CVAC, in conjunction with MICHAEL ASCHENBRENNER Works 1980-2015 hosts an evening of narrative with Aschenbrenner and Patrick Blythe. Both artists will discuss their works in glass and their involvement with the new Glass Secessionist movement.
January 20, 2016 6:00 PM
A small retrospective of works by the artist, Drawings, Ceramics, Glass. On exhibition at CVAC thru January.
Aschenbrenner, a studio glass artist and Viet Nam War veteran who sustained a leg wound while on a mission during the Tet Offensive, transforms his war experience into a series of hauntingly twisted glass bones which were blown in his studio. Each pale mangled bone is held together by cloth bandages, wire and twigs, creating a nightmarish memory of the horrors or war. - Description Curtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Opening November 10, 2017. 6-8 PM.
Ways of Remembering is a collaborative exhibition of CVAC and the CV History Museum focusing on Military Veterans. The CVHM will present documentation, personal artifacts and photographs of and from Coachella ValleyVeterans. The CV Art Center will present Art works from three contemporary artists who are Veterans- Michael Aschenbrenner, Jeffrey Stenbom and Wm. Marquez. The exhibit will be on view thru December 31, 2017.
WOW is A program focusing on original works from all disciplines and is guided by an advisory group of professionals from throughout the Coachella Valley. The purpose of WOW is to find new creative individuals and suggest new ideas at monthly WOW events.
The Coachella Valley Art Center (CVAC) is proud to announce the opening of a in-house hot glass studio lead by glass artist Ed de Roo. DeRoo, along with Char Diamond and Rich have set-up is a complete glass studio, features a Denver Glass kneeling Kiln, 20 inch Glory hole, 130# Denver Glass Furnace, and all the tools you will need to complete any hot glass project. CVAC has always been about the creative space - A space that allows artist to pursue their art and passion without having to worry about dirtying the surroundings.
"CVAC is a place where art is made." - Bill Schinsky, Director
The hot glass studio is no different. Taking full advantage of the industrial atmosphere, artists are encouraged and allowed to create new works using an ancient material.
The spacious warehouse environment lends itself perfectly for a hot glass studio and allows for calibration and exploration between disciplines. The addition of blown glass to the CVAC extends the vision of providing programs focusing in glass school and to date is the only one of its kind in the Coachella Valley.
Ed de Roo has been working in glass for 15 years. His team is dedicated to the craft. Workshops and courses will designed for beginners and intermediate students are available. The Hot Glass studio is also available for rented use with tools provided. For more information contact.
Artist, Patrick Blythe and PSUSD Arts Coordinator put together a series of four glass art workshops for advanced art students from Palm Springs. Working with the medium of glass, which was new to the students, the workshops aimed for the students to produce small glass works with abstract designs. During the course of the meetings, students learned how to cut and fuse glass, worked with many types of glass such as sheets, powders and rods, and even tried more advanced techniques like sandblasting and working with beveled edges. The objective of the workshops was to introduce young artists to a studio experience and also expose them to a medium that they would not have access to until the college level or beyond. It was a marvelous experience for all of the students, each of whom was able to create a work they were proud of, and went on to be displayed at the Walter Marks Gallery of College of the Desert. PSUSD is grateful to Patrick Blythe for being willing to share his time and experience, and open his gallery to students.
Arts Coordinator, Palm Springs Unified School District
Four areas comprise the CVAC Main Gallery. Three areas, formerly small office spaces of approximately 100 square feet each, border a larger 1300 square foot gallery. White walls, painted floors and track lighting host various exhibitions. CVAC’s exhibit spaces are primarily for display. All inquiries for purchase are forwarded to the artist. CVAC will require a 15% commission on the sale of work. The CVAC Main Gallery may also be used as a meeting space. The Main Gallery may be used for sit-down luncheons and other types of events.
We are happy to announce Watercolor classes at CVAC with Diane Morgan. Relax and have a great time creating your very own masterpiece. Bring your friends or meet new friends.
Classes take place Wednesday's, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.
Reserve your spot today by filling out the reservation form or by calling CVAC at 760-799-4364.
Please note you must register for the class by 6PM the day prior.
Cost is $35 per class, supplies not included, payments can be made by clicking here or in person at the time of the course.
Diane Morgan is an award-winning artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. After working for 20 years in advertising, and most recently as Public Art Administrator for the City of Palm Springs, Diane now paints full-time. She works in both oil and watercolor and her paintings have won numerous awards and appear in collections across the United States and Canada.
The CVAC shop allows visitors to purchase exclusive art from the CVAC Resident Artist and any of our centers allies. Some of the art pieces are from CVACs colaborative art workshops and events.
When Ruben Calderon walked into CVAC to submit his art for the May is Mental Health month exhibit, we all recognized the arrival of a serious craftsman. Ruben's handcrafted handbags and clutches had that unique "something" that draws an observer. Maybe it was the fact that they were made from used potato chip bags or that in their new reincarnation were the perfect recycled fashion accessory. Somehow his art told a story, a story of recovery and hope.
Just as anyone of us may get crumbled up, discarded or feel useless we to can re-invent ourselves and find a new purpose. His art not only reflected his technical expertise but in a subtile way reflects the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. Ruben grew up in Los Angeles, later moving to Moreno Valley, CA to be closer to his family. Soon, Reuben also embraced religion and mental health.
"Growing-up I was always drawing, I was always creative. It wasn't till I got older that I began making art as a way to relieve the stress of daily life, its a tool for me."
Ruben has been making hand bags for about 6 years now, they usually take about 4-5 days to craft. Each design is made up of small plastic and paper tiles, He sews each square tile together. This creates a remarkably strong bag.
