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Artists Council and Desert Plein Air Association Collaboration

“Paint the Desert” Festival and Desert Landscape Exhibition

Artists Council at the Galen

72-567 Highway 111

Palm Desert, California




You are invited to participate in the 2024 AC/DPAA 3rd Annual “Paint the Desert” Festival and Desert Landscape Exhibition at the Artists Council at the Galen in Palm Desert, California. There are two separate thematic categories and opportunities to be selected for inclusion in the overall exhibition – thus, you have the potential of exhibiting one artwork in “Paint the Desert” Plein Air Festival Competition, and one or two artworks in the Desert Landscape Exhibition.  The categories are:


​1. “Paint the Desert” Plein Air Festival Exhibition: Not Juried, open to the first 75 participating   artists, with monetary awards and prizes.

2. Desert Landscape Exhibition: Juried exhibition (approximately 100 paintings) and awards.


You must be a member of the Artists Council to apply for any of these categories.

(This requirement applies if your primary residence is within 125 miles of the Artists Council at the Galen in Palm Desert, California.)

If needed, you can join the Artists Council as part of your entry to these exhibitions.


CURATOR:  Daniel Foster


Works for the Desert Landscape exhibition and awards will be selected by these outstanding jurors:

1. “Paint the Desert” -- Steven Biller, Crystal Curtis, George Stern

2. Desert Landscape (studio or plein air) -- Steven Biller, Crystal Curtis, George Stern


Click HERE to see the resumes for our jurors, as well as for the curator.




Category 1: “Paint the Desert” Plein Air Festival & Exhibition DPAA’s 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival and exhibition of paintings created locally over a 4-day period, painted en plein air (paintings may be finished in studio) capturing the diverse landscape of the desert. Artwork to be created on artists choice of substrate (canvas, paper, board, at least 1.5” deep if unframed), stamped on the back with DPAA stamp, framed ready to hang, and submitted at Artists Council at the Galen on Wednesday, January 17th from 9am -11am for judging, exhibition, and sale.


Category 2:  Desert Landscape: Paintings reflecting the desert landscape created in studio or en plein air.  All styles considered including realistic, impressionism, and abstraction.


Entry Fees: (Note: Artist Council membership required if Primary Residence is within 125 miles.)


1. “Paint the Desert” Festival Competition. Not Juried.

(Maximum entries accepted: 75)

DPAA Member

Early signup:                                         $30 (one painting submitted)*

November 1st - 30th, 2023                   $55*

December 1st - January 8th, 2024       $65*


DPAA Non-member

Early signup:                                         $75 (one painting submitted)*

November 1st – 30th, 2023                  $85*

December 1st – January 8th, 2024      $105*


2. Desert Landscape. Juried Process.

   $45 per artwork (1 or 2 paintings submitted)*

* No refunds after submissions.


Submission Deadlines:

“Paint the Desert” (a limit of 75 will be accepted):

January 8th, 2024, at noon


Desert Landscape exhibition:

Friday, December 29th, 2023, at 4pm



Artists will be notified of acceptance to the Desert Landscape exhibition:       

Wednesday, January 8th, 2024                                                 



Fri, Dec 29, 2023, at 4:00 pm PST        

Desert Landscape Submissions due


Mon, Jan 8, 2024              

Artist notification of acceptance in Desert Landscape


Mon, Jan 8, 2024, at Noon PST            

“Paint the Desert” last day of Registration (Max 75 entries)


Sat, Jan 13 to Tues, Jan.16, 2024  

“Paint the Desert” artists check-in, substrate stamped. Artists painting on location.


Wed, Jan 17, 2024, from 9-11 am         

Delivery of all Paintings (2 categories) to Artists Council


Thurs, Jan 18, 2024                       

Exhibit opens at the Artists Council (regular hours, 10 am – 4 pm)


Sat, Jan 20, 2024, 2 pm                 

Reception and Awards Program at the Artists Council


Sun, Feb 4, 2024, 2 pm                  

Exhibition closes


Sun, Feb 4, 2024, 2-4 pm         

Art pickup (Note: Building closes at 4pm.)



1.  Artwork pricing: No limitation on pricing. Proceeds from the sale will be split 50-50 between the artist and the AC/DPAA.  Artists desiring to submit a painting “NFS” will be considered on a limited basis.  Contact Diane Moore for more information:


2.  A description of the work will be required for each piece you submit. Describe your artwork 

carefully. Once a piece of work is submitted, NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE. (max. 600 characters).

3.  Artwork Size: Desert Landscape:  No limitation on size.

     Artwork Size: “Paint the Desert”:  No limitation on size.

     Artwork on paper must be protected by glass or Plexiglass.

     Artwork on canvas wrap or other materials must be finished on the edges.

     Unframed artwork must be at least 1.5” deep.

     Artwork must be ready for installation, securely wired for hanging.

     No saw-tooth hangers, ceiling mounts, or moving parts may be used.


4.  Artwork must be original in concept, design, execution and submitted by the artist/maker; created independently (i.e., not under direct supervision of an instructor); not commercially manufactured or reproduced or incorporating any item that uses commercially available molds or patterns; not previously exhibited at any Artists Council exhibition.

