Current Exhibit

The Desert Light Gallery is pleased to present “Nowhere is Magical”, a Mojave National Preserve Artists-in-Residence exhibition from Evan Bracken, Artist-in-Residence Photographer.

The exhibit opens on January 6th and runs through March 2nd, 2018 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.

Artist Statement

Week in and out I find myself amongst the sand and rock.
It draws me in for days and nights, further and farther with each visit.
I’ll be finished once I reach the end of the horizon.
That’s what I tell myself.

Attempt after attempt, my eye for adventure only craves more.
The countless photographs begin to repeat.
Same old sand. Same old rock.

Nowhere seems magical

As I looked through photograph after photograph, it became clear.
I needed an element of my own – a new light.
Dutifully, I follow the moon into the mountains.
My eye for adventure is focused and I find myself lost in the moment.

The Mojave is a rugged and beautiful region.
From atop these mountains, endless vistas reach out to meet the horizon.
I am but an ant, wandering in space, led by the moon.

Fading light from the sunset tells me the time is near.
I wield a torch to guide my way through the darkness surrounding me.
My moonlit journey begins.

As I traverse paths old and new, the ground crunches beneath.
It is the soundtrack of my ascent to the stars and moon.

Lost in the beauty of the night,
I am nowhere I have ever seen before.
Then I realize

Nowhere is magical

Exhibit Dates:

January 6 – March 2, 2018

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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(760) 252-6108


Nowhere is Magical