GG’s Day Trips | Hwy 62 Art Tours

GG ran away from home again and turned up in the desert, which was a good thing since it was for the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours.

If you haven’t heard of them, you pick up a catalog and then visit the studios of working artists throughout the desert.

Now if you are a serious lover of art and enjoy the company of creatives, this is the perfect way to spend a weekend.

GG headed down for the day but thinks it is something that MUST be done over multiple days and multiple weekends–which is perfect since that is how it is set up.

Alas, GG only spent one day so far.

Put on by the Monrongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, close to 100 artists participate.

Then there are those that are not on the tour but who encourage visitors to drop by through marketing tactics such as posting ” Art Detour” signs–which got us up into an interesting location up near Water Canyon Ranch.

We started off with two delightful artist homes filled with lovely people and amazing creations as well as ending with two enchanting experiences.

The first stop was at the Tile House an enchanting abode that was once a plain cinder block house.

Artist Perry and his partner Doug (who specializes in furniture design) were warm and inviting.

GG liked that she got a decent cup of coffee with real cream upon entering and that the two have a number of rescue dogs on hand.

Every nook contains unique tile work in mosaic fashion but there is also jewelry, ceramics, photographic art and lots more.

It is a serious feast for the eyes and takes a long while to take even a small portion since there is a lot.

An ongoing work of art, it is also somewhere unique to stay overnight if you are so inclined.

Watch the video tour of Tile House on Kickstarter.

Perry also has connections with a Buddhist Monk and will invite our monks and interested people down for an upcoming event.

Bob Jeanette & Harry Arnett

The next stop was to see Bob Arnett and his wife Jeanette are a charming couple.

Upon entry you are embraced by them along with their canine supervisor, Harry.

Jeanette gave us the background on most of the paintings and despite misgivings, Jeanette got GG on the vintage hand cranked merry-go-round and gave her a wild spin.

It was a delightful visit and I can’t even scratch the surface about how lovely they are.

Anyway, we made several other stops, including visiting the infamous 29 Palms Inn, which has been around since 1928 but missed by GG until this trip.

An oasis in the desert, they have unique cabins and a small oasis complete with palm trees, turtles and other wildlife.

Plus, they have their own garden and serve up some mighty fine food poolside.

Now we met a lot of artists (including Mita Markland Barter who also lives in Big Bear) and dropped by the gallery to see a little bit of something for those participating.

Of course we had to stop by to see Shari Elf (Art Queen) and she gave me a great deal on my “What Would Cher Do” t-shirt since they are being retired.

But it was on our way back that we had a breath taking experience entering onto the lands and studio of Steven Rieman whose geokinetic sculptures made GG incredibly happy.

Plus, Steven let me leap across the lily pads he created, which was way fun.

Steven weaves natural elements with metal sculpture in a variety of ways and when you look closely, it is magic!

Finally, we ended at Lee Scott‘s place which was a combination of whimsy and art.

His window fence and other creations just illustrated what can be done if you use your imagination.

Overall, the take away was that many of the artists use recycled items and create art in an area where resources of any kind are precious.

It was lovely to experience and if you have the time and inclination, next weekend is also open for Hwy 62 Art Tours.

And, if you need company, call GG since I would love to go back again!

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