5.  “Paint the Desert”: Paintings must be on visible stamped substrate. Paintings to be entered into the competition to be framed where stamp is not visible, please get approval before framing.


6. Prizes for each category

Best of Show - $500

First Place - $250

Second Place - $150

Third Place - $100

Honorable Mention:  4 Honorable Mention Awards


​7. Artwork must remain at the Artists Council at the Galen during the entire exhibition, Thurs, Jan 18, 2024, through Sun, Feb 4, 2024. Once accepted into the exhibition, artwork may not be withdrawn or substituted. If artwork is sold, and buyer requests taking painting before Feb 4, 2024, this will be allowed (artwork’s name tag remains with red dot).


​8. Accepted artwork must be reserved by the artist and not physically shown elsewhere; the price for artwork shown by the artist on-line must match the exhibition sale price. 


9. Artists accepted to the show will be responsible for one 3-hour volunteer Gallery Host shift, if residing within 60 miles, at the Artists Council at the Galen during the run of the exhibition.  Gallery Host sign-up Schedule will be available on Artists Council’s website.


10. All selections are final. Selections for the Artists Council Exhibition are final and at the jurors’ discretion.  


1.  Delivery of accepted art: Wed, Jan 17, 2024, from 9-11 am, at the Artists Council at the Galen, 72567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, California 92260. Artwork must be delivered by the artist or his/her agent (you may ask a friend or family member). Artwork shipped to the Artists Council will not be accepted. The Artists Council cannot provide special handling for artwork.

2. Sold and unsold art must be picked up at the Artists Council at the Galen on Sun, Feb 4, 2024, from 2-4 pm, by the buyer, the artist, or his/her agent.  



By submitting artwork to the AC/DPAA Plein Air Festival, you must agree to our liability waiver.  You can read the liability waiver by clicking on the entry form link above.


For any artists who feel they may have difficulty in submitting on their computer, the Artists Council is scheduling one Zoom help session on Dec 27, 2023, at 10 am. We'll cover technical entry issues and membership issues only. If you are interested, please join us at:


Contact for more information:  or


If you have any concerns about your ability to complete the online entry form, we encourage you to enter before December 15th to allow time for you to get technical help.  We cannot extend the deadline for anyone who waits until the last days to enter and then runs into technical problems.



If you have Artists Council membership or exhibition questions, please contact the Artists Council at


If you have any questions about entering the “Paint the Desert” Plein Air Festival, please contact Diane Moore at


Specific Information concerning the

2024 "Paint the Desert" Plein Air Festival

Headquarters:    Artists Council at the Galen

72567 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA  92260

Diane Moore:  760-485-6798 mobile



The Desert Plein Air Association is proud to announce the 3rd Annual “Paint the Desert” Festival is now open for Registration.  Our previous Festivals have been a big success, and we are happy to build on it by offering an expanded exhibition of 3 weeks.  Workshop opportunities for artists to be announced this Fall. The 2024 “Paint the Desert” Festival will be presented at the premier museum-quality galleries of the Artists Council at the Galen in Palm Desert. 


If you live within 125 miles of Palm Desert, you must be an Artists Council member (Artists Council annual dues is $75.00) to enter “Paint the Desert” or the concurrent Desert Landscape exhibition.  The Desert Landscape exhibition is a juried exhibition; however, “Paint the Desert” is open to the first 75 registrations and not juried.  If you are a DPAA member and register before 11/1/23, we will reduce your entry fee by $15 (to $30) and credit you with a $60 one-year membership in DPAA, for a total savings of $75.00.  So please sign up now.


For DPAA members, by also becoming a member of Artists Council you will benefit as follows:

           Artists Council has 10 exhibitions a year:  

                     7 exhibitions are open to the first 100 entries

                     3 exhibitions are juried shows

           Workshops and classes are discounted for AC members.

           They have a successful critique group meeting once a month.

           The Store is now open for members to offer high-quality, unique, handmade art.


The 2024 Festival workshops will be conducted by professional instructors in various mediums including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and sketching.  These workshops are currently being developed and will be announced this Fall.  Signing up for these workshops will be on our website.


Register now for this inspiring creative adventure!


Diane Moore, Founder                                          

Daniel Foster, Co-Founder



2024 "Paint the Desert" Plein Air Festival

Headquarters:    Artists Council at the Galen

72567 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA  92260

Diane Moore:  760-485-6798 mobile

Festival Schedule:  January 12th - February 4th, 2024

Monday, January 8th, 4pm                      “Paint the Desert” Registration closes (Maximum 75)

Thursday, January 11th, 9am-1pm          Workshop : Pastel Plein Air: Natalie Richards                             

Friday, January 12th9am-1pm               Workshop: Oil Plein Air:  Elin Thomas           

Friday, January 12th9am-1pm               Workshop: Field Sketching for Non-sketcher:  Fran Calvert       


Saturday, January 13th9am -11am       “Paint the Desert” artists check-in at The Galen     

                                                                 Have your substrates stamped. 

