Desert Archive Days
organized by Caitlin Denny
november 7–8, 2015


The Desert Archive Days will host a handful of beloved and established institutions of California's high desert community in sharing special collections from their personal and official archives. Through presentations of documents and behavioral artifacts outside of the trajectory of traditional archival material, we will explore the revolutionary and freedom seeking history of the Morongo Basin.

Live lectures from some of your favorite high desert folks, slide show projections and unusual objects will inspire and intrigue those interested in the rich community-based history of the rural towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Landers.

We invite locals to bring their own artifacts or documents that may be of historical interest. Remember, the personal archives are just as important as the "official" archives.

For artifacts/documents that need preparation or specialty handling, please contact Caitlin Denny prior to the event.

View full schedule and more information here! 

November 7–8, 2015, 8AM - 2PM
HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theater Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Desert Archive Days is organized by Caitlin Denny.  This project is supported in part by a grant from James Irvine Foundation - Arts Regranting Program/Inland Empire at The Community Foundation, Strengthening Inland Southern California through Philanthropy.  Special thanks Zena Bender, Bob & Elizabeth Carr, and Sky Village Swap Meet.

Kip's Desert Book Club
The White Heart of Mojave - Edna Brush Perkins
november 2, 2015


Let's travel out to Bob Tellefson's house in Wonder Valley and discuss The White Heart of Mojave by Edna Brush Perkins. A well crafted adventure tale of a trip to Death Valley by two east coast socialites in 1920. The afterward is almost as long as the book–illustrated, and well worth reading. Mr. Wild did some serious research to add depth to the many desert characters Edna encountered along her way.

To get to Bob's house, take Hwy 62 east from 29 Palms for about 8 miles and turn left on Shelton Road (it's just past where the highway makes a big zig zag). Drive north about 1.5 miles, and turn right on El Paseo. Bob is the last and only house on the right. If the weather is nice, he says we can play ping pong!

Monday, November 2, 2015, 7 pm
The Tellefson Residence
Wonder Valley, CA
 (see driving directions above)

This is the fourteenth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.
See Book Club homepage for more information on this monthly gathering

HDTS: Epicenter - Thanks!

586 Brainchild 3 by Kathleen Johnson & Mark So, Mars Desert Research Station; Image: Bill Morrison,

This weekend-long event brought together folks from near and far (from at least 14 US states and 6 countries!) for a long weekend of programs and projects in and around the spectacular landscape and community of Green River in Southern Utah.  

We'll be sharing more images and recaps from the big event in the coming days, but in the meantime here are some images to give you a glimpse of the weekend.  Also, please let us know if you have any stories, photos, videos, or other documentation or personal accounts from the event that you would like to contribute to the HDTS Archive!

HDTS: Epicenter was the culmination of a lot of hard work by many talented and generous individuals who we are fortunate to call our collaborators, colleagues, and friends.  

Thank you to all the amazing individuals who helped make this year's event possible:

Our featured artists: Steve Badgett, Cabin-Time (Geoffrey Holstad, Ryan Greaves, Mary Rothlisberger, Sarah Darnell, Carson Davis Brown & Nick Stockton), Alyse Emdur & Michael Parker, Butchy Fuego and the Seeing Trails DFA (Eugene Ahn, Chase Bingham, Jeremiah Chiu, Greg Colebourn, Jonah Fernandez Olson, Butchy Fuego & George Jensen), Kathleen Johnson & Mark So (with Dominique Cox, Julie Brody, Kate Brown, Mari Garrett & Gabie Strong), Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson, Cyrus Smith & Matt Takiff, Nicole Lavelle, Charlie Macquarie, Allan McCollum, Jordan Topiel Paul & J. Gordon Faylor, Ephraim Puusemp, Kiersten Puusemp & Raivo Puusemp, and Bennett Williamson.

Our co-organizers at Epicenter: Bryan Brooks, Cyrus Smith, Maria Sykes, Mary Rothlisberger, Jack Forinash, Chris Lezama, Ryann Savino, Katie Anderson, and Armando Rios.

Our designers: Sarah Baugh, Taryn Cowart, and Nicole Lavelle.

We are grateful to the following foundations for their support of HDTS: Epicenter: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works-Design), Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Utah’s Emery County Travel Board, and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. 

And a very special thanks to: Andrea Bacigalupo, Adam Bateman, Claire Bennett, Paulina Berczynski, Conae Black, Carson Brown, Cari Carmean, Kenneth Carpenter, Jo Anne Chandler, Alison Jean Cole, Matthew Dannevik, Bob Dornberger, Nancy Dunham, Dunham Melons, Luke Forsyth, ForYourArt, Leah Gallant, Adam Geremia, Marisa Goedhart, Green River Archives, Green River Conoco, Green River Thrift Store, Holiday River Expeditions, KCHUNG, The King Family, Bernard Leibov, Lloyd Logan, Jason Manley and the Weber State University sculpture program, The Mars Society, Miles Mattison, Jason Metcalf, Bill Morrison, Joelle Neuenschwander and Antonia, PACT, Justin Queen, Ray's Tavern, Rob Ray, Robbers Roost Motel, Shannon Rupert, Kathy Ryan, Julia Schenck, Shady Acres Gas Station, The Thaun Family, Sophie Trauberman, USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, Hannah Vainstein, and Lisa Ward.

HDTS is nothing without our dedicated and resourceful artists, volunteers, supporters, collaborators, attendees, and friends – thank you!

Art-Making Demystified
Organized by Kristy Campbell
October 17–18, 2015


Demonstrations make richer art experiences by delivering information through informal and formal presentations.  Join us for a selection of hands-on-art-making demonstrations by local contemporary artists working in varied media and subjects.  A 'zine" publication will be created during thie event and made available at the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet.  Featured artists and presenters include:

Zaina Alwan - Surprise! The bag of studied indifference. 

Bob Dornberger Cash For Art Supplies - participants receive a small amount of cash to purchase swap meet items that will be incorporated into an assemblage sculpture

Kristy Campbell - Wander the swap meet and find a vintage photograph. Collaborate with photographer Kristy Campbell and learn to create a found photo story. 

Taylor Compton - Taylor presents a study on high desert natural dyes. 

Isobel  Gillespie (Saturday only) - Join Mojave Moon Apothecary to create your own herbal bundle and experience the physical and energetic properties of plants. 

Jennifer Kane - Handle with Care - Participants are invited to choose an item from a box of antique objects salvaged from a stranger's life and share a memory or story that the object inspires or provokes, while Jennifer draws the objects using pen and ink and records the stories.

Kiki Seror - Wondervision/Teleaction - This social video laboratory/demonstration/performance explores the blurring boundaries between public space and private life, the visible and invisible and the observer and the observed.  Integrating video simulation and real-time broadcasting software to bypass an online interface, the artist invites the public to participate in a journey of being watched and surveilling strangers on Chatroulette–probing concerns regarding community and individual privacy and the issues surrounding public spaces that involve watching and being watched.

Chris Unck & Gabrielle Evaro - Learn about making with silver and leather–mold, assemble, lace and stitch.

Adriana Yugovich - After a morning meditation, some exploratory shopping, and perhaps a scavenger hunt, join Adriana for a day of free-form zine-making. What's a zine? You'll find out.

Plus, music by Eliot Eidelman, Fred, Nigel Roman, and more! 

October 17–18, 2015, 8AM - 1PM
HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theatre Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Art-Making Demystified is organized by Kristy Campbell.  This project is supported in part by a grant from James Irvine Foundation - Arts Regranting Program/Inland Empire at The Community Foundation, Strengthening Inland Southern California through Philanthropy.  Special thanks Zena Bender, Bob & Elizabeth Carr, and Sky Village Swap Meet.

HDTS: Epicenter Begins this Friday!
October 9–12, 2015
driving map, schedule, and travel tips


The HDTS: Epicenter event is imminent!  Here is some important last-minute information:


Here it is!  CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the event map and schedule.  Print out a copy to take with you, or pick one up at Epicenter (site 5, 180 S Broadway in Green River, 435-564-3330), which will be our HDTS: Epicenter HQ during the event. 

There are more sites than you may be able to see, so pick and choose, take your time, and obey speed limits. Do not drive drunk or when drowsy!

Many events will require driving on graded dirt roads. Consider carpooling in cars with high-clearance and 4x4. In the event of heavy rains, conditions will become much more treacherous. Creek bed washes and impassable roads may be a factor for Swasey’s Beach, Stone House, The Bunker, Wild-Horse Butte, Black Dragon Canyon, and the Mars Desert Research Station locations. Watch the weather and exercise caution.

If the road appears soft rather than packed, either avoid it or keep your vehicle moving over the soft spot at a good speed. If you do get stuck in the sand or mud, do not gun your car - that will only dig you in further. Place old carpet or car floor mats under your tires and try to back out slowly. Another trick is to let some air out of your tires. If all else fails call a tow truck: Green River Towing: (435) 820-0941 or Interstate Towing Service: (435) 564-3213.

Some sites require a short hike in–comfortable and sturdy footwear is recommended!  Bring your own camp chair or blanket if you would like seating at any of the sites/performances.

Do not rely on your cell phone–cellular service can be spotty and GPS address mapping can be misleading in and around Green River.  We recommend carrying a printed map or road atlas in your car.


Sun: While the desert can be cool in the fall, direct sun and low humidity can have severe effects. Bring lots of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a shade hat.

Wind: Southern Utah can get quite gusty in the fall, especially in the early afternoons. Be sure to tie-down your tent and other gear before leaving your camp.

Flash Floods: Flash floods can occur during rainstorms any time of the year. These unpredictable events can drastically change hiking conditions and can quickly become life-threatening. If a storm develops and a flash flood situation is created, get to the highest and safest point possible and steer clear of canyons.

Cryptobiotic Soil: Biological soil crust is a living groundcover that forms the foundation of high desert plant life in the surrounding area. This knobby, black crust is dominated by cyanobacteria, but also includes lichens, mosses, green algae, microfungi, and bacteria. Unfortunately, many human activities negatively affect the presence and health of soil crusts. Please walk on trails, on rock, or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains), and keep all vehicles and bikes on designated roads.


The HDTS: Epicenter HQ will have lots of things for sale, including the new HDTS: Epicenter publication ($5), HDTS & Epicenter gear, and a Swap Meet featuring handmade goods and wares from some of our favorite artists and friends.  Friday night's Welcome Potluck at Epicenter has a suggested donation of $8/person, or bring a dish to share.   

If you’re heading on the road, it’s always good to carry some emergency cash, too, just in case.  Many places accept cash only!  There are a few ATMs (with fees) in town, but there are no major banks and no "cash back" options in Green River.



Please help HDTS and Epicenter remain a positive force!  Respect private (and public) property and the environment around you, be ready to help fellow travelers, and above all, LEAVE NO TRACE in this delicate ecology.

HDTS: Epicenter is a labor of love, and is not possible without the dedication of our artists, our awesome volunteer force, and the support of the local community.  We need you to help maintain goodwill between Epicenter, HDTS, and the city of Green River, so be cool, be respectful, spend money at local businesses, and don’t hesitate to jump in and help out if you see someone who needs a hand. Green River is a small town and your presence can be a positive or a negative force. Be polite and respectful to community members as you enjoy HDTS: Epicenter.


If you're looking for a place to stay or a route to take, here are some suggestions.

Still looking for a ride or have one to offer?  Check out the HDTS: Epicenter Rideshare.

To learn more about this event, visit the main HDTS: Epicenter event page.