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A Secret Art Community

Borrego Springs, California -

Hidden away inside California's Anza Borrego State Park is a little town with big art. Visitors flock to the area in the spring to see the blooming desert flowers, and in the winter to escape cold weather, explore the desert and get artsy.

It's one of the few designated International Dark Sky Communities in the world, and it's home to the Borrego Art Institute.

The summer Milky Way rises over the landscape of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Photo by Ernie Cowan.
(The summer Milky Way rises over the landscape of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Photo by Ernie Cowan.)
The institute is the creative hub of this artist community. It sponsors juried art shows, an art park with community garden, art classes, and regular art events.

Surrounding the outskirts of town is a permanent public art installation - a series of metal sculptures by the artist, Richard Breceda.

(Richard Breceda Sculpture, Galleta Meadows, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Photo by K Bieber.)

The installation was also the inspiration for a yearly public art show, the Candlewood Arts Festival, which brings artists from around the world to create multi-sensory public art available for visitors to search out and explore on their own. Learn more at the Borrego Art Institute

Blooming Ocotilla

("Borrego's Blooming Octotillo," 2020, acrylic on canvas by K Bieber)

(Photo source: ricardobreceda.com)

(Photo source: ricardobreceda.com)

(Photo credit: K Bieber)

(Photo credit: K Bieber)

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