The Gallery at the Borrego Art Institute not only supports local artists, providing workshops and a location to show their work, but also draws in artists from throughout the world. During the season, shows change monthly to present a wide variety of quality art which attracts visitors to Borrego Springs, visitors who are amazed by the incredibly beautiful art venue in our little desert town.


15th Annual Plein Air Invitational
March 1-28, 2021

Plein Air starts with a week-long event, March 1-6, featuring 13 invited artists to paint en Plein Air culminating in a judging of work and awards on March 6. Work will hang in the Gallery through March 28, 2021.

You don't need to be an expert or familiar with Plein Air to enjoy it. Plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color, and movement that can only come from seeing the subject outdoors in its natural form. This spectacular landscape right here in Borrego Springs, is the perfect setting for these amazing artists.

For our friends who can't make it to Borrego Springs this year, be sure to join us on our Facebook or Instagram page. We show new work daily, and it is for sale. If you are interested in a painting you see online and like more information, please call us.
(760) 767 5152.



The Art of Photography
April 3 - May 2, 2021

Now in its 10th year, this exhibition of contemporary photo art is truly an excellent presentation. Local and Southern California photographers are welcome to exhibit their work.



The Gift Shop in the Gallery is another popular attraction and has been compared to the finest museum shops in the country. The unique one-of-a-kind art pieces and jewelry are created by artists local to region and new work comes in on a regular basis to tempt shoppers to return often to find that special treasure for themselves or as a gift.


What better venue for an artist to exhibit their work than in our beautiful gallery. We encourage artists of all levels to consider presenting their work for consideration to a show that fits their theme or medium. We are adamant that all work be presented with a professional look: clean, in good condition, ready for hanging or displaying on a pedestal. Wall art must have wire on the back for our hook and cable system of hanging. We will be happy to instruct you on the proper method of installing wire.

We hang around eleven shows a year, of which only two are by invitation only, our annual Plein Air Invitational and our show of Abstract Art in November. For the other shows, artists should go to the Information for Artists page to read about the show's requirements and then send their information and images of their work to gallery@borregoartinstitute.org. If accepted, an entry form will be emailed to the artist. Those artists who show with us regularly only need to let us know that they will be entering and the size of their work.

Members of the Borrego Art Institute are not charged an entry fee. Non-members will pay a nominal fee for their entry.


Cynthia Rosen

“As the Sun Rises in the Pass”

Nicely framed oil painting 13 x 36

Starting bid $1200
With increments of $25 or higher please.

This month we have another impressive oil painting by Cynthia Rosen, a professional palette knife landscape painter. Cynthia was a participant and award winner in several BAI Plein Air Invitationals. To read more about the artist and her work, please visit: cynthiarosenartist.com

This auction closes on
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 12 noon.

How to bid
This silent auction is offered on our Facebook page and in-person in the gallery. You can place the amount you like to pay in the comment box under the auction post on our Facebook page. We will add in-person bids to this post. You can also call us, (760) 767 5152, and we will place the bid for you.

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
and closed on Monday.

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Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive, at Christmas Circle

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Phone: (760) 767.5152
Email: gallery@borregoartinstitute.org

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