The Palm Springs Art Museum to Showcase Local Artists’ Work Monthly at The Saguaro Hotel

Posted By: Matt Link Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Forever Palm Springs by Linda Maxson

Palm Springs’ ongoing ascendency continues to conquer so many of the creative fields - from its healthy smorgasbord of world-c
lass film festivals to its one-of-a-kind Modernism Week attracting tens of thousands of architecture buffs.

And Palm Springs’ once-dormant art scene is quickly catching up. In addition to the blossoming of new art galleries in The Uptown Art & Design District, The Palm Springs Art Museum is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and is better than ever. In recent years, the museum has gone from a dusty old gallery space to a world-class, innovative art establishment. When downtown Palm Springs’ major refurbishment is all said a done, a new pedestrian Museum Way will look directly on to the entrance of the museum, showcasing it front and center for all to see.

One of the goals of The Palm Springs Art Museum is to showcase local artists, and a new partnership with the forward-thinking Saguaro Hotel (pictured below) will bring a wide variety of Coachella Valley artists to those who may never set foot in the museum itself.


 
“My understanding is that this is the first time the Palm Springs Museum’s Artists Council members have been offered an opportunity to have their works displayed in a hotel – and this is the first partnership of this kind for Joie de Vivre Hotels,” explains Michael Von Wittenau, director of sales and marketing at the Saguaro Hotel. “We are honored to be the first pilot program of this nature to work with the museum, and we are extremely excited about this and hope to grow this kind of programming.”

Each month, the hotel will feature new works from two local artists (all members of the museum’s Artists Council) in a location adjacent to the hotel’s lobby – all free and open to the public. The works have been selected to compliment the planned activities at the hotel, such as pool parties for the Coachella music festival or events relating to the Palm Springs International Film Festival. All displayed works will be offered for sale, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated by The Saguaro to the Palm Springs Art Museum.

To launch the new exhibitions, the hotel will provide free monthly artist receptions on the first Wednesday of each month at 8PM in the hotel’s lobby. October 2nd is the inaugural reception, honoring award-winning local artists Linda Maxson and Tim Robson – both adept at capturing the rich color and spirit of Palm Springs.


Palm Springs Life by Tim Robson

Says Linda Maxson about her painting at the very top of the page, entitled Forever Palm Springs: “It represents a body of work that I call Airborne, a Leap into Color and Texture. In these paintings, I used acrylic mediums to create texture prior to painting. I allowed the shadows and movement of the texture to guide my hand, rather than rigidly following my original sketch. I also punched up the color with a bold, saturated palette. The combination of brilliant colors and texture give the paintings an expressive energy.”

The Saguaro Palm Springs 
continues to up the ante of local hotels with these kind of innovative and out-of-the-box events. Just recently, The Saguaro hosted Splash Party, a smash hit pool party/live concert weekend with over 2,000 attendees. The 245-room Saguaro opened in February 2012, the vision of renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, who infused the property with hues featuring a bold Southwestern color palette reflecting the indigenous flowers of the Colorado Desert. The three-story structure, originally constructed in 1970, features an expansive pool located within a lush center courtyard, and Tinto, an innovative restaurant run by celebrity
chef Jose Garces.

The Saguaro is located at 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive at the intersection of Palm Canyon and Sunrise. For more information, call 760-323-1711 or go to www.thesaguaro.com.

All Joie de Vivre properties have a mission to work with their local communities.  Because of the strong art community in Palm Springs, we approached the Palm Springs Art Museum to see if we could forge a partnership that would not only benefit the museum, but enrich our guests as well.  I was directed to Randal Weidner, the coordinator for the museum’s Artists Council.  Randall informed me that this council is made up of approximately 300 local artists and together we created an opportunity for the interested members to submit works for review and from that we selected the works that best fit the Saguaro’s clientele.  Specifically we selected works that would complement the events that will take place at the hotel, such as Modernism Week, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Coachella music festival.  Each month The Saguaro will display works from two different artists and the first Wednesday of every month we will offer a free reception at the hotel in which the artists will be present to discuss their works.
 
- Do you know if the museum has done any similar programs with other hotels displaying artwork, or is this specific series a first of its kind for them?
 
“My understanding is that this is the first time the Palm Springs Museum’s Artists Council members have been offered an opportunity to have their works displayed in a hotel – and this is the first partnership of this kind for Joie de Vivre Hotels,” explains Michael Von Wittenau, director of sales and marketing at the Saguaro Hotel. “We are honored to be the first pilot program of this nature to work with the museum, and we are extremely excited about this and hope to grow this kind of programming.”
 
- Has The Saguaro ever displayed artwork from local artists - like in the guestrooms or common areas or whatnot? Do other Joie de Vivre properties typically do that?
 
 
- Approximately how many pieces of art will be on display at any one time? Will they all be in one room or area off of the lobby?
 
The first installation is in a prominent area just off the main lobby and directly outside of Iron Chef Jose Garcis’ Tinto restaurant entrance.  In this first installation, we are featuring seven original artworks in this space, but the amount of works we can display at any given time depends on the size of the submitted works. 
 
- For the artist receptions, I'm assuming the artists will be there in person to chat with guests? Will there be any wine/cheese on hand or to purchase? 

The featured artists will attend the opening receptions to meet with local community members and hotel guests.  This is a great way for them to discuss in more detail with the reception attendees their techniques and inspiration.  The selected works will be offered for sale, and a proceed of the sales goes to the museum, so the receptions are a great way for prospective buyers to get to know the artists and hear firsthand about the displayed works.   At the receptions, the hotel will be passing a special new drink we created that features the St. Germaine elderflower-based liqueur. We will also be offering other special surprise light appetizers that will give the attendees a sampling of the new Chef’s Tasting menu at Tinto that we are now offering for a special price of $45.
 
- What do you hope that the guests/art lovers gain from this series - a new perspective on the area, the chance to meet an artist, knowledge about the local arts scene and artists, etc.?
 
By offering this series we hope to not only provide our guests with the opportunity to view high-quality locally-produced art, but also provide a unique and fun area for the selected artists to display their works.  We also love that the monthly receptions will provide the artists with the opportunity to meet the people who appreciate their art.  It is just one way in which The Saguaro helps to support the Coachella Valley community.
 

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