At the gallery

Heavenly Hughes stands by one of her paintings on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery saturday, July 6.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — From field trips to visits from artist/teachers, Morongo Basin instructors will learn about how the 29 Palms Art Gallery can help them in the coming school year at an open house coinciding with the first “Art Cruise 29!” of the school year.

Teachers from across the Morongo Basin are invited to the open house at the gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Twentynine Palms Artists Guild President Ed Keesling said organizers hope 50 to 100 teachers will take advantage of the opportunity to tour the gallery, get a preview of the  Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo and learn about the art education service offered by the gallery.

Keesling emphasized that teachers, including public and private and home school teachers from all grade levels, including college, are invited to the open house, which will feature light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages.

“We were just talking and we thought we really have a great resource here at the gallery for teachers,” Keesling said. “We really have to let teachers know about it.”

For years, he said, the gallery has worked with the nearby Old Schoolhouse Museum to provide tours to third grade classes. Groups split into two, he said, with half touring the gallery and half touring the museum before switching locations.

“It’s really a good third grade event,” Keesling said.

The gallery, he said, can also supply artists to help them teach art in their classrooms.

“If they need some kind of art teacher we have a rich membership of artists,” Keesling said, noting that he has helped teach art to students from Twentynine Palms to Morongo Valley.

“We’ll come to them, it’s a lot cheaper than renting a whole bus,” he said, noting that many of the guild’s members are also former classroom teachers.

Teachers will also learn more about the gallery’s student art show, which will be held this year in May, near the end of the school year.

“It works out better with the high school schedule,” he said.

Teachers interested in attending should contact the gallery at

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