Art in the Desert – Joshua Tree National Park Hosts 18th Annual Art Festival April 2-4

Visitors at art show at Joshua Tree NP.

Visitors enjoyed browsing the items at a previous year's festival. NPS photo.

Parks have long provided places of inspiration for artists, and for nearly two decades, Joshua Tree National Park has hosted an annual art festival to highlight work featuring that area's dramatic desert landscapes. The 2010 Art Festival will be held at the park April 2-4.

The show will be held at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, located at 74485 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms, California. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 2,4.

According to the park, "More than 25 artists representing a wide variety of styles and media will be on-hand to exhibit and sell their work. The purpose of the show is to highlight artistic creativity inspired by the spectacle and innumerable delights to be seen at Joshua Tree National Park and the desert southwest. Visitors will be able to meet the artists and learn what it was in their desert view that so inspired their creativity."

The Festival is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, a non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to the park’s interpretive, educational and scientific programs. Admission to the festival is free. In addition to the art show, visitors can enjoy exhibits, publications, park information, films, and National Park Service ranger programs. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you need additional information about the art show, you can call the Joshua Tree National Park Association at 760-367-5537.

Information to help plan a visit to Joshua Tree National Park is available on the park’s website.