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Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn

Jumbo Rocks  in Joshua Tree National Park by Andrew Seles.jpg

This week on Around the Counties columnist Ted Quinn answers questions about the art scene occurring in the outskirts of San Bernardino County.

Find out what the musician and Joshua Tree resident has to say about community arts.

Read to the end to find out which event the president of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council recommends for you to attend on Saturday night.

What makes San Bernardino County so attractive?

Joshua Tree National Park and the adjacent village of Joshua Tree draws visitors from around the world, interested in rock climbing, nature, astronomy, healing, spiritual retreats, art events, music and quiet. The vast desert landscape provides inspiration and an escape, inward, from the stress of the modern world.

The Milky Way, Joshua Tree National Park. | Photo: Esther Lee/Flickr/Creative Commons License

What are some of your favorite art venues in San Bernardino? Why do you particularly enjoy them?

Art Queen, Harrison House, Red Arrow Gallery, the Glass Outhouse, The Palms in Wonder Valley. I especially appreciate the inclusive nature of Art Queen and The Palms. Definitely places where one can 'come as you are.'

Heads on a cabinet in the Art Queen complex, next to the World Famous Crochet Museum. May 2011. | Photo: Sandwichgirl/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Which art event did you last attend?

Monday night Open Mic at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown. 18 performers, ranging from a woman with an accordion playing Townes Van Zandt to a man with an octave divider, harmonizing with himself on Simon and Garfunkel tunes; songwriters from North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon.

Christopher Owens of San Francisco's, Girls performs at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown. April 19, 2012 | Photo: Dusty Knapp/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Do you see any art trends in your area?

In Joshua Tree, the emphasis has been on community events, fund-raising for local artists, pulling together to help each other survive the rough economy.

Photo: Thomas Fjallstam.

Can you recommend an art event to the Artbound audience that's taking place this weekend?

YES!! The Pagan Fest Fancy Dress Ball at artist Bobby Furst's home and gallery in Joshua Tree, with drag performance by Connie King, dance, music and film.

Bobby Furst gallery space. | Photo: Shelmac/Flickr/Creative Commons License

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Top Image: Jumbo Rocks at Joshua Tree National Park. | Photo: Andrew Seles/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

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Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.
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