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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Dunes Community Center
Bermuda dunes Airport
Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558
Myoma Water Co
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444
760 320 1048
1 393 3344
Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644
ABOUT BDSA AND
4th Thurs. of every
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
760 346 1161
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309
The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite
A • Palm Desert, CA 92211
P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111
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Email us: Theblogfolks@bdcommun.com
|Help restore the
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wildlife habitat and
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|Today is Sunday, February 19, 2017
|FERAL CAT AND KITTY
REMEMBER...IF YOU ARE
FEEDING FERAL CATS
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
PLEASE email MRS. B
if you find kittens that need
attention prior to 8 weeks. I
will come and get them and
take care of them.
THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK
|Click on Snoop Dog
to view all of the exciting things happening
|HAVE A GREAT DAY
|COUNTRY CLUB ACTIVITES
The following are Private Events and
Open Only to Club Members and their Guests
Desert Flowers & Plants
For Current Info and
Call Flower Hotline
Click HERE for daily
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Desert Garden Tour – March 26, 2017
Every year the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella
Valley organizes a desert garden tour in Palm Springs,
California. The goal of the tour is to introduce Society and
community members to the myriad low-water and habitat-
friendly garden ideas available to our desert gardeners.
People checking in and picking up instructions for the desert
This is NOT a guided tour, after you receive maps with
locations of homes, you are free to tour these beautiful
gardens at your leisure.
I will see you as you check in!
|BOOK SIGNING BY CAPTAIN PAUL LOBO
24 February at 5 P.M. at the club. I have my book
for sale, signed for $20.
I will be giving a lecture on ship piloting.If you could add my
web address for my book that would be terrific.
Thanks again for all you do for our community.
Captain Paul E. Lobo Cell: 415-939-0223
My Book: Crossing the Bar voted Top 10 Best Nautical Books
of 2016 by Captain: https://www.goo.gl/n8UA3v
Please visit my webpage www.capnco.com/crossing
• Fluorescent light bulbs
• Weed Killers/Herbicides
• Rodent Poisons
• Latex, Oil, or Water based Paint
• Motor Parts
• Transmission/brake fluid
• Bleach/tub & Tile Cleaners
• Empty Drums
• Pool Chemicals
• Motor oil and Other Hazardous
• Concrete or construction/
Note from Mrs. B
The people from Burrtec
are very helpful. They
will help you unload
• Tires: Per state law, please only
transport 9 tires per trip. Please call
County Waste Management
Department for a waiver if needed.
Tires must be
less than 4ft in diameter & weigh less
than 200 lbs.
• Furniture: Sofa beds, couches,
tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs
• Large Appliances: Washing
machines, dryers, stoves refrigerators,
heaters, air conditioners and
• Tree Limbs and Branches: Should not
exceed 18 inches in diameter or 3 feet
in length. Please make sure tree limbs
are bundled and tied together.
• Electronic Waste (E-Waste):
Computers, monitors, printers, old
and other electronic devices with a
plug or circuit board.
• Other Items: Bicycles, barbecues,
swing sets, and small appliances
35th La Quinta Arts Festival
March 2-5, 2017
Thursday thru Sunday
CLICK HERE FOR ALL
THE LA QUINTA ARTS FESTIVAL
|* Red indicates updates to Council Agenda
Bermuda Dunes Community Council Agenda
6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017
Bermuda Dunes Community Center 78-400 Avenue 42,
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
I. Pledge of Allegiance - Donna Nelson lead Pledge
II. Roll Call - Jeff Wattenberger, Jacob Alvarez, Jim
Snellenberger and Donna Nelson were present. Paul Bannock
III. Approval of the Minutes - Left until next session
IV. Election of Vice Chair - Jim Snellenger new Vice Chair
V. Councilmember Reports and Comments
VI. Staff Reports: Presenters must direct their report to the
council. At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may allow
questions. Each speaker must first be recognized by the Chair.
1. Office of Supervisor John J. Benoit – Joe Pradetto, 760-
863-8211, email@example.com - Joe gave report. New
Supervisor has not been appointed.
2. Sheriff’s Department – Lt. Michael Manning, 760-863-
8990, firstname.lastname@example.org - Lt. Manning was not in
attendance, but Deputy David Morton and his K9 Troy were there
in his absence.
