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

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?


Now Showing: Celebrating The Summer Show. This is the show that artists and consignors wait for. It is a chance to show new work in a variety of mediums from studios and collections. The show goes from May 6 - October 8, 2017. New work comes in all summer to replace sold work or to freshen up the show. 

GALLERY NEED: The Gallery has need for a PA system. We have $150 donated towards a system and are looking for more $ donations or the donation of a used system in good working order.
11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

We are now 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.

THE SEASON is about upon us and the Gallery has expanded it's offering of shows for the 2017/2018 season. November 11-18, 2017 the Gallery will host Expressions in the Abstract, our first show of purely abstract art featuring the work of Kim Chasen, Theresa Vandenberg Donche, and Hiroko Momii. The opening reception will be November 11, 5:00 to 7:30 pm. 

Opening January 6 in conjunction with the Latino Art show will be 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 will hold a reception on January 27, 2018, 5:00 to 7:30 pm. The show will hang until January 30. 

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

Spring at the ArtFarm!

In March, a work party of seven women, including a visitor, planted all 8 raised beds with the beautiful plants donated  by Armstrong Growers. Irrigation was installed by Thomas Fredericks' crew and the plants are thriving. We also have 5 Dalbergia trees which were delivered by Bob Williams Nursery in Indio.

Noted landscape designer Andie Cochran, is currently working on a new plan for the ArtFarm layout. The design will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

Now 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.




April Donations:

Stuart Bailey: $100 towards the General Fund.

Clay Artists of San Diego: $500 towards the Pottery Studio

Katherine Mendenhall: $50 towards the KidsArt program.

Elaine Yates: $200 towards the Pottery Studio.

Cathy Schalkle: $200 towards the Pottery Studio.

May Donations:

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

June Donations:

Dr. Michael and Marilyn Kelley: $1000 towards the General Fund.

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.

BAI in Pictures

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. July and August's featured artist is La Quinta batik artist Darleen Wilkerson. July's batiks will feature the Spanish style buildings and homes of La Quinta and August's batiks will feature floral studies.

KESLING'S KIDS:  This year Kesling’s Kitchen, in conjunction with the after school arts program and Outside the Box, developed and facilitated cooking classes for Borrego Springs Middle School students. The ongoing program is designed to give students practical cooking skills to use at home, teach them the value and taste of fresh, healthy food, and to show them that cooking can be fun!

This past school year, classes took place after school on Mondays for five weeks. Chef Thomas came to instruct several classes. Salaries for instruction were donated back to the Outside the Box program and much of the food was donated by Kesling’s Kitchen. 

In the past, classes included developing and executing a catered art opening (the Clean Hands Catering Co.), fast and healthy breakfasts, and “My Tia’s best recipes.”

This year the classes were centered around what it would be like to cook in a real working kitchen as a team, developing knife skills,  the importance of prep work, creating dishes, clean up and evaluating the results. The class schedule included:

week 1: fresh cut potato frites with the student's own recipe dipping sauce

week 2: fresh fruit smoothies

week 3: candied bacon with belgian waffles and fresh fruit

week 4: caesar salad (a native Tijuana dish)

week 5: individual pizzas made by students then pepperoni pizzas donated  by KK

The kids had a great time cooking with a real chef and class sizes had to be limited to twenty each week. There was a waiting list for no shows. Both the school and Outside the Box felt the program to be very successful. 


The Pottery is now on the summer schedule. The studio will  open again August 5th when it will resume the regular schedule of being open 9 to 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays except it will be closed August 9-18 then resume hours again August 19.

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. 



Kim Chasen...Joshua Tree, CA

Sandra Carson...La Jolla, CA

Debbie Horton...Irvine, CA


Kathy Mangum...Pasadena, CA

Lena Marie Downing...New Castle, NH

Ellen Sweet...La Jolla, CA

Kathleen Cook...Ramona, CA

Mary Susan Leahy...Concord, NH

Elizabeth Levin...Somerville, MA

Joan & Rick Anson...Borrego Springs

Carol Lindemulder...Borrego Springs

Ellen Finan...Desert Hot Springs, CA

James Osterberg...La Quinta, CA

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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