FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2014
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Famous Coachella Valley Designer Sells Important Collection of Western Bronzes, Sale Will Benefit Two Local Museums
[Palm Desert, CA March 13, 2014- ongoing]
Noted Palm Desert designer, Steven de Christopher, Sr. has chosen Greg Bennett Contemporary Art to sell his collection of traditional Western Bronzes. 5% of the proceeds will go to the Western Art Council of the Palm Springs Art Museumand 5% will be donated to the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Many award winning artists are included. Acquired over the last 40 years, this collection contains many sold out edition pieces of classical Western Bronzes by nationallyrecognized artists, including Fritz White, Mehl Lawson and Elie Hazak.
Since the mid 1960's, Steven de Christopher has been a leading force in the desert's Interior Design industry. Having workedon many area Country Club projects, including Desert Island, Rancho Las Palmas and Desert Horizons, Steven de Christopher Design now plans projects for his clients from the ground up. After donating many of the pieces from his collection to the Palm SpringsMuseum of Art, Steven has decided it is time to sell the rest, so new owners can enjoy their beauty!
Greg Bennett Contemporary Art is the valley's newest premier art gallery. Featuring Museum quality contemporary art in a variety of mediums and styles, you can shop with confidence knowing all of our artists have shown their artwork in museums. With it's unique stable of artists, including internationally known Native American artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and well known Pop Western artist Bill Schenck, Greg Bennett Contemporary Art is quickly becoming THE destination for the discerning collector.
Palm Springs Life Magazine: March 18, 2014
Greg Bennett Contemporary Art Offers New Look to El Paseo Grand opening signals chance to embrace abstract pieces
BY JIM POWERS
PHOTO BY JIM POWERS
Don't be afraid of the words, contemporary art.
The grand opening of Greg Bennett Contemporary Art March 20 on El Paseo in Palm Desert gives art afficionados a chance to embrace abstract pieces.
"I try to make the gallery warm and inviting," Bennett says. "I know contemporary scares a lot of people, and I get people daily who look at a painting and say, 'It has pretty colors but I just don't understand it'. The beauty of abstract art is that it's open to interpretation, and you can make it whatever you want."
It's not always that cut and dry.
"Some of the artists are happy to talk about their art and tell you what they were thinking or the name of it gives an indication," Bennett says. "Some others don't like to do that. They want to interpret it the way you do."
Bennett has brought several artists who are either new to the El Paseo art scene or are making a comeback, like Bill Schenck, who started with Andy Warhol and developed a paint-by-number design, Bennett says. Many are from connections Bennett made in Santa Fe while working for LewAllen Contemporary and hail from New Mexico, Arizona and his native Montana.
"All of my artists show their work in museums," Bennett says. "In the main gallery, everyone is someone I know and represent."
Bennett also has works from Native American artists, including Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, who completed a collaborative floor design at the new Denver Airport.
In addition, Bennett is showcasing the Steven de Christopher collection of Western Bronzes. "Steven has had a big influence on interior design in the desert," Bennett says.
For more on the gallery, visit www.gregbennettcontemporaryart.com