Expressions of Contemporary Latin American Art
January 6 - 28, 2018
January 6, 5-7:30 pm
The Bright Wild
Three Visions of the
January 6-28, 2018
January 27, 5-7:30 pm
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?
Congratulations to Kathy Oakley of El Centro, our Customer Appreciation winner for December! Each month we will hold a customer appreciation drawing from entries submitted by gallery customers.
January 6-28: Expressions of Contemporary Latin American Art opened with Mariachi Mixteco performing again this year and Mexican appetizers from Kesling's Kitchen. A large and enthusiastic crowd took in the art and were enthralled by the talented young mariachis.
David Silvah and "Passion",
Also opening on January 6 , The Bright Wild/Three Visions of the Anza Borrego Desert got rave reviews. Three highly acclaimed Plein Air painters, Bill Gallen, Lee MacLeod, and Cecilia Robertson show their latest work featuring the Anza-Borrego Desert.
The Artist's Reception will be held January 27, 5 to 7:30 pm. Come by and meet the artists, enjoy wine and appetizers from Kesling's Kitchen.
Both shows will be in the gallery January 6-28.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
GALLERY NEEDS: Our new Gallery workshop patio space is nearing completion. We are looking for donations towards the gate for the patio and towards a retractable sunscreen. Our workshops are growing in number and the additional space will allow us to hold larger classes and classes that require an outdoor space for ventilation.
We are accepting memberships. For Members, artist's entry fees for entering shows are waived except for the Plein Air Invitational. Members also receive discounts on gallery workshops, free admission to seminars and demonstrations, a gift card to Kesling's Kitchen. To become a member, go to Join Us in the menu at the top, click on Become a Member. Membership cards can be picked up at the desk at the BAI Gallery.
THE NEW SEASON is well underway and the Gallery has expanded it's offering of shows. Expressions in the Abstract, our first show of purely abstract art, featuring the work of Kim Chasen, Theresa Vandenberg Donche, and Hiroko Momii, opened to high acclaim in November. We will definitely keep the abstract show on our calendar for next season.
Opening January 6 in conjunction with the Latino Art show will be another new exhibition by three artists, The Bright Wild/Three Visions of the Anza-Borrego Desert featuring paintings by Bill Gallen, Lee MacLeod, and Cecilia Robertson. The artists will hold a reception on January 27, 2018, 5:00 to 7:30 pm. The show will hang until January 28.
Sculpture artist Lynn Creighton will have a showing of her beautiful bronze sculptures of women March 11- April 2, 2018. Her work will be exhibited throughout the gallery in conjunction with our Plein Air Invitational.
Our Clay and Glass show has added a new element, Fiber to its venue and will be called Celebrating Clay, Glass and Fiber. Dates for this show are April 7-30, 2018 with the opening reception on April 7, 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
The next ArtFarm meeting will be on January 25th at 4:30 in Kesling's Kitchen. Anyone interested in getting involved with the ArtFarm project is welcome to attend.
Available in the Gallery - ArtFarm T-shirts. These are for sale in the Gallery store for $20 each plus tax. Proceeds will go toward continued funding for the ArtFarm.
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 7 days a week, 11 am to 9 pm. 760-767-7600.
Kesling's Kitchen is now doing 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 a new artist will be featured in the restaurant on the wall between the gallery and the restaurant. Abstract artist Theresa Vandenberg Donche will be our featured artist for the month of January.
The Pottery Studio will be open Monday - Saturday, 10 to 2 through January.
THREE NEW WORKSHOPS ADDED:
Click on link:Pottery Workshops and Classes
The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. Find us under the big blue canopy.
New to this year is a BAI supported Photography program at the Middle School taught by Tom Hogan, one of our BAI volunteers and a professional photographer. The class just finished a video, Big Little Town, which will be shown during the Borrego Film Festival in January. To view the video, turn up your sound and click on https://vimeo.com/246308644
WELCOME NEW and RENEWED MEMBERS:
Ariel Howard...Carlsbad, CA
Bella Kessler...Portland, OR
Sara Vickers...La Mesa, CA
L. Chan...Los Angeles, CA
Kimberly Tilton...El Cajon, CA
Virginia Miller...Borrego Springs
Jean Johnson...Borrego Springs
Sandy Huff...Borrego Springs
Selden McKee...Borrego Springs
Candy O'Key...Borrego Springs
Laura Buxton...San Diego, CA
Timothy Cohelan...San Diego, CA
Elise Augenstern...Borrego Springs
Virginia Miller...Borrego Springs
Cathy White House...Encinitas, CA
Deborah Sperberg...Borrego Springs
John Strong...Borrego Springs
Marilyn Bushre...Borrego Springs
Diana Prout...Ramona, CA
Christie Barber...Borrego Springs
Deborah Behnke...Julian, CA
Bettie Rikansrud...Julian, CA
Zinser Foundation: $2500 towards the Pottery Studio Mural Project in memory of Robert and Audrey Zinser.
Borrego Springs Art Guild: $500 towards Kids Art Program. And $500 towards Kids Photography Program.
Borrego Springs Rotary: $1000 towards Kids Photography Program.
El Shelden Lawrence: $500 towards Kids Art Program, $500 towards General Fund.
Carol Lindemulder: $200 towards the Pottery.
Sally Williams: $50 towards the Gallery.
Helen Wickes and Donald Stang: $250 towards the Pottery Studio Mural Project