“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
— Thomas Merton
By Kay Kudukis
Palm Desert’s El Paseo Drive has been, for many years, home to the best of the best. The finest shops, salons, apparel, restaurants, and galleries can be found on what has been dubbed the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert. Barbara Jones and Patricia Terwilliger, co-owners of the wildly successful Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel by the Sea, saw an opportunity to share their love of fine art with the Coachella Valley and in 2005, opened their third gallery at 73375 El Paseo Drive. The three galleries have a combined area of 10,500 square feet, and while that is a lot of space to fill, Jones and Terwilliger are up for the challenge.
Representing 60 premier international and American artists, traditional and contemporary paintings, the gallery springs to life with figurative, landscape, marine, still life, and narrative art. Renowned American illustrator Mark English exhibits abstract horses, cityscapes, and figures that mesmerize. Father and son, David and Michael Smith paint beautiful, photo-realistic landscapes that whisk the beholder to the lush English countryside. And the light-filled impressionistic scenes of France and Italy by Marilyn Simandle explore the complex interplay of light and its effects on architecture and surroundings.
This year, to celebrate 20 years of matchmaking fine art with fine-art lovers, Jones and Terwilliger added several exciting contemporary figurative painters to their gallery: German-born Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze, whose paintings of performers and dancers recall the delicacy of Degas’ ballerinas and the quietude of Picasso’s saltimbanques; Spanish artist Alfredo Palmero, influenced by Velazquez, Renoir, Picasso, and Klee and one of the most interesting contemporary Spanish artists in the artistic panorama; Romanian artist Georgetta Grabovschi, whose delightfully social, modern figures have caught the attention of collectors around the world; and American Anne Neilson presenting her haunting, abstract paintings of angels.
Art is a very personal acquisition, and first-time buyers as well as seasoned collectors benefit from Jones and Terwilliger’s knowledgeable and friendly gallerists there to help with that one special painting, or to curate artwork for an entire home. While the gallery is a must-see and an experience in itself, home showings are available for those residing in California.
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
*Note: Fridays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. first Friday of November through May for Art Walk.