3. CAL Fire – Battalion Chief Eddy Moore, 760-540-1878,
email@example.com - Gave Report
4. Code Enforcement – Brenda Hannah, 760-393-3344,
firstname.lastname@example.org - Gave Report
5. Desert Recreation District – Manny Marrujo, 760-347-3484,
email@example.com - Missed Meeting
6. CHP – Officer Phil Watkins, 760-772-8911, pwatkins@chp.
ca.gov - Gave Report
7. Bermuda Dunes Airport – Bob Berriman, 760-345-2558,
firstname.lastname@example.org - Gave Report
8. Other Departments
VII. New Business: Presenters must direct their report to
the council. At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may
allow questions. Each speaker must first be recognized by the
1. Project: CBS Radio Permit Application for Coachella Party
a. Background: Last year CBS Radio applied for and was
granted a permit to host a private party during the first weekend
of Coachella with the support of the Bermuda Dunes Community
Council. CBS Radio conducted the party successfully with no
reported concerns to county staff. The applicant is returning to do
the party for its second year. EMT and lifeguards onsite as well
as full security. All guest to be shuttled to and from the event.
Restrooms, food and water to be provided onsite for all guests.
b. Location: 79135 Avenue 41, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
(APN – 607-270-011-0)
c. Dates: April 14, 15 & 16, 2017 (day time activities only)
d. Estimated attendance: 250-300 guests
e. Applicant: CBS Radio, Adrian Garcia, 818-599-6622
2. Project: Bermuda Dunes Townhomes
a. Background: The proposed project is to build up to 33
single family attached townhomes with attached two-car garages
for each unit. Each townhome will be approximately 1,600 SF and
have three (3) bedrooms and two and a half (2.5) baths. The
presentation to council is for feedback purposes only.
b. Location: 41900 Yucca Ln, Bermuda Dunes CA 92203
(APN – 607-141-039)
c. Current Zoning: R – 1
d. Proposed Zoning: r – 3, which is consistent with the
General Plan designation
e. Dwelling Units Per Acre (DUA): The project will have no
more than 14 Units per acre. The density allowed per the GP
designation is 14 DU/Acre. The density allowed per the R-3
Zoning is 1 Unit Per 3000 SF of land which equals 14.5 DU/Acre
f. Applicant: Bridge Financial Advisors, Jim Osterling,
email@example.com, 626-818-0850, Owner, Hunter
Simmons, firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-375-4960, Analyst
3. Project: CUP 3758, StorQuest self storage. NEC
Washington & Ave 42
a. Background: The CUP is for approximately 91,125 s.f. of
single story self-storage development comprised of nine buildings
of up to 13 feet high. In addition the project includes a separate
634 s.f. office with 12 customer parking spaces, 1,322 s.f.
resident manage apartment and 600 s.f. garage up to 24 feet in
height. Total building area is approximately 93,658 s.f.. Change
of zone is minor, and entails a small, .06 ac portion of the
approximate 3.64 development from C-P-S (scenic commercial)
to C-1/C-P to make the zoning consistent for the entire self
storage development. There is approximately 1.4 acres along
Ave 42, adjacent the development that is not part of this
application that will remain vacant for future development yet to
be determined. A similar project was previously approved in 2007
but never built.
b. Location: 42 Ave, Bermuda Dunes CA 92203 (Behind Rite
Aid) (APN – 607-130-010)
c. Current Zoning: C-P-S to C-1/C-P
d. Proposed Zoning: Change C-P-S portion (.06 acres) to C-
e. Applicant: Greg Bever, GWB964@aol.com, 714 932 3190
VIII. Public comments: All persons wishing to address the
Council on items not specifically on the agenda or on matters of
general interest should do so at this time. Please limit your
remarks to 3 minutes.
Agenda Items for Next Meeting - NONE
X. Adjourn meeting
2017 meeting schedule: Jan 12, Mar 9, May 11, Sept 14, Nov 9
(Additional meetings may be added if needed). Please visit
Supervisor Benoit’s Web site to access more information: www.
If you would like to get agenda’s and other important meeting
information for the Bermuda Dunes Community Council, please
send your email address to Joe Pradetto at
Join us for Modernism Week.
