BARSTOW — Barstow’s “Crazy Cactus” exhibit will be displayed at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center starting Friday and running through Jan. 29.
Despite the art exhibit being roughly 90 miles from Barstow, Jane Laraman-Brockhurst, director of the Desert Discovery Center, is encouraging Barstow residents to make the trip to see the local upcycle art on display.
The exhibition will be on display in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act.
“It would be nice to see locals residents going to Joshua Tree to see the cactus art sculpture,” Laraman-Brockhurst said. “Our students took great delight in painting freely while using the beauty of the Mojave Desert back in 2011.”
Laraman-Brockhurst said the “Crazy Cactus” project came about in 2011 after David Brockhurst decided to recycle excess pieces of wood used for an Earth Day mural project at the Main Street Murals Environmental Arts Youth Program. Roughly 25 Desert Discovery Center students upcycled the pieces of wood into cactus and their work has been exhibited throughout San Bernardino County, including at San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands.
The students were given a slab of wood, paints and free rein to go crazy with any colors or designs they chose, Laraman-Brockhurst said.
The exhibit will see a opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 National Park Blvd.
To RSVP for the event call Laraman-Brockhurst at 760-220-4351 or email jane@desertdiscoverycenter.com.
For more information visit www.desertdiscoverycenter.co or www.CalDesert20.org.