Lakes and Valleys Art Guild hosts “Transitions” 14th Annual Fundraiser Event

Lakes and Valleys Art Guild hosts “Transitions”

14th Annual Fundraiser Event

 

A Live Auction, Silent Auction and Raffle to support the growth of

Fine Art in the High Desert Communities.

 

LVAG

Lake Hughes, California July 22nd, 2017 – Lakes and Valleys Art Guild invites Antelope Valley and surrounding community members to attend “Transitions”; their annual fundraiser event, on Saturday July 22nd, 2017 from 3-6 pm.

The local nonprofit fundraiser will be held at the Shadowlands Foundation located at 18832 Pine Canyon Rd, Lake Hughes, CA 93532.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 via PayPal (contact us via LakesAndValleysAG@gmail.com) or for $20 at the door.

All funds raised during this event will be used to help nourish artists of all skill levels and art related events/programs within our communities.  Lakes and Valleys Art Guild shares a gallery space on Lancaster Blvd, to showcase local artists and makes annual donations to MOAH, MOAH:Cedar, YMCA, Public School Art Programs, Youth Art Scholarships and more.

“I am surprised how many talented artists reside in this area, that I was unaware of, prior to this event,” said Kathy Stinson, resident of Lancaster CA.  “All mediums were showcased; sculpture, wood carving, jewelry, digital, oils, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pastel.  After attending the fundraiser, I felt encouraged to pursue my own art.  It is an incredibly fun event, for a good cause.”

This fundraiser will be packed with entertainment; including live music, hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine (cash bar), live art auction (at 5 pm), silent auction and raffle.  Award winning artists have donated one-of-a-kind original pieces of artwork.  Museums, galleries, amusement parks, casinos, spas, and restaurants have made donations in the past.  It is the event to attend, in support of the arts.

The Lakes and Valleys Art Guild is a member-driven nonprofit organization formed in 2003; dedicated to the artists of the communities within the High Desert in and near the Antelope Valley.  Our members are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – from professional artists, and teachers, to those who have a strong interest in, and love for art.

Our goals are to provide support and encouragement to our artists and give them a place to meet, attend classes and workshops, and to display their work.

It is the goal of LVAG to positively influence the communities.

This material was written and shared with AV Arts by Kristi Arzola.

Women and Nature: Collages by Ulrica Bell

Energy is a difficult element to pin down. But you know it when you see it. And you feel it right away when you see Ulrica Bell’s collage work.

The energy jumps right out at you.

Bold colors and innovative patterns highlight Bell’s collages, which are being showcased in a new show at Sagebrush Café in Quartz Hill this summer. “Women and Nature” is a collection of new work that promises a fusion not only of mixed media components but also of ideas.

Queen of the Wind

As an artist, Ulrica Bell seems to call on a variety of influences in her work as she knits together a body of ideas, sometimes taking chances, often asserting a palpable confidence, which may be borne from years of teaching. Bell went to college on the east coast, at Bryn Mawr, and built a career in the classroom.

Today, in person, she cuts a striking figure with a balance of deep sympathy and no-nonsense honesty. She clearly sees past the first layer of things – and people – and her artwork invites us to do the same.

If we are going to dance, then let’s dance. If we’re going to speak, then let’s say what must be said. Take the straight path, she seems to say, and we will be where we are going.

What form will this message take in “Women and Nature”?

As an aside: These observations are based on conversations, on encounters with Bell’s work in person and online, and on her social media persona. In sharing a few thoughts there is much left to tell – and to figure out. The art of Ulrica Bell is something to conjure with, to quote a phrase. Something to see for yourself.

Bell is an active and award-winning Antelope Valley artist. At MOAH’s Cedarfest, Bell won a prize for her mixed media work. But she also shows paintings and plans to bring original poetry into “Women and Nature.” These things point to a certain diversity of character that makes Bell difficult to summarize (if one were to try).

This little speech is not a summary. It’s more of an invitation.

“Women and Nature” will be showing from late June at Sagebrush Café.

Ulrica Bell Women and Nature 2

Graphic Experience & Lakes and Valleys Art Guild present “Riding Coat Tails”

Graphic Experience & Lakes and Valleys Art Guild present “Riding Coat Tails”

A Spontaneous Art Show Showcasing Local Talent

 in the High Desert Communities.

Lancaster, California June 17th, 2017Graphic Experience and Lakes and Valleys Art Guild invites the surrounding community of Antelope Valley to attend “Riding Coat Tails” art gallery opening reception, on Saturday June 17th, 2017 from 4-8 pm.

This art event will be held at the Graphic Experience Gallery located at 622 West Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534.  This event is free to the public.

PS Gallery StoreFront Sm - The opening reception will include music, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to meet some incredibly talented artists.

Within the High Desert communities, opportunities for local artists are growing with each year that passes.  Graphic Experience and Lakes and Valleys Art Guild are excited to be a part of it.

