From a kibbutz to an art gallery: Gideon shares how he found his identity and his passion after growing up in a place where everyone was encouraged to be the same.
From the event: 'All I Ever Wanted': Stories of Growing Up
Gideon Cohn is an award-winning artist and owner of IMAGES Fine Art Gallery & Garden in La Quinta and IMAGES Gallery Idyllwild, in Idyllwild. He was born in Sweden and immigrated with his parents to Israel, where he grew up on a kibbutz. He joined the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) serving for three years including the Six-Day War. He started pioneering farming with advanced technology in the Dead Sea region in Israel. In 1983, Gideon moved with his family to southern California on a two-year contract to develop raw desert along the Salton Sea into agriculture. Besides his agricultural business, Gideon the artist has evolved in the art world, including owning his own art gallery in Palm Springs, CA (closed March 2013), curating art shows and for the last several years, jurying and judging for the La Quinta Art festival, as well as other shows. He is also involved in the community, including his role as Art Director of the Ophelia Project.