Monthly Meetings

We meet the third Tuesday of the month October thru May.
Reservations can be made at sunny@raisethebarhigh.com
Meetings are held at Desert Falls Country Club unless otherwise noted.

Programs for 2017-2018

October 17, 2017
Pamela Jordan is President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation which offers music and arts programs for children and adults.

November 21, 2017 Chip Miller is an artist and musician, and will share his knowledge of filmmaking in the Coachella Valley.

December 19, 2017 Patty Farmer, a former model, has done research into the Playboy organization and its influence on the world of jazz which is chronicled in her book Playboy Swings.

January 16, 2018 Angela Bole, executive director of the Independent Book Publishers Association, will discuss the IBPA’s role in raising the standards for independent publishing.

February 20, 2018 Laurilie Jackson is executive director of  KOCD.

March 20, 2018 Cati Porter from the Inlandia Institute based in Riverside which offers critique groups, workshops and book fairs in the community would like to see the programs expanded into the Coachella Valley.

April 17, 2018 Frank Lopez is the archivist in charge of the vast collections of artwork and other valuables accrued by the Annenbergs and housed on the Sunnylands estate.

May 15, 2018 Mary Foote is an artist from the Coachella Valley Arts Center who creates objects from metal.

Previous Programs

 October 18, 2016 – Claire Gerus, a literary agent and book development consultant, is always interested in projects that can change readers’ lives for the better. She is open to assisting authors as an agent, a book developer, or an editor. She has vast experience in the publishing world, having served as Editor-in-Chief of two publishing houses and worked for seven major publishers.

November 15, 2016 –Sofia Enriquez a Twenty-three year old working artist in the desert, will talk about her artwork, including a large mural located in Indio. She teaches art at the YMCA after school program and is an art educator at Palm Springs Art Museum.

December 20, 2016 – Shean Pao has published a book by WordFire Press entitled “The Feather and the Moon Well,” which has received excellent reviews. It is the first of a series and is fantasy. She is also a graphic artist who is an expert on navigating the Social Media.

January 17, 2017 – Debra Vogler will speak about what it’s like to work as a senior technical editor and industry media commentator in the advanced packaging community, and how the rise of digital media impacted print publications and changed the workload for editors. She has been a member of Palm Springs Pen Women for two years.

February 21, 2017 – Nancy Tapick, president of the Desert Symphony, Palm Desert, will speak on operations and funding of the organization.

March 21, 2017 – Paul Messink , a talented glass artist, creates hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that exhibit nature in deep dimension, presenting natural objects around us in a new way. “My goal is to draw the viewer into the work of art, transforming a painting into something more. My outdoor subjects often recede into a foggy distance, creating an ethereal, almost ghostly effect.”

April 18, 2017 Terria Smith, a member of the Torres Martinez tribe of Cahuilla Indians, is editor of News From Native California magazine, Director of California Indian Publishing for Heyday, and serves as a mentor to students interested in journalism through the University Graduate Mentor Program.

May 16, 2017 – Reflections is a description or commentary on a visual work of art. This is the time for members to meld their two art forms together. Member artists will submit Artwork for writers to reflect upon and write their impressions or inspirations through prose or poetry.

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