“Homestead is where the art is.”

March 19, 2008

Shed Reckoning

Filed under: Architecture, Festival, Press — magicgroove @ 4:06 am

By now you’ve probably seen the a copy of Dune Magazine around.  It’s the newish bimonthly glossy “desert life, desert style” magazine out of Palm Springs, and you’ll want to pick up the February-March 2008 first annual Architectural issue for the feature on the Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival!  

Shed Reckoning, Dune Magazine

I’ve found the magazine to have a canny mix of high style and notable insight into the gamut of desert reality, illustrated perfectly by their decision to position the story on our dusty old Festival directly across from their main feature on iconic architectural photographer Julius Shulman, the man who put Mid Century Modern architecture on the cultural map:

“It’s with a sense of aesthetic-historic juxtaposition, and a bit of mischief, that we’ve placed our story about the cabins adjacent to writer Lydia Kremer’s beautifully illustrated feature on renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman. The subjects of these two articles aren’t so mutually exclusive: Both are observing 70-year anniversaries, and they’ve contributed substantially in their respective ways to local culture. It’s worth noting that some folks have taken to remodeling their old High Desert homesteads in the Mid-Century Modern style exalted by Shulman’s brilliant Palm Springs record. The desert may be a study in contrasts, but its underlying interrelationships and shared influences keep it fascinating.” – Dean Lamanna, Executive Editor, Dune Magazine

You can read an excerpt from the article on my personal Website here.


Filed under: Festival — magicgroove @ 3:37 am

Hi.  Welcome to the blog of the Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival.


The homestead cabins that dot the wild desert landscape of Wonder Valley can provoke both curiosity and unease in the outsider, but to the residents of Wonder Valley they’re home.  They connect us as a community. Through the arts, the Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival has been exploring the cultural legacy of the Small-Tract Homestead Act in the High Desert. 

This blog will document the Festival, its inspirations, and its effects.  As well, we hope to provide the interested community with a place to meet, share stories, and consider this special culture of the High Desert. 

All folks interested in the homesteads are invited to participate, not just residents of Wonder Valley.

The original Festival Website is on Wonder Valley Arts and was created by Homestead Cabinet member Andy Woods.  Be sure to check out the Guest Book entries for a look at the happenin’ fans of the Homestead Cabin, and to join the mailing list.

The Festival continues through March 2008:

  • at Fi-Lox-See in “Homestead Obsession”, featuring artists Scott Monteith, Perry Hoffman, Chris Carraher, and Robert Arnett.
  • at The Palms in “Homestead Show ‘n Tell”, a gallery show opened to anyone with work that concerns, includes, or is inspired by the homestead cabins of the Hi-Desert.
  • at Trader Jeff’s in the Shack Appreciation Show, with photography, oils, and prints by Diane Best and Mary-Austin Klein.
  • on Bristol Dry Lake with Poplight, Helena Bongartz’ ongoing colorful projection experience at a cabin near Amboy.

The links above lead to Pages listed in the Sidebar, where you can learn more about Festival events, as well as the History of the Homestead Cabins and maps and directions

Plus, check out snapshots of doings from the Homestead Show n’ Tell, including stars on stage and the famous cracker cabins!

The cabin image above is by Wonder Valley artist Perry Hoffman.  A hand-altered version printed on canvas is on view at Fi-Lox-See as part of Homestead Obsession through March 2008.

Hope you enjoy the blog.  Your comments and input invited!

– Chris Carraher/magicgroove
founding member, Homestead Cabinet

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