In addition to the art-filled nooks and crannies of Café Aroma, the establishment also features the work of one artist in the revolving collection in the main dining room.

The featured artists for January and February 2016 are Melody and Gideon Cohn. The artist reception is Saturday, January 9 from 2-4pm

Gideon Cohn

Gideon was born in Sweden and immigrated with his parents to Israel. Growing up on a kibbutz, surrounded by raw nature as well as vast agricultural endeavors, it was only natural that Gideon was attracted to nature and the plant world which was very joyous and a source of inspiration for him.

In 1983, Gideon moved with his family to southern California on a 2 year contract to develop raw desert along the Salton Sea into agriculture.

Though possessing a zest for art since early childhood, “serious art work” in the form of drawings and paintings started in the early 90’s.

While attending various classes in Art, Interior Design, Architecture and CAD, at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Gideon was drawing and painting in his studio, allowing for the initial shaping of the artist. Much of Gideon’s art created in the 21st century revolves around the human figure with a hint of surrealism and comes to form in charcoal/pastels on paper, oils on canvas and more recently some unique techniques he developed that sets him apart. Some of the art work incorporates other media such as wood, prints, and other material which provide a third dimension to the art.

Gideon the artist has evolved in the art world, including owning his own art gallery in Palm Springs, CA for 6 years and now in La Quinta, CA for 2 years), curating art shows for 10 years and jurying and judging for the La Quinta Art festival (ranked #1 in the nation) for 6 years as well as other shows in Southern California. His art has been and being shown both in group and solo juried exhibitions in various galleries, winning awards of excellence throughout the years.

He is also involved in the community with nonprofit organizations promoting the art with youth, as well as preservation and conservation of the environment. He has been the Art Director for the Healthy Family Foundation’s “Ophelia Project” in Palm Desert for the past six years. This mentoring project encourages young middle and high school girls to achieve their full potential and to build their self-esteem. It is a program involving some 525 girls in 12 schools, both in Indio, Palm Springs and Coachella School Districts.


“The figure has always been a source of inspiration for me. Its ever changing shapes, colors and lines have been a stimulus in my exploration process for 35 years. Figurative drawing and painting became my conduit to the beauty of sensuality, flow of spirit and the ties to earth.”

Melody Manning-Cohn

Born and raised in Southern Indiana, now living in La Quinta California.

I am blessed with a supportive husband, 2 young adult children and 1 daughter in law; all live in Southern California.

I also have extended family living in Israel that I love to visit.

Music and art were my favorite subjects in school and after raising my children I made a promise to myself that art will once again be a part of my life in the near future.

I then crossed that bridge and met my future husband Gideon. We discussed a project that I had in mind to paint and he encouraged me to paint it, since then I have been painting for 4 years and find that I love to express myself with images on canvas.

Realizing there is much to learn I have an open mind and free spirit, and ready for the next adventure.

My desire is to become a professional artist that expresses feelings of love, through joy, and always with originality; art that collectors will enjoy for years to come.

I love to experience and feel the creative surge through my current experiences with my exploration of Water Color painting and other experimental media.