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Experience the rugged appeal of sculptor Stan Bitters' work at this desert garden

Experience the rugged appeal of sculptor Stan Bitters' work at this desert garden
Large-scale ceramic murals, medallions and stacking forms by acclaimed sculptor Stan Bitters are on display in the desert garden at Mohawk West in Santa Monica through July 28. (Dan Chavkin)

The breathtaking works of one of California’s leading ceramists is taking up residence among the cactus and aloes in an outdoor desert garden in Santa Monica.

Fresno artist Stan Bitters, 82, is well known for the raw and rugged environmental ceramic installations he has created for the ACE hotel in Palm Springs, as well as banks, restaurants, industrial complexes and private homes throughout the country.

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His newest exhibit, “Visuals in Clay” — which is free — takes place in the desert garden adjacent to Mohawk West general store, a mashup that came about through a collaboration between Bitters’ dealer Scott Nadeau of the Los Angeles-based furniture design company Ten10 and Mohawk West.

Now, Bitters’ large-scale ceramic murals, terracotta birdhouses, ceramic hanging lanterns and stacking formations can be viewed in a Japanese-inspired garden designed by Terremoto Landscape.

Want to experience more of Bitters’ work? Head to the Westfield Century City Mall, where his most recent commissions, “California DNA,” 2016, and “White Water,” 2017, are on permanent display.

Stan Bitters' terracotta bird feeders hang in the desert garden at Mohawk West.
Stan Bitters' terracotta bird feeders hang in the desert garden at Mohawk West. (Dan Chavkin)
A wall mural by Stan Bitters.
A wall mural by Stan Bitters. (Dan Chavkin)

'Visuals in Clay,' by sculptor Stan Bitters

Where: Mohawk West, 2929 Main St., Santa Monica

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; ends Aug. 31

Info: (323) 522-6459; mohawkgeneralstore.com; ten10site.com

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