Celebrating the Summer
Show and Sale
May 5 - October 7, 2018
Gallery Hours for June:
Thursday - Sunday
11:00 - 4:00
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!
Executive Director Position
BAI is seeking an Executive Director to lead BAI through its next phase of growth. A job description may be found at Employment.
What's New at BAI?
Congratulations to Gabriela Johnston of San Diego, CA our Customer Appreciation winner for May! Each month we will hold a customer appreciation drawing from entries submitted by gallery customers.
Our Gift Shop has a new look. New glass display shelves have been added, replacing the pedestals and black shelves to give the area a bright, open look. As a result, we are able to display more of the unique one-of-a-kind art pieces for which we have become known. And it's not too early to start shopping for Christmas.
Calling All Artists
Our Summer Show opened May 5th to all artists, all mediums and consignors. We will accept new work all summer long but work must be ready for display. Work that is dirty, poorly presented or in need of repair will not be accepted. Work must not have been shown in the gallery before. Submissions are limited to three per artist/consignor.
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.
THIS SEASON the Gallery 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 was 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 held a reception on January 27, 2018, 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
Sculpture artist Lynn Creighton had a showing of her beautiful bronze sculptures of women March 11- April 1, 2018. Her work was exhibited throughout the gallery in conjunction with our Plein Air Invitational. Lynn has been invited back next March for a showing of her new series of bronzes.
The Orchard is Going In!
Over 40 fruit trees, varieties especially selected for desert growing, have been planted in the ArtFarm Orchard and Garden. They include nectarines, apricots, apples, figs, pomegranates, peaches, plums and kumquats. In the next phase of the ArtFarm plan, the raised beds will be moved and spring plantings, which have already started, will fill the beds.
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. For the summer, the restaurant is open 7 days a week, Noon to 8:30 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. Our Featured Artist for the month of May is Salton City artist Jeni Bate . Her series of seven oils will hang through the month of May.
2018 SUMMER SCHEDULE
We're working on next season's workshop schedule. Click on link to see updates:Pottery Workshops and Classes
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.
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:
Elizabeth Warner...Imperial, CA
Shirley Vaine...Poway, CA
Amy Threefoot Valeiras...La Jolla, CA
Jackson Gray...San Diego, CA
Alan Parks...Borrego Springs
Naomi Lasley...Sebastopol, CA
Melissa Ann Gladhill...Chula Vista, CA
John Richen...Borrego Springs
Catherine Chambers...Alpine, CA
Marty Ornish...La Mesa, CA
Carole McAlpine...Chula Vista, CA
Katy Reeve-Weesner...San Diego, CA
K. Brooks Reid...San Marcos, CA
Lori Rowe...Borrego Springs
Ric Miller...Palm Springs, CA
Joe Payson...La Mesa, CA
Keith Prichard...Apex, NC
Malia Van Nuis-Dailey...Palm Springs, CA
Pierre Bounaud...San Diego, CA
Robert Wright...Borrego Springs
Carla Vaughn...Vista, CA
Doug Dolde...Joshua Tree, CA
Douglas Kirchner...Borrego Springs
Scott Davies...San Diego, CA
Stephen Flores...San Diego, CA
Donna Engels...Borrego Springs
Rosi Johnson...Borrego Springs
Kim Blackford...Borrego Springs
Sondra Sebasco...San Diego
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