Past LQAF Events

La Quinta Museum Exhibitions

La Quinta Museum
77-885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta
All Events are Complimentary – some require reservations!

Collections and Creations of David Salk & Photographs &
Writings of George Wharton James (1858-1923)

November 6 – December 12, 2009, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Cahuilla Basket ca. 1920

Cahuilla Basket ca. 1920

The exhibit features an extensive collection of Native American basketry and artifacts from the collections of artist David Salk, along with Salk’s contemporary ceramic interpretations of Native American baskets.

A native of Palm Springs, Salk preserves the intricate work of Native American women of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by replicating antique basket designs in long lasting high fire pottery. Salk’s painstaking research to accurately depict these designs has been recognized by the Museum of National History in Santa Barbara.

Also on display will be photographs and writings of George Wharton James (1858-1923). James was a prolific lecturer and journalist, writing more than forty books and many articles and pamphlets on California and the American Southwest. Characteristics of James’ writing included romanticism, an enthusiasm for natural environments, idealization of aboriginal lifeways and health faddism in such works as Basket Makers published in Sunset, A Magazine of the Border, 1901, A Saboba Origin-Myth (1902), Through Ramona’s Country (1909) and James’ most venerated work The Wonders of the Colorado Desert (1906).

The exhibit is open all regular hours of the museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information or reservations, call 760-777-7170


Opening Reception

06 November, 2009 – 5 pm to 7 pm

Southern California Bird Singers perform traditional songs of the Desert Cahuilla people. Meet Artist David Salk and Coachella Valley resident Dennis Wharton James, descendant of George Wharton James.

American Basketry Demonstration & Lecture

07 November, 2009 – 10 am to 12 noon

American Basketry Demonstration by Alice Kotzen, noted artist and author. Limited to 30, reservations required to 777-7170.

Lecture, “Mukat’s People:The Story of the Cahuilla”

12 November, 2009 – 5 pm to 6 pm
“Mukat’s People:The Story of the Cahuilla” by Ginger Ridgway, Curator/Director of Programs, Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum.

Lecture & Discussion, “Literary Bounty in an Arid Land: the weave of Coachella Valley geography, Cahuilla culture, and desert art in the writings of George Wharton James”

19 November, 2009 – 5 pm to 6 pm
Lecture/discussion by Ruth M. Nolan, M.A. Associate Professor of English, College of the Desert and editor of the California desert literary anthology “No Place for a Puritan” the literature of California’s deserts,” from Heyday Books.

Lecture, “A Taste of the Desert”

03 December, 2009 – 10:30 am to 12 noon
“A Taste of the Desert” by Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist, Sant Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

Exhibitions, “Life’s Work of Renowned Golf Club Designer Mario Cesario”
& “50 Years of Golf in the Desert”

Join us to learn about the history of the persimmon wood golf club and the artisan who dedicated his skill and internationally recognized talent to the game of golf!

Mario Cesario

Mario Cesario is considered one of the finest clubmakers and premier designers the sport of golf has seen in the 20th century. Professionals, dignitaries and celebrities have played with Cesario’s custom designed, handcrafted clubs. A pioneer in the industry with a career spanning 55 years, Cesario was made an Honorary Life Member of the Southern California Section of the PGA of America in 1984 and in 2000 he was inducted into the Professional Clubmker’s Society, Clubmakers Hall of Fame.

The exhibit will also showcase the evolution of the golf ball and memorabilia from desert golf tournaments throughout the years.


Opening Reception, Mario Cesario & “50 Years of Golf in the Desert”

08 January, 2009 – 5pm to 7pm
Meet Mario Cesario and the Bob Hope Classic Girls as we tee off this exhibit!

For Kids! “The First Tee”

09 January. 2009 – 10am to 12 noon
The First Tee – Interactive golf program for children age 6 through 16. Limited to 30 children. Please RSVP to 760-777-7170.

Round Table Discussion with Golf Greats

11 January, 2009 – 2pm to 4pm
Join us at SilverRock Resort for a Round Table Discussion with Golf Greats: Mario Cesario, Marlene Hagge, Dan Poppers, Greg Cesario, Ted Lyford, Jeff Johnson, Fred Scherzer, Dave Evans, Ken Venturi and more…

Golf Fitness

14 January, 2009 – 12 noon to 1pm
How to improve your swing through exercise with Titleist’s Golf Fitness program presented by Dr. Hashimoto.

Lecture, “La Quinta’s Golf Legacy”

23 January, 2009 – 10am to 12 noon
“La Quinta’s Golf Legacy” Lecture by Judy Vossler, Vice President, Landmark Golf.

Lecture & Book Signing – Larry Bohannan, Author

30 January, 2009 – 10:30am to 12 noon
Reflections on the Hope and Golf in La Quinta with Desert Sun Golf Writer and author of 50 Years of Hope by Larry Bohannan. Book signing will follow the lecture.

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