Twentynine Palms Art Gallery

74055 Cottonwood Drive
760-367-7819

History:

Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild is the oldest arts organization in the Morongo Basin, founded in 1951 by eight distinguished artists: John Hilton, Merritt Boyer, Evelyn Hutchinson, Michael Malloy, Kirk Martin, Vera Martin, Edna Onderdonk, and Fritiof Perssons.

Twentynine Palms Art Gallery opened in 1963 in a historic adobe built in 1936 by the Stubbs brothers for western author Tom Hopkins. Mixture for the adobe bricks was brought from Mesquite Dry Lake. Fill dirt was made up of gold tailings from the Gold Crown Mine, and plaster for the walls came from the Anaconda Mine. Some of the support beams were railroad ties used during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913. Spikes can still be seen in the lintels over the doors and windows.  

In 1963, Edward and Margaret Schiller purchased the adobe and sold it to the Guild for a community art gallery. The Guild obtained its non-profit status in 1963 and by 1967 had paid off the mortgage, the ashes of which were placed in a gold casket mounted in the fireplace mantel of what is now the East Gallery room.  

An old garage was later converted into the Gift Shop, which has financially supported the Gallery over the years. In 1972 the Lee Lukes Pickering room was added, and in 1992 the West Gallery was built, all from generous community support.

Twentynine Palms Art Gallery is a landmark in the City of Twentynine Palms, providing exhibitions, art receptions, seasonal events, Monday morning paint-outs, and art classes for all ages for desert locals, visitors and snowbirds.

Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Membership is open to all artists and art-appreciators.


Reviews

Darlene Morris

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Art Color Camp for children finished yesterday and it was a great success. Everyone had a fun time and learned a lot. The gallery currently has the membership summer art show to see.

Katy Duffy-Sherr

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Very kind husband and wife in charge of the gallery and gift shop. Current show is of local student's art. Some was quite good.

Ursula Gilmore

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Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Many of the best artists in the Hi-Desert exhibit their works at this petite and historic gallery. Nestled between JTNP and the 29 Palms Inn it is a "must" for visitors to the region and should on everyone's list.

Charles Bratcher

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Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Love this place

A Google User

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Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012

Amazing collection of local artists who have been volunteering for more than 50 years to create a community nest to display art and offer an ecclectic array of art classes for all ages.