Artist Member Highlight
The Artists Council recognizes Daniel Hogan for his technical expertise in creating a new online Volunteer Information Center (VIC) program to schedule and track shift hours for our Galen Ambassadors.
After 30+ years in Palm Springs I moved to the high desert four years ago -- one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! The environment and slower pace are important to me and things I really enjoy. My sweetheart Sabrina and I are members of the Mojave Desert Land Trust and place a high value of importance in protecting this fragile area. When I can, I escape to nearby Joshua Tree National Park or the Mojave National Wildlife Preserve.
Old movies, old cars, and just about any kind of real music are also things that bring me pleasure, but my happy place now is my home studio where there are no limits to accessing my creativity. Though I have always had an attraction to drafting and architectural drawings, it was not until I joined Palm Springs Art Museum, as a member, volunteer, and employee, that I found myself surrounded by a group of artists that would become family and help me turn my attraction into what is now my art. Key in my discovery was Ellie Smith, who opened my eyes to working with glass. Ellie is no longer with us but will always be in my heart. A photo of her hangs above my workbench and inspires me daily.
I work with glass. With each artwork I create a story from a combination of long forgotten glass objects found in thrift stores, garage and yard sales, abandoned buildings, and swap meets - clear and textured glass from ashtrays, pressed glass plates, candy and butter dishes, old shower doors or windows. The treasures are found in California's High Desert towns that have names that are stories onto themselves - Amboy, Chambliss, Landers, and Wonder Valley (my favorite!).
I join the highly textured clear glass pieces together in a technique similar to stained glass, using lead, solder and wire to create “panels” that are engaging works of art all on their own. To make the artwork jump off the wall, I create a painting on canvas or board incorporating the patterns in the glass panels. I wire the panels I create to the canvases or boards I paint, resulting in beautiful, 3-dimensional art that sings with life and joy.
Currently I am exploring connecting found glass objects to create sculptures. Who knows what I will create next?
Regarding the Artists Council, Daniel says:
"I became a member of the Artists Council because it feels like family
to me. It’s so much more than showing art and chatting about exhibition opportunities. It’s support and encouragement and sharing the highs
and lows with like-minded friends. Family!
"I am delighted to be able to contribute to the Artists Council by using
my computer expertise to help the Galen Ambassadors with some
behind-the-scenes tech issues. With the VIC program, we are digitizing
the volunteer efforts, which is powerful stuff and kind of warm
and fuzzy at the same time. So rewarding!"
The Artists Council recognizes Katherine Hough for her expert counsel on gallery lighting and for her volunteered curatorial services.
Katherine Hough retired as Chief Curator at Palm Springs Art Museum in 2018, after holding many positions at the museum during her 43-year tenure. Hough played a major role in the evolution of the museum from a regional multi-disciplinary institution to a nationally recognized art museum. She has authored 30 publications and organized over 45 art exhibitions, including 14 that have traveled throughout the United States. While retired, Hough continues to be actively engaged in the community and serves as Chair of the City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board.
Recent projects include:
The exhibition, Pure, Simple, and Beautiful Forms: Glass from the Collection on view at PSAM
The book, In Motion: Agam at Sunnylands, co-authored by Katherine Hough and Frank Lopez, that accompanies the exhibition on view at Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Curatorial services for two Artists Council forthcoming exhibitions: Nexus and Young Artists Exhibition
Hough is delighted to volunteer her curatorial expertise for exhibitions installed at the Artists Center at the Galen, and says, “I wholeheartedly support the endeavors of the AC to create a major arts organization that
is relevant and meaningful to the visitors and residents of our desert communities.”
The Artists Council salutes member ED BOEKE
for his twirling promotional performances in support of
the new Artists Center at the Galen.
Edward James (Ed) Boeke was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he received an early exposure to the arts. While in high school, his first art teacher, Mrs. Vincent, nurtured his abstract painting techniques, enabling him to receive his first blue ribbon for his abstract work at the NCR Art Show and exhibition in Dayton, Ohio.
After high school, Ed studied Art Therapy at the University of Dayton. During this time, he was involved with both twirling baton competitively and dancing while also performing in musical theater.
Moving to San Francisco after college, he began working in a flower shop, which was his impetus for expressing his artistic talent through floral design. This led to a successful career owning a corporate floral company in the Bay Area for 18 years.
The next chapter in Ed’s life was to move to the Palm Springs area and to return to his love of visual art. Before the COVID pandemic, he produced several works on canvas using his skill and talent for texture and colorful abstract art. This was done primarily in a working gallery on Perez Road in Cathedral City. Today, because of the COVID pandemic, Ed has been posting virtual paintings almost daily on his Facebook page.
Ed has enjoyed working with the Artists Council and continues to look forward to engagement with the many gifted artists in the Coachella Valley. His primary medium is acrylic and mixed media on canvas using a multitude of texture and color. You can view samples of his work on his Facebook page at Edward James Boeke.