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At the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

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It’s the las day of the fair and I am very excited about the last two events on the schedule.

After attending Christopher Cichocki’s Circular Dimensions audio visual performance at the Annenberg Theatre on Friday night, I can’t wait to hear him talk with Steven Biller about hrs work with the locally based Epicenter Projects. They will be screening the KCET Artbound episode about Christopher and Epicenter

Today is the last day of the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – the Desert’s only modern and contemporary art fair presented by 60 galleries.

Join us for artist talks and panel discussions – all included with admission! Highlights include Lessons Learned in Curating and Collecting panel discussion moderated by Peter Frank, writer and critic, with Arpad Kovacs (Curator of Photography, Getty Museum); John Arena (Bank of America’s Global Wealth Management Subject Matter Expert for Fine Art); and LA and NY-based collector Susan Goodman.

Complete schedule follows.

12pm | Skidmore Contemporary, booth 315
Richard Baker: From the Wharton School of Business and Network Television to Becoming an Artist
What makes an artist an artist? Is talent innate or learned? How does and artist develop their “voice”? As a business student with no art background, Richard Bakertook an oil painting class on a lark years ago and discovered he had a talent for manipulating light and color. Many years of producing such TV shows as “Live from Lincoln Center” and “The Drew Carey Show” helped hone his eye for composition as well as learn what audiences respond to. Baker’s experience as an art collector also impacts his subject matter and style. Baker will tell this transformative story while he shows some of his recent paintings.

Richard Baker, image courtesy of Skidmore Contemporary

1 pm | Theater
Lessons Learned in Curating and Collecting
Moderated by Peter Frank, writer and critic, with Arpad Kovacs (Curator of Photography, Getty Museum), John Arena, Bank of America’s Global Wealth Management Subject Matter Expert for Fine Art, and LA and NY-based collectorSusan Goodman.

3 pm | Theater
Desert In-Site: Cristopher Cichocki in Conversation with Steven Biller
Artist Cristopher Cichocki’s latest desert-inspired artwork will be on view in a special presentation at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. Join the artist for a screening of his PBS – KCET Artbound documentary followed by a Q&A discussion with editor-at-large Steven Biller regarding Cichocki’s inspiration and process.

Cristopher Cichocki, Desert Abyss installation at Palm Springs Art Museum 

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Author: Brown Miller

Brown Miller is the Media and Technology Director of the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs, CA. He is primarily engaged in the promotion of artists and the arts in general in the Coachella Valley, focusing on Desert Hot Springs. Miller's goal is to help Desert Hot Springs artists and arts organizations professionalize their operations and practices and get a cohesive creative community and economy established. He is involved with the Arts District Committee in Desert Hot Springs and has started an online community for cultural districts information at

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  1. Great interview, Christopher Cichocki ( pronounced seh-shaw-skee) is a real visionary and environmental activist, not to mention a master of several forms of media.

    His event at the Annenberg theatre on Friday was extraordinary. His blend of multimedia and performance using 3D projection techniques, black light, and florescent paint went far beyond the typical uses of those elements.

    I’ll be posting the full video of the interview on our YouTube channel soon, once it is post produced and approved by the artist and interviewer.