Become an ‘arts insider’ by touring the desert’s art scene with the quintessential connoisseur! All tours are conducted by Richard Almada personally, and include transportation.
A day tour to remember! Explore the Palm Springs Art Museum's current exhibitions and permanent collection. This extraordinary museum is nationally known for its extensive Contemporary, California, Western, Mesoamerican, Weiner Sculpture and Glass collections. The tour will be followed by an upscale, bistro-style champagne lunch nearby at either an impeccable iconic French restaurant, or at another exquisite Palm Springs restaurant with a Mountain view.Cultural Programs Tours and Excursions
Discover the rich sectors of public and private art in the desert! This tailor-made tour will focus on the Valley's public art, which has been placed along medians and promenades, and at distinguished local institutions. It may include visits to some of the Valley's most notable studios, including the famous architectural studios. Also featured are stops at major art galleries, where you can view exhibits and gain special insights while enjoying light wine and snack receptions.
Learn the intricate weaving of the Valley's robust gallery scene! This tour will take you to the best fine art galleries in Greater Palm Springs. Privileged curatorial discussions, artist "meet and greets" and mini wine and snack receptions will delight participants. All galleries on the tour provide a full spectrum of art offerings from cutting edge contemporary to blue chip, modern masters and traditional genres.
Discover the treasures of El Paseo, the Coachella Valley’s version of Rodeo Drive! You’ll be taken along the famous promenade to visit elite galleries and boutiques where you will be given preferential treatment as a customer of Richard Almada. Shop all your favorite upscale stores while enjoying the very finest in art -- showcased both on the street itself as well as in El Paseo galleries. Top it off with an elegant lunch at one of this exclusive area’s premier dining venues.
Enjoy a private tour of a major collection in a private collector's home! Choose your preferred passion across a multitude of genres and/or an intimate one-on-one visit with a renowned artist in the studio. Learn what’s behind the creation of a collection, or get rare insight into what inspires an artist as they craft their works. In this tour, you’re able to receive a privileged ‘sneak peek’ through two exclusive options. Prior advanced notice is required to ensure proper planning for desired time frame.
Desert Art Tours goes beyond the desert! Because of Richard Almada’s relationships with major galleries and museums throughout the region, you can choose a city in Southern California and experience a luxurious art trek for the day. Receive the royal treatment at museums, art galleries, studios and other world-class cultural activities for the day at your desired location. If you’re a true art adventurer, this tour for you.
Richard Almada is the most knowledgeable art leader in the Coachella Valley. I have been coming to Palm Desert for 15 years, and as an artist, I have certainly been to many galleries and openings – but nothing could compare to the tour we received from Richard. His expertise in the many periods and techniques of art, plus personally knowing all the gallery owners, is exemplary. Everything you see and do is up close and personal.
Artist, Collector, Art Instructor
(Greater Chicago Area)