Art California Exploring Joshua Tree National Park Photography

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms

As I am driving east on Highway 62, leaving Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park behind me, there is nothing left in my view, just a long road through the desert. A few minutes in I see a sign on the side of the road saying “Glass Outhouse Art Gallery OPEN“. I just have to stop.

Exploring quirky art in the desert is one of my favorite things to do. I drive the gravel road towards the main building and to the left and right of me I see art installations all around me. Given the name, Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, I wasn’t expecting art installations outside. So, of course, I parked my car and ventured out.

Art Installations

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Lady in Red
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Lady in Red

The Lady in Red (as I named this art piece) was kind of fun to photograph once I noticed that I could get the chapel in the background. This photo is all about perspective. This art piece is actually pretty small.

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Penguins in the Desert
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Penguins in the Desert

I love the penguins in the boat with the lone flamingo in the background. Of course, these are regular desert creatures and look like they belong.

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Sunbathing
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Sunbathing

Sunbathing in the desert may cause death. This should be the warning on this art installation.

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Car in the Desert
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Car in the Desert

If you spend time in the desert, you’ll see abandoned cars everywhere. This one is part of the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery exhibition and I like how it just blends in naturally into its surrounding.

These two are just fun. The Quick Sand art piece made me chuckle and I love the play on words with Ghoul’s Gym.

Visiting the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery was opened in 2009. I have actually not managed to go inside the art gallery as I spent my time outside enjoying the art installations on the ground. The gallery was opened by Laurel Seidl to create a place for artists to meet and show their art.

The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1-5pm. Note that it is closed July and August. On the first Saturday of the month new art is introduced with an opening gala featuring live music, refreshments, and enjoying art under the stars.

I’ll be back to explore the actual art gallery and enjoy one of the opening galas soon.

I’ll leave you with a photo of the tiny chapel that holds exactly four chairs. It is the cutest chapel I have ever seen.

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Chapel
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery | Chapel

Check out the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery Facebook page to find out about the latest events.

This post is my submission for Kammie’s Oddball Challenge – I mean it is a pretty odd place.

I just discovered the Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected Beauty. Though I am a couple of days late, I think this place is full of unexpected beauty and fits the challenge perfectly.

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  • Jenn
    May 30, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Super quirky art – love it! I like your selective color, it’s not always what I expected. Thanks for participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge at Traveling at Wits End

    • No Heels Just Sneakers
      June 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks. I went back to the gallery last weekend and now I have more images to play with b/w versus color. So much fun.

  • Irene
    May 20, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Whoa, how interesting. ❤️

    • No Heels Just Sneakers
      June 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks! It is totally cute. I love these quirky places. 🙂

  • Miss N
    May 17, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Whoa! Those are interesting art pieces. And they’re just outside the gallery. How cool! Thank you for showing these, some pieces of your side of the world which is across the globe from where I am.

    • No Heels Just Sneakers
      May 19, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you for reading. I love how we can see across the world and get a glimpse of life on the other side of the globe through blogging.

  • Kammie
    May 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    What a fabulous place!! Yes it’s an odd area for a gallery. But how cool!! The skeleton is cracking me up and the idea of old abandoned cars makes me want to leave now! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • No Heels Just Sneakers
      May 13, 2019 at 9:09 am

      It’s – at the same time – a beautiful and weird place. If you ever find yourself near Joshua Tree National Park, do stop by.

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