“Homestead is where the art is.”

May 29, 2009

Ratany Issue 2 – get it now!

Filed under: Culture, Literary, Press — magicgroove @ 4:19 am

 The Wonder?Valley Ratany Issue 2 is out, and Suzanne Ross tells me you can find it at the 29 Palms Library, the Creative Center, 29 Palms Gallery, the Inn, Wonder Garden,  and various Joshua Tree establishments.  And The Palms, of course.  It’s a jumbo edition at 8, count ’em 8 pages, and, I must say, I’m impressed.   

This issue asks, “What’s the strangest thing that happened to you in Wonder Valley?”  Personally, I didn’t know how to answer that question.  Everything in Wonder Valley seems, well, normal to me, to be honest.   But I must admit, the crack Ratany team came up with a couple of very interesting stories!

As well, there are some REALLY nice poems, including Oh, Lonesome Cabin In The Desert by Russ Kohn and some thoughtful verses from Dudley the Corgi Poet.  And, to whet your appetite, without permission I will reproduce the following unattributed anthem:

Wonder Valley Anthem

Wonder Valley we love you
Love your hills of dry blue hue
Wells of water, floods that flash
Rusty cars and trailer trash
Empty cabins dot the plain
Half the neighbors are insane
Lizards, bugs sing our refrain
Hang around & wait for rain.

May 17, 2009

“Jackrabbit Homestead” at Farmlab in Los Angeles

Filed under: Art, Culture, Events — magicgroove @ 12:00 pm


The Jackrabbit Homestead project pays a visit to downtown Los Angeles:

Kim Stringfellow along with Wonder Valley artist, Chris Carraher will present the Jackrabbit Homestead audio tour project at FARMLAB’s Salon, a noontime lunch & artist lecture series. The lecture will take place on Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at noon. Kim and Chris will discuss the history and contemporary landscape of jackrabbit homesteading—including how the cabins resulting from the Small Tract Act of 1938 have helped to foster the thriving creative community located throughout the Morongo Basin region where Joshua Tree National Park is located. FARMLAB Salon provides free, healthy organic lunch for those who drop by for the weekly lecture series. For more info visit: http://farmlab.org/2009/05/farmlab-public-salon-kim-stringfellow.html. Visit & download the Jackrabbit Homestead audio tour at: www.jackrabbithomestead.com.

Image above:   Yellow Cabin by Chris Carraher.  Pastel on paper, 2009.

May 5, 2009

Jennifer Ruggiero in Public Places, 29 Palms

Filed under: Art, Events — magicgroove @ 4:14 am


The homestead cabins move uptown!

Wonder Valley photographer Jennifer Ruggiero is the featured artist for May-June 2009 Art in Public Places at Twentynine Palms City Hall.   Jennifer has been doing some interesting “wall” images lately involving shadows cast on cabin walls; see this charming example, Little Pink Shadow.

Reception Tuesday, May 12, 5-6 p.m., at 6136 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms.

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