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“Origins and Pathways of Assemblage” panel to be held at the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, June 16, 2018

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center (YVArts) will present a special panel discussion on assemblage artwork presented in the newly opened exhibition, GROUND TO SKY, on Saturday evening, June 16th at 7pm.  The exhibition pays tribute to famed assemblage artist Noah Purifoy and includes 27 esteemed artists working in the Joshua Tree National Park region.  The engaging inaugural exhibition touches upon two of the strongest elements of beauty and influence of the Mohave Desert: the creative and expansive desert landscape that continually draws and fascinates artists around the globe, and the awe-inspiring night skies that provide endless self-contemplation. 
The panel will be moderated by the curator of the exhibition, Michael McCall, Executive Curator of YVArts.  He will speak to the development of assemblage in fine art from the turn of the 20th century.  Also, presenting will be Sue A. Welsh, co-founder of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, and long-time friend of Mr. Purifoy.  Four artists in the exhibition will speak about their approach to creating assemblage art.  Cathy Allen, a tenured professor in Fine Arts for Copper Mountain College and apprentice of Noah Purifoy, will talk about her pieces in the exhibition and about the influence on her of Purifoy’s work.  Allene Payne, a self-taught artist and resident of Yucca Valley, will discuss her creative pursuits, consuming passion and her joy in assemblage.  Dan Bartlett, a photographer and self-taught artist, will speak about his wealth of skills gained from a lifetime of electrical/mechanical work and how that led him to the creation of the one-of-a-kind, functional assemblage art pieces in the exhibition.  Jeff Lipshutz, who holds the position of Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Art from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he taught painting for twenty-seven years, will speak of the collaborative father/son team formed in 2010 with his son, Michael, and about their three intriguing pieces in the exhibit.  
Tickets to this special panel are free for members and only $15 for non-members.  The new center is located at 58325 Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  For more information on the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, visit YVArts.org or send an email to info@yvarts.org to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.  Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or by calling 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.
PHOTOS CAPTION: Original artworks of legendary assemblage artist, Noah Purifoy, are on display at the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center and will part of a focused art panel discussion June 16 at 7pm.
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ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that  has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org

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