Celebrating the Desert – Lori Antoinette

For artists in the Antelope Valley, the Mojave Desert is more than just a background. It’s a source of inspiration, a place to let ideas wend and wander among the Juniper and the Creosote.

From California Poppies to Joshua Trees, artists of the Antelope Valley are gifted with enough iconic imagery in the desert landscape to rival almost any other part of the world.

Of course, natural beauty and interesting images can be found anywhere if you just look for it, but the sometimes drastic, often surprising, and usually wind-swept landscape of Antelope Valley just makes these things easy to find.

AV Arts recently put out a call to local artists who can attest to this.

One of those artists is Lori Antoinette, an artist working in multiple mediums and who seems to find different ways to “hear” the desert in her art. The work she sent in takes the form of an energetic response to some of the Mojave Desert’s most recognizable figures.

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Q: What is your artistic background?

My earliest memories are drawing with my Mom (who is a wonderful painter) at around  three years old. I had always taken some kind of art or craft classes growing up.

My degree is in Fine Art from Univ of MD and I also have a certification in textile design. I always loved painting people and architecture, but my degree is actually in abstract. After college I went back to figurative.

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In the 90’s I belonged to an art collective called DAKO Vanguard. We shared a gallery space of the same name in the downtown LA Arts District for a time. I also had my own wearable art business selling at events and tv and movie sets.

I’ve been doing street art (chalk) for 25 years now, but since retiring from the airlines I have really been working hard to hone my skills. Life is always a work in progress…

Find out more about Lori Antoinette here:

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Acton’s Harmonic Breeze and Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers to Participate in PBS SoCal Holiday Celebration

This year’s L.A. County Holiday Celebration, put on by the Music Center and PBS Socal  will feature performances by the Harmonic Breeze, representing the Acton-Agua Dulce communities, and the Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers.

The event is live, televised and streaming. Read on for details from the event announcement. Tickets are free, so if you are interested in attending just plan  your trip and go.

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The Emmy® Award-winning 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration — Music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this free three-hour holiday show that is perfect for the whole family. PBS SoCal KOCE will broadcast this beloved program.

Highlights of the Holiday Celebration include theHarmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble performing a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah; holiday songs sung by the Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers; the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band playing a medley of holiday favorites; MUSYCA Children’s Choir performing Christmas songs written by contemporary artists; Mostly Kosher playing upbeat Jewish folk and holiday songs; the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Company on Korean drums; and Las Colibriperforming a collection of holiday songs. .

New groups to the show include City Ballet of Los Angeles, adding a new twist to The NutcrackerJC Culture Foundation performing both Chinese dragon and Chinese lion dances; West African drum and dance company Le Ballet Dembaya with a West-African mask dance; and the Los Angeles-based ensemble vocal group m-pact singing popular holiday songs.

For those who can’t make the free event at The Music Center on Dec. 24, the program will air live on PBS SoCal KOCE and stream live on pbssocal.org from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The program will be re-broadcast from 9 p.m. until midnight on Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the show will be available to stream beginning at noon.

WHEN:
Sunday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
• Patrons may come and go throughout the three-hour performance
• A live broadcast of the show airs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE
• Live streaming at pbssocal.org
• The PBS SoCal KOCE broadcast repeats from 9 p.m. – midnight on Dec. 24, and again on Dec. 25 at noon with streaming also available; the program will air on PBS SoCal 2 on Dec. 25 at 3 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.

WHO:
• Performing artists from across Los Angeles County (see below for complete list)
• Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
• A presentation of The Music Center produced in association with CDK Productions 
• Live telecast on PBS SoCal KOCE is produced by CDK Productions

WHERE:

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The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

HOW:
Information hotline: (213) 972-3099 or MusicCenter.org/holidaycelebra tion

ADMISSION:
FREE; no reservations or tickets to the show; first come, first seated

PARKING:
FREE in The Music Center parking garage

ARTISTS PERFORMING IN 58th ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:

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• Citrus Singers is a 45 member voice and handbell ensemble from Citrus College.

• City Ballet of Los Angeles, blending classical and contemporary dance with music from around the world, will perform Nutcracker Swings to a mix of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington.

 Colburn Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Chorus, the advanced vocal ensembles of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, will perform festive songs for the holiday season.

• Daniel Ho & Halau Keali’i o Nalani will present Ho’s original songs in English and Hawaiian with captivating hula choreography.

• Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles returns to the Holiday Celebration for the 23rd year in a row to perform traditional holiday songs.
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• Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a music ensemble of 11 to 18-year olds representing the communities of Acton and Agua Dulce, will perform iconic holiday classics.

