Like much of Greater Palm Springs, Cathedral City has always attracted artists. The city’s art scene has matured in recent years, with multiple art gallery openings, new destinations, pop- up spaces and art events for children and adults. Cathedral City describes itself ‘Where Art Lives,’ detailing the Public Art Tours: a downtown walking tour and a city-wide driving tour, along with the growing list of art galleries. The Public Arts Commission has even created a free smartphones app: ‘Cathedral City – Where Art Lives,’ giving residents and visitors easy access to news and locations on public art, galleries, artists and art tours.
Of the 16 art galleries named on the city’s map and app, the majority are in a two-block area at the Perez Road Art & Design district. New galleries have opened in recent months, so regular visits reward with new finds. Trenz Gallery is the latest addition, recently relocated from Dallas, TX. It rubs shoulders with Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, Colliding Worlds Fine Art, Arte Vita, Joannes Lucas, the Simeon Den Gallery and more. Galleries hold open evenings and special events where you can meet the artists and find out more about the work for sale. Cathedral City art galleries represent a diverse range of art and artists in every media, from traditional to experimental. Stay in touch with individual galleries via their social media pages to get frequent updates.
Some galleries double as home décor and vintage shops, so a visit to the art district could result in a number of purchases for the home and gifts for friends, as well as the perfect artwork to complement your décor and satisfy your soul.
Throughout the year, Cathedral City hosts a variety of art-related events. On the second Saturday of every month, the city holds a Children’s Art Party, hosted by the SCRAP Gallery and the Agnes Pelton Society.
In late February, look out for the annual ‘Cathedral City Historic Homes and Artists Tours’ sponsored by the city and held in conjunction with the Agnes Pelton Society. During the month of July, the city holds its ‘Art and Cuisine’ event, where restaurants offer a special prix fixe menu for art gallery goers. It’s a fun event that combines gallery visits before or after enjoying a drink and dinner. In November, the newly landscaped City Hall Town Square features a Hot Air Balloon and Fine Art Festival, while in January the square welcomes the Town Square Art Affaire. The city’s events calendar is updated regularly.
The Agnes Pelton Society is named for one of Cathedral City’s greatest artists. Born in Germany to American parents, she moved to New York in 1890, and studied at the Pratt Institute. She travelled the world painting and studying with the finest artists of the day. In 1932, she settled in Cathedral City until she died in 1961. Described as a modernist or ‘transcendental’ painter, her work is sometimes compared to that of Georgia O’Keefe. The non-profit Society is a driving force behind the ‘Art and Historic Home Tours’ as well as supporting the Children’s Art Parties. The Agnes Pelton home is open during tours; the society hopes to turn the home into a permanent museum.
The SCRAP Gallery, also known as “The Art Museum for the Environment,” describes itself as “a unique environmental art museum and engaging mobile program that delivers art and environmental education to children throughout the Coachella Valley.” As the name implies, the gallery uses discarded, donated materials for reuse in artwork. The gallery also holds regular exhibitions and hosts the Children’s Art Parties every month.