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LQAF Visual Art Scholars exhibiting in COD’s Marks Art Center “ANNUAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP EXHIBITION”

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In February 2016, LQAF Programs Coordinator Brittany Delany attended the College of the Desert Scholarship Reception. There, she connected with LQAF Visual Arts Scholars Wilma Rueda and Sallé Kirby.

wilma and brittany at COD reception

Brittany and Wilma at COD Scholarship Reception

This past season, Wilma Rueda volunteered as a Greeter at the West Entrance passing out programs for La Quinta Arts Festival. She has enjoyed her art classes this year and has branched out to learn more about the art of photography.

Sallé Kirby recently participated in the ” 99 Bucks & Up Sale”, an annual fundraiser event sponsored by the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Artists Council. She has shown her work at Michael H.Lord Gallery in Palm Springs; the J. Willott Gallery on El Paseo, and at Venus Studio Gallery in Palm Desert, Ca.  Learn more about her art:

Enjoy viewing their artwork on display this month!

College of the Desert’s Marks Art Center Presents



Free & open to the public

The Marks Art Center is once again presenting its annual student scholarship exhibition.  Students majoring in Art, Architecture, or Digital Design and Production (Graphic Design) are eligible for scholarships made possible by the Dumont Foundation, as well as Nancy H. Bacon, Ruth Stark, and Joyce Norton.  This year, twelve students received scholarships: Mathew Apple, Carlos Blanco, Kyra Coleman, Barbara Downs, Jorge Gonzalez, Landon Johnson, Salle Kirby, Ana Mendoza, Mathew Ojeda, Jasmine Osorio, Wilma Rueda, and Joseph Salwey.  Much of the students’ artwork is also for sale, thus providing an excellent opportunity to support students while acquiring affordable, original art.

There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, May 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., which is free and open to the public.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the Coachella Valley band A.M.F.M. (Animals Made For Music), made up of musicians Azic Thot, Garcia Giant, RowLow, Vurz.

In addition to work by COD students, the Marks Art Center will again showcase artwork by students from the Palm Springs Unified School District, in an exhibition entitled “Visual Murmurs.”  The exhibition includes a large-scale canvas celebrating conservation of the Earth’s resources created in a collaboration between student artists at Sunny Sands Elementary School, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, and master artist Luiz Castro; pen and ink drawings created by students at Mount San Jacinto Continuation High School under the direction of art teacher Taun-Yo Jones Hidalgo; printmaking works by Rancho Mirage High School students working with artist-in-residence Charlie Ciali; and “light paintings” created by artist-in-residence Julio Vazquez and teacher Doug Graham with the help of Musical Theatre University dancers.

The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts (MAC) is a non-profit cultural and educational facility; committed to excellence, MAC provides a venue for creative exploration and community engagement.  Open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and by appointment; always free & open to the public.  For more information, call the Marks Art Center at (760) 776-7278, or go to