Writeup! Judged Fall Fine Art – 2021

The Fall Judged Fine Art show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until November 10, 2021.

Our seasonal fine art shows are open to the public and judged by an invited artist or teacher and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local creators have been focused on. Painted & drawn works, mixed media, assemblage, and more - these mediums can be worked with even if you need to stay at home, like so many over the 2020 year. Art, the written word, and other forms of expression are vital for us as they provide an expressive outlet during all kinds of emotional moments that range the gambit from still quiet to lively excitement. Our community is full of talent and this open judged show is just one of the moments when we experience the art forms that have seen our creators through the complicated months of 2020 and beyond.

A total of twenty-nine (29) entries were received from ten (10) artists, a strong showing! Typically, we have experienced smaller judged fine art shows, likely due to the fact that creations of paint or assemblage take time to complete, many artists working on a limited number per year. In the past our photography shows have been overwhelmingly popular on the other hand, upwards of forty or more entries to hang. I do wonder if the transition might be connected with how therapeutic it can be to create using mediums, possibly lending to the increase in finished fine art! Who's to say, we just love seeing our community member's beautiful works.

The 29 entries were sorted into the three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Abstract".


Glenn Grishkoff has taught, performed and exhibited his work nationally and internationally in Japan, South Africa and Thailand. He was awarded special invitations from the Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Japan and from Chiang Dao Artist Residency in Thailand where he collaborated with hill tribe people and the famous "painting elephants". He has lectured at The Mashiko Museum of Art and The International Workshop Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan. The Oregon School of Art and Craft, The LH Project and the Florida Keys Community College have welcomed him as a visiting artist and lecturer. In 2008, Grishkoff was awarded the Idaho Commission on the Arts fellowship grant for his sculptural work. Grishkoff holds a MFA from the Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from California State Fullerton. He currently maintains a studio practice in Anaheim and Los Angeles and teaches workshops in performance, brush making and ceramics. He is currently  a professor at Loyola MaryMount University in Los Angeles  teaching upper division courses in Art and Ecology.

Artist Statement 

California-based artist, Glenn Grishkoff, grew up watching his Russian father–born and raised in China–grind his own ink, calligraphically working with iconic glyphs onto rice paper. This childhood memory and his own experience in Asia taught Grishkoff the power of a brushstroke and the spirit of natural materials. The sculptural objects and performances he creates with clay, paper, wood, metal, glass, textiles and hair, reference his own story, the power of mark-making and the materials he uses. 

Grishkoff believes that paying homage to the animal spirit within the physical world is an important part of human experience. The artist is also inspired by the sculptural qualities and possibilities of clay combined with other materials. Some of these material explorations result in objects that are used in performance. Grishkoff uses objects to establish a sensual connection between body and mind that ritualizes the performance space. Grishkoff often uses brushstrokes to represent breath, along with masks, garments, and sound. Together, these elements draw audiences into meditation and offer a spiritual experience. 

Juror's Statement 

When jurying an artist show I go beyond my own personal likes and dislikes acting in the moment and with my intuition. I rely on my background as a professional educator, artist and spiritual practitioner. We are judged the day we are born into this world and until the day we die. In an odd way we become accustomed to being judged by others in our daily lives but when we are judged on the quality of our creativity, and how it fits or doesn’t fit into society’s norms,  this critique can become difficult to handle at times. Through my teachings I strive to free others from their fear of art to embrace  the act of creativity as an essential component of daily life.  

Some thoughts I often ask my students & artists friends to ponder & discuss when creating works of art:

  1. Are we born with talent or is it developed over time to be an accomplished artist? How does time play a role in making a work of art?
  2. For who and why do we make our artwork for? How can we stay true to ourselves?
  3. How does the creative process feed our soul and mesh into our daily life and the lives of others?
  4. Why are artist communities essential for healthy societies and cultures?

It was a pleasure being a juror for the Chaparral Artists group and I wish everybody  the best in their creative endeavors and continued success.


Glenn Grishkoff

Nature's Kaleidoscope

Raini Armstrong

"Amazing use of the monotone color and bleeding of watercolor. The rough edge of the paper works with the theme and subject matter"

"Joshua Trees Greet the Sun"
Jennifer Grandi

"The sky is amazing and its color makes the desert trees pop out. Well done with the frame and mat"

"Cactus Flower"
Nancy Miehle

"The pink and green cactus flower really becomes forward and beautiful against the black background"

Honorable Mention
"Desert Shadows"
Sharon Nieters

"The line work in your plant and rock images are amazingly spontaneous, that really makes your flow of watercolor stand out. Enjoyed the the scale of your work and its frame"

Beautiful Creatures

"Creature of the Deep"
Nancy Kimes

"This work makes you look twice with the abstract line and its magical trout jumping out of the water. The intuitive blend of the point creates magic"

"Fancy Feather"
Pearl Rodriguez

"The feather is the thing with hope! Black background really showcases the golden paint and gleam making an overall dynamic brightness. Beautiful feather line and color"

Kim Clements

"The delicate pastel line work resonates with the beauty and life force of this Fox. Black background creates a beautiful vortex wis vortex with the foreground of the Fox image. Frame and mat work very well"


"Eden "
Pearl Rodriguez

"Flow of liquid materials and color has a magical feel and the depth of line is fun and whimsical"

Jeni Bate

"The shape of the canvas and flowing watercolor drew me inward into the words"

"Red Vase"
Susan Burton

"The brush strokes and colors of the painting work in harmony"

Best of Show

"Desert Hare"
Jennifer Grandi

"Outstanding use of 3-D and 2-D materials. The use of color, brush strokes and background work amazingly well"

Thanks go to the participating artists that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew (please follow any guidelines that they may require) and enjoy the Judged Fine Art show. It will be displayed until November when we transition into the members-only "Same but Different" show!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!

Writeup! 29 Palms Art Gallery

So much exciting beauty to be shared!

The 29 Palms Art Gallery has been a must see location since 1963. The building is in the architectural style of an adobe with thick walls and brick texture inside and and out. The gallery features juried-in artists all year long in the east and west rooms and guild members in the central room, and workshops are being held once again! This month provides an exciting group show titled, "Desert Oddities" and a featured photographer - Luciano Demasi. I say exciting because it is, Luciano's photography is textured and vivid, even in its starker imagery. There is a surrealism, an alien feel to the photos he has post processed to alter the colors of trees and living elements in a scene, making geologic features fade into the background.

The Desert Oddities group show is full of energy presenting a mix of artists with an eye for unique representations of life and comforts. Rick Livingston captures the imagination with his merging of scenes from storybook, history, imagination and our beautiful desert at times. Laurie Schafer creates a sense of depth and connectivity with her woven paintings of cloth, ink, and jewel toned mixed media. Dianne Bennett shares an array of  wild creatures painted upon salvaged metal, merging eye-catching beauty with recycled materials. John Henson shares nail art creations, an intriguing mashup of pointillism and a very specific construction item. Eric Banas presents us with three-dimensional pieces born from found nuts, bolts, chain and other aged and now recyled metal objects. Dan Bartlett, a found objects artist creates beautiful lamps, melding the concepts of form and function into quirkya, mazing and sometimes moving home or office art. And Maryrose Crook presents a fantasy of texture and symbolism.

We have a few Chaparral Members displaying their art in the Guild Members room as well! Raini Armstrong's watercolors, pottery by Ed Keesling, the watercolors AND acryllic works of Jeni Bate, soft pastel art by Jennifer Grandi, and vibrant photography by Kathy Miller.

Hype Alert: Keys Ranch, Spring 2021

Chaparral Artists have scheduled a trip for its members this spring and we hope the destination is intriguing to the everyone. If you plan to attend, please follow the link as soon as possible to secure your spot - we are limited to 15. Additional information follows.
Chaparral Artists at Keys Ranch Sp 2021
Date:           April 19, 2021
Location:     Visitor Center in Joshua Tree
Time:          8:00-12:00 noon
Cost:           $25   -   Prepay on Eventbrite
Join us for a special opportunity to photograph and paint in Joshua Tree National Park! Explore a bit of heaven in a secluded area in the park catered to facilitate a unique experience for you.
Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. at the Visitors Center in Joshua Tree so we can leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. to make our way into the park.
This event is sponsored by the Desert Institute. I hope to see you there. Limited to 15.
Keys Ranch House in Joshua Tree National Park - photo by Raini Armstrong, 2017
Keys Ranch House in Joshua Tree National Park - photo by Raini Armstrong, 2017