Artist Talk at the Salton Sea Museum

Near the Oases, 12" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

As part of the inaugural exhibition Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea at the newly renovated Salton Sea History Museum, Andrew Dickson, Joe Forkan and myself are scheduled to speak at the museum on April 23 from 1-3 pm on "The Artist’s Eye: Landscape Painting in the Desert," covering our individual approaches to painting on location in the desert and talking about some of the different goals we're trying to achieve. The exhibit runs through April 30 and is accompanied by a full color catalogue, available for purchase in the museum bookstore.

The Salton Sea History Museum is located inside of the historic North Shore Beach & Yacht Club on the north shore of the Salton Sea. Recently restored, this architectural landmark was designed by famed mid-century architect Albert Frey, who went on to design many homes and buildings in Palm Springs. The Club was a favorite hangout of the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and many other entertainers during it's heyday in the 1950s and 60s.

UPDATE: The exhibit has been extended until June 30, 2011.

Read more on the exhibit at - Inaugural Salton Sea Exhibit Opens April 1.