Hype Alert – Feather Art Workshop 2022!

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January 8, 2021 - SATURDAY - 11:30am-5:30pm
Center for Healthy Generations, Yucca Valley, CA

Whimsical and Freeing

Feather art is a unique artform that I would like to share with you. I have been presenting this method of art for about 4 years. It is abstract, impressionistic, whimsical, and free flowing. You are calling forth a different sense of the creativity within you when you use a feather as a tool. On many levels you are connecting with and enlightening your soul. During the workshop you will start by making your own brush(es)! This step infuses the brush with your own energy, and it is said that by using the feather you are honoring and perhaps paying homage to the bird that it came from. In a sense, you are allowing the bird's spirit to stay vibrant and alive as it moves through its journey to the afterlife.

No matter what one may believe about the afterlife, this is a message about releasing and being reborn. Letting go of the old and starting over is a story we weave into the fabric of our lives. This is one way the soul can express itself. We can in turn reflect upon our feelings and interpret the energy we are holding in our heart and mind.

During the process, you may be expressing energies from your conscious or subconscious mind. You are allowing the marks created on paper to tell a story, and this process has the potential of setting you free from the outside world. The feather always reveals what it wants you to see.

Now let me tone this down a bit and say, you will love the power, the flow, the energy of the feather. The images that come through represent the complexity or simplicity of you. They become a work of art that you will want to gaze at, sit with, and contemplate the many interpretations it can reveal to you.

You can register at The Center for Healthy Generations for this workshop, but you can also directly contact the instructor. Details found below on the flyer.

Create Artful Memories!

Nancy Kimes

Hype Alert – Feather Art Workshop 2021!

December 6, 2021 - MONDAY - 11:30am-5:30pm
Center for Healthy Generations

Feather art is a unique artform that I would like to share with you. I have been presenting this method of art for about 4 years. It is abstract, impressionistic, whimsical, and free flowing. You are calling forth a different sense of the creativity within you when you use a feather as a tool. On many levels you are connecting with and enlightening your soul. During the workshop you will start by making your own brush(es)! This step infuses the brush with your own energy, and it is said that by using the feather you are honoring and perhaps paying homage to the bird that it came from. In a sense, you are allowing the bird's spirit to stay vibrant and alive as it moves through its journey to the afterlife.

No matter what one may believe about the afterlife, this is a message about releasing and being reborn. Letting go of the old and starting over is a story we weave into the fabric of our lives. This is one way the soul can express itself. We can in turn reflect upon our feelings and interpret the energy we are holding in our heart and mind.

During the process, you may be expressing energies from your conscious or subconscious mind. You are allowing the marks created on paper to tell a story, and this process has the potential of setting you free from the outside world. The feather always reveals what it wants you to see.

Now let me tone this down a bit and say, you will love the power, the flow, the energy of the feather. The images that come through represent the complexity or simplicity of you. They become a work of art that you will want to gaze at, sit with, and contemplate the many interpretations it can reveal to you.

You can register at The Center for Healthy Generations for this workshop! Details found below on the flyer.

Create Artful Memories!

Nancy Kimes

 

Feather Art Workshop

Hype Alert: Gubler’s Orchids Festival 2021

Mark your calendars everyone, because Chaparral Artists will be celebrating with Gubler's Orchid Festival during the first weekend of October - 10/2/2021 and 10/3/2021 (Saturday & Sunday).

What does this mean for us? Chaparral Artist volunteers will be in charge of setup on Friday, October 1 where we prepare a small section of the room for youth painting- usually 2 long tables with tablecloths, signs, and supplies.  We will be able to hang orchid themed artwork on the walls making the weekend an impromptu gallery showing, and those that plan on volunteering during Saturday and Sunday will be able to bring in some of their own art for sale, to be setup on a midsized table or half-table. During the weekend, we need volunteers interested in managing the Chaparral table and answering questions about the art group. We need volunteers interested in painting with the children. And if you wish to share you work with the visitors, you will need to be onsite with you section of a table.

