Phantasmagoria exhibition is open to the public until mid-December

Mark’s Art Center presents its new art exhibition that features pieces from five local artists


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By Damaris Trevizo

In the Cities Editor

College of the Desert’s art center presents a new collection with works of art under the title, Phantasmagoria.The exhibition is now available to the public and can be accessed free of charge each Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. until December 12, 2013.

Phantasmagoria is a word used to describe an exhibition of illusions and optical effects. It can refer to a figment of imagination or a collection of mirages.

The event highlights shifting and deceptive images in each artwork. Every sculpture and painting is made to portray dreamlike visions that haunt the viewer’s mind.

The gallery features five local artists, Lee Balan, Shaktima Brien, Shahram Farshadfar, Peggy Vermeer, and Brian Wilson, whose art is described as a fine line between surreal and abstract.

Phantasmagoria will also hold an artists reception on November 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that will provide refreshments and musical entertainment for the public’s amusement.

A Cup of Happy open mic night, sponsored by Safehouse of the Desert, will take place at the reception from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information on Phantasmagoria, send an email to or call (760) 776-7278. Information about the gallery can also be found online at

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