February 16 - 26, 2017.
The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster
appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as
contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education,
preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the
greater Palm Springs area.
Modernism Week is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit
Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual
celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art,
fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February
in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism
Week features more than 250 events including the Modernism
Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier
Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live
music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion,
classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer
exhibition, and more.
In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the
“Fall Preview” weekend in October. Partner organizations
collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to kick-off the
active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.
Modernism Week is also charitable organization, providing
scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the
fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and
state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in
their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the
state of California.
I would like to buy a small terrarium with secure lid with either air
holes or screening--around 12" long for my young snake for
traveling. I have a full sized terrarium for sale or I would trade for
small one if needed.
Hi. My grandson is coming to stay with us for a week. Is it
possible to put a request on the blog for anyone wanting to
sell a stroller? We'll be taking him on walks and to the Living
Desert so it needs to have good size wheels.
Thanks so much!
760 469 2724
Thanks for contacting me. Hopefully, you will find a
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
ANTIQUE AIR AND AUTO
MUSIC FOOD FUN
DON'T MISS OUT
BERMUDA DUNES AIRPORT
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
|The earth sustains your existence, give it something back in return.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Being your Councilwoman is an honor that I hold very
dear to my heart...I love most everything about the job.
However, every now and then I am forced to make calls to
businesses in our community and ask them to step it up
with respect to their property maintenance.
For instance, the management company of Ralph's
Shopping Mall is just not getting it. After repeated emails
asking that Karla take care of business i.e. keeping
plants trimmed for the safety of our community, taking
pride in the shopping mall, etc. it has gotten to where I
will have to meet her and walk her around the property...
So discouraging that some simply do NOT care about our
I have put calls into Big O Tires, Smog Dog,
Weinerschitzel, Walgreens and Rite Aid. They have
promised to improve their properties.
Quite frankly, I am truly unhappy that some of the
properties on Avenue 42 continue to use Governor
Brown's mandate about water to allow their properties to
There are four duplexes on Avenue 42 who chose to dig
up their grass. They now have nothing but dirt on all four
properties. I checked with Code Enforcement and because
of the water manadate they can leave it that way.
I pointed out that we do have the Bermuda Dunes Overlay
in place and that we should try to stick to its guidelines.
Click on FOURTH DISTRICT NEWS,
Click on COMMUNITIES,
Click on BERMUDA DUNES, once you get here - Go to the
Click on BERMUDA DUNES DESIGN GUIDELINES.
This is what Bermuda Dunes was supposed to look like
before the County ran out of money...so sad!
I also made calls to the Transportation Department to
clean out the gutters of all sand, trash and vegetation.
I also reminded them Bermuda Dunes was due for road
improvements this year. Time TBD.
|IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER:
Email to Ramina Arce in the Education Department at
Rarce@livingdesert.org. Thank you!
|Before reading the neat poem below, here is a little known fact
about golf balls.
According to Golf World magazine, the average golfer loses two
golf balls per round for a worldwide total of approximately
2,465,752 every day. Worried about running out? Don't be.
Companies like Titleist are working hard to ensure that never
happens. Titleist makes 1.2 million golf balls each day.
Now enjoy the poem, below.
In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, Rather Small.
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.
By Its Size I Could Not Guess,
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.
My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same,
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End,
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
It Has Made Me Yell, Curse And Cry,
I loathe it, And Want To Die.
It Promises A Thing Called Par,
If I Can Hit It Straight And Far.
To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.
It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Even Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or ! Take A Swim.
With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.
It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.
|Palm Springs Art Museum
Get ready for a nomadic event that
has taken place all over the world to
take place at Palm Springs Art
Museum! Rob Pruitt Studio's Flea
Market will be held February 17th –
February 26th. Featuring the vintage
experts, design collectors, and visual
artists of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree
and the Hi Desert, and the eastern
|Bermuda Dunes Security Association Executive Session
Thursday, February 23, 2017 (Closed) Executive Session
at 1:30 p.m.
