On display through May 6th at the 29 Palms Inn are the photographs of Jennifer Ruggiero and the assemblages of Mita Barter. Jennifer Ruggiero was born and raised in New York City, with a lifelong passion for music and art. Her pursuit of a music career brought her from the jazz clubs of New York to the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Ruggiero received a degree in music from the Leonard Davis Center of Performing Arts in NYC and Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Throughout her many career pursuits, she has maintained an enduring love of photography. Natural landscapes, street scenes, people and abandoned buildings are a few of photographer Jennifer Ruggiero’s favorite subjects. “I work in color and black-and-white, concentrating on light, form and texture; leaving reality and content to the viewer's imagination.
Prior to retiring in 2003, Mita considered her primary artistic expressions to be the creation of her amazing home and her cooking. Now, Mita has gone from shelving books to cutting them up for use in her tiny assemblages, which she calls “Rusty Bits”. Each of these works starts with a rusty can, often a sardine can, and a background, which could be anything from an old piece of roofing tile to an antique map fragment. Words cut from books drive the theme of the piece, which is then embellished with ornaments and fragments of found objects. Phrases sometimes are discovered fully formed in books, but often come together mysteriously in a way that gives Mita goosebumps. Her studio is a wonderland of tiny castoffs, the gleanings from yard sales and swap meets, friends’ junk drawers and jewelry boxes. When asked to describe her art, Mita once said, “I make things out of nothing”, to which the listener replied, “No, you make things out of everything!” If you are an Arts Council member please contact us at email@example.com if you would like the opportunity to show at the 29 Palms Inn, located at 73950 Inn Avenue. You can reach the Inn at (760) 367-3505.