Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs


Local DHS Artists Sallé Kirby and Landon Johnson Exhibit at Marks Art Center on COD Campus

Our own Desert Hot Springs local residents and visual artists, Sallé and Landon Johnson, exhibited their work at the Marks Art Center on the College of the Desert campus at 5pm on May, 12th, 2016.

Works by Landon Johnson

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 Works by Sallé

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AFDHS President, Janice Gough, attended the event and spoke with Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton, a COD trustee as well as congratulating the artists on their fine work in the exhibition.


AFDHS President, Janice Gough (right) and Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton, Trustee at COD (center) with COD student (left)

The following are the promotional materials for the event from:

COD’s Marks Art Center Presents
The Marks Art Center at College of the Desert (COD) is once again presenting its annual student scholarship exhibition. Students majoring in Art, Architecture, or Digital Design and Production (Graphic Design) are eligible for scholarships made possible by the Dumont Foundation, as well as Nancy H. Bacon, Ruth Stark, and Joyce Norton. This year, twelve students received scholarships: Mathew Apple, Carlos Blanco, Kyra Coleman, Barbara Downs, Jorge Gonzalez, Landon Johnson, Salle Kirby, Ana Mendoza, Mathew Ojeda, Jasmine Osorio, Wilma Rueda, and Joseph Salwey. Much of the students’ artwork is also for sale, thus providing an excellent opportunity to support students while acquiring affordable, original art.
There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, May 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Coachella Valley band A.M.F.M. (Animals Made For Music), made up of musicians Azic Thot, Garcia Giant, RowLow, and Vurz.
In addition to work by COD students, the Marks Art Center will again showcase artwork by students from the Palm Springs Unified School District, in an exhibition entitled “Visual Murmurs.” The exhibition includes a large-scale canvas celebrating conservation of the Earth’s resources created in a collaboration between student artists at Sunny Sands Elementary School, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, and master artist Luiz Castro; pen and ink drawings created by students at Mount San Jacinto Continuation High School under the direction of art teacher Taun-Yo Jones Hidalgo; printmaking works by Rancho Mirage High School students working with artist-in-residence Charlie Ciali; and “light paintings” created by artist-in-residence Julio Vazquez and teacher Doug Graham with the help of Musical Theatre University dancers.
The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts (MAC) is a non-profit cultural and educational facility; committed to excellence, MAC provides a venue for creative exploration and community engagement. Open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and by appointment; always free & open to the public. For more information, call the Marks Art Center at (760) 776-7278, or go to <>