The 13th Annual
Borrego Springs Plein Air
March 4-31, 2019
Also Showing in March
The beautiful bronzes of
Hours: March 10-31: Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00-4:00. Closed Mondays
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?
MARCH MEANS PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL
Plein Air week is over and the winners have been selected. Paintings are selling at record levels as more and more art collectors find us and the outstanding artists whose work is on display. The show will hang until March 31. To find out who the winners are and for more information go to our Plein Air page Plein Air Invitational
The Bronzes of Lynn Creighton are on display March 9 through 31 in conjunction with the Plein Air Invitational. If you haven't seen her stunning work in person, this is the time to catch it before the show ends at the end of March.
And, What About April? We have two shows planned for the month of April, The Art of Flora and Fauna and 3-D Escape, a new show to the gallery. The highly popular flora and fauna show will showcase art depicting plants or animals in a variety of mediums by artists from throughout Southern California.
New to us this year is 3-D Escape, fiber art/art quilts by a group out of Banning, California called 3-D Desert Designing Divas. They will take over our north gallery section and display a large selection of beautifully designed art quilts.
Congratulations to Rita Mooney of San Diego, California, our Customer Appreciation winner for February!
Each month we will hold a customer appreciation drawing from entries submitted by gallery customers.
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.
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, and free admission to seminars and demonstrations. To become a member, go to Join Us in the menu at the top, click on Become a Member.
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.
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 a new artist will be featured in the restaurant on the wall between the gallery and the restaurant. Our Featured Artist for the month of March is photographer Garett Wood. Garett is the winner of Best in Show for this year's Anza-Borrego Foundation Photo Contest.
The Pottery Mural Project
Funded by a matching $10,000 grant, 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. An unveiling ceremony is scheduled for March 23 at 3:00. The community is invited to the unveiling ceremony. To follow along with the story of the mural, click on The Pottery.
2019 SEASON 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:
James Thomas...Huntington Beach, CA
Herb Stone...Borrego Springs
Elizabeth Lawrence...Borrego Springs
Albert Dean...Borrego Springs
Gretchen Grawunder...Vista, CA
Sally Walsh...Los Angeles, CA
Anne Garcia...Julian, CA
Michael Horton...Julian, CA
Judy Davis...Marion, MA
Karen Leonardo...Borrego Springs
Layne Zimmerman...San Francisco, CA
Dan Cain...Borrego Springs
Emily Kincaid...La Quinta, CA
Kara Dotter...San Diego, CA
Ron Barr...San Clemente, CA
Ulla Barr...San Clemente, CA
Claire Tietje...San Diego, CA
Judy Andrews...Borrego Springs
Amanda Taylor...Idyllwild, CA
Diane Davis...Fairfield, IA
Angela Cassidy...Borrego Springs
Marcia Knutt...Borrego Springs
Cathy Gay...Borrego Springs
Ellen Gross...San Diego, CA
Bev Canning...Borrego Springs