Current Exhibit

The Desert Light Gallery is pleased to present “Elements of Mojave”, a Mojave National Preserve Artists-in-Residence exhibition from Lu Ross, Artist-in-Residence Photographer.

Ross’ art is a fusion of her vision and the landscape. As she travels around the globe and gains inspiration from a myriad of settings, she continually researches, plans, and captures the beauty she sees in both wilderness and urban locations. Ross normally shoots at sunrise and sunset, when colors peak in their vibrancy, and she studies how the light interacts with the landscape. “Once the image speaks to me, I capture the moment,” Lu says, “Elements of atmospheric conditions, such as fog, rain, falling snow, splashing water, and rainbows evoke the mystical dynamic of nature. I look for contrast, complimentary colors, relationships, repetitive forms, and negative and positive space, all of which elicit in me an emotional connection to nature. It is this feeling that I wish to share with my viewer so that they can be transported to the same place.”

Even though being in the field requires technical precision, the RAW image is merely the canvas from which Ross continues her creation. Back in her lab, her post-processing work focuses on highlighting the life within the image before it goes to print. While her representational art captures the greater beauty in the world that surrounds us, Ross’ abstract collection aims to highlight the magnificence found in the fine detail of each element.

A large number of Ross’ pieces are representational, yet she has recently found a love for abstracts in both nature and man-made structures. She seeks and explores the fine elements in the wilderness, as well as small remnants of textures, shapes, lines, and color in the urban world formed by natural decay. There is fantastic abstract art in the natural world if only one looks closely.

The exhibit opens on September 5th and runs through November 4th, 2017 at the Desert Light Gallery, Kelso Depot Visitors Center, Mojave National Preserve. Sales of signed prints are available at the Kelso Depot Book Store and Art Sales Center and the Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center. The Foundation has been designated as an official Friends organization and partners with the National Park Service on art and art education programs.

Exhibit Dates:

September 5 – November 4, 2017

Gallery Details

Thursday through Monday: 10am – 4pm

Kelso Visitors Center
90942 Kelso Cima Rd.
Kelso, CA 92309

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif. Continue 35 miles southeast on Kelbaker Road to Kelso, Calif.
From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road (about 29 miles east of Ludlow Calif., or 28 miles west of Fenner, Calif.). Continue 22 miles north on Kelbaker Road to Kelso, Calif.

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Elements of Mojave