• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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    Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Beanery Lunch Counter is closed.

Desert Light Gallery at Kelso Depot

photo of sculpture of a building in minute scale

Inhabitance

Anna-Marie Veloz

Inhabitance
The artwork of Anna-Marie Veloz
June 21 - September 20, 2014

Since the turn of the last century, transcontinental railroads have promoted rail travel to national parks by producing framed prints and advertising art that depicts the beauty of these national treasures. The tradition of close ties between the railroads, art, and national parks continues at the Desert Light Gallery in Kelso Depot Visitor Center.

Inspired by abandoned structures that Veloz found while exploring the Mojave Desert, the intricate sculptures of Inhabitance echoes the American Dream of utopia.

Anna-Marie Veloz is an adjunct professor of Art at Victor Valley College, Victorville, California

Did You Know?

photo of detail on Kelso Depot.

The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...