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

Borrego Springs Art Guild Members


Finely Crafted Art Show

Two Shows in December!

December 7-29, 2019

Opening Reception, December 7, 5 to 7 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00-4:00.  Closed Mondays


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?


OPENING RECEPTIONS HAVE CHANGED. Previously the receptions were open at no charge to the public. Due to the high costs for food incurred at each show opening  and a need for sustainability, 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. 

GIFT CARDS are now available in the Gallery.  Cards are may be purchased in any amount and make a great gift. They are available at the desk in the gallery.

Our Customer Appreciation Winner for November is Vika Golovanova of Julian, CA

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.  

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! 

  • Planter trays for seedlings 
  • Organic potting soil 
  • Vegetable seeds 
  • Tiller  
  • Bow rake
  • Garden Spade
  • Round point shovel
  • Flat transfer shovel 
  • Garden sprayer
  • Gardening hand tools 
  • Pruning tools 
  • 5 gallon buckets 
  • 10’x10’ or larger tarps 
  • 2’ poultry fencing 
  • General repair tools (measuring tapescrew drivers, hammer, wrenches, pipe wrench, PVC cutter, etc.) 
  • Tool box – medium size 
  • Shelving and hooks for inside the sheds 
  • Hoses and attachments 
  • Drip tape and irrigation supplies (like new condition) 
  • Surplus PVC and fittings (any sizes that may be left over from home projects) 
  • Wheel barrels 
  • Garden carts 
  • First aid kit 
  • Pots (disposable, plastic and terracotta) 
  • Outdoor chairs / bench 
  • Compost bins
  • Hose reel 
  • Wash sink faucet 

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: 

  • Vegetable wash station 
  • Green house 
  • Lath shed 
  • Perimeter fence 
  • Succulent garden 


Kathy Brigham (individual)...Ukiah, CA

Urmi Ray (contributing)...Borrego Springs

Karen DeLorenzo (individual)...Port Townsend, WA

Christine Butterfield (Individual)...Borrego Springs

Heidi Noyes (individual)...Borrego Springs

Melissa Stahlberg (family)...Cherry Valley, CA

Dimmie Zeigler (individual)...Jackson, WY

Jane & John Jellinek (supporting)...San Diego, CA

Bob Blum & Carol Black (family)...Borrego Springs

Gary & Judy Haldeman (family)...Borrego Springs

Jean & Craig Johnson (family)...Borrego Springs

Ben & John Underhill (family)...Borrego Springs

Jack & Kathleen Osborn (Contributing)...Borrego Springs

Laura & Rick Alexander (family)...Borrego Springs

Debra MacArthur (individual)...Borrego Springs

Candy O'Key (individual)...Borrego Springs

Charlotte Lerner (individual)...Rancho Mirage, CA

Ross Adcock (individual)...El Cajon, CA

Sharon Dall (individual)...Borrego Springs

Judy Webber (individual)...Borrego Springs

Bob Little (family)...La Mesa, CA

Pamela Granbery/Joya Hoyt (family)...Borrego Springs

Bill Boutwell (individual)...Borrego Springs

Marshal & Janet Brecht (supporting)...Borrego Springs

Jerry & Nita Wipper (family)...Borrego Springs

Barbara Bright (individual)...Borrego Springs

Ann Dunham & Terry Hunefeld (contributing)...Borrego Springs

Dennis & Lynda Bostad (family)...Bonita, CA


Bella Kessler (individual)...Borrego Springs

Sandy Zelasko (individual)...Valley Center, CA

Jackson Gray (individual)...San Diego, CA

Maryellene Deason (family)...San Diego, CA

Christie Barber (individual)...Borrego Springs

Pamela Petterson (individual)...Borrego Springs

Jeannie Plekon (family)...Borrego Springs

Diane Prout (individual)...Ramona, CA

Don Stang/Helen Wickes (family)...Oakland, CA

Lenna Marie Downing (contributing)...New Castle, NH

Bruce & Caroline Manildi (supporting)...Borrego Springs

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 (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 December is Borrego artist Wil Gardner.

2019/2020 SCHEDULE

The Studio is open from 10 am until 2 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, excluding holidays. We are still located on the High School property but next season we hope to move to a brand new facility which will be located in the Art Park behind the Borrego Art Institute building. 

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. For information, contact Jill Sullivan at or 760-285-7145.

Annual Holiday Sale is coming up December 7th. Work by our own ceramic artists will be held this year outside the Borrego Art Institute Gallery on the east patio. 

The Pottery Mural Project 

Funded by a matching $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pottery  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 read the story of the mural, click on The Pottery.


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  


2018/2019 Donations:

Ron Wheatly: Photographic Supplies for the Kids Photography Program.

Vanessa and Richard Rusczyk: $500 towards the Gallery.

Borrego Springs Art Guild: $150 towards Kids Art Program.

Anonymous: $500 towards Pottery Mural

Martha  Duskin-Smith: $1000 towards Pottery Mural

Lorraine Phillips...$50 towards the Gallery

Dennis and Sharon Nourse: $5,000 for additional gallery movable walls and lighting. 

Anson Construction: $1200 for landscape maintenance

Dr. Michael & Marilyn Kelley: $1000 which will be used for gallery improvements and for KidsArt.

Borrego Springs Rotary: $2,000 towards Kids Art Program.

L. Chan - Veronese Studio: $625 (from sale of donated art) towards the ArtFarm.

Borrego Springs Rotary: $1,000 towards Middle School Photography Program.

Borrego Springs Art Guild: $150 toward Kids Art Program.

Vanessa Rusczyk: $500 towards BAI improvements.

Dennis and Sharon Nourse: $1450 for Plein Air awards.

Mary Kaplan: $100 towards BAI operations.

Ronald and Ulla Barr: $500 towards BAI General Fund

Borrego Springs Art Guild: $500 towards Kids Art Program

Robert & Audrey Zinser Charitable Foundation: $1000 towards the Pottery Mural Project

El Shelden: $1000 towards the ArtFarm community garden project

Dennis and Sharon Nourse: $3250 for Gallery Patio gates.

Carol & Henry F. Hunte: $5,000 for general support.

Diane Johnson:   $750 to sponsor gallery wall

Ann Dunham & Terry Hunefeld: $1000 for general support

Anson Construction: $1200 Exhibit Sponsor (Latino Show)

Richen Design:  $750 to sponsor gallery wall

Liesel Paris: $300 for Kids Art Program

Dennis & Sharon Nourse: $5,000 matching grant for Pottery equipment

Werner & Heidi Dumanski: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

Lisa Roth: $500 towards Pottery matching grant

Lenna Marie Downing: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

Caroline Wilhelm-Vaught: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

Homer & Tina Townsend: $500 towards Pottery matching grant.

Lane & Elaine McVey: $150 towards Pottery matching grant.

Bruce Kelley: $100 towards new ArtPark building

Roger & Nancy Munro: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

William & Elaine Yates: $200 towards Pottery matching grant

Sue Boutwell: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

Kathy Mangum: $250 towards Pottery matching grant

Donald Stang & Helen Wickes: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

Jerry & Nita Wipper: $1200 event sponsor (Earth's Elements)

Borrego Springs Art Guild: $150 towards Kids Art

Carol Lindemulder: $400 toward Pottery matching grant

Mary Phillips: $400 towards Pottery matching grant

Judy Gardiner: $100 towards Pottery matching grant

The Borrego Art Institute thanks all of our 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.

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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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Borrego Art Institute is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.



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