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


Now Showing:

Expressions of Contemporary

Latin American Art



Beneath the Eternal Blue Sky

January 5 - 27, 2019

Special Event January 26, 5-7:30 PM

Book Signing and Slide Presentation 

by Nick Agelidis

Gallery Hours : 

 Tuesday -  Sunday

10:00 - 4:00


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?

"Expressions of Contemporary Latin American Art" opened with a night of music by Mariachi Mixteco  on January 5th. This highly attended reception once again was catered by our restaurant, Kesling's Kitchen. 
Also open in January, in conjunction with the Latino show, are the photographs of acclaimed travel photographer, Nick Agelidis, from his book "Mongolia: Beneath the Eternal Blue Sky." A special event is planned for January 26th, 5:00-7:30 pm at which time Nick will present a talk, slide show and book signing. The event is scheduled to be attended by dignitaries from San Diego and Mongolia to celebrate Borrego's ongoing friendship with Mongolia. Nick's photos will hang in the gallery January 5-27.

Congratulations to Adaire Gibb of Victoria, BC, Canada, our Customer Appreciation winner for December!

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 not too early to start shopping for Christmas and securing 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. 

February will bring an expanded show of the Clay and Glass show that we have had in the past. This year we will celebrate Earth's Elements: Clay, Glass, Wood, Metal, Fiber. The show will run February 2-24 with the opening reception to be held February 2, 5 to 7:30 pm. 

Showing in conjunction with Earth's Elements will be the annual Anza Borrego Foundation Photo Contest exhibit of winning photographs. The reception will be held the same night as Earth's Elements, February 2, 5 to 6 pm. 

Sculpture artist Lynn Creighton , who had a showing of her bronzes of women in conjunction with the Plein Air Invitational last Spring, will return in March 2019 for a showing of her new series of bronzes.


Introducing Wade Beane, new director for the ArtFarm. After spending hundreds of nights camping under the back-country stars, Wade has made Borrego Springs his full-time home. Growing up in the Midwest, surrounded by farms and childhood memories of picking giant zucchinis from the family garden plus his love of the outdoors, inspired him to teach environmental studies and organic farming for public school and Montessori students. This passion for helping students live responsibly led to Humane Education where he spent 12 years designing non-profit programs, served as executive director for a humane society, and trained thousands of volunteers in caring for animals and people in need. Wade has a BA degrees in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Science Education, and attended Northern Illinois University to receive his Masters of Science in Education. 

To learn more about the ArtFarm's plans for the 2018/2019 season, click on ArtFarm News

The Orchard is 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. 

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 Monday - Friday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. 760-767-7600.

Kesling's Kitchen is now doing Weekend Brunch. With the start of the season, Kessling is now serving "Not Quite Lunch" on Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am to 11:00 am. To see their wonderful and delicious offering, go to their menu at Not Quite Lunch Menu

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 January is Barbara Rivera of San Jacinto, CA. Her work is also being shown in Expressions of Contemporary Latin American Art in the BAI Gallery.

The Pottery Mural Project 

Funded by a matching $10,000 grant, the  Pottery is enlisting community involvement in creating a mural on the outside South wall of the Borrego Art Institute building. The mural will celebrate the arts in Borrego Springs and is scheduled for completion in March 2019. The community is invited to become involved. Stop in at the Pottery studio in the Mall (just east of Kendals Cafe) and join in the fun...or just see the mural in progress. To follow along with the story of the mural, click on The Pottery.


Open Studio has resumed and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 2. For information, call, text or email Jill Sullivan at 760-285-7145,

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. 


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  



Arnold Meloche...San Diego, CA

Sandy Zelasko...Valley Center, CA

Bella Kessler...Portland, OR

Nita Wipper...Borrego Springs

Malia VN Dailey...Palm Spring, CA

Stephen Swintek...Huntington Beach, CA

Barbara Matson...Borrego Springs

Helen Wickes...Oakland, CA

Pamela Petterson...Borrego Springs

LoAnn Chan...Borrego Springs

Marilyn Bushre...Borrego Springs

Katie Wilhelm...Borrego Springs

Laura Buxton...San Diego, CA

Stuart Bailey...Desert Hot Springs, CA

Ann Smith...Encinitas, CA

Linda Mautz...Borrego Springs

Barbara Tartre...Borrego Springs

Bettie Rikansrud...Julian, CA


Kari Koskinen...Jamul, CA

Christie Barber...Borrego Springs

Elaine Yates...Blaine, WA

Jon Moor...Borrego Springs

Deborah Behnke...Julian, CA

Catherine Smith...San Diego, CA

Yvette Murillo...San Diego, CA

Luciano Demasi...San Diego, CA

Deborrah Henry...Encinitas, CA


2018 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.

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.

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.

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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