Bermuda Dunes Country Club, 42-765 Adams St.,
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
I. CALL TO ORDER
IV. THIRD PARTY CONTRACTS
Bermuda Dunes Security Association Board of Directors
Thursday, February 23, 2017 (Open) Regular Session at 3:00
Bermuda Dunes Country Club, 42-765 Adams St., Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. HOMEOWNER OPEN FORUM
III. JANUARY 26, 2017 MEETING MINUTES
IV. TREASURER’S REPORT OF JANUARY 2017 FINANCIALS
V. DIRECTOR OF SECURITY REPORTS
VI. MANAGEMENT REPORTS
VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Security Committee
b. Joint Committee
c. Street Committee
d. Landscaping Committee
e. Emergency Preparedness Committee
VIII. LEIN AUTHORIZATIONS
131-4177, 130-8154, 131-4999, 130-6088, 130-2736, 130-
2299, 130-7760, 130-5173, 131-0236
145-2149, 131-0922, 131-2564, 130-5872, 145-2262, 130-
9069, 131-5192, 130-6486, 130-7029
130-5791, 130-7786, 130-8617
IX. CONTINUED BUSINESS
X. NEW BUSINESS
a. Rule Change/Walls and Fences
b. Board Positions
XI. NEXT MEETING – The Next BDSA Board of Directors
Meeting will be held on March 23, 2017 @
3PM. Time and place to be determined.
|The Blog Folks
I live in BDCC, on st george near starlite. for several years I’ve
been trapping feral cats. my methods are very humane (I’m an
animal person.) in the beginning animal samaritans would do the
pick up and return. however, they no longer provide that
service. you need to bring them in on your own between 730 and
800 am and pick up between 230 and 300 pm. I have traps but
could use some partnership and will assist others . I can’t
transport them in the morning, but can pick them up at 230 pm.
my name is robert. you can call me at 760-275-3030. thank you
What a nice man you are to care so much for feral cats. I
know there must be other cat lovers in our community. I for
one, would be more than happy to assist you.
Would you be willing to show others how to use the traps?
If anyone is interested - please give Robert a call.
PS - Robert shoot me an email if you need me to help you
|CHECK OUT THE HOT SHEET
WE HAVE A GORGEOUS MOTORHOME FOR SALE.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I was looking over the internet and an article caught my
eye. It is about fishing cats. I thought you might enjoy
reading about them.
Misc.: This is yet another example of a cat that disproves the
misconception that cats don’t like water. This cat received its
Latin name from its civet-like appearance (the viverridae
family) from Bennet (1833) who first described the Fishing Cat
Size and Appearance: A stock and powerfully built cat, with
short legs, a big broad head and a short tail. Fishing cats
weigh between 13-26 pounds, stand 15-16 inches tall and
reach lengths of 38-47 inches. Its coat is olive gray and is
patterned with rows of parallel solid black spots, which often
form stripes along the spine. Their ears are short and round
with black backs, and prominent white spots in the middle.
Despite the fishing habits of this cat, it shows very little
morphological adaptations for capturing or eating fish. Like the
Flat-headed cat, its claw sheaths are shortened so that the
claws are not completely enveloped when retracted. Unlike the
Flat-headed cat, in which the second upper pre-molar is long
and sharp enabling it to grab slippery prey, the fishing cat has
a much smaller and less developed tooth. At one time, one of
the more noted characteristics often associated with the
Fishing cat was webbed feet. Today, it is found that the
webbing beneath the toes isn’t much more developed than that
of a Bobcat.
Habitat: Found in a variety of watery habitats including
mangrove swamps, marshy thickets, tidal creeks, oxbow lakes,
and reed beds up to an elevation of 5000 feet.
Distribution: India through Indochina and Indonesia.
Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of 63 days,
females produce a litter of 1-4 kittens, with the average being
2. They weigh 3.5-6 ounces at birth and will gain an average
of 11 grams per day. Their eyes open by the 16th day, and
meat is usually taken around the 53rd day. They are weaned
between 4-6 months of age, reach adult size around 8-9
months old and are independent around 10 months.
In captivity, their average life span is 10-12 years.
