Celebrating the Summer Show
Work in all mediums and subjects.
New work coming in throughout the summer.
May 3 - October 6, 2019
Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday, 10:00-4:00.
Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
The Borrego Art Institute (BAI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the goal to inspire and enrich the community of Borrego Springs by offering a venue for the public to experience, create, and enjoy all forms of art.
Our distinctive campus features the Gallery, the Pottery studio and workshop, the ArtFarm gardens, the KidsArt programs and our on-site Restaurant, Kesling's Kitchen all in the heart of Borrego Springs’ core business district at Christmas Circle and Palm Canyon Drive. A community resource and gathering place, The BAI is an important catalyst for adult and children's education, participation, art appreciation, and a great meal.
Please join us for classes, shows and other events, and as a member. If you are an artist, a resident, a visitor, a family, an art lover, or simply a curious explorer, we look forward to welcoming you!
What's New at BAI?
OPENING RECEPTIONS to have changes starting with the October show. Previously the receptions were open at no charge to the public. Due to the high costs for food incurred at each show opening , receptions will remain free for BAI members and participating artists but non members of the Borrego Art Institute will be charged $5 per person from 5:00-6:00 pm. There is no charge after 6:00 pm. BAI staff and volunteers will be manning a table at the door to greet visitors, sign up new members, and collect fees.
The Art of Photography opens October 12, 2019. Our 2019/2020 season opening show is coming up and we are calling for art. As the exhibit title indicates, this will be a showing of photographic art covering most subject matter and in a wide variety of sizes and presentation. The opening reception will be on Saturday, October 12, 5:00-7:00 pm. Artists submitting work must bring their work into the gallery on October 5 or 6, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm. For complete information on submitting art, click on our link, Information for Artists. Scroll to the appropriate show to read the submission instructions.
Summer Salon in the Gallery. New to the gallery for the summer is Salon, an informal gathering of artists to create, socialize, or just hang out. Bring your paints, drawing materials, whatever and setup in the coolness of the gallery. You can order drinks and food from Keslings and enjoy them while in the gallery. Salon will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10-4 from June 1 to October 1. Salon is free to current BAI members. Non members will be charged a small fee.
Celebrating the Summer Show: Our summer long show of art in many different mediums will run until October 6. All work is original and, for the most part, has not been shown in the gallery before. We will be accepting art all summer long from artists and consignors in order to keep the show fresh.
New Membership Levels added to BAI
The Borrego Art Institute now has six membership levels to accommodate our diverse community. Prior to August 1, 2019, BAI just had a basic membership for $50 per year. Now we offer membership levels for students ($25 per year), Individual ($50 per year), Family (two adults per household, $75 per year), Contributing ($125 per year), Supporting ($500 per year), Premier ($1200 per year).
Benefits for each group are as follows:
Student, Individual, and Family memberships include no fee to enter art in shows (except Plein Air Invitational), discounts on workshops, complimentary access to demonstrations and seminars, complimentary hors d'oeuvres at gallery art openings.
Contributing memberships include all of the above plus family membership, 10% discount on BAI Boutique merchandise, membership in North American Reciprocal Museum Association.
Supporting memberships include all the benefits of a Contributing member plus an invitation to the Annual Membership Appreciation Reception.
Premier memberships include all of the benefits of a Supporting member plus their name on Gallery Recognition Wall.
Becoming a member or changing your membership level is as simple as going to the menu bar at the top of the page and clicking on join us, scroll down to becoming a member and follow directions.
Our Gift Shop has new work arriving daily and sales have been brisk. It's a good place to pick up those unique one-of-a-kind art pieces for which we have become known.
Spring has come to the ArtFarm
A BIG Thank You to everyone who attended the volunteer meetings and helped with spring plantings! The garden is set up nicely with all the raised beds, and a new in-ground bed, fully planted. As soon as soil temperatures rise a few degrees we will fill in with seeds and prepare additional vegetable beds between the orchard rows. Speaking of the Orchard...
