Each month Chaparral Artists features their members' artwork. We want to celebrate our members' accomplishments, announcing artists being featured as well as the locations they are showing, but we want to continue to support each other by providing a lasting space for our members to shine. Here you will find a growing list of Featured Artists, with a little something extra about them!

For a peak into the past, follow the year-based links below:

2019 Featured Artists

Current Featured Artists

Due to the COVID-19 health concern, we will not feature an artist at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley OR the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. Once the Stay-at-Home order has been lifted, and the venues have reopened, Chaparral Artists will feature member’s art once again!

In the meantime, please visit the Members page and enjoy the digital art being shared by our members.

January 2020

Sampatti displayed her art at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley for the month of January. Sampatti is a photographer who's specialty is macro captures. Much of her work presents nature close up, from the fragile tendrils of multi-colored lichen, to the complex colors of granite.

Nancy Miehle, David Clements, and Kim Clements displayed their art at the Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley during a portion of the month of January. Displayed between January 5 - January 17.

Dorene Fundin displayed her art for the remainder of January. Dorene paints in watercolor with a beautifully soft touch. her works preserve the white of paper for much of the scenes that require a pop of highlight or the sun-lit walls of homes. Her use of watercolor is classic and clean, and her subjects reflect a traveler's spirit.

February 2020

Nancy Miehle displayed her art at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley for the month of February. Nancy is a painter who specializes in oil. Her talents are multi-faceted however, and often she is working in watercolor, stained glass, acrylics and much more. Nancy shared a wonderfully fun collection of small animals and flowers, along with a couple large desert scenes.

Beverly Schmuckle displayed her art at the Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley during the month of February. Beverly works in a variety of mediums. She has a particular flair for acrylic pouring and oil painting, creating magic from the uncontrollable pours and joy with her color selection in oils.

March 2020

Virginia Neal displayed her art at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley for the month of March. Virginia is a painter, photographer and mixed media artist. Her style often speaks to a western feel. Her use of bright colors and strong contrast in her painting and collage work provide something for any visitor.

Carl Smelko displayed his art at the Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley during the month of March. Carl is a photographer sharing scenes from his travels.

April, May, June 2020

Due to the limitations we all face during the Coronavirus outbreak, we were forced to halt the Featured Artists at both participating venues - the Center for Healthy Generations and the Presbyterian Church. Alternative showcase opportunities are being devised!

July & August 2020

Several members were the featured at Rainbow Stew during the months of July and August. Rainbow Stew is a storefront capable of being open while following the County set Covid-19 guidelines, so we are fortunate to be able to feature several artists that would have been shown at other locations.

Mary Catherine Fetterly works in acrylics presenting glowing imagery with a fantasy element embedded within each piece.

Jennifer Grandi produces fine detail in the soft medium of pastel. Her work is realistic and representational of the desert beauty surrounding her.

Nancy Kimes shared ink works that conveyed freedom and dance in each brush stroke.

Joan Scott works in a variety of mediums, most notably the exciting acrylic pours she shared during the months.

July & August 2020

Several members were the featured at Rainbow Stew during the months of July and August. Rainbow Stew is a storefront capable of being open while following the County set Covid-19 guidelines, so we are fortunate to be able to feature several artists that would have been shown at other locations.

Raini Armstrong shared her nature and landscape watercolors.

Kim Clements shared her desert creature focused photography and watercolors, presenting lovely captures of nature's beauty.

Julianne Koza presented a beautiful array of photography, many featuring a mixed media element with the unique metal framing perfectly complimenting Julianne's compositions and captures.