Social System and Communication: Unknown. They are
believed to be solitary, but there have been some unconfirmed
that the males may help with the care and supervision of the
Hunting and Diet: The bulk of this cats diet is made up of
fish, which they will not only swim and dive after, but the try
and scoop them out with their paws as well. It is also believed
to take other aquatic prey such as crustaceans, mollusks,
frogs and snakes. They will also prey on terrestrial mammals
such as rodents, civets, young chital fawns, wild pigs, and
even domestic animals such as goats, dogs, calves and
poultry. They have also been known to scavenge off of tiger
Principal Threats: Wetland destruction is the greatest threat
facing the Fishing Cat. A survey showed that more than 50%
of Asian wetlands are faced with moderate to high degrees of
threat and disappearing. These threats include settlement,
draining for agriculture, pollution, and excessive hunting,
woodcutting and fishing. Download this 2008 report
documenting 1,158 endangered and threatened exotic cats
being illegally, yet openly sold in Myanmar markets. The Wild
Cat Trade in Myanmar
NOTE FROM MRS. B
I checked out the Wild Cat Trade in Myanmar and found
it to be so disgusting that I will not share it.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
This event at Cabot's Pueblo Museum is one of my all time
favorites. These wonderful potters arrive from Mata Ortiz
along with their families.
They are always dressed in their best - white shirts,
cowboy hats and most of them do not speak English, so
interpreters work along side them.
The pottery has become very valuable. Thank goodness, I
started collecting mine years ago. I go every year to add to
This is a wonderful event and you will want to arrive on
time, as there are many, many collectors who can't wait to
get their hands on these works of art.
They also sell pottery chards...chards are pieces of pottery
that are collected if a pot blows up during the firing
process. They make beautiful jewelry out of these chards. I
have two pair of earrings that I just love.
Since I also create jewelry, I just purchased some of the
chards and have made my own bracelets and necklaces.
Truly unique and one of a kind.
I thought you might enjoy some history and a few photos of
them working. They also make pottery and fire it at this
About Mata Ortiz, Mexico
Why is it said that in a small, lost town of Chihuahua, Mexico exists the
largest concentration of artists on the face of this earth?
Why are some of the contemporary works of art that are created in this little
town sold for incredibly high prices on the international market?
Why are thousands of tourists from the United States, Europe and Japan,
as well as other parts of the world, coming to this place?
Why have I heard many people say that since they became familiar with
these works of art, their lives have never been the same?
Near the ancient ruins of Casas Grandes in northern Chihuahua,
Mexico, just south of the San Luis Mountains, a new artistic
movement is flourishing. Mata Ortiz, a small village barely three
streets wide, is home to Juan Quezada, the self-taught originator
of “ Mata Ortiz “ pottery, and his predominantly young followers.
mata ortiz map
Town and typical home in Mata Ortiz, Mexico
Discovered in 1976 by Spencer MacCallum, Juan Quezada and
his extended family of brothers, sisters, their children and
neighbors became the core of this now thriving pottery movement.
Quickly earning acceptance as a contemporary art form, this
beautiful and excitingly varied yet simple pottery is accepted and
admired as a legitimate folk art. As the eloquent design of pottery
inspired those who experienced it, more and more young artists
chose to follow Juan Quezada’s inspirational model.
New potting families developed and the art form continues to
expand. This vibrant flow of new ideas without the restraining
bonds of traditional practices or gender constraints to impede
creativity has enabled the pottery of Mata Ortiz to avoid the
pitfalls of derivative repetition that have doomed many previous
folk art movements. As a collector, the joy of being part of a
contemporary artistic movement that is recognized and
appreciated today adds to the excitement of ownership of these
ever evolving designs.
Note from Mrs. B
Here a lady is using the 'pinch pot' and 'coil' techniques. She will
continue doing this until she has the size she desires. She will then
use an assortment of tools to smooth out the clay and get it ready
Technically, all the pots are hand built without the use of a potter’
s wheel. Shaping, polishing and painting the clay is entirely done
by hand, often in primitive surroundings with brushes made from
children’s hair. All materials and every tool originated from
supplies that were readily available locally, as exemplified by the
preferred fuel for the simple, low temperature firing being grass-
fed cow manure or split wood.
Making Mata Ortiz is a unique combination of using clay with
volcanic ash developed over the years through expermentation
by Juan Quezada.
