The Wrightwood Arts Center will be hosting group trips to various locations in Southern California throughout the year, organized by our Adventure Chair, Lynn Crawford. Check back to this page in the future for more upcoming adventures!

Most Recent Adventure: Desert X

The Wrightwood Arts Center held our first Adventure of the year, caravanning to Desert X in the Coachella Valley in socially distanced “pods.” The Desert X 2021 exhibition explores the desert as both place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here currently and before, incorporating the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape their stories.

Among the first art experiences in the region since widespread lockdowns to offer a safe, outdoor experience that is free and open to all, Desert X includes newly commissioned works that collectively pose urgent questions about our pasts while imagining the possibilities of a shared future. Our Wrightwood caravan visited four installations before lunch and had the option of two additional sites afterward.

cr: Joan McCandless | A view from inside “The Passenger” by Eduardo Sarabia

After driving 100 miles, it seemed appropriate that our first stop was “The Passenger” by Eduardo Sarabia. This arrow-shaped maze made from petates—traditional rugs woven from palm fibers—speaks to the challenges and aspirations that encourage journeys and migrations and pays tribute to the people who have embarked upon them. Inside the walls, one feels the company of generations.

cr: Joan McCandless | A view of “What Lies Behind These Walls” by Zahrah Alghamdi

In “What Lies Behind These Walls” by Zahrah Alghamdi, material and memory are inextricably intertwined. Assembling particles of earth, clay, rocks, leather, and water, she evokes themes of cultural identity, memory, and loss. It takes time and reflection to consider the implications.

The group strolled by numerous downtown sculptures on the way to lunch (The Babies, Palm Springs, & “Infinite Trefoil”). Rave reviews followed a delicious lunch at Thai Smile. Balmy weather allowed Palm Springs’ restaurants to move much of its seating outside as soon as permitted.

You can visit Desert X through May 16, 2021. Some installations require timed visit Thursday through Sunday. For more information visit

Please join us for the Wrightwood Arts Center next Arts Adventure, coming soon!

Past Adventures

February 2020 | Museum of the American West
June 2019 | Maloof House
February 2019 | Cabot’s Pueblo Museum