"I also make my own needle and thread out of old shampoo bottles. I do this because this type of handbag can not be created with a regular needle". Ruben explains, "The needle needs to bend and be flexible so that it can weave its way through the tiny grooves and tight spaces I use in my designs."
" I wasn't sure if they would qualify for placement in the art show, but people seem to love them. It gives me something to be proud of, each and every design is 100% unique - their are no two alike but they all feel like an extension of me, I like that."
Ruben won 4th place for his artwork at the exhibit, if you are interested in purchasing one of the award winning handbags from the exhibition we have added them to our online store.
Half of the precedes will go directly to the artist and the other portion qualifies as a charitable donation and will be used to continue art programs such as the Outriders 3 exhibition at CVAC.
The classroom is a multi-purpose space approximately 1200 square feet in size with appropriate lighting and convenient access to water.
The classroom's unfinished floors allow for mistakes, spills and a level of comfort while working. At present, the CVAC classroom is utilized for weekly painting classes as well as Art classes for groups from various programs of the Riverside Mental Health Department.
Every year CVAC hosts interns from the Arts Media and Entertainment Council (AME). Students from Coachella Valley High School visit CVAC on an ongoing basis during their normal class hours and work alongside CVAC Artist on real world art & design projects. More than a work shadowing program - this collaboration between CVAC and the AME council exposes students to Artist and the modern day careers accessible to them as artist. The beauty of the program is that on any given day students gain the opportunity of interacting with people and the world in creative ways whether it be seeing an artist weld a 20’ Eifel Tower out of rebar in studio or watch a design from a sketchbook fully realized into a bustling restaurant - its opportunity’s like this that lend substance to the arts as a career for these budding artist. In the past students created a logo for a small business, took onsite photography, learned design theory and how to relate their ideas to clients.
“ Opening our graphic design studio to interns from the Digital Design and Production Department at Coachella High is the most fulfilling part of our career, it consistently reminds us why we decided to become designers and pursue a career in the arts. The students that have participated in the program bring a level of creativity, curiosity and respect that is a testament to their commitment and education.”
- Luis Fausto, Creativo Design
Subsequent to returning from a tour in VietNam in 1968-69, Schinsky returned to school and eventually graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BA in Art, and a MA in Museum Studies and Installation Design. His professional career has included positions as: Gallery Director, Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles; Visual Arts Program Director for the Southern Arts Federation, Atlanta, Georgia; Curator, Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design; Visual Arts Director, Arts Festival of Atlanta; co-founder/Executive Director, Visual Arts Center, Charlotte, North Carolina and continues as an independent curator. He has been a consultant for the Temecula Valley Historical Museum. Schinsky is an adjunct instructor, College of the Desert, teaching Art101, Introduction to Art.
Schinsky is the current Executive Director of the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance, a service oriented cultural arts organization focusing on the small to mid-sized cultural organizations in the Coachella Valley. Schinsky is responsible for initiating the establishment of the Coachella Valley Art Center, a regional cultural center in downtown Indio offering artist’s workspace, exhibit spaces, exhibition programs and classroom/workshop space. He has conducted Art classes at two Riverside County Juvenile Halls in Indio and Murrieta. The More Than Art program received an individual achievement/appreciation award from the Riverside County Probation Department in 2010. In 2009, the More Than Art program was contracted by the Los Angeles County Department of Education to design and conduct an 11 week Visual Art/Creative Writing/Performance program for the minors at the Los Angeles Central Juvenile Detention Facility. Schinsky has presented Art related lectures and programs at local, state and national gatherings. He has participated as a member of Grants Review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Schinsky also acts as Consultant for the city of Rancho Mirage’s Art Affaire, and has judged for the La Quinta Arts Festival and the Southwest Arts Festival, Indio. He serves on the Board of the Indio Performing Arts Center, Coachella Valley Symphony and Advisory Council for the Dr. Carreon Foundation and coordinator of the Old Town Indio Shopping District business association.
For me, creating art has been an evolutionary process spanning decades of work in metal, paint, and glass. My artwork combines the welding, forging, and fabrication skills developed working in fields and factories with bold experimentation, attention to craftsmanship, and time-honored traditions learned at some of the finest glass schools in the world.
I began working in glass drawn to its unique ability to transmit and refract light, and because of the purity of color that can only be attained with glass. Initially I was fascinated by the concept of capturing a fleeting moment of beauty in a material that will last for thousands of years. My early glass sculptures were created by responding to natural events like a sunrise as I matched passionate impressionism with the unique properties of glass to transmit light and color. I carve the work into sensual shapes that invite the viewer to experience the work with hands as well as eyes. I continue to explore ways to reflect the beauty of nature in glass.
Recently, I’ve returned to working in metal as way to express more contemplative themes that emerged from a lengthy period of looking inward and discovering new paths toward expressing my deepest feelings in my artwork.
As I seek new ways to bring the experiences of life to my work, I’ve found a sense of equilibrium emerges between memories steeped in time and the passionate intensity of the creative process. By beginning with clay, my hands are able to translate memories and emotion into shapes that spring forth from the mud. From the clay models, I create glass sculptures with kiln and carving tools. I recast the glass into bronze, a dense sculpture material that invites contemplation, and requires a focus on form, and the ways light and shadow play on the surface.
My latest work reflects life experiences, a childlike awe of the natural world, and an overarching sense of gratitude for the many blessings of my life.
A small intimate black box area that can seat up to 60. The space offers a 12x12 foot raised “stage” area and in-house sound amplification system. CVAC’s performing area has enjoyed hosting “Cup of Happy” events, weekly Cinema Chat screenings and site-specific performance art selections.
CVAC looks forward to hosting poetry readings and other informal talks in the space. Scroll through our photos.