Palm Springs has long been a destination for art lovers. Since the desert’s Old Hollywood heyday, mid-century modern art and design ruled the desert, and even today, you’ll still find retro remnants throughout boutiques in Uptown Palm Springs. Add to that the Palm Springs Art Museum, with its impressive collection of contemporary art, and it’s easy to see that creativity is alive and well in Palm Springs.
Of course, local blogger Sarah Scheiderman could have told you that a long time ago. For more than six years, she’s been covering the local artistic community on her blog, The Coachella Valley Art Scene.
What started as a way to promote local art shows and worthwhile music venues evolved over the years into a force all of its own, with CVAS becoming a staple of the desert’s artistic community. Her blog quickly became an outlet for local musicians and artists, giving them a voice and a platform to share their works with the Coachella Valley and beyond.
Visitors enjoy art during an opening reception at the Coachella Valley Art Scene Art Gallery — Photo courtesy of The Coachella Valley Art Scene
It didn’t stop there, either. Soon, CVAS began hosting its own creative outlets, such as its arts and crafts tables at venues like The Ace Hotel & Swim Club and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, as well as photo booths at events and retro-themed doo-wop nights. CVAS also curated art galleries and interactive shows at spaces around the desert, continuing in the spirit of fostering creative expression in the Coachella Valley.
Now, CVAS has a permanent place to call home in Cathedral City, and creativity is already in full bloom in this downtown space. Local artists are on full display on the walls of CVAS Art Gallery, where rotating shows shine light on the desert’s top local artists. The gallery is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Beyond the artwork donning the walls of CVAS, there are other ways visitors can get creative when they stop by the blog’s new physical home. Yoga is held throughout the week, sometimes by candlelight, other times simply surrounded by local art.
Sunday nights are reserved for live music, and Scheiderman continues to add other classes, programs and offerings (such as a tie-dye series earlier this summer) to foster creative expression.
Learn more about The Coachella Valley Art Scene by heading down to Cathedral City to check out the new space or by visiting the CVAS website.