There are multiple community-based art events on June 17th.  In addition to the “Riding Coat Tails” gallery opening reception, the Museum Of Art & History (aka MOAH) will also be hosting their “32nd annual Juried Arts Festival” at the MOAH Cedar center, which is on the same city block.  If that’s not enough, afterwards you can walk down Lancaster Blvd to enjoy the twelve murals that are a part of a global public-art event called “Pow!Wow!”

The engagement and support of residents like you; will ensure the successful advancement of community-based art for years to come. Visit us Saturday June 17th, and bring your friends and family to enjoy a Saturday on the BLVD, surrounded by art.

If you’re a local artist and you’re interested in exhibiting or supporting more community-based art events, please contact Kristi Arzola at lakesandvalleysag@gmail.com.

The Lakes and Valleys Art Guild is a member-driven nonprofit organization formed in 2003; dedicated to the artists of the communities within the High Desert in and near the Antelope Valley.  Our members are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – from professional artists, and teachers, to those who have a strong interest in, and love for art.

Our goals are to provide support and encouragement to our artists and give them a place to meet, attend classes and workshops, and to display their work.

It is the goal of LVAG to positively influence the communities.

Graphic Experience – Showcasing Local Artists

In downtown Lancaster, the Graphic Experience is under new ownership and the new leaders are both friendly and ambitious. The Lakes & Valleys Art Guild recently held the first of what is promised to be a series of shows at the location on the BLVD and the Graphic Experience is also looking to showcase a new local artist every month.

All this is good news for artists and for the Antelope Valley. The people here at AV Arts decided to look into the space as a way to help promote locally businesses that are helping to promote the arts. It’s a beautiful cycle and we are very glad to be a part of it.

You’ll be happy to know that we turned up a mystery during our internet scrounging. The Graphic Experience is currently showcasing a local artist, as promised, but we don’t know who it is. Do you?

Can you name the artist behind this image? The Graphic Experience website offers no clues beyond the information embedded in the URL when you click the image (“incenseSalesmane”).

If you know who the artist is, please let us know. And maybe if you want to help us find out, you can stop into the frame store/gallery and check out what else they have to offer beyond the satisfaction of our curiosity.

A note to potential helpful sleuths: Show up in a trench coat and a Sherlock Holmes hat and take a selfie to include with your solution to the Riddle of the Local artist and you will get One Million bonus points! Or, if you prefer, we will actually send you a dollar for your trouble. A real American one dollar reward.

Cheers.

 

 

Gallery Grand Opening “Local Colors” Art Exhibition

LANCASTER, CA – The Lakes & Valleys Art Guild in partnership with Graphic Experience is pleased to present a new Fine Arts Gallery on Lancaster Blvd.

Many of the works express the artists’ personal style using both traditional and unconventional painting, drawing and photography techniques.

Local artists have been invited to share their unique perspective in the Gallery’s Grand Opening, “Local Colors” art exhibition Saturday April 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Local Colors Press Release Image.jpg
We are pleased to announce fine artist JoGayle Gerner as the gallery’s first invitee along with Geoffrey E Levitt, Ulrica Bell, Sal Vasquez, Ann Sly, Paul Dennis, Donna Weil, Kristi Arzola, Ben Tomlinson and David Walker – just to name a few of the talented artists who will be joining her.

Many of the works express the artists’ personal style using both traditional and unconventional painting, drawing and photography techniques.  This diverse exhibit will display landscapes, automobiles, portraits, and bold modern abstracts – creating a captivating display for all audiences.

Founded in Lake Hughes in 2003, The Lakes and Valleys Art Guild is a member-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to the artists within the Lakes and Valleys communities of the High Desert, in and near the Antelope Valley.

The “Local Colors” art exhibition will be available for viewing until Friday, June 2, 2017. The gallery is located at 622 West Lancaster Blvd, across from the Lancaster City Library.

——————————————————————————–

Please contact Mrs. Kristi Arzola for more information and press images at 661-341-2965 or lakesandvalleysag@gmail.com .

Don’t mLVAGiss out on this memorable evening and the opportunity to meet the local talent within our community.

 

The Sagebrush Café Arts & Crafts Festival is back!

The Sagebrush Café Arts & Crafts Festival is back in action this year on April 8 from 9 to 4.

Local artists and artisans will be arrayed around the café selling locally made, handmade goods of all sorts. There will be fine art. There will be boutique crafts. There will be handmade, original jewelry. There will be good times.

(^Images from last year’s festival.^)

We’ve got Kids Activities, Make-and-Take Crafts, Games, a Special Menu and a yard full of Arts & Crafts Treasures.

The coffee shop and art gallery is celebrating eight years of business in Quartz Hill and inviting the community to come out to join in the festivities. Grab a cup of coffee, take a gander at the current art show featuring work by Julius Eastman, order up a pastry or grilled sandwich, browse the manifold talents of the Antelope Valley that will be gathered to vend their goods.

