FOCUS: BORREGO SPRINGS
being part of
Circle of Art
DAN TREVAN /
Carol Ravy will be one of
many displaying works at the
Circle of Art Juried Art Show & Sale
Christmas Circle, off state
Route 22, Borrego Springs
BORREGO SPRINGS – Carol Ravy is selective
about where she displays her art.
The Circle of Art show in Borrego Springs
tops her list.
Ravy will join more than 70 artists in
the 16th annual Circle of Art on March 26-27
at Christmas Circle, a park in the center of
Artists will sell a variety of media,
including oil paintings and watercolors,
photography, sculpture, ceramics, pottery,
jewelry, fabric art and fashions.
Local photographer Paul Johnson will have
his colorful prints of desert scenes for
Reverse painting on glass by Leisel Paris
will add a colorful display with her
Southwest scenes, American Indians, desert
animals and religious icons.
Oil paintings by Gail Anne will feature
horses, farm animals, wildlife and desert
The contacts Ravy makes at the show each
year sometimes mean commissions for more of
her paintings, or requests to conduct
workshops for other artists. She also meets
prospective students for art classes she
teaches through the Palomar College
Community Education Program in Borrego
Springs, Warner Springs and Ramona.
Ravy works in all media but specializes
in watercolors and acrylics, mostly choosing
flowers and landscapes as subjects.
"Once in a while, I do an oil," she said.
"I started with oils and did oils for nine
Whenever she displays her work at an
outdoor show, Ravy paints, giving
demonstrations throughout the day.
"Not everybody does that," she said.
She has shown in the Circle of Art for
the past three years as well as in its
earlier years. She also shows at the Santa
Ysabel Art Festival in May and Julian's
Menghini Art & Music Festival in September.
Ravy has been painting for 30 years. She
was encouraged to pursue her talent by a
neighbor who was an artist.
"My next-door neighbor, Marie Kay, was an
oil painter, and one day she called me
over," Ravy recalled. "She had everything
sitting out on her kitchen table to do oils,
and she said, 'Carol, it's time for you to
learn to paint.' I just fell in love with
it. She changed my life."
For this year's Circle of Art, Sunny
Daniels, a professional artist from Oregon,
was selected to paint a scene for the
official poster. Her subject is bighorn
sheep, with a background of pictographs.
Poster prints will be available at the show.
Signed prints are $35, and unsigned prints
The Circle of Art is sponsored by Basic
Assistance for Students in the Community, a
nonprofit organization that provides
educational scholarships for residents of
Borrego Valley. Proceeds from the show will
go toward scholarships.
For more information, call (760) 767-0042
or go to
Ruth Lepper is a freelance writer
based in Ramona.