Borrego Art Institute photo courtesy of Scott Lorenzen, Monument Architectural Photography

About Us

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 classesshows 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?

We are now accepting memberships. For Members, artist's entry fees for entering shows are waived except for the Plein Air Invitational. Members also receive discounts on 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.

Now Showing: Celebrating The Summer Show. Art in a variety of mediums and subjects will be available for sale until mid October. The show comes down October 15 and art for the Flora and Fauna Show starts coming in. 

GALLERY HOURS : Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The BAI Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available online.        Click here to read all the latest news.

The ArtFarm is pleased to announce that the Pottery Studio will now be located within the main ArtFarm boundaries. The ArtFarmers and Potters will be working closely together in planning and implementing our joint venture. 

We recently held a successful joint fundraiser at the Gallery. Our next project will be to build a fence around the first phase of the ArtFarm which will also encompass the Pottery Studio.


August has brought some significant donations to BAI.

Jim and Cheryl Cooper: Donation of a large gas kiln and a potter's wheel to the pottery program.

Jimmy and Judy Smith: Funds which will be applied towards a sound system for the gallery.

The Borrego Art Institute thanks the above donors for their support of our organization. Donors are an important and vital part of our ability to sustain and grow such a wonderful asset to our community.

BAI in Pictures

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. August's featured artist is Jeni Bate.

KESLING'S KIDS:  This summer, Kesling's Kitchen started a culinary arts program for middle and high school students. Two students participated in each session, learning how a restaurant functions on the business and serving levels as well as food preparation. Students were taught how to make a wood-fired pizza which became each students lunch. 

THE POTTERY: The Pottery schedule for OCTOBER Open Studio is as follows: Open Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 9:00 and will be open for three hours or longer depending on attendance and temperature. It still will be held at the Pottery location at the High School. Basic lessons in hand-building and throwing on the wheel are available. For more information and to get on the update list, email Jill Sullivan at or call her at 760-285-7145


Peggy Palm... Alpine, CA                         Kathryn WIlliams...Alpine, CA

Colleen Taylor... Alpine, CA                     Christie Barber...Borrego Springs

Tom Taylor... Alpine, CA                           Max Bell...Studio City, CA

Desolina Candelaria... El Cajon, CA         Jeannie King...Chino, CA

Adela Peterson... Encinitas, CA                William Hanks...Borrego Springs  

Jacqueline Larsen... Borrego Springs      Cheryl Lansker...Hilo, HI

Mary Platter-Rieger...San Diego, CA        Julie Nyssen...Huntington Beach, CA

Join Us

We invite you to join us to participate in the excitement at the BAI. If you would like to receive announcements and info about our activities, please Register with us. If you would like to contribute your time and talents to BAI, you can become a Volunteer. As a donor-supported organization, your financial support is appreciated and needed. We welcome your tax deductible donations, and we now accept memberships. Click on the Join Us tab below and then click on Become a Member.

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Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive

P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA  92004


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