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Call for Art: “Military Memories Art Show” at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Translate your military memories into art.

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“Military Memories” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition, scheduled for Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Gallery at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms.

The art show will celebrate the connection between civilian and military residents of the City of Twentynine Palms, the Morongo Basin, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and will honor those who have served and are serving our country. The two-month show is also designed to provide a public art venue for artists currently serving in the military who have not previously had an opportunity to show their work in the local community.

All artists, civilian and military, especially artists stationed aboard the Marine base, are invited to submit one (1) piece of original art for possible inclusion in this group show, as space allows. Artwork should address the theme, Military Memories, past or present, and may be in any of the following mediums—watercolor, oil or acrylic paintings; charcoal, pencil, pen-and-ink drawings; digital art, mixed media, collage, photography, assemblage, sculpture, mosaic, or fabric art. Even literary art will be accepted if artistically framed or presented in a manner that can be freestanding or professionally hung.

There is no charge for entering a work, and pieces may be offered for sale. All work must be suitable for viewing by the general public and ready to display or mount. Wall-hung art must be dry and appropriately framed or presented, wired for hanging with professional wire of sufficient gauge for the weight of the work. No saw-tooth, triangle, bracket or other methods of hanging will be accepted. Work should be secured in the frame, using only archival tape, if needed.

Any work determined to be a safety hazard (e.g. sharp edges, rust, etc.) that could cause harm to a human or damage to any physical aspect of the gallery, such as carpet, paint, or fixtures, may not be accepted.

Artwork for the Military Memories Art Show can be brought to the Visitor Center between 9 and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. For those unable to make this date, an early drop-off day or time can be arranged by calling Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562.

The gallery is located inside the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy., at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue downtown Twentynine Palms, (760) 367-6719, and is open 9-5 Monday through Friday and 10-4 Saturday and Sunday.

An opening reception is being planned for the artists and the public on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with music and refreshments.

Art in Public Places exhibitions are presented by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms.  For more information, contact Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562 or email publicarts@29palms.org.

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Vickie Waite

Vickie is currently serving as the Public Information Officer for the City of Twentynine Palms. Ms. Waite is a long time resident of the Morongo Basin and Founding Publisher of the Sun Runner Magazine. Along with her late husband Terry Waite, Vickie was instrumental in acquiring much of the Public Art you see about town. While we do not always see eye to eye, I value her as a close friend and confidant.

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