If you are interested, please reach out and we will add you to the list of volunteers for this year's Gubler's Orchid Festival display opportunity.

Chaparral Artists have been so lucky to work with Chris Gubler over the years, and we certainly missed having fun with everyone last year. As you can see from the photos, we have shared art and laughs and great amusement while painting with kids or chatting with visitors.

We highly encourage you to create a few orchid inspired art pieces to share on the walls! Photographs, low-profile three-dimensional mixed media that is capable of hanging, and painterly pieces in all mediums are all welcome.  These works will be listed for sale so do not pass up the opportunity to share and sell your work.

We understand that precautions might affect the celebration, out of necessity, and we are watching closely for updates. Stay safe and keep on creating as we lead up to the 2021 Gubler's Orchid Festival! Watch for immediate updates coming directly from Gubler Orchids by on their social media accounts:

Gubler Orchids Facebook

Gubler Orchids Website

Gubler Orchids Instagram

Hype Alert: Abstract Show

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Members Show - Abstract Theme

The term "Abstract" varies in meaning from person to person. We each carry a definition cultivated from school, from trips to museums, from experience. The variations in definition makes this particular theme especially exciting.

The root meaning of the word is “pulled away from” or “detached" and in art we take that to indicate some version of a ‘separation from the real world’.

Because of its very definition, it is completely understandable that Abstract can span the gambit between hazy, dreamlike ‘representational’ art, and the far greater abstraction that is ‘non-representational’ art. The images that come to mind for many, in fact, correspond to famous abstractionists such as Jackson Pollock or Wassily Kandinsky whose works do not seem to depict anything tangible. 

For those that call upon Picasso and Matisse, whose imagery is fairly recognizable yet wildly simplified, exaggerated, and colorfully depicted, abstraction calls upon emotion, discomfort, and consideration of the viewer.  Any break from representing reality, whether it be a dreamy blending of emotions into a composition or the wild colors and strokes demanding attention, or even a wash of one or two colors that set the stage for inner reflection, can each be defined as abstract!

Our next show celebrates the abstract and is for Chaparral members only. If you are intrigued with the idea but are not a member yet, we welcome new members and we will have membership flyers with us during intake. All mediums are welcome (photography too!), though your works must hang on and lay flat against the wall. There is no cost to enter and you are invited to bring up to six abstract works, preferably no larger than 16”x20” but if you have something of the dimension 20"x24" bring it and we will do our best to accommodate. We hope to see what YOU feel are your abstract representations of the world. 

Location:             Rainbow Stew, Yucca Valley
Intake - Day 1:    May 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Intake - Day 2:    May 14, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Flyer:                    Abstract Show

Hype Alert: Keys Ranch, Spring 2021

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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

Hype Alert: Black & White Show

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Members Show - "Black & White"

Is it a simple filter you play with when capturing life around you? Maybe, at first. But the real power behind black and white art - in all its forms - is in the conveyance of a story. The process the artist goes through to highlight a single subject, to express the emotion of a scene, to compose a moment in time that would otherwise be lost in the sea of colors, make black and white works pop.

Photographers and painters alike benefit from trying their hand at working with this limited palette. Some of you have already found a way to express yourselves in the contrast of lights and darks, so share your beauties with us. For others, maybe this opportunity will provide an excuse to play with the colorless scape that is black and white. 

I am a fan of color, myself, bold and beautiful and just a bit too pure for reality, but understanding how to work with black & white does amazing things to strengthen your existing painting and photography repertoire. So, let’s celebrate our new and old black & white pieces in the members only Black & White show in February.

Hype Alert: Art Opening and Coffeehouse!

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A truly exciting art reception is just around the corner on December 8, 2019 (12-2pm) at the Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. The reception will feature folk music, beautiful art, and refreshments both hot and cold. The Presbyterian Church is excited to offer this coffeehouse concert & art opening, with plans to continue hosting such events in the future, and Chaparral Artists hope to see you there!

Khrysso Heart LeFey will be the featured artist for the month of December, his art represented by his eye for unique collage processes with beautifully balanced color and contrast. Khrysso is also a musician, and will be one of the performers. Music begins in the social hall at noon. The social hall will be open just before noon for the normal morning after-service social hour, if you plan on arriving a early.

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The following press release was written by Khrysso Heart LeFey

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will feature a coffeehouse concert featuring folk singer Khrysso Heart LeFey as part of the opening reception for his exhibit in the Chaparral Artists' gallery in the church on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8.

Chaparral Artists feature a different artist every month at the church, one of several galleries it maintains. Collagist Khrysso is the featured artist for December. This exhibit will consist mostly of what he calls, "digitized collage." Pastor Wayne Morrow says, "I have thought for a long time that it would be great for Desert Hills to start a coffeehouse, and Khrysso has a lot of experience with them."

The gallery is open to the public, but the office hours at the church don't facilitate daily traffic to it. "A concert is an excellent way for us to welcome the community and to let people know that the gallery is always here," says Kim Clements, the church's office manager and a member of Chaparral Artists herself.

Khrysso performed folk music starting in the early '90s in Ohio, his longtime home. He now lives in Morongo Valley. He sings and plays guitar and mountain dulcimer, a folk instrument with roots in the Appalachian Mountains. He specializes in 19th-century music but will focus on more contemporary songs for this concert, which he expects to last about an hour. "Both because this is a church and because I think it's important, I will present a program of uplifting, though not religious, music," says Khrysso. He usually encourages his audiences to sing along with him.

The concert will begin at noon in the social hall outside the gallery. There is no cover charge for this concert, but donations will be accepted to help the church defray operating costs. The reception will last until 2:00 PM. The social hall will be open following the morning's church service, which ends at about 11:15 AM.

The church is located a few blocks from Yucca Valley High School at 56750 Mountain View Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 9228.

OPEN CALL … Chaparral History Submissions

A Call for History Articles!

Chaparral Artists have been going strong since 1965 when they emerged from the Hi-Desert Playhouse to focus on and foster the visual arts of the community. Chaparral Artists have maintained relationships with many organizations throughout the Basin, strengthening ties to the arts and the communities that make our beautiful desert HOME. It started as a close relationship with the Hi-Desert Playhouse (ie a Hi-Desert Cultural Center venue), and has branched from there to the Chambers of Yucca Valley and 29 Palms, the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, the Morongo Art Colony, the Community Centers of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Hearts Foundation. Most often, these relationships blossom because our members belong to multiple groups, sharing events and news, and just like that the Chaparral Artists make new friends. Some of these relationships have lasted decades, drawing our groups together by the members that love them. Others remain casual, but no matter the strength of these ties, Chaparral will always be interested in keeping connected with creativity across the Morongo Basin.

We are making it a priority to collect and maintain the history of Chaparral since the group organized. Over the years, the Chaparral administration has kept newspaper articles and event photos, but we want to do more! We want to fill in the gaps, where there are gaps, of Chaparral history. We have an extensive collection of items from the 1980s and 1990s that are being digitized. We have a small number of historical items from the 2000s and 2010s. Currently, it seems as though we have little history from those first decades, the 1960s and the 1970s.

We hope to change this! Some information can be collected by scouring through the archives of the Hi-Desert Star and Desert Trails newspapers, and some gaps can be filled by you! We are calling out to the photographers that attend events, to the newspaper snippet collectors, and to the friends of Chaparral Artists. We want YOUR help. If you have maintained a scrapbook of art-related items that have Chaparral events or member stories within, reach out to ChaparralArtists@gmail.com to share your collections. If you have oral stories to share, reach out to us, and present these memories via email, phone, or in person. We want to maintain a strong foundation, and what better way to do this than to preserve our history so that it can be shared with existing members as well as future members.

Thank you!