• Immaculate Heart of Mary and Precious Blood School Children’s Choir, a dynamic youth ensemble with an arsenal of multilingual and multi-genre repertoire, will perform songs that celebrate the Christmas holiday.

• JC Culture Foundation, a cultural and arts organization that provides programs for Chinese cultural activities, will perform both a Chinese lion and a Chinese dragon dance.

• Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, the official Korean cultural ambassador to Southern California, will perform Korean drumming in traditional costume.

• Korean American Youth Performing Artists (KAYPA) will perform a traditional Korean fan dance.

• Las Colibrí, or “The Hummingbirds,” is an all-female mariachi ensemble that will perform holiday songs blending vocal harmonies with unique arrangements and interpretations of traditional sones, huapangos and rancheras.

• Le Ballet Dembaya, a professional West African drum and dance company based in Los Angeles, will perform a mask dance from the Mandenyi people of Guinea.

• The Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, known for its members’ young ages and their advanced level of musicianship, will perform classical repertoire that celebrates the holidays.

• Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, an all-volunteer group of musicians dedicated to giving their very best for the band, the Sheriff’s Department and the community, will play a traditional medley of Christmas and holiday carols.

• m-pact, an award-winning professional a cappella group, will perform unique renditions of popular holiday songs.

• Mostly Kosher, a Jewish cultural revival band, will play upbeat klezmer, plaintive Yiddish melodies and other Jewish heritage folk genres spun with a modern twist.

• Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers, an award-winning 38-member vocal ensemble, will perform a medley of traditional holiday songs.

• MUSYCA Children’s Choir, bringing together gifted young people ages four to 18 to create a community of singers built on respect, love for music and artistic excellence, will perform Christmas songs by contemporary artists.

• Pacifico Dance Company, a 32 member ensemble dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of classical and contemporary Mexican dance forms, will perform an excerpt from Jaranas y Danzones de Yucatan — a glimpse into the Yucatan Peninsula.

• Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers, a 45-member chorus made up of current high school singers and alumni singers from Palmdale High School, will perform traditional holiday repertoire.

• The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, a professional ensemble dedicated to keeping alive the Negro spiritual along with jazz, blues and original Gospel works, will perform inspirational songs of the season.

• VOX Femina Los Angeles, a choir of 34 women that gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature, will perform songs celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.
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As Los Angeles’ largest multicultural holiday celebration, the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, provides Angelenos of all ages an opportunity to come together on December 24 to experience and honor the dynamic, rich cultures of the County. During the event, many diverse L.A.-based artists and community groups showcase their talent, artistry and traditions on The Music Center’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. The show is broadcast live in Southern California on PBS SoCal KOCE – home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California – and on the Armed Forces Network. Viewers can also live stream it on pbssocal.org. While an estimated audience of more than 4,000 watch the show live at The Music Center, more than 18 million local viewers can enjoy the program on television and online.

Celebrating the Desert – Call for Submissions

Artists take inspiration from many places, including the physical world around them. This is especially true for artists living in remarkable places like we do in Antelope Valley, surrounded by the Mojave Desert, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Tehachapi Mountains. Our Joshua Trees, our dry lake beds and our hordes of ravens all make for some compelling and iconic artistic fodder.

People outside the Antelope Valley know this – probably without realizing it – because the Antelope Valley shows up in so many movies, music videos and commercials (especially car commercials). The visual landscape here is special.

In the spirit of celebrating the desert and celebrating our little corner of the world, we would like to invite artists to send in images inspired (directly or indirectly) by the local landscape.

Please send one or two images to poeticwax@rocketmail.com and include your name. Include a brief bio too if you’d like.

We’ll post the desert art here at AV Arts and link it to our Facebook Page.

While the turnout will most likely be humble, that is perfectly okay. Little celebrations count too.

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Conjuring Marz

If you grow up in a family of artists, it’s not always easy to be an artist yourself. Instead of being “the creative one” and standing out, your creativity is given automatic comparison. Any artistic freedom and open-ended exploration of ideas can be dampened by a sense of a pressure to compete or to perform at a certain level. It can drive you away from art entirely.

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With an artist for a mother and two artistically talented older sisters, Maggie SanFilippo was not always sure that she wanted to enter the fray. She followed her own path. But – and here’s the thing – that path seems to have always pointed back to art.

