Fine Art & Fossil – A Coexixtence Of Nature And Art
Photography by Neil Husvar
Two distinct art forms, one created by nature and the other by modern artists, is what the Filsinger Fine Art Gallery has been successfully showcasing on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Enter this stunning space and you will find genuine 50-million-year-old fossils in stones in the lower gallery, and contemporary and classical art pieces by American and European artists in the upper gallery.
This startling exercise in duality is the brainchild of business partners Cary Filsinger and Scott Yerkey, who decided to combine their passion for these two forms after years of experience in marketing and interior design.
The fossilized alligator gar and the large palm frond are the most compelling exemplars among several aquatic fossils available in process murals, sculptures, and tables. They are all extracted from a quarry in southwestern Wyoming (when the ecosystem was tropical) and can also be custom-ordered as stone murals or custom-designed for tables or countertops, showers, and kitchen backsplashes — a service that the Filsinger Gallery provides in collaboration with the quarry and their lab.
Still lifes, subliminal and realistic abstract paintings, photography, and bronzes are among the stunningly displayed works in the elegant upper fine art gallery. Several of the gallery’s artists employ special techniques. Ukrainian artist Alexandr Onishenko is renowned for his “New Impressionism” on the black canvas resulting in an amazing capture of light. American artist Tracy Helgeson portrays bucolic landscapes in bright colors, etches notes on each canvas, and shellacs them. The canvas of any artist tells a story; Helgeson’s tells several.
73111 El Paseo, Suite 107, Palm Desert