Salton Sea Art on Display in April at Renovated County Landmark

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Apr 02

Salton Sea Art on Display in April at Renovated County Landmark

NORTH SHORE – Unique art inspired by the Salton Sea will be displayed throughout April at the Salton Sea History Museum, with an opening reception from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday inside the county’s renovated North Shore Beach & Yacht Club Community Center. 

The free exhibit is part of the second annual Desertscapes celebration, which began Friday at the community center, 99-155 Sea View Drive, North Shore.  The museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“The Salton Sea, the ‘California Riviera’ is one of Riverside County’s most picturesque sites, providing inspiration to many artists,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit.  “I hope families take a weekend trip in April to see this desert art and visit the Yacht Club, restored to its original glory!”

“Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea” will feature works by panoramic photographer Bill Leigh Brewer; new media artist Cristopher Cichocki; landscape artist Mary-Austin Klein; photographer and author of In Search of Eldorado: The Salton Sea Christopher Landis; American realist painter Deborah Martin; photographer of Salt Dreams Joan Myers; plein-air painters Andrew Dickson, Joe Forkan and Eric Merrell and photographer and author of Greetings From the Salton Sea, Kim Stringfellow.

Designed by renowned architect Albert Frey, the 50-year-old North Shore Yacht Club was host to many Hollywood celebrities who kept boats and entertained at the club during the Salton Sea’s heyday. Last year marked the completion of $3.5 million in renovations to the 6,500-square-foot structure, designated as a Riverside County Historic Landmark. The renovated building is home to the Salton Sea Museum, meetings of the North Shore Community Council and Desert Recreation District programs.

Deborah Martin, a Los Angeles-based fine art photographer, contemporary realist painter and author of Home on the Strange: In Search of the Salton Sea, is the curator for this Desertscapes exhibition. For more information, please see

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