As a young boy, Juan discovered ancient painted pots in caves in
the rugged hills near his home of Mata Ortiz. He spent years
trying to replicate the pots using local materials. Once he learned
the technique over 40 years ago, he was not content to be
successful and taught others his craft. There are hundreds of
artisan potters in Mata Ortiz today and their inspiration comes
from the Paquime designs from centuries ago. No two pots are
identical because each artist has his or her own technique;
paintaing alone can take days.
Quezada used raw clay dug with a pick and shovel commonly
found in the rugged foothills and river beds outside Mata Ortiz.
His quest to perfect the technique took more than 15 years of
experimenting with clay, ash and water. He also experimented
with different fuels and buried the pots in a pit to fire them.
Clay is cleaned by soaking it in buckets of water for several
days. Once the clay is wet enough, it is poured through a
strainer and cleaned, then left to settle in order to become solid
enough to work with. Although white clay is the favorite, there
are many colors of clay.
Mata Ortiz pottery is hand-made by wedging and kneading out air
pockets from the clay rather than with a potter's wheel. The clay
is formed in a tortilla shape for the base, and placed in a shallow
bowl for support. A chorizo (sausage) coil is made from another
lump of clay that is pinched and pulled to shape a new pot. The
entire surface is smoothed by hand. After the pot is allowed to air
dry it is sanded with sandpaper, polished using deer bones,
stones or beans. Sanding can take hours or even days in order
to give it the nearly mirrored surface making it a canvas for
painting on the designs. Paint made from minerals and clays that
are ground into powder to create a milky fluid is applied by hand
with a fine brush made of 10 to 12 strands of human hair to
create the designs.
Sometimes an early firing is done in an old iron stove at an
extreme temperature followed by moving the pot to an outdoor
surface oven that is built of an enclosure of combustible materials
such as cottonwood bark or cow dung (thus the term "dung-fired"
which is often listed in the description of a Mata Ortiz pot). The
firing process temperatures reach 1600 degrees F and make up
to 20 minutes. The coals are knocked away after 30 minutes of
cooling and after another one-half hour passes, the pot is cool
enough to touch. Often the color of the clay changes during the
firing process. Once the firing is complete, the clay-based paint
is melded chemically with the clay of the pot itself. Potters' kilns
are now being used in order to mass produce the pots; however,
traditionally, a kiln is not used in Mata Ortiz.
Your piece of the extraordinary art of the Potters of Mata Ortiz is
but one example of the many diverging forms of this
contemporary art movement rooted in a thousand year tradition
but at the same time free and spontaneous. It is the result of a
blending of cultural expression, economic need and artistic
desire. It will provide pleasure to all who are fortunate enough to
share in experiencing it.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Apparently there are those who feel that the 'healing
process' cannot begin unless they have time to meet and
get to know the BDSA Board better.
Hence the following:
When you arrive for the next BDSA Board meeting it will
be at the Bermuda Dunes Country Club - upstairs.
(I hope those of you who attend will remember there is a
dress code for upstairs - no levis...shirts with collars
There will be a sign up sheet for munchies and one drink.
The cost will be $20 per person. Can be paid by cash or
There will be a cocktail hour after the BDSA Board
If you don't sign up and pay - no goodies or drinks for
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Miss Ellie - Ragdoll Cat - 17 years old
Black Cat aka Baby Cakes - 3 year old Feral cat
We have an interesting tale to share with you...
I had Sharon of Downtown Abby (professional cat
groomer) come to our home to groom both of our cats, but
Black Cat had other ideas.
Miss Ellie was the first to get groomed. When she
returned from the van she was gorgeous and she really
had a CATTITUDE.
The first thing she did was run over to Black Cat to show
her how beautiful she was.
Unfortunately, Black Cat did not recognize Miss Ellie...
and starts to hiss at her and chase her. OMG!
The groomer said this could happen...Miss Ellie has a
different scent. Black Cat thinks she is a new cat.
Apparently cats don't look at cats and recognize
them...they go by scent.
Interestingly, if Black Cat had been groomed when Miss
Ellie was this would not have happened.
A couple of days have passed and nothing much has
changed - Black Cat still doesn't want to come inside - we
have managed to get her in today because it is raining.
She sits by the window watching the rain and meows.
She continues to mope around and is very agitated.
We feel she thinks Miss Ellie is gone. They had a fun
relationship. They acted like they didn't like one another,
but they really did.
