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The Living Desert - Plein Air Art Collection

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“California Landscape Painting: The Stephen B. Chase Collection” is part of a permanent art collection currently on exhibition in the Chase Administration Building at The Living Desert, a unique zoo and botanical garden. Forty-nine paintings are represented by twenty-two artists, some among California's greatest. In southern California, landscape painting was an especially popular subject, with many artists painting plein air, or out of doors, to best capture the bright, buoyant and fleeting quality of the light. Artists known for plein air painting represented in this collection include Granville Redmond, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, William Wendt, Franz A. Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Jean Mannheim and Maurice Braun, among others. Of the paintings in this collection, 14 depict Coachella Valley scenes.

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  • Guest Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m.
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  • Largest Room 2700
  • Total Sq. Ft. 10460
  • Reception Capacity 700
  • Theatre Capacity 350
  • Indoor Space (square feet) 4060
  • Outdoor Space (square feet) 6400
  • Banquet Capacity 350