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Artists Council
Artist Member Highlight

December 2022

The Artists Council salutes Terry Hastings,
Winner of a Juror's Award at our "!Community!" Exhibition in Oct/Nov 2022

At the age of 4, Terry Hastings came down the stairs with an encyclopedia open to a page with some music notes on them and asked his parents what they sounded like. Terry's parents bought a piano and piano lessons. And then drum lessons, and voice lessons and paint and clay and...eventually Terry got his own degree in Theatre!

Terry picked up this new invention called the "digital camera" because he needed to create this new medium called a "website" at the turn of the century.

He moved to Palm Springs in 2009 and has artistically explored every aspect of the climate and culture, be it the desert or pools or pool parties. 

Terry isn't married, doesn't have any children and doesn't watch television, which means he has a lot of time on his hands to explore photography and make art.

He joined the original Artists Council in 2012 and somehow ended up on the board a year or two later. He previously worked at the University of California, Riverside - Palm Desert curating art shows until the pandemic hit.  

Terry is now a full-time artist and professional troublemaker living in Cathedral City. You can view his work at

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November 2022 

The Artists Council salutes member Karin Skiba
Winner of a Juror's Award at our "!Community!" Exhibition in Oct/Nov 2022

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KARIN SKIBA (Russo) attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, moving to Canada at age 21. There she began large scale batik sculpture, which she showed in museums and galleries.

Coming to California in 1977, she returned to school. At Claremont Graduate University in 1980, Karin began to cut her images from wood and build her paintings, becoming one of several artists known for painted sculpture. 

Karin accomplished her MFA in 1982 and began to show her work at Barnsdall Park Art Center, LACMA, Security Pacific and other galleries in Los Angeles, Oregon, Chicago, and Detroit. Creating a strong exhibition record, she began teaching at Riverside Community College District in 1990 and was the full-time art professor at Norco College from 1991 until 2011.

While working at the Riverside Community College District, she was CTA Faculty Union President, and participated in the RCCD Study Abroad program, teaching three semesters in Florence, Italy.   For several years after formal retirement as Faculty Emerita, she established and ran the Norco College Art Gallery. She continues to teach Art Appreciation online as one of the original online teachers from the faculty cohort of 1998.
With a resume that includes solo exhibitions in venues such as La Verne University and Cal Poly Pomona as well as the Riverside Art Museum, Karin has created art for over 45 years as an example of artistic persistence and passion. She now has a studio in Joshua Tree, California, and devotes most of her time to making art.

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See more of Karin's work at: and Instagram #karinskibaart.

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October 2022 

The Artists Council recognizes both

Joe A. Oakes and Mardi deVeuve Alexis for their educational efforts supporting the Artists Council.

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Award-winning artist Joe A. Oakes presents a fun, informative, painting experience of the sky, with or without clouds, as the subject. Whether the sky is the focal point or in a supporting role, he teaches you to control its colors and power.


Oakes was a curious and observant child who started drawing at the age of five. He has been painting full time since 2008, and like other artists, he previously worked at other things including as a substitute teacher, an art consultant and a graphic designer. Oakes has survived cancer and the loss of a child; he has used these life-changing events to propel his art career forward. His landscapes burn with the excitement of bold, bright color and draw on scenes from all over the U.S., but especially from the Southwest and the State of California.


Oakes’ work offers a new perspective on color and place while creating a meditative sense of calm, happiness and reverence for the land. He holds a BFA from California State University, Fullerton, and among his awards are the Distinguished Artist Award from the City of La Quinta in 2011 and a First Place Award for his work in the “Visions” Exhibition at Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario, California, in 2019. Oakes resides near Riverside in Southern California.

Mardi deVeuve Alexis is a California abstract artist born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Growing up in a family of artists, she began seriously studying art and design after a temporary move to Alexandria, Virginia, in the 1980s, where she took classes at the Torpedo Factory and in Washington, D.C. at the Corcoran School of Art. Upon returning to California, she studied at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the School of Architecture and Interior Design.

Mardi has been painting professionally for more than a decade, experimenting with combinations of various media and textural effects, mixing charcoal, ink, pastel, acrylics and collage. Her current body of work is inspired by urbanism and street art that incorporates contemporary modes of communication like graffiti in an urban environment. A frequent international traveler, her work is inspired by cultural diversity and her interpretation of both the human condition and the global environment. 


Mardi’s paintings and drawings have been shown and collected throughout California, Texas, Sweden, Croatia, Serbia and Mexico.


Collage, mixed media, line and textural effects characterize Mardi’s current body of work on canvas, panel and paper that is largely focused on urbanism and aerial landscapes. She is a member of Los Angeles Art Association, the Artists Council, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, La Quinta Arts Foundation, Women Painters West and an Exhibiting Member of California Art League, Joshua Tree Art Gallery and Gallery 62.

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