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Art Lovers’ Guide to Palm Springs   

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Fine art. Fun art. The world-class Palm Springs Art Museum. Renowned art galleries. Commissioned Public Art everywhere.

Now you can add “Art” to Palm Springs’ list of irresistible attractions.

 Great art has the power to transform,” says Christian Hohmann, Palm Springs public art booster and second-generation fine art dealer. “Public art has transformed many cities – for example, Bilbao, Spain. Today, Palm Springs’ exceptional collection transforms it into an art mecca.”

Downtown Art & Sculpture

 Newest on the Palm Springs art scene is the city’s sizeable – and growing – public art collection. Begin your viewing in Downtown. But keep an eye out. Commissioned works are all over town – decorating hotels, restaurants, shops, thrift stores. Even benches.

Like all things Palm Springs – the art scene has a celebrity connection. No. We’re not talking “Forever Marilyn,” the 26-foot-tall pop art statue of Marilyn Monroe that’s taken the selfie world by storm. (More about Her later…). Palm Springs’ public art was born out of a 1988 decree by then-mayor Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher fame) and creation of the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission to bring art into the city. Its first installation in 1988, the brightly colored “Rainmaker Fountain,” is still bobbing and gushing water in Frances Stevens Park at the corner of North Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road.

francis stevens park fountain

Drive a few blocks into the center of Downtown – and wow! Art has taken over. “Public art has come a long way,” enthused Matthew Lesniak, one of the seven commissioners on the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission. “We oversee a collection of more than 100 pieces now; purchased throughout the history of the commission.” Of course, the commission isn’t the only art-centric enthusiast. “Palm Springs’ dramatic light, and desert landscape has attracted artists since the early 1900s,” Lesniak explained. “And today, so many special events like Desert X and Coachella are attracting young creative types.”

desert x art

A few steps away, “Forever Marilyn” poses in her billowing white skirt at the corner of Museum Way and Belardo Road, recreating one of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous images taken from Billy Wilder’s 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

Marilyn Monroe

Originally a temporary installation in 2012, the giant statue was so so popular, it was purchased by P.S. Resorts and other private organizations and returned June 21, 2021 to reign in glory. This is the city where legend says the super star was “discovered” at a Racquet Club pool party. Weighing in at 24,000 pounds, sculptor Seward Johnson used stainless steel and aluminum covered in a unique patina involving 10 layers of hues with a matte finish– except for her glossy lips, toe nails and pearlized glaze on her earrings – to achieve an extremely realistic look, especially in her skin tones. And the perfect backdrop for millions of selfies.

Walking to the other side of The Rowan, more artwork demands attention. Another woman – “Isabelle,” a fine art polished stainless steel sculpture – rocks a hypnotic ambiance, seemingly changing form as you move around her glimmering surface.

Created by German quantum physicist-turned artist Julian Voss-Andreae, every detail from her shifting silver hues and see-through elements make viewing an extraordinary experience. Diagonally in front of “Isabelle,” a mural of angel wings, named “Stay Human” by Colette Miller, offers a playful selfie.

art wings

The Palm Springs Art Museum

A work of art itself designed by mid-century master architect E. Steward Williams, the Palm Springs Art Museum, on North Museum Way in Downtown. It’s the must-see crown jewel of Palm Springs’ passion for art. “Palm Springs’ midcentury architecture has greatly contributed to the city’s reputation as a place of style and creative expression,” notes Scott Slaven, art museum marketing director. So the museum is a doubly perfect space for modern and contemporary works by Henry Moore, Dale Chihully, Andy Warhol, David Alfaro Siqueiros, America’s West and hundreds more.

Palm Springs Art Museum

To make the most of your visit, Slaven recommends viewing the temporary exhibitions on either side of the lobby first; then farther back to the special-focus galleries with glass works and Western and California art (often by Palm Springs early artists and movie stars). On the second floor you’ll find modern art, while the third floor showcases contemporary works from the permanent collection and special loans.

art museum

If you still have time, view the two outdoor sculpture gardens. Take advantage of the museum’s Free Thursday Nights program! Admission is free from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Curators and docents are often on hand for insightful conversation.

If you’re interested in more about Palm Springs’ incredible midcentury architecture, visit the art museum’s auxiliary location: The Architecture and Design Center five blocks away on South Palm Canyon Drive. It’s the hub of the museum’s exploration of architecture and design, and houses related exhibitions as well as educational and community programs.

Palm Springs architecture museum

 Art Beyond Downtown   

Keep your hands on the wheel – and your eyes open for art! The Palm Springs art scene is truly everywhere. Driving in from LA, the colorful mural, “Woman in Glasses,” by James Haunt & Zes MSK, splashed across the side of a building at 2481-2483 North Palm Canyon Drive, announces you’ve arrived in art-land.

women in glasses by James Haunt

Up and down North Palm Canyon Drive, South Palm Canyon Drive, Indian Canyon Drive, at the Palm Springs Convention Center and elsewhere, more than 50 cement benches double as whimsical art installations – abstracts, poems, scenes like a rubber ducky in the pool.

art benches

Larger-than-life metal sculpture horses, “The Art of Taming Horses” by Christopher Myers, prance down the median along Tahquitz Canyon Way.

