For nearly 50 years, Artists of the High Desert club and art gallery has successfully kept the creativity flowing through the talents of countless local artists. Since its formation in 1965, the non-profit organization has steadily grown to over 100 members and counting, according to its president, Rhonda Limbacher.


Limbacher says the club's mission is to advance art education, as well as inspire a greater appreciation for all forms of art through showcases, contests and classes. Its members run the gamut from kids to seniors.


"I recently walked into one of our children's workshops and everyone was completely engaged," said Limbacher, who became involved with Artists of the High Desert in 2006. "When that's the case, you know people are learning and that's what I love to see."


Artists of the High Desert also is known as Hesperia Art Club Inc., which Limbacher says was the name it was established under. The club was incorporated in 1973 and has since received its 501(c)3 status. All of its decisions are made by seven volunteer board members, who vote on everything from what types of classes to offer to how funds will be spent to further the group's mission.


To take advantage of Artist of the High Desert club's benefits, Limbacher suggests joining the group for $40 per year. Membership includes a discount on weekly classes (typically around $8, not including supplies), discounts on frames, a bimonthly newsletter and opportunities to run for a board position.


"We also allow our members to hang two of their paintings in our gallery for two months at a time," said Limbacher. "They can choose to have them for sale and donate 15 percent of their profits to the gallery. It's a great way for artists to showcase their work on a consistent basis."


Every day of the week, Artists of the High Desert offers a different type of workshop. Currently, Mondays feature oil painting, Tuesdays focus on watercolors and pastels and Wednesdays feature a digital art class on computer. Thursdays are reserved for a kids class while acrylics and sculpture classes are held on Fridays.


"Acrylic is really popular right now," Limbacher said. "One of our instructors, Dagmar, does a lot of acrylic painting and many of them are hanging in our gallery. They just grab your eyes, so a lot of people want to take classes with Dagmar."


Along with its ongoing workshops, Artists of the High Desert also holds free, periodic demonstrations, including one they hosted Saturday. Limbacher encourages artists, as well as art enthusiasts, to come out to see all that Artists of the High Desert has to offer.


"Years ago, I was working on my master's degree and pretty stressed out," said Limbacher. "I started doing art and realized how much it helps people to de-stress. And not only that, it's a great way to spend time with people with similar interests and just have some fun."


For more information about workshops and other events, call 760-947-4881 or visit www.artistsofthehighdesert.webs.com.