Doing costume design in the film industry and working for years as an entrepreneur in the area of vintage and hand-made furniture, SanFilippo never strayed far from art, even if she didn’t think of herself as an artist. She works in fields where design and aesthetics are central. Her furniture work in particular had her hustling to rescue and refurbish furniture, applying some imagination to give life back to thrift store finds and in that way bring new ideas to life.

She found herself naturally drawn to musicians and photographers. Maybe she tricked herself in a very quiet way into becoming an artist despite the fact that she wouldn’t have given herself that title. Or maybe she was just waiting for the right encouragement.

When her boyfriend and business partner, musician Ainsley Hubbard encouraged SanFilippo to take her occasional sketches and run with them, the moment seemed right and she did.

In Conjuring Marz, SanFilippo’s show at Sagebrush Café and her first solo show – you can see the process of “running with it” at work in a collection of pieces combining sketching and water color that become a sort of jazz-couture style: firm lines and inventive improvisations of color, gesture and attitude that bring to mind both Ella Fitzgerald and Coco Channel.

And there is a very deliberate harkening back to the past in Conjuring Marz. SanFilippo was inspired to create some pieces for the show while she was watching Feud, the television series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, figures of glamour and great emotion – and a scrappy determination to insist on themselves and on their own success.

The style that is at work in Conjuring Marz calls on a certain understatement that hides in plain sight. Many of the pieces contrast vivid splashes of color with images of composure and self-possession. There is something in the drawn figures that the color points to, but the faces aren’t giving anything away.

So the joy that seems to shout itself from the bright and quite direct works in the show becomes at least a little bit complicated. There is something else here too.

Many of the figures in the drawings are wearing sunglasses, holding something back, maintaining a cool secret. That, in a way, is what elegance is – flair that is at the same time somehow restraint.

In Conjuring Marz, SanFilippo gives us a set of pieces that seem like the result of a meditation on this dance between the said and the unsaid. There is a sense that the stage sees what the actress wants to show but those inevitable off-stage incidents, those episodes in the wings are what stand behind the knowing smile when the actress takes her bow.

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Showing @ Sagebrush Cafe

42104 50th Street West

Lancaster, CA 93536

 

 

Kaleidoscope Music & Arts Festival

The City of Palmdale is reaching out to local artists to participate in this year’s Kaleidoscope Music & Arts Festival – happening October 14, 2017.

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The event:

Join us for this free event featuring live chalk artists, artisans, entertainment by Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Stone Soul, High-D Boys, Paddy’s Pig and more, visual & performing arts, Art of the Brew, Brushes & Brews, Fresh Made Market, food vendors, and more! Admission and parking are free.

What’s new this time around:

We are introducing a new component this year: Fresh Made Market, if you know anyone who produces any of the following please share the link and application with them.

Kaleidoscope Music & Art Festival is accepting applications for its Fresh Made Market, perfect for cottage industry and farmers market vendors who specialize in handmade candles, home scent products, skin and body care products, baked and canned goods, salsas, pestos, sauces and traditional farmers market products.

The info and applications for Professional Artists, Student Artists and Fresh Made Market vendors can all be found on the Palmdale Amphitheater’s website.

 Check it out. Get involved. Get your art out there!

Figuring the Volume of a Utopian Cylinder

ON ALL Eve – Figuring the Volume of a Utopian Cylinder

Positional Projects invites the community to:

JOIN US FOR A SHORT DESERT WALK, REVISITING THE LLANO DEL RIO COLONY 100 YEARS AGO FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL EVENING SOUND BATH IN THE SILO RUIN

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Llano, CA – 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

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Positional Projects in collaboration with Anahata Mousai present “ON ALL Eve – Figuring the Volume of a Utopian Cylinder” an evening event featuring a history walk and conversation under the waxing sturgeon full moon, reflecting on the end of the Llano del Rio socialist Utopian community in the Antelope Valley followed by a meditative sound bath amplified by the silo’s architecture.

In August of 1917, the colonists at Job Harriman’s cooperative experiment were deciding the fate of their desert future. Beinecke fellow and organizer Karyl Newman will share her discoveries at multiple archives specific to their struggle exactly 100 years ago – whether to stay and enact feminist city planner Alice Constance Austin’s innovative plans for the New City or organize an exodus to a more hospitable environment. Each guest will receive a limited edition printed guide and map created by Newman for “ON ALL Day”, a centennial event marking the final May Day of the Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony in Southern California’s Antelope Valley held on May 6th, 2017. Participants at the May event enjoyed the sound bath by local artists Jean Monte, Kristen Cramer and Moriah