Los Angeles artists among the international palette of the 2018 Indian Wells Arts Festival

Mar 22, 2018 | Press and Media

Easter weekend event is Mar. 30, 31 and April 1

Painter David Palmer and functional art maker Jim Turner are among several Los Angeles-based artists juried into this year’s roster of established and emerging artists at the 16th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival in Indian Wells. Running Friday, March 30-Sunday, April 1, the event at Indian Wells Tennis Garden showcases 200 artists from 28 countries around the world.

Attendees will discover a diverse collection of mediums — from painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography to ceramics, textiles and jewelry. Sixty of the artists juried into the show have had their work exhibited by and/or placed into the permanent collections of museums, including the renowned Smithsonian and Japan’s Kyoto Museum.

David Palmer’s Suburban Retro Pop series celebrates pinwheel lollipops, donuts, movie popcorn boxes and other products of 20th century culture. His creative credentials include texture effects for films such as Spider-Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and a coloring book derived from his paintings of carousel horses.

“I’ve always loved things that were industrial and vintage,” says Jim Turner who builds functional art from discards in his Covina studio, Lockjaw Garage. For example, old cameras become intriguing lamps. Truck tailgates and old pallets make benches with rugged character.

With free art activities, a Gourmet MarketPlace, the Saturday and Easter Sunday “Eggs + Champagne in the Garden” brunch menu ‘til noon, live music and artist demonstrations, there is something for every kind of art enthusiast to enjoy.

Presented by the City of Indian Wells, the 16th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival is hosted by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and held on the venue’s Grass Concourse. (Enter from Washington St. at Via Sevilla, between Highway 111 and Fred Waring Dr., Indian Wells, California.) Open Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, from 9am to 4pm. Children are free to the event; adults $13. Free parking and valet available. For more, visit IndianWellsArtsFestival.com.