Borrego Art Institute photo courtesy of Scott Lorenzen, Monument Architectural Photography



Ends September 27, 2020


The Artistic Photographs of Luciano Demasi

Ends October 25, 2020


Friday and Sunday....10 am to 1 pm

Saturday ... 10 am to 3 pm


Opens October 3, 2020

About Us

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,  and the KidsArt programs, 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.

Please join us for classesshows 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!

Donation Opportunity

Do you have an old vehicle: car, truck, trailer, boat, etc. sitting around. Running or not, you donation can be a tax write off and support the Borrego Art Institute.  Donating is easy and painless, just click on the link and follow the guidelines: Vehicle Donation

What's New at BAI?


Celebrating the Summer Show will end on September 27 and artists must pick up their work  that weekend or shortly thereafter. 

In conjunction with the Summer Show, The Desert's Silent Soul, the infrared photography of Luciano Demasi will be on display in our North Wing of the Gallery. Demasi's work has garnered numerous awards and will hang until October 25th.

The Art of Flora and Fauna opens October 3. Work is due in the gallery on the weekend of September 26 & 27, 10:30-3:30. Click on the link to see more instructions for submission: Information for Artists. To request an entry form, email

September Auction

About the Artist Toni Williams
This month we have an oil painting by Plein Air artist Toni Williams called “Fish Creek.” Toni is a professional painter and muralist for over 20 years. She has been a popular participant in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational a number of times. You can read more about the artist on

Starting bid $200
Title: Fish Creek
Medium: Oil
Size: 12 x 12 Unframed

The silent auction is offered on Facebook, and in-person in the gallery. Go to Borrego Art Institute on Facebook to bid.We will add Instagram and in-person bids to the post. Each auction will close at 12 noon on the last day of each month. You will be notified if you are the winner. If you are the winning bidder, you agree to pay BAI the full amount of your winning bid + applicable sales tax on your purchase as well as any applicable shipping charges. The artwork for this auction is donated by private owners and artists. All proceeds from the auction will benefit BAI.

Membership Levels at BAI

The Borrego Art Institute 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

    Summer Gardening is in full swing with eggplant, squash, cucumbers and other warm weather crops.  Please stop by and say hello - everyone is welcome to take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, learn about what's growing, and eat some vegetables along the way.  In addition to 40 orchard trees, there is also an apiary with six bee hives and a NEW community compost station.  Come take a look at what's new at the ArtPark!  

    Make dinner exciting -  VEGETABLE BAGS are available along the Sunset Road side of the gallery on FRIDAYS from 8:00am until noon or sold out.  Bags are a mix of what is in season and are always topped off with a variety of herbs and peppers to spice things up.  Freshly dried herbs, Honey, Nopales, Basil, Fruit and other ArtPark products are also available.  Remember... Eat Healthy & Cook Creatively!

    Looking to grow your own vegetables?  Consider a COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOT!  NEW for FAll 2020 we are adding Boutique garden plots.  These perfectly sized plots will allow you to create a beautiful growing space and connect with a great group of gardeners.  

    VOLUNTEERS are the driving force of the garden and are always welcome to help plant and harvest!  Please stop by between 9-12 on weekdays and plan to stay anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. There is always lots to do and great company!

    Stop by the garden or email Wade to reserve your garden plot and start volunteering -

    The PLANTS look forward to seeing YOU!

    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. 

    2020 SCHEDULE

    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 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.


    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  

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    We invite you to join us to participate in the excitement at the BAI. If you would like to receive announcements and info about our activities, please Register with us. If you would like to contribute your time and talents to BAI, you can become a Volunteer. As a donor-supported organization, your financial support is appreciated and needed. We welcome your tax deductible donations, and we now accept memberships. Click on the Join Us tab below and then click on Become a Member.

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    Borrego Art Institute

    665 Palm Canyon Drive

    P.O. Box 2383

    Borrego Springs, CA  92004


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