Tami Wood, Artist & Improv Instructor
Tami comes from Texas and a family of fourth generation cattle ranchers. She came to California in the '80's to raise her son, first in the low desert, then Tami made a move to the Hi-Desert alone. In this episode, Tami talks about how she literally stumbled upon assemblage art, picking up random metal and other objects on her daily walks and started making art with them. Not knowing anyone in the community to which she'd moved, she read and studied the Hwy 62 Art Tours guides to meet local artists and get inspired.
Up until a few months ago, Tami operated the 'I Heart Joshua Tree Gallery' in the Joshua Tree Sun Alley Shops, where she loved connecting with the people who came through. Though still making art, she's left retail behind and is embarking on a new way of showing and selling her art as a new vendor with the weekly Palm Springs Village Art Fest. She and friend Bob Rufer host their monthly 'I HEART Myself' Improv Class at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley (call 760-774-2553 for more info).
Tami says, "The desert taught me to embrace self-care and that I am resilient. I am strong. I don't care what everyone else is doing. I do me!" Right on, Tami, right on!
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