Saturday, March 16, 2013

Art Show at Cabot's Pueblo Museum

CABOT'S PUEBLO MUSEUM in Desert Hot Springs, CA

We were invited to participate in "Artisans at the Pueblo", an art show and sale featuring local desert artists.  The event was held at Cabot's Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, CA.

Other artists at the show had handmade jewelry, photography, luminaries, tile mosaics and fabric arts for sale. We brought our handmade Bird Houses, Bee Houses and Bird Feeders.

We set up in the beautiful, scenic Pueblo courtyard, in front of the Museum Trading Post and Art Gallery.

Bluebird Houses and Bat Houses

We used our new 4-way grid display and a custom-built gourd tree for the first time at this show.

The grid let us display more merchandise, including our Bluebird Houses and decorative Bat Houses. The gourd tree allowed our customers to easily see the bird houses from all sides.

Gourd Tree for displaying Bird Houses

There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. Many came for the guided tours of the museum and grounds.

The Pueblo was built by Cabot Yerxa, who came to the desert in 1913 and homesteaded 160 acres in Desert Hot Springs.

The Pueblo is built in a Hopi-style, using mostly recycled and repurposed scrap materials that Cabot scavenged from the desert. The 5000 square foot multi-story main building has 35 rooms, 150 doors and 65 windows! 

The top floors and upper meditation garden have gorgeous views of the desert floor below and Mount San Jacinto to the west.

Waokiye means "spiritual helper" in Lakota

Another interesting feature on the Pueblo grounds is the gigantic Waokiye sculpture.

 The carved wooden Indian head was created by artist Peter Wolf Toth, and is one in a series of 74 Native American heads known as the Trail of the Whispering Giants.

The 43-foot tall head was carved from a 750 year old giant Sequoia log, which had been felled by lightning. The feather measures 23 feet high, and is Incense Cedar which came from Idyllwild.

Cabot's Trading Post & Gallery

Cabot Yerxa died in 1965. The property was eventually purchased by a private party, restored, and donated to the City of Desert Hot Springs which now owns it.

The Cabot's Museum Foundation operates the facility, and opened Cabot's Trading Post and Gallery in 2008. The Trading Post features the work of many local artists, and the building also houses the Desert Hot Springs Visitor Center.

Cabot was a talented artist, world traveler, entrepreneur and adventurer who discovered the hot and cold water aquifers that Desert Hot Springs is famous for.

To learn more about his amazing life, check out the Pueblo's web site and Facebook page. Or even better, come out for a visit and see it for yourself.

67-616 E. Desert View Ave.
Desert Hot Springs, CA  92240
(760) 329-7610

The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 9am to 4pm.
Closed on Mondays.

Tickets for the regularly scheduled tours are first come, first served.
Limit of 12 people per tour.
~Official website of Cabot's Pueblo Museum

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