Off-Road Expo
HDTS & Machine Project
march 28-29, 2015


High Desert Test Sites and Machine Project are teaming up to present Off-Road Expo, coming March 28th and 29th.  We’ve invited a few of our favorite artists and you, the public, to join us for a weekend of camping and art activity at a secret off-road site in the desert (site will be roughly 100 miles from both Joshua Tree and Los Angeles). 

Participating artists include: Bob Dornberger, Sean Duffy, Johanna Hedva with Arne Gjetlen, Joe Seely & Zut Alors; Clare KellyJohn Knuth, Candice Lin; Chrysanthe O, Gabie Strong & Dustin Smith of KCHUNG, and Michael Parker.

Here’s how it’ll work: to get the site location/reserve your spot, purchase your ticket here (sliding scale from $10 to $100).  Alternatively you can find a list here of everything our artists need to make their projects happen.  Email to commit to providing one or more of these items, we’ll connect you with the artists who need them, and in exchange we’ll reserve you a spot at the expo. Space is limited.

In addition to bringing everything you need to camp for an evening, please bring ghost stories, weird projects to show off, and a meal to share for a sunset potluck dinner.  (Don't forget to pack out everything you bring in!)  Hope to see you there!

Kip's Desert Book Club
refuge - terry tempest williams
april 6, 2015



The April 6 Book Club selection is Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams. An extremely well crafted portrait of the Great Salt Lake area illustrated in both emotional and intellectual dimensions. I can't describe it any further without running the risk of ruining the journey you will take with the author when you read it.

Pat will be our host at her house near the corner of Saturn and Coyote Valley in North Joshua Tree. If you are coming from downtown Joshua Tree, drive east on Hwy 62 and turn left on Sunburst, right on Golden, left on Border, drive 5 miles and look for Pole and then Del Oro Streets, then turn right on Winters, (look for the sign on left side of road, and the white Book Club sign) and then drive 4 miles just past the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center and turn left on Mockingbird. Drive about a half mile and turn right on Saturn and Pat's green house will be the first one on the left.

From 29 Palms, the fastest way would be to turn north on Sunfair from Hwy 62 and drive past the Joshua Tree Lakes campground to where the road turns to dirt and changes its name to Coyote Valley. Continue past the stop sign at Winters and look for the Book Club sign that guides you to make a very sharp left turn on Saturn. Pat's green house will be the first one on the right. As always, I'll have white Book Club signs to guide you in.

On the horizon for May is the book Point Last Seen by Hannah Nyala, the true story of a woman desert tracker. June will feature a special visit from Nancy Floyd, author of She's Got A Gun, so bring your personal copies to be signed. Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Monday, April 6, 2015, 7PM
Pat's house
North Joshua Tree, CA 
(see driving directions above)

This is the seventh meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.  Learn more about this monthly gathering.

Kip's Desert Book Club
a canticle for leibowitz - walter m. miller, jr.
march 2, 2015


The book club meeting for March 2nd will feature the 1960 Hugo Award winning science fiction novel A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. This book predicts the future of a dusty patch of Utah desert as told by generations of Catholic monks. Many versions of this book are available - short story, radio play, audio book, and Kindle.  Andrea Zittel has graciously offered her cozy blast-proof concrete bunker in Joshua Tree as our meeting place. Driving east on Highway 62, just outside of town, turn right (south) on the dirt road in front of the Bail Bonds office (Neptune Street), then follow my nifty white Book Club signs to guide you in. Plenty of parking is available if you continue past the house to the studio on the upper level. Can't wait to see you at the book club!

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7PM
A-Z West
Joshua Tree, CA 
(see driving directions above)

This is the sixth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.  Learn more about this monthly gathering.

Gem and Mineral Expo - Auction of Artist's Rocks
Email us your bid by 5PM today!


Bid on an artist's rock!  HDTS is holding a silent auction of artist-painted and altered rocks, being held in the spirit of artists Scott and Tyson Reeder’s project General Store Rocks (originally featured in Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet at the HDTS 2004 event). A selection of artists, including many HDTS artists and collaborators, have contributed original “painted rocks” to be auctioned in support of High Desert Test Sites. Email your bid to by 5pm PST today, or bid in person today from 12-5pm at Riverside Studios in LA - part of the HDTS Gem & Mineral Expo fundraising event (we still have plenty of great deals on gems & minerals, plus Sunday mimosas!)

View artist rocks up for auction:

Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast
a fundraiser supporting high desert test sites
february 14-15, 2015


High Desert Test Sites is pleased to announce the HDTS Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast, a fundraising event in Los Angeles to support the Joshua Tree-based nonprofit organization that supports artists and their endeavors to make work that engages directly with a community, culture, or landscape. The three part event will feature a Gem and Mineral Sale, a painted rock auction, and a Saturday pancake breakfast.

February 14, 2015, 10AM - 5PM
February 15, 2015, 12PM - 5PM
Riverside Studios

3352 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
(across from LA Zine Fest)

Pancake Breakfast:  On Saturday February 14th, HDTS will host a pancake breakfast. $7 buys you a breakfast with your choice of coffee or juice. $10 gets you breakfast and a mimosa. (Beverages also available throughout the event.)

Gem and Mineral Sale:  Inspired by the gem and mineral mecca of Quartzsite, Arizona, HDTS will hold its own gem and mineral sale throughout the weekend that will feature a vast array of stones and crystals for sale at every price range, from $1 to $100.

Silent Auction:  The two-day event will showcase a silent auction of artist-painted rocks, being held in the spirit of artists Scott and Tyson Reeder’s project General Store Rocks (originally featured in Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet at the HDTS 2004 event).  

A selection of artists, including many HDTS artists and collaborators, have contributed original “painted rocks” to be auctioned in support of High Desert Test Sites. Email your bid to, or bid in person Saturday and Sunday! View artist rocks up for auction here.

Participating artists include:

Adrienne Adar
Mark Allen
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Katie Bachler
Tanya Brodsky
Jedediah Caesar
Akina Cox
N. Dash
Bob Dornberger
Shari Elf 
Alyse Emdur
Claire L. Evans
Cayetano Ferrer
Katie Grinnan
Emilie Halpern
Steve Halterman
Katie Herzog
Matt Merkel Hess
Bettina Hubby
Daniel Ingroff
Patrick Jackson
Emily Joyce
Alice Könitz
Molly Larkey
Candice Lin
Jay Lizo
Karen Lofgren
Shana Lutker
Aram Moshayedi
Alison O'Daniel
Michael Parker
Corrina Peipon
Paul Pescador
Sarah Rara
Fay Ray
Tyson Reeder
Ry Rocklen
Samantha Roth
Kathleen Ryan
Lindsay August-Salazar
Pascual Sisto
LeRoy Stevens
Glen Steigelman
Julie Tolentino
Richard Turner
Amy Yao
Amanda Yates Garcia
Vanesa Zendejas

View event updates on Facebook
View Instagram to preview some of the artist rocks that will be up for auction, and gems & minerals that will be for sale!

Special thanks to Riverside Studios, Matthew Dannevik, Bob Dornberger, Mark X Farina, Megan Plunkett, Catharine Stebbins, Gabie Strong, Tatiana Vahan, and all of the amazing artists who donated rocks!