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