“Homestead is where the art is.”

Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival

Through the arts, the Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival explored the legacy of the Small-Tract Homestead Act of the high desert in two exhibitions and related events in Wonder Valley and surrounding areas during the months of February and March 2008. 

The two exhibitions anchoring the Festival were Homestead Obsession, at Fi-Lox-See; and Homestead Show ‘n Tell, at The Palms.

Homestead Obsession:  A visual exhibition with four Wonder Valley artists who have made the homestead cabins a major subject of their work, including Robert Arnett, Chris Carraher, Perry Hoffman, and Scott Monteith.  Open at Fi-Lox-See/Wonder Valley Arts weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 30.  The reception for Homestead Obsession opened the Festival on February 9 with presentations and performances by Kim Stringfellow, Ellie Greenwood, and Cathy Allen, as well as a history exhibit.  For details on the artists, the reception, press and pictures, and directions to Fi-Lox-See look here.

Homestead Show ‘n Tell:  Taking in the wide view of the homestead cabins of the Hi-Desert, the Homestead Show ‘n Tell was open to anyone with work that concerns, includes, or is inspired by the homestead cabins of the Hi-Desert.  Visual exhibition on view daily except Tuesdays at The Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Rd., Wonder Valley.  The artists reception and Open Stage at The Palms on February 23 was a multi-dimensioned event to be remembered; proprietess Laura Sibley called it “the most amazing event ever in the history of the palms!”  For details, directions, pictures, and press look here

OTHER EVENTS:  Also ongoing during the Festival are Helena Bongartz’ Poplight and the Shack Appreciation Show featuring work by Diane Best and Mary-Austin Klein at Trader Jeff’s Vintage Shop in Twentynine Palms.

HOMESTEAD HISTORY:  To learn more about the history of the homestead cabins and the Small-Tract Homestead Act, look here

WHO WE ARE:  The Festival is a homegrown Wonder Valley no-profit grassroots effort organized by the Homestead Cabinet and Wonder Valley Arts with the goal of discovering the history, celebrating the culture, and strengthening the community of Wonder Valley.  The creating spirits were Chris Carraher, Scott Monteith, and Andy Woods, all residents of Wonder Valley, California.

The Festival received a grant from the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council.  The organizers would also like to thank the participants, performers, and artists, Wonder Valley Arts, the Sibleys and the staff at The Palms, Charlotte Williams, Mary Quamme, Lori Weingartner, Cindy McCollum, Annette Stauber, Electra and Richard Westmann, the community of Wonder Valley, and everyone else who made the Festival possible!

DIRECTIONS:  Find directions and map of locations here.  Please also read the following Advisory:

ADVISORY!:  We’re glad you’re thinking of visiting but remind you when coming to Wonder Valley to please be safe, respect our community, and respect the law. Though property lines may not be obvious to you most of Wonder Valley is privately owned and owners DO NOT APPRECIATE TRESPASS.  This includes cabins that look abandoned.  Keep your safety in mind. Most maps of the area are not accurate and it’s easy to get lost or stuck in the sand. Stick to the main roads, carry plenty of water, and dress appropriately. Watch out for wild dogs, snakes, and undermined soil. Neglected structures are full of hazards; stay away! 

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  1. […] of their work, those art pieces have been exhibited mostly through events on the West Coast and Wonder Vallery’s desert communities. Thus, Garden presents a rare glimpse for those of us stationed on the East Coast. Uniquely in […]

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