“Popsicles” by painted-plywood cut-out artist John Cerney (he’s the guy who creates those huge cool cut-out figures in the Central Valley), pop up from five gigantic hands at 605 Sunny Dunes Road.

popsicle art

And “TOT,” the three-foot stainless steel sculpture of a toddler by Richard Becker, is at the ready in yellow goggles and blue trunks at The Palm Springs Swim Center. All thanks to the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

TOT sculpture by richard becker

Fossils of the Future is a series Tyler Burton began in 2016. Her first pieces in this series focused on the castings of plastic water bottles in porcelain and glazing them with volcanic crusty glazes. More recently, she has been incorporating the actual plastic into her art by creating large monolithic totem like structures resembling futuristic core samples of the earth. These pieces are filled with donated or found plastic and layered with rock, concrete, old paint and resin. As Public Art, they visually engage viewers with their height and color and upon closer inspection, the recognition of everyday plastic objects. And then, hopefully, a deeper conversation follows about the world we live in and how we can help preserve it.

Located in Chino Canyon at the junction of Leonard and Racquetclub.

tyler burton

Art Galleries & Studios

From internationally recognized local artists to up-and-comers and listed artists domestic and around the world, Palm Springs galleries are a collector’s dream.

Backstreet Art District

First up – The Backstreet Art District, a must-visit enclave of working studios and galleries from many of Palm Springs’ nationally and internationally recognized artists. You’ll find all mediums and sometimes even performance art. Meet and watch the artists at work on the First Wednesday Art Walk, 5 – 8 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month.

backstreet art district outside wall

Galleries include the Gary Wexler Serigraph Studio, with original screen-printed art on paper by Gary Wexler, son of legendary midcentury architect Donald Wexler.

art o mat

The Kee Gallery is represented by three main artists; Kathleen Strukoff, Ernesto Ramirez, and Erich Meager. They bring energy and vitality to every event and interaction, infusing a sense of playfulness and joy into their gallery and their creations. Learn more about these artists here.

Kee Gallery Artists

Galleria Marconi, a collection of Palm Springs’ oh so popular “Shoe Art” and other artistic whimsy. The Ola Vista Studio with the bold colors of artist/owner Russell James Carlson, in landscapes, cosmic, contemporary and mid-century. Skipton Art, where rhythm and texture define Keith Skipton’s abstract works. Tom Ross Gallery showing abstracts using owner/artist Tom Rosenberg’s “reverse” painting technique. (You’ve seen Rosenberg’s art on Sonoma wine labels.)

tom ross gallery

The Lofts Art District

The Lofts Art District at Sun Center is a vibrant and creative community that celebrates the arts. Located downtown, this district is home to numerous art galleries, studios, and creative spaces. It is a hub for established and emerging artists, offering diverse artistic expressions. From contemporary paintings and sculptures to photography and mixed media installations, there is something to inspire and captivate every art enthusiast.

Big Mike Art

Sunny Dunes Art District

Sunny Dunes Art District is located on the south side of Ramon Road and Gene Autry.

Silica Studios – 752 Williams Road

Silica Studios

Sean Russo – 4631 E Sunny Dunes Road

Sean’s work is traditionally based, coming from his education in Dutch sill life and academic techniques. His subjects are flowers, fruit, and landscapes.

Sean Russo Sunnydunes Painting2

DIETLART – 4629 E Sunny Dunes Road

Joe Dietl a gay artist living in Palm Springs and he is deeply inspired by the vibrant and diverse community surrounding him. His paintings are a reflection of the people, places, and experiences that make up the fabric of this unique desert city.

At the heart of my work is celebrating gay life in Palm Springs and his special bond with his friends. From the bright colors Joe uses to the subjects that he depicts, his painting depicts the joy, love, and resilience that defines the LGBTQIA+ experience.

Dietl Art Painting

Robert Trautman – 4625 E Sunny Dunes Road

With a fine arts, brand design, and graphic design background, Robert uses photography and painting as a form of therapy and escapism. This allows him to tap into emotions, feelings, and ideas that don’t often fit in design. His paintings are acrylic on canvas.

Mr. Mann’s Design Gallery  – 4501 E Sunny Dunes Road

Mr. Craig Mann is an accomplished fine arts painter winning contests at a young age.  He is also professionally trained and educated interior designer with a decade of satisfied clients in California, Arizona, and Colorado. He listens carefully to clients’ needs to create a living space or a piece of fine art to compliment the living space. For fine art, he can paint in the impressionistic style, the realistic style, or the abstract style. For interior design, he can use midcentury modern, traditional, transitional, or modern approaches, or blend a combination of all.

