PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL
March 2 - April 26, 2020
The Gallery is closed till further notice.
We are working on adding a page showing all of the work for sale in the gallery of each of the Plein Air artists. If there is an artist whose work you would like to see and possibly purchase, email us at
Please monitor our website for updates.
if you have questions or need more information
THE ART OF FLORA and FAUNA
has been postponed until Fall.
The Borrego Art Institute (BAI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the goal to inspire and enrich the community of Borrego Springs by offering a venue for the public to experience, create, and enjoy all forms of art.
Our distinctive campus features the Gallery, the Pottery studio and workshop, the ArtFarm gardens, the KidsArt programs and our on-site Restaurant, Kesling's Kitchen all in the heart of Borrego Springs’ core business district at Christmas Circle and Palm Canyon Drive. A community resource and gathering place, The BAI is an important catalyst for adult and children's education, participation, art appreciation, and a great meal.
Please join us for classes, shows and other events, and as a member. If you are an artist, a resident, a visitor, a family, an art lover, or simply a curious explorer, we look forward to welcoming you!
What's New at BAI?
14th ANNUAL PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL will stay up in the gallery through April 26
Plein Air week started March 2 when 15 invited artists arrived in Borrego Springs to begin a five day competition painting en Plein Air (in fresh air). On Saturday, March 7, the work was judged by this year's juror, Scott Prior, and awards announced that evening at the opening reception. During the week of March 2-6, the painters completed numerous paintings which are displayed and are for sale in the gallery. To see the winners click on Plein Air Invitational
A Special Thank You
to our 2020 Awards Sponsors:
Dennis and Sharon Nourse:
1st, 2nd, 3rd and People's Choice
O'Dunn Fine Art:
King of Frames:
GIFT CARDS are now available in the Gallery. Cards are may be purchased in any amount and make a great gift. They are available at the desk in the gallery.
New Membership Levels added to BAI
The Borrego Art Institute now has six membership levels to accommodate our diverse community. Prior to August 1, 2019, BAI just had a basic membership for $50 per year. Now we offer membership levels for students ($25 per year), Individual ($50 per year), Family (two adults per household, $75 per year), Contributing ($125 per year), Supporting ($500 per year), Premier ($1200 per year).
Benefits for each group are as follows:
Student, Individual, and Family memberships include no fee to enter art in shows (except Plein Air Invitational), discounts on workshops, complimentary access to demonstrations and seminars, complimentary hors d'oeuvres at gallery art openings.
Contributing memberships include all of the above plus family membership, 10% discount on BAI Boutique merchandise, membership in North American Reciprocal Museum Association.
Supporting memberships include all the benefits of a Contributing member plus an invitation to the Annual Membership Appreciation Reception.
Premier memberships include all of the benefits of a Supporting member plus their name on Gallery Recognition Wall.
Becoming a member or changing your membership level is as simple as going to the menu bar at the top of the page and clicking on join us, scroll down to becoming a member and follow directions.
Our Gift Shop has new work arriving daily and sales have been brisk. It's a good place to pick up those unique one-of-a-kind art pieces for which we have become known.
Current and Upcoming Events at BAI
Kesling's Kitchen Hours. The restaurant is open every day, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. 760-767-7600.
Kesling's Kitchen Catering: Book your party trays from our great catering menu. Go to the Restaurant tab and click on Kesling's Catering in the drop down menu.
You Did It! Matching funds for the $5,000 grant from Dennis and Sharon Nourse have been met and then some. All funding will go to equipping the new pottery studio. Current pottery wheels will be repaired, new ones purchases, rolling racks and other essential equipment and needs now can be purchased. Thank you to everyone who donated...we wouldn't be able to have this remarkable facility without you.
The Studio is open from 10 am until 2 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, excluding holidays. We are still located on the High School property but next season we hope to move to a brand new facility which will be located in the Art Park behind the Borrego Art Institute building.
The Pottery Studio is located adjacent to the High School swimming pool on Cahuilla Road off of Borrego Springs Road. During school hours, anyone new to the pottery much check in at the school office. Find us under the big blue canopy. For information, contact Jill Sullivan at email@example.com or 760-285-7145.
The Pottery Mural Project
Funded by a matching $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pottery enlisted community involvement in creating a mural on the outside South wall of the Borrego Art Institute building. The mural celebrates the arts in Borrego Springs. To read the story of the mural, click on The Pottery.
MISS BORREGO PAGEANT SHINES BECAUSE OF KIDSART PROGRAM
BAI art teacher Leslie Duncan and the art program kids decorate the Pagaent stage each year. See story under KidsArt
Our BAI supported Photography program at the Middle School, taught by Tom Hogan, one of our BAI volunteers and a professional photographer, will continue in the 2018/2019 school year. The class completed a video, Big Little Town, which was shown during the Borrego Film Festival in January 2018. To view the video, turn up your sound and click on https://vimeo.com/246308644
Carol & Henry F. Hunte: $5,000 for general support.
Diane Johnson: $750 to sponsor gallery wall
Ann Dunham & Terry Hunefeld: $1000 for general support
Anson Construction: $1200 Exhibit Sponsor (Latino Show)
Richen Design: $750 to sponsor gallery wall
Liesel Paris: $300 for Kids Art Program
Dennis & Sharon Nourse: $5,000 matching grant for Pottery
Werner & Heidi Dumanski: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Lisa Roth: $500 towards Pottery matching grant
Lenna Marie Downing: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Caroline Wilhelm-Vaught: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Homer & Tina Townsend: $500 towards Pottery matching grant.
Lane & Elaine McVey: $150 towards Pottery matching grant.
Bruce Kelley: $100 towards new ArtPark building
Roger & Nancy Munro: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
William & Elaine Yates: $200 towards Pottery matching grant
Sue Boutwell: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Kathy Mangum: $250 towards Pottery matching grant
Donald Stang & Helen Wickes: $100 towards Pottery matching
Jerry & Nita Wipper: $1200 event sponsor (Earth's Elements)
Borrego Springs Art Guild: $150 towards Kids Art
Carol Lindemulder: $400 toward Pottery matching grant
Mary Phillips: $400 towards Pottery matching grant
Judy Gardiner: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Borrego Springs Art Guild: $500 towards Pottery matching grant
Borrego Springs Art Guild: $500 towards middle school kids
Borrego Springs Art Guild: $500 towards KidsArt after school art
Katie Wilhelm: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Karie Dehli: $200 towards Pottery matching grant
Shauna Anderson: $50 towards Pottery matching grant
Ellen Gross: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Caroline Brandt: $30 towards Pottery matching grant
Robert Wright: $750 to sponsor a gallery wall
Richard Yates: $25 towards Pottery matching grant
Sandra Roberts: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Celia Marquis: $200 towards Pottery matching grant
Liesel Paris: $100 towards Pottery matching grant
Vanessa Rusczyk: $500 towards BAI operations
Rosalynd & Richard Bliss: $50 towards Pottery matching grant
Naomi Lasley: $150 towards Pottery matching grant
Sally Williams: $25 towards Pottery matching grant
Grace Goodwill: $10,000...$5000 to Pottery, $5,000 toward
installation of solar.
Richard Gray & Joan Kirk: $1000 towards the Pottery Program
The Borrego Art Institute thanks all of our donors for their support of our organization. Donors are an important and vital part of our ability to sustain and grow such a wonderful asset to our community.