In recent weeks and months, arts in the Imperial Valley have been decidedly abundant.
From a full slate of musicals, plays and stage performances at Southwest Performing Arts Theatre in El Centro and the Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley, to concerts in local clubs, to a bevy of art exhibitions by local and national artists at this county's various arts galleries, the local pickings in the arts have gone from slim to significant.
For every concert, for every exhibit, for every play there are those local individuals working to put such shows together.
A great many of these cultural events are staged by the folks at the Imperial County Arts Council, who operate on a shoestring budget out of the Old Post Office Pavilion on South Fifth Street in El Centro.
We'd like to thank folks like Patricia Saracco, who heads up the North County Arts Coalition, and Carmen Durazo, who leads a dedicated Calexico Arts Commission. Both agencies are branches of the county Arts Council.