Maturango Museum Coso Room

Museum Galleries and Exhibits

Open Studio 2017

Open Studio 2017

Reception: Friday, September 15 @ 7 pm in the Coso Room

Exhibit: Friday, September 09 through October 27in the Coso Room

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, September 15 at 7 pm. Receptions are always free and open to the public.

Artists open their studios for the 2-day event so ticket holders can visit and purchase artwork. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 10 am – 5 pm each day.
$10 tickets now on sale in museum gift shop.
Each artist will also have their artwork displayed in the Open Studio Tour Exhibit at the Museum : 9 Sep. – 27 Oct.

Open Studio Tour Artists’ Exhibit Opening Reception : Friday, 15 September, doors open at 7p.m.

Keep checking the newspapers for artist interviews and photographs. We have five new artists on the tour this year; Katherayn Bodewig , Jim Stewart, Marcela Everitt, Loren Lilly and Lauren Zajicek.

The 23 participating artists this year include Sally Adams – mixed media jewelry; Beth Allen – classic western oil paintings; Laura Arns – glass torch-work; Dick Benson – pottery and drawings; Katherayn Bodewig – traditional oil paintings; Nancy Crawford – traditional watercolors; Wendi Ace Elkins! – wire-wrapped jewelry; Marcela Everitt – abstract modern oil and acrylic paintings; Kathy Fields – sculptural and functional ceramics; Birgit Gagliardi – sculptural and functional ceramics; Skip Gorman – metal yard art; Lois Hinman – functional and decorative pottery and oil paintings; Loren Lilly – polymer clay small containers and sculptures; Cheryl McDonald – local landscapes in watercolor, pencil and photography; Mike Mumford – forged steel sculptures; Debbie Newton – traditional pastel, oil and watercolor paintings; Larry Sawyer – glass etching and wood turning; Eileen Shibley – traditional watercolor paintings; Betty Spindler – still life in clay; Jim Stewart – wood scroll-saw décor and lawn ornaments; Julie vonSchlemmer – western country home décor including leather, wood, paints and photos; Donnie Woods – watercolor paintings and dyed silk scarves; and Lauren Zajicek – multiple styles of various objects in graphite, resin, watercolor digital and ceramic media.

Each artist also has their artwork displayed in the Open Studio Tour Artists’ Exhibit at the Museum through 27 Oct. A good way to see each artist’s style and artwork to help plan your weekend adventure.


Don McCauley’s Exhibit

Don McCauley’s Exhibit

Reception: Friday, November 03 @ 7 pm in the Coso Room

Exhibit: Friday,November 03 through December 31in the Coso Room

“An Art Making Process Applied to Public Paintings Inspired by Coso Petroglyphs”

Paintings in this exhibit are inspired by our nearby Paleo Native American Coso petroglyphs found in the Coso Mountains 30 miles north of Ridgecrest. Some petroglyphs are estimated to be 16,000 years old. Dr. Sandy Rogers, Archaeological Curator at the museum, estimates there could be one to two million petroglyphs in the Coso Range.

I am also inspired by desert adventures my children had … such as Chuckwalla hunting. In the early 1970s we saw a young Native American boy swimming in Little Lake. He was grebe hunting by grabbing the critter by the feet and pulling it beneath the surface.

This exhibit will be at the Museum until 31 December.


 The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.

Featured Artist Interviews

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The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center 

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