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


2018 Plein Air Invitational

March 5 -  April 1, 2018

1st Place, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational 2018

        Margaret Larlham     Pastel     Notations - Palo Verde Wash       

The Exhibition will hang March 5- April 1, 2018

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?


Congratulations to Cynthia McKenzie of Goshen, Connecticut , our Customer Appreciation winner for February! Each month we will hold a customer appreciation drawing from entries submitted by gallery customers. 
The Gift of Joy

The beautiful bronzes of the female form by Lynn Creighton will be exhibited in the gallery 
 beginning March 11. An artist's reception will be held March 17, 5-7:30 pm. Come meet the artist, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine catered by Kesling's Kitchen. 



10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

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 has 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 will have a showing of her beautiful bronze sculptures of women March 11- April 1, 2018. Her work will be exhibited throughout the gallery in conjunction with our Plein Air Invitational.

Our Clay and Glass show has added a new element, Fiber to its venue and will be called Celebrating Clay, Glass and Fiber. Dates for this show are April 7-30, 2018 with the opening reception on April 7, 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

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 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. Our Featured Artist for the month of March is Dusty Kinman. His pallet knife oils bring an exciting vibrancy to the desert scenes he captures. 

The Pottery Studio will be open Monday - Saturday, 10 to 2 through March. 

Come by the Pottery and see what we do!


Click on link:Pottery Workshops and Classes

The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. 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  



Marilyn Bushre...Borrego Springs

Diana Prout...Ramona, CA

Christie Barber...Borrego Springs

Deborah Behnke...Julian, CA 

Bettie Rikansrud...Julian, CA

Barbara Tartre...San Diego, CA

Luciano Demasi...San Diego, CA

William Hanks...Borrego Springs

Camille Rothenburg...Coronado, CA

Randolph Staley...Borrego Springs

Lynn Dee...Borrego Springs

Deborrah Henry...Encinitas, CA

Rebecca Alzofon...Borrego Springs

Rick Bliss...Marysville, CA

Ronda Armold...Borrego Springs

Jeanne Plekon...Borrego Springs

Angela Cassidy...Borrego Springs

Stu Bailey...La Quinta, CA


Kate Mendenhall...Borrego Springs

Andy Knapp...Berkeley, CA

Doris Ellis...Bellevue, WA

Herb Stone...Borrego Springs

Judy Davis...Manon, MA

Martha Duskin-Smith...Borrego Springs

Ellen Gross...San Diego


Judy Andrews...Borrego Springs

Angelina Garcia...Borrego Springs

Jarreth Lopez...Borrego Springs

Mary Anne Luty...Denver, CO

Ronald Barr...San Clemente, CA

Gretchen Grawunder...Vista, CA


September Donations:

Zinser Foundation: $2500 towards the Pottery Studio Mural Project in memory of Robert and Audrey Zinser.

November Donations:

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.

December Donations:

Carol Lindemulder: $200 towards the Pottery.

Sally Williams: $50 towards the Gallery.

Helen Wickes and Donald Stang: $250 towards the Pottery Studio Mural Project

January Donations:

Ron Wheatly: Photographic Supplies for the Kids Photography Program.

Vanessa and Richard Rusczyk: $500 towards the Gallery.

February Donations:

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

March Donations:

Anonymous: $500 towards Pottery Mural

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



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