So here is the deal...Black Cat saw Miss Ellie leave in the
carrier and in Black Cat's eyes...she is gone.
Now Black Cat is dealing with the loss of her friend and
is having to deal with this 'new cat' in her home.
On the other side of the coin, Miss Ellie is not happy
because her good buddy, Black Cat, hisses and chases
It is just amazing what a little soap and water can do to
destroy a friendship. So sad for our girls!
I have a call in for Sharon to see how long this could
continue. Stay tuned...
|IT'S A BOY AND HE IS SO SWEET
|NOTE FROM MRS. B.
This should be worth attending. It is new here and my
weekend is filled with so many interesting things to do.
Have heard interesting things about this show...
Palm Springs Art Museum to host Rob Pruitt's Flea Market
Pruitt began his Flea Market happening for the 1999
Gavin Brown summer show. He invited artist friends to
set up tables and sell whatever they wanted, be it their
own artwork or junk from their apartment. The gallery
space became a place to socialize with the artist, creating
a feeling of community between makers and sellers. The
Flea Market has since been repeated at art fairs and
Rob Pruitt's Flea Market will make a stop at the Palm Springs
Art Museum Friday as part of the region's Desert X exhibition.
The long-running "nomadic flea market" has traveled around the
world since it's inception in 1999. Artists and vendors are invited
to sell their work and wares as they intermingle with the public.
The Palm Springs market will feature artists, collectors,
designers and "taste makers" from Palm Springs to Joshua
"Rob Pruitt has been on our wish-list for some time now, and
we're thrilled to present his namesake market as part of Desert
X," said museum executive director Elizabeth Armstrong in a
Desert X is a site-specific art exhibition that includes
installations, lectures and events from local and international
artists. The exhibition, which stretches from the west end of the
valley to the east, officially premieres Feb. 25, although several
events and exhibits, including Pruitt's Flea Market will open to
the public earlier.
"In addition to showcasing an array of western, modern and
handcrafted goods, this concept fosters a sense of community
by starting conversations," Armstrong said in a statement.
Pruitt's Flea Market will be at the art museum from Feb. 17-26.
For more information, visit www.psmuseum.org or call
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|LATEST REPORT ON WILDFLOWERS IN BORREGO
Remember to check them out on this site. Left hand side of Blog -
near the top.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Update February 11,
Good rains in December and January have annual plants growing
in the flower fields north of town, and along trails in western
canyons. Desert lily plants are budding in many locations,
including the badlands, and at the end of Di Giorgio Road, just
beyond the end of the pavement. Most are not blooming just yet,
but when they do, they are beautiful and fragrant!
So far, cool weather is allowing the ground to stay moist, and
plants are continuing to grow. Sunflowers in the “Flower Fields”
along Henderson Canyon Road are not yet budding, so give them
a few more weeks to develop.
Spectacle-pod is starting at the north end of Di Giorgio Road.
Extensive, deep mud should discourage even four-wheel-drive
vehicles from driving into Coyote Canyon, but patches of sand
verbena and dune evening primrose await those willing to walk a
half-mile or so up the dirt road.
Poppies, phacelia, and brittlebush are just beginning to bloom at
the Visitor Center, where cryptantha has been in bloom for a
couple of weeks.
It’s hard to predict a peak, but we should start to see lots of
flowers toward the end of February. If temperatures this month
continue to be mild, flowers should persist into the first half of
March, at least. Of course, another rain shower or two might
extend the blooming period, so our fingers are crossed!
For updates, join Anza-Borrego Foundation’s email list at www.
theabf.org or call the State Park Wildflower Hotline, 760-767-
|Nature photo of a nesting falcon: A natural wonder!
I've seen many remarkable nature photographs over the
years but this photo of a nesting Falcon is perhaps one of
the most remarkable shots that I've ever seen. Nature is
truly breath-taking in her power and persistence! I’ve sent
this mostly to my older friends since the younger ones
probably have never seen a falcon in the wild and probably
wouldn't recognize one if they looked up and saw one fly by
as they walked down the street.I hope you enjoy it as much
as I did.
Thanks Lee. I love it.
|CATS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF NICE DOGS
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progress can be judged by the way its animals
are treated." ― Mahatma Gandhi