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Inspired at Desert X » A Coachella Valley Art Experience

Have you ever had a soul connection to a place you have visited, where you return from that visit completely inspired and renewed?

I have a few of those places that remain near and dear to my heart. Many of these said places are in the California desert. While I am a deeply rooted beach girl, living as close as we can afford to the beach, I have this loving obsession with the desert. I’m not sure if it’s because of how perfectly the sun hits the desert sand, or how quiet and desolate it always seems to be…or maybe because I slow down and take it all in while I am out there. Whatever the reason, the desert is where I go to renew, reflect, and get inspired to create.

This past weekend, we visited Indian Wells for a bit of family time. We planned this visit so that we could partake in what is known as Desert X® for the second year. There are few words that can describe what this “art show” is all about so I will quote their website:

DESERT X® IS PRODUCED BY DESERT BIENNIAL, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT 501(C)(3) CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN 2015 TO BRING THE FINEST INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS TO THE COACHELLA VALLEY TO CREATE ART, ENGAGE VIEWERS, AND FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE VALLEY’S ENVIRONMENT — ITS NATURAL WONDERS AS WELL AS SOCIO-POLITICAL-ECONOMIC ISSUES THAT MAKE IT VIBRANT, CURIOUS, AND EXCITING.

https://www.desertx.org/

As you may know (or may not, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise), I am a huge supporter of the arts. I believe art should be accessible to anyone that is interested, appreciated by all ages, and supported by community. Before I became a mom, I had always known that art would play a prevalent role in the life of my child. I truly believe that the sooner we expose children to art, it opens them up to creatively express themselves while also learning to respect all different forms of the creative process and the artists themselves.

Part of this year’s exhibits took us to the Salton Sea, which is one of my favorite places to visit. Known for being the largest body of water in California, the Salton Sea is eerily beautiful. With mass fish die-offs, carcasses making up the “sand” on the seashore, and the smell of hydrogen sulfide lingering in the air, it can seem difficult to see the beauty of this beautiful area. Take my word for it, it is well worth the drive and definitely worth the adventure!

With the addition of the Desert X® exhibitions in the area, it really opens your eyes to seeing how artists interpret and utilize the open space around the Salton Sea area. From Palm Springs to as far as Mexico this year, the ‘art show’ is an adventure at every turn, so grab your maps and enjoy!

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