Craig Mann Sunny dunes Painting

Via Negocio Art District

Lynda Keeler, 1800 N Via Negocio, #5

Lynda’s paintings, murals, and sculptures are inspired by daily walks through California’s neighborhoods. The vivid colors of flowers in front gardens, a glimpse of a swimming pool through a side gate, the massive boulders of Joshua Tree, and the curves of a cul de sac are abstractly captured in the Road Maps and Color Maps series. She is deeply influenced by the contemporary and classic architecture and design on these walks and how the natural and built environments intersect in ways that can be in harmony or in conflict.

Julie Weiman, 1800 N Via Negocio, #5

While abstract, Julie’s work is grounded in the landscape, specifically the Mojave Desert of Southern California. She uses a range of mediums including inks and dyes, rust, graphite, soil, pencil, pastel, spray paint, acrylic and wax.

More recently, Julie is creating textile art pieces. Her textile pieces are made from material that she has collected over time, such as rugs, antique linens, garments, and lace handkerchiefs. She uses these materials as they were, respecting the age, touch, weave, and even stains.

Tyler Burton, 1800 N Via Negocio, #4

Tyler Burton is an artist who creates sculptures and installations that explore various environmental issues, such as plastic waste, shelter, glacial melt, and wildlife habitats. In her ‘Fossils of the Future’ series, she examines our dependence on single-use plastics through large layered monoliths, mini-liths, castings of plastic products, and cyanotype prints. In ‘Places: California Water,’ she looks at areas like The Salton Sea and Owens Lake, where human activities have led to the depletion, mismanagement, or theft of water with dire consequences.


Other Local Art Galleries

Then peruse the myriad stand-alone galleries. To name a few … long-time Stewart Galleries is known for its eclectic selection of fine art by noted Californian and American Impressionist, Modernist and Plein Air painters as well as paintings and sculpture by listed European and South American artists in endless styles and mediums.

Capture the spirit of Palm Springs modernism in bold colors, bolder characters and whimsical themes at The Shag Store gallery featuring the prints and original work of artist Shag, aka Josh Agle. Ask about the next Saturday evening cocktails-and-live-music Release Party. They’re free, open to the public and always fun.

Artist Josh Agle, known as Shag

Put the Hohmann Fine Art Gallery Showroom at The Kimpton Rowan building on the top of your list. Remember, Hohmann is responsible for “The Palm Springs Babies.”

Also, Rubine Red Gallery specializing in 1950s-‘60s mid-century contemporary visual artists and the New Contemporary Art movement from California, the Midwest and beyond! Its finely curated collection spans decades — from midcentury to cutting-edge contemporary, including pop art, abstract expressionism, sculpture and photography. Rubine Red is the exclusive estate representative of Palm Springs painter Reginald Pollack and world-renowned printmaker Malcolm Myers. Plus emerging and established contemporary artists.

rubine gallery

LA-based The Pit gallery, co-owned by artists Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder, recently added its line-up of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists to the Palm Springs art scene. It’s further proof of Palm Springs’ increasing clout within the art world – featuring themes from landscapes and domestic to the exotic; abstract and surreal.

Also Brian Marki Fine Art & Framing has a unique collection of post war, modern and emerging contemporary artists’ painting, sculpture and photography.

The Terry Masters Studio features the sought-after Plein Air desert paintings of local master Plein Air artist and KPSI radio DJ, Terry Masters, who sadly passed away in 2021. En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air”, and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein Air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.

terry masters art painting

Art Spaces

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S: Self Loving (Purple)
U: Unique (Orange)
P: Passionate (Red)
E: Equality (Hot Pink)
R: Reflecting (Yellow)
B: Bold (Aqua)
L: Loyal (Blue)
O: Offline (Green)
O: Optimistic (Blush)
M: Mysterious (Fog)

SUPERBLOOM offers a variety of products, experiences, and services at the intersection of fashion, art, music, culture, wellness, and sustainability. They provide both digital and physical ecosystems for our circle of creators, thought-seekers, and innovators to collaborate, heal, learn and achieve extraordinary outcomes together.


Las Palmas Arts is a unique arts organization dedicated to providing authentic art experiences for everyone. While there are plenty of opportunities to work on long term skill development for both professional and developing artists, there are few ways in which someone can simply drop into a working studio, work along side a professional artist, learn something new, participate in a hands on way, and create a small piece of beautiful artwork.

Las Palmas Arts

Follow the celebrities to innovative Janssen Artspace featuring live painting and drawing “performances” by artist/owner Steven Janssen along with his organic/abstract works and those of other artists. Janssen’s clients include Jennifer Aniston, Mario Lopez and Lucy Lui.

Finally, do it yourself. Take an art class at the Desert Art Center, a premiere artist’ cooperative with exhibitions of juried member artists, daily art classes in a variety of mediums and monthly artist demos.

the desert art center

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