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Twentynine Palms: Art Reception for “Oh, Those Summer Nights!”

29 Palms Smith Ranch

Above Artwork Credits, Mural #19, Good Times at Smith’s Ranch, by artist Tim O’Connor

Twentynine Palms, CA – The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery will host an opening reception for its summer Art in Public Places exhibition, “Oh, Those Summer Nights!” from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, at the visitor center, 73484 29 Palms Hwy., downtown Twentynine Palms.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend and meet the artists, enjoy appetizers catered by Raciti’s Restaurant, and listen to music by Hunter and the Wick’d. The reception is being held in conjunction with “Art Cruise 29!” First Saturdays, which features art shows and receptions at various galleries and art venues throughout the city.

Art Reception for “Oh, Those Summer Nights!”
Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery

The show’s theme celebrates the hot summer nights and starry skies in the Mojave Desert and is expressed in photography, two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by a variety of desert artists. The show will be on display through September 27.

In addition to the exhibition at the visitor center, Art In Public Places will spotlight one of the murals this summer—Mural #19, Good Times at Smith’s Ranch—painted by local artist Tim O’Connor in 2002. The mural can be seen on the south facing wall at 6296 Adobe Road. The mural celebrates the Smith family and their homestead endeavors in the 1930s, which included an ice house, ice cream parlor, and eventually outdoor movies that continue today as drive-in movies under the desert night sky each weekend.

Art in Public Places exhibitions are presented by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms. For more information, contact PAAC liaison Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562 or email:

The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue in downtown Twentynine Palms, CA.

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