First Exhibit – Every Day is Earth Day

Bernardo Olmedo joins in one of the many simultaneous discussions about expressions of culture through art.

If Earth Day is just one day, our days are numbered. At the Desert Museum, we celebrate the Earth every day – and we have an art exhibit to prove it.


The Desert Museum is a community-based project. Our philosophy is “if you need it, we can help you build it.” One of the artists participating in our new exhibit came to the Desert Museum to discuss a project partnership, and left with a┬ácommitment┬áto fill our empty walls. There are very few galleries to show artists work, he told me, and people are always looking for new spaces to showcase their talents. “Bring me something,” I said, “and we’ll put together a show.” In a matter of weeks we had the commitment of 6 artists, all members of the Imperial Valley College Arts Faculty.


We have filled our empty walls with our FIRST exhibit, and the artists have a professional looking exhibit. On May 2nd the exhibit opens with an artist reception. The director is away at a conference, leaving me in charge of the event. He’s nervous, as you might expect. The reputation of the museum rides on each one of these early events. But he doesn’t know I was trained by the best gallery owners Rhode Island has ever seen. They’ve since retired from the business, but they left beauty in their wake.

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