This is very much a community event. It only happens once a year event, so take advantage!

Sagebrush Café Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, April 8th from 9-4

42104 50th Street West, Quartz Hill 93536

Facebook | Instagram | Sagebrush-Café.com

What’s going on in the Antelope Valley?

What is going on in the Antelope Valley? Hey, thanks for asking.

As it happens, there is a good bit going on. If you are looking for some sites to see in the AV, check out the art scene.

The MOAH is currently featuring a show called, “British Invasion.” Among the two dozen artists included in the show is David Hockney, “one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century” (MOAH).  The work ranges in medium and in style as the show intends to both reference and update the 1960s musical and cultural British Invasion. Fittingly, these artists are showing work inspired by American culture, just as the American blues spurred the inspirations and innovations of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

 MOAH is excited to feature the work of several of the artists who participated in the original British Invasion of the sixties as well as a diverse group of up-and-coming and recently established Britons, whose California-inspired body of work could be said to comprise a contemporary British Invasion.

Also on exhibit at the downtown Lancaster art museum – “The Mojave Project.” This show includes paintings and photography by regional artists and artists interested in the desert region. Kim Stringfellow, Ron Pinkerton (image below) and Terry Cervantes are three of the eight artists taking part in this show.

The current exhibit is part of a larger, ongoing project that promises to fascinate desert and city dwellers alike.

From The Mojave Project:

The Mojave Project is a transmedia documentary and curatorial project led by Kim Stringfellow exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes, and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience for its audience.

The scope of the conversation represented by the Mojave Project is admirable, especially in a climate wherein flashy news trumps deeper discourse and distraction is king. The artists working with Kim Stringfellow on this project are going against the grain of the instantaneous and developing a substantial and sustained artistic dialogue on what the desert is, what it means, and what it kinds of ideas it contains.

Looking for more inspiration?

Reception: January 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, free. You may also view this exhibit January 26-March 12 during any public event.
Chuck Tedecshi

The city of Palmdale is hosting “Inspired by Nature” – Art by Chuck Tedeschi. The exhibit beings with an opening reception on January 26 and will be on display through March 12 at the Palmdale Playhouse.

Inspired By Nature - Art by Chuck Tedeschi
Chuck Tedeschi

 

Information on Tedeschi is hard to come by, but his work seems to speak for itself. The artist will be present at the opening reception so you can ask him how in the world he is doing what he does…

Also, as you scan the horizon for more arts-related events keep an eye out for happenings groups like these: LPACThe Lakes & Valleys Art Guild and The Antelope Valley Thespians.

For an outsider’s take on how the intersections between the arts, the desert’s open spaces and the Antelope Valley, check out this article from Curbed LA by Jennifer Swan.

Swan still has a 661 area code, according to her bio, so she is not the outsider here, not exactly. But she portrays an interesting image of the Lancaster, Palmdale, Mojave area – seen through the eyes of Venice Beach folks as a place simultaneously full of potential and kind of down-at-the-heels.

Giving a good amount of space in the article to local figures like Robert Benitez (a director of/at MOAH) and Larissa Nickel (artist, advocate, writer and professor), Swan ultimately poses a sort of bizarre question about whether or not the art scene is about to be gentrified here where the population has surpassed 500,000 and the average annual income is just slightly under the California state median income of $60,000.

Presuming Swan is clear on what gentrification means, she poses a strange and intriguing question that seems fitting for a region on the outskirts of Los Angeles, a city of big dreams, big incomes and also little dreams and little incomes. If there is a “culture creep” spreading from Los Angeles, what exactly does that culture consist of? And what does it mean if that culture – however vibrant, however exploratory, however chic – shows up on the outskirts of town?

The desert of the Antelope Valley certainly has wide open spaces and unoccupied territory, but if people occupy the scrub-brush and the dry-washes does that mean Palmdale has been gentrified? In Brooklyn, people didn’t gentrify the alleys and the warehouses…they bought the brownstones, right?

The Antelope Valley is often a projection, for Angelenos, of their own fantasies and biases and Swan would appear to ask what projection might win out: Will it be one that invites notions of a creatively inspiring blank slate and uses this invitation as a call to take ownership of the region’s arts mantle or one that sees the Antelope Valley as place with an identity of its own, defined by the people and artists who already live here?

The answer may clarify the fact that the ideas behind “desert gentrification” are anchored to psychology and class-consciousness as much as or more so than they are to actual class. Ultimately, Swan’s article examines the battle of ideas and identity that persistently crops up in and around the Antelope Valley. Take a look if you have a chance. It’s a really interesting read.

The last artist’s haven in Los Angeles” by Jennifer Swan.

 

The space at 5 Acres, a sign that says 5 Acres in red, with a fire pit, surrounded by desert.