Remembering Steve Rieman:
Steve Rieman and his wife, Ruth Rieman, have been long-time advocates for desert conservation and art appreciation in the Morongo Basin. Steve is best known for creating larger than life kinetic metal and stone sculptures inspired by the harsh desert environment and the human impact on its fragile ecosystem. His art is about balance and harmony between advancing technology and the preservation of the natural environment. Besides advocating for the protection of the Mojave Desert by being long-time members of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, Steve and Ruth have hosted artists from all over the world as board members of the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency and their home that includes Steve's innovative building designs, handmade furniture and a variety of his artwork, has been a favorite stop on the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council's annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Tours.
In an op-ed published on December 16, 2016 in the Press Enterprise, the couple writes in favor of the arts as a vehicle for strong desert protections: "As an internationally collected artist and advocates for artists and their work, our backgrounds give us insight into what we have to lose. When we relocated from Orange County to the high desert more than 36 years ago, it was like entering another world. We noted the expansive sky, the changing seasons, and the abundant wildlife adapted to the challenges of a dry and harsh climate. Walking in Pipes Wash for more than three decades, we noticed that our footprints are significant and our impact cannot be denied. This kind of immersion in the wide-open, rural landscape here gives us a unique perspective about what it means to be responsible citizens in the Mojave Desert."
Our community mourns the recent loss of such an iconic figure, and we continue to support Ruth as she continues to work towards advocating for their shared beliefs. To honor Steve's memory, please consider donating to the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, and the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council.
"If I serve as an example to others to follow their dreams, I consider that success" - Steve Rieman
Visit https://linktr.ee/steverieman to learn more about Steve Rieman and his body of work and the local non-profit organizations the Rieman's support.