Nectarine trees are in bloom and Apple, Peach, Apricot, Fig, and Pomegranate are all starting to bud!
Please stop by the garden, find beauty in the vegetables, photograph the orchard blossoms, and lend a hand. There are plenty of opportunities for watering, weeding, general upkeep, and very soon - harvesting the spring vegetables. Starting the week of February 11th we will be rebuilding the water basins for each of the trees and improving the soil. It's an exciting time to become involved in the development of the art farm - if you are able to volunteer, please send an email or stop by and say hello!
Beets and carrots from the winter growing season
Calling all Tractor Owners! ArtFarm needs the ground tilled for row crops between the orchard trees. Do you or a neighbor have a small tractor or tiller to lend? The area is prepped and it will take less than one hour with a small tractor. The ArtFarm vegetables will be forever grateful - Please email or stop by to find out more.
On a smaller scale, the ArtFarm continues to rely on your generosity for its success. Please take a look at our current donation list and if you have some extra supplies at your home and no way to get them to the garden, we are happy to pick up. Thank you for your support!
Larger projects are also underway and being supported through donations. If you are interested in becoming a supporter of a larger project, please let us know! These projects include:
Current and Upcoming Events at BAI
Kesling's Kitchen is OPEN EVERY DAY. To see the current menu, go to the restaurant tab and click on current menu in the drop down menu. The restaurant is open every day, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. 760-767-7600.
Fresh Fish Frydays: New offering at Kessling's! Chef Tom has added a new menu of fresh fish and seafood on Fridays and folks are giving it rave reviews. The menu will change a bit each Friday based on what fresh fish Chef selects for delivery from San Diego. Kesling's regular menu will also be available.
Kesling's Kitchen Catering: Book your party trays from our great catering menu. Go to the Restaurant tab and click on Kesling's Catering in the drop down menu.
Be sure to check out Kesling's Art Wall. Each month (except in the summer) a new artist will be featured in the restaurant on the wall between the gallery and the restaurant. Our Featured Artist for the summer is Borrego artist, Barbara Nickerson.
The Pottery Mural Project
Funded by a matching $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pottery has enlisted community involvement in creating a mural on the outside South wall of the Borrego Art Institute building. The mural celebrates the arts in Borrego Springs. To follow along with the story of the mural, click on The Pottery.
2019 SUMMER SCHEDULE
The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. During school hours, anyone new to the pottery much check in at the school office. Find us under the big blue canopy.
MISS BORREGO PAGEANT SHINES BECAUSE OF KIDSART PROGRAM
BAI art teacher Leslie Duncan and the art program kids decorate the Pagaent stage each year. See story under KidsArt
Our BAI supported Photography program at the Middle School, taught by Tom Hogan, one of our BAI volunteers and a professional photographer, will continue in the 2018/2019 school year. The class completed a video, Big Little Town, which was shown during the Borrego Film Festival in January 2018. To view the video, turn up your sound and click on https://vimeo.com/246308644
WELCOME NEW and RENEWED MEMBERS:
Jenny Reed...Borrego Springs
K. Brooks Reid...San Marcos, CA
Mary Anne Luty...Borrego Springs
Amy Threefoot Valeiras...La Jolla, CA
Chuck Bennett...Borrego Springs
Robert Wright...Borrego Springs
Catherine Chambers...Alpine, CA
Pierre Bounaud...San Diego, CA
Marilyn Froggatt...Palm Desert, CA
Faye Clerget...Rancho Mirage, CA
Sandi Granger...Borrego Springs
Charmaine Tam...Santa Ysabel, CA
Matt Larmand...Capistrano Beach, CA
Kim Blackford...Borrego Springs
Donna Engels...Borrego Springs
Marie Tarango...Borrego Springs
Sandra Reed...Borrego Springs
Carla Nyssen...Los Angeles, CA
Kathy Miller...Joshua Tree, CA