                                                                 (If black, paint a white spot for stamp.)


Saturday, January 13th                             Artists invited to paint at Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Visitor Center

                                                                 DPAA will advertise artists painting at this location.

Sunday, January 14th                               Artists invited to paint at Cove Oasis Trailhead in La Quinta

                                                                  DPAA will advertise artists painting at this location.

Monday, January 15th                               Artists invited to paint in downtown Palm Springs at The Plaza.

                                                                  DPAA will advertise artists painting at this location.

Tuesday, January 16th                              Paint at your location of choice.                 

Wednesday, January 17th, 9-11 am          Delivery of Paintings to Artists Council at the Galen.

Wednesday, January 17th, 6pm                Kickoff Dinner (no host), at Babaloo’s Lounge, Palm Desert

                                                                        See information below.

Thursday, January 18th10am-4pm          Exhibit opens.

Saturday, January 20th2 pm                   Reception and Awards Program.

Friday, January 26th10:30am                  Demonstration:  David Wolfram—Pastel or Oil

Saturday, January 27th10:30am             Demonstration:  Bob Hannah -- Watercolor

Saturday, January 27th​1pm                    Demonstration:  Kristen Olson Stone – Watercolor or Oil

Sunday, January 28th, 1pm                      Demonstration:  Dave Howell-- Watercolor

Friday, February 2nd, 10:30am                 Demonstration:  Buffy Kaufman-- Watercolor

Saturday, February 3rd, 10:30am             Demonstration:  Don Krotee -- Watercolor

Saturday, February 3rd, 1pm                    Demonstration:  Kathleen Strukoff – Palette Knife/Oil

Sunday, February 4th, 2 pm                     Exhibition closes.

Sunday, February 4th, 2-4 pm                  Art pickup.





Wednesday, January 17th, 2024    Time: 6:00 pm


Babaloo’s Lounge

73833 Highway 111

Palm Desert, CA  92260

Call and make your reservations:  760-895-4186





Participation in this Plein Air is open to all artists. Registration is required.  You must register separately for Workshops.

             See DPAA website to register for workshops:

CHECK-IN AND STAMPING (Saturday, January 13th) - no early stamping:

Check-in for the Festival, stamping of substrates for Festival competition.  Substrate stamping … for dark-colored materials, please paint a white patch to provide a legible stamping area.



All paintings must be either framed or gallery wrap (1 ½” depth minimum allowed).  Media may include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, gouache, inks, charcoal, and/or pencils. No digital art allowed.
For dark-colored back of substrate, please paint a white patch to provide a legible stamping area.


No limitation on outside framed size or canvas.             

Artwork on paper must be protected by glass or Plexiglass.

Artwork on canvas gallery wrap, cradleboard, or other materials must be finished on the edges.

Unframed artwork must be at least 1.5” deep.

Artwork must be ready for installation, securely wired for hanging.

No saw-tooth hangers, ceiling mounts, or moving parts may be used.


A majority of each artwork should be created on-site in the true spirit of plein air. Minor adjustments or corrections may be done in a studio to fix forms or colors. 


Wednesday, January 17th, 9-11 am  Check-in… stamp must be visible on the back of each piece of art. Paintings that will have a backing covering substrate stamp: please reveal to DPAA staff prior to framing.

Artwork must be signed, appropriately framed, mounted and securely wired for hanging.

DPAA reserves the right to refuse any improperly framed pieces, wrapped canvases, stained mats, alligator-type hangers, or those with wet paint on the edges.


All artworks will be sold at prices selected by the artist.

Price changes will not be allowed after artwork submission.

Artwork may be listed “Not for Sale”.


Judging for “Paint the Desert” artworks will take place prior to Saturday’s Reception at The Galen:  Awards Reception Saturday, January 20th, 2024:  Time:  2pm

Judge:  Steven Biller, Editorial Director of Desert Publications Inc., producers of Palm Springs Life Magazine.


BEST OF SHOW                           $500

FIRST PLACE                                $250

SECOND PLACE                           $150

THIRD PLACE                               $100

HONORABLE MENTION - there will be 4 Honorable Mention Awards


All plein air art will be displayed in The Galen Gallery until 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 4th.  All unsold artworks must be picked up by the artist or a designated agent on Sunday, February 4th, 2pm-4:00 pm. Any other pick-up arrangements must be approved by DPAA festival management.



Release of Liability Form to be signed with Registration.


By submitting artwork to the “Paint the Desert” Exhibition and Sale, the individual artist acknowledges and agrees that he/she:

  • Has read and agrees to all conditions of entry.

  • Releases the rights for use of images of his/her artwork in any Artists Council or Desert Plein Air Association’s promotional and marketing materials.

  • Is responsible for insurance for his/her artwork. Neither the Artists Council nor its officers, directors, staff, or volunteers, nor anyone connected with the Artists Council, Desert Plein Air Association or this exhibition will be responsible for theft of, loss of, or damage to artwork, however caused.


 For further information or questions:

 Diane Moore, President

 Desert Plein Air Association


 Cell:     760-485-6798

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