In 1963 a group of friends got together to form what they dubbed “The Theater”. This group of dedicated artists was part of the group that put on plays in the area and helped raise funds to build what became known as the Hi-Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, California.
In 1965 the group reorganized and became “Chaparral Artists”.
Today Chaparral Artists is a non-profit that is comprised of a diverse group of gifted and creative artists and art lovers throughout the Morongo Basin. The group promotes art in the area with demonstrations, workshops, art shows and other activities.
From September through June we have meetings on the second Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Healthy Generations at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley, California. All artists and everyone interested in art are invited to attend our meetings and become members.
Chaparral Artists have been involved in numerous projects throughout the years. They hope to provide a creative outlet and a learning environment to youth groups and have supporting one another by providing art sharing opportunities and inspirational group outings. Some of the following projects just scratch the surface of what Chaparral Artists have worked on over the years.
Tank Art Project
The Tank Art Project finally Completed. The project is in conjunction with the Joshua Basin Water District to paint murals on the water tanks in Joshua Tree. The first tank will be the tank located behind the Water-Wise Garden located on Cholita at the JBWD office. The Mural would be under the Chaparral Artists' direction with the Yucca Valley High School Art Club's help. The Chaparral Artists assisted students in learning about murals, the process of prepping and painting, and the development of a personal art portfolio. The painting began on October 6 and was completed during the week. Chaparral primed and readied the site on the 6th and 7th. Painting with the students proceeded on the 8th and 9th; students painted each day from 2:30 pm to 5 pm, finishing up with pizza and sandwiches. A reception was held on the 11th, honoring the students.
Boys & Girls Club
Nancy Miehle has worked with the Boys & Girls Club in Yucca Valley for years, providing fun and interesting projects and painting opportunities.
Joshua Tree Community Center
For several years running the Chaparral Artists have been able to paint with youths and adults alike during their Summer Splash event. Chaparral believes that in providing a safe and creative outlet, they nurture creative endeavors and results.
Chaparral Artists has been proud to work with Gubler's Orchids at their beautiful Orchid Festival for several years. At the festival, Chaparral sets out to paint with youths, introducing tips and tricks to the excited kids in addition to their interested loved ones. Lately, we have also been able to sell members' artwork. We are delighted each year we are able to work with Gubler's Orchids, and we hope to work with them for years to come!
The Chaparral Artists organization is dedicated to the promotion of the Arts Culture and potential in the High Desert. Chaparral Artists will provide art related programs and demonstrations, designed to further educate and stimulate the interests of youth and adult populations.
Chaparral Artists supports community functions. They were regular participants in Turtle Days, worked with the local Chambers, and helped paint mini murals at the Joshua Tree Basin Water District Water-Wise Garden.
In May of 2013 Chaparral Artists were granted 501(c)3 status. We at Chaparral will advance our future plans of providing youth programs in the area.
During the summer months we work with children to promote their interest in a variety of mediums in the world of art. We have worked with both Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Community Centers, and the Boy & Girls Club in Yucca Valley.
It has been brought to our attention that some of the Chaparral Artists' history was in error. A corrected and accurate account will be replacing the version on this site eventually. We hope to encourage the public to share their memories of Chaparral Artists as well. Whether that means the sharing of scanned/photographed newspaper clippings or their personal recollections of a particularly memorable event. Please submit your additions to our email address!
Thank you for your patience and your help!