Joshua Tree National Park
Established as a national monument in 1936 and proclaimed a national park in 1994, the nearly
800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park is known around the world for its wide open wild spaces,
colorful mountains, monolithic geological formations, desert playas, hiking, rock climbing, Native
American history, historic mining sites, and vast array of wildlife including its namesake, the strange
and proud icon of the California desert, the Joshua tree.
The Oasis of Mara, whose Washingtonia filifera palms and life-giving waters have served wildlife and
human visitors for more than 9,000 years, is the setting for this art event ... and the cultural heritage
venues located at the oasis invite you to experience "the heart and art of Twentynine Palms, CA."
The inaugural Joshua Tree National Park Art Show & Faire 2013 was a three-day art event at
the historic Oasis of Mara area in Twentynine Palms, California. A highlight of the event was a
premier juried art exhibition with $6,000 in awards, and weekend festivities inlcuding artists' booths,
art demonstrations, nature walks, historical lectures, youth activities, an opening reception, an art
celebration, live music, food and beverages, and more on Dec. 6, 7 & 8, 2013.
The juried art show features the work of 50 artists from California, across the nation, and as far away
as England, in various visual arts media, with all entries inspired by or depicting the unique desert
natural history or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park. The show will remain on display
through Dec. 29, 2013, at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery at the oasis. See the Events page for
weekend art faire activities that took place at the gallery, the 29 Palms Inn, 29 Palms Creative Center,
Old Schoolhouse Museum, and JTNP HQ & Oasis Visitor Center over the weekend.