Marks Art Center Presents Picture Stories: Representing Desert Life
College of the Desert’s Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts presents Picture Stories: Representing Desert Life, a three-part exhibition of photography and mixed-media artwork. A free artists’ reception is on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, from 5 -7 p.m. Musical entertainment by COD student James Gastelum and friends, along with light refreshments, will be provided. The reception will be followed by SafeHouse of the Desert’s Cup of Happy monthly Open Mic from 7-9:30 p.m.
The Marks Art Center is always free and open to public, Monday through Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m., and by appointment (760-776-7278). Works of art are for sale directly from the artists.
Scheduled as kick-off to the fourth annual regional Desertscapes event series, Picture Stories: Representing Desert Life is a Desertscapes exhibition in three parts, that together illustrate how art can connect with issues and curriculum throughout the college and the community, from health education to ecology to the social sciences and humanities.
Memento Mori: Life, Death, and Other Desert Stories features artwork made by COD art appreciation students. Their projects comprise powerful narratives about the daily lives of our students and our community, and show how the study of art facilitates recognition of meaning and value.
Second, Illustrating Healthy Living: It’s Up 2 You!, is a comic book exhibit on loan from the Arizona State Museum that features an original comic about Native American skateboarding, commissioned as part of a community health initiative to educate and inspire young people to get moving and get healthy by incorporating indigenous traditions of movement and exercise, past and present.
Third, Desert Passage: Photographs by Bill Leigh Brewer, Cristopher Cichocki, Ken Foto, & Kim Stringfellow, showcases contemporary desert landscape photography addressing the impact of human development on the environment, as illustrated by the award-winning book Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905–2005, by Kim Stringfellow, a professor at SDSU's School of Art, Design, and Art History.