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(La Quinta, CA – December 23, 2015)

Back-to-Back Art Under the Umbrellas Slated at Old Town La Quinta January 16 & 23

La Quinta Arts Foundation will stage two Art Under the Umbrellas shows at Old Town La Quinta on consecutive Saturdays: January 16, 2016 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend) and January 23, 2016. Both events run from 10 am to 4 pm. There is no admission charge with complimentary parking available throughout the Village area. The popular Steve Madaio Band will provide live entertainment for shoppers as they explore the artist booths and visit Old Town’s boutique shops and restaurants.

Each Art Under the Umbrellas event assembles over 80 artists set-up within the borders of the Old Town La Quinta venue to exhibit their original art works in a broad spectrum of media categories. Exhibitors featured on January 16 are both innovative contemporary artists based in the rural high desert who employ complex self-created techniques and methods enhanced with various elements and materials.

Mixed Media Artist Richard Daniel defines the style of his large-scale mixed media works as “Abstract Expressionism,” incorporating many different styles – with the goal to make art that while abstract, is also expressive or emotional in its effect.  He uses air brush, dry brush and air hose to apply metallic paints, acrylics and solvents, capturing rich copper tones.

Photographer Mark Stephenson – Mark describes his mixed-media photographic artistry as “visual Haiku, created with a Zen esthetic.” What makes his art special is its elegant simplicity, amazing luminosity, texture, depth and clarity. He uses a self-developed, multi-step, highly technical process: original photography with inkjet printed over hand applied metallic leaf on hand textured, cradled wood panels flooded with resin.

The artists spotlighted on January 23 are Robert Fleming & Nancy Lynn. This husband and wife duo reside in Bermuda Dunes, primarily painting and showing their works locally and throughout the Southwest. Their works in watercolors (Bob) and acrylic (Nancy) most often depict a myriad of desert scenes, cheery blooming cactus and idyllic landmarks painted on location.

Old Town La Quinta is located in the Village of La Quinta. Take Washington Street south, go west on Calle Tampico two blocks; Old Town is on the left.

La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) is in its 34th season of service to its non-profit mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts” through which $1.2 million has been awarded in visual arts college scholarships. LQAF’s primary fundraiser is La Quinta Festival, slated March 3-6, 2016. For more information, visit or call 760-564-1244.

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