Artists Treat Students and Staff to 12 Shows

Desert Sun • Staff Report • February 3, 2008

Reaching out to people and sharing your expertise is one way to help the entire community.

In this feature, “The Business of Giving Back,” The Desert Sun spotlights area firms performing good deeds and providing community service.

Here’s a sample of the generous spirit of a Palm Springs art gallery owner and three local artists.

A unique experience

Rick Pantele, owner of the Gallery, exposed the staff and students of the Palm Springs Unified School District to a unique experience in fine arts in November.

Pantele went on The Incredible Art Tour with artists Vernon Finney, Christopher Dailey and TAG. The tour consisted of 12 shows in five days at six middle and high schools in Palm Springs and Cathedral City.

The tour was organized by Gallery and sponsored by generous local businesses who helped to defray the costs of transport and printed materials for the students. The artists volunteered their time and handled all the manual labor involved in setting up and breaking down shows.

“This was quite an unusual undertaking which had a tremendous impact on the district’s students. … Rick was unfailingly enthusiastic and generous throughout the entire process. He is changing lives through his gift of making art the bond that ties,” said Louisa Castrodale, visual and performing arts specialist with the school district.

Last month, the district presented Rick Pantele with the district’s Shiny Apple Award for his extensive efforts and generosity.

“It was one of the most worthwhile experiences I’ve been involved in for many years,” said Pantele. “I look forward to continuing with art presentations at schools.”

Pantele is now looking to take the Incredible Art Tour to Desert Hot Springs schools this year.