Art exhibition showcases creativity and talent

Photo courtesy of The Chaparral. From Left Canvas’ by Renee Suarez titled “Episodes” and “True Blue.”



Marks Arts Center hosts its final art exhibit for the Fall 2019 semester. The exhibition opened on Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 12.

The Juried Student Art Exhibition makes its return along with a joint exhibit from Rise Above Awakening the Greatness Within.

The exhibition held the artist’s reception on Dec. 3.

The 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition is an exhibit that includes the work of more than 50 students from College of the Desert. Many of the work is from art students and some who are not art majors.

“The Juried Student Art Exhibit is a symbol for the artistic talent that College of the Desert holds. All of our students are so in debt with talent and vision, and I’m glad to showcase this exhibit,” said gallery director David Goetz.

“As for our second exhibit that is featured, it is from SafeHouse of the Desert. They are a shelter for the youth and young adults who face issues such as substance abuse, sexual abuse and runaways. It’s just a shelter for many of the young people in our Coachella Valley,” said Goetz.

Goetz visited Safe House not too long ago and was amazed by the artwork they youth had to offer, “I was blown away by there artwork because they are doing this interactive work with the young people who are seeking shelter there. The work is profound, its cathartic for the people there and who visit there. Allowing you to see these people overcoming the adversity they are facing.”

The exhibition seems to have started on a positive note and Goetz is happy with this collaboration, “I’m very happy to have an opportunity to exhibit their work. Matter of fact, one of their pieces has already been sold.”

Though this is the last exhibit for the semester, we can already look forward to future exhibits in the spring 2020 semester. Starting with a women’s exhibition in January, then a Senior 55+ artist exhibit, then following at the end of that semester, there will be the student scholarship ceremony.

For more information about future art exhibits at MAC, you can visit the COD website at or visit the Marks Arts Center on Instagram at @MarksArtsCenter.

Goetz leaves this for all students who wish to aspire in art, “Build up the confidence, believe in yourself and submit the work. Put the work out there because if you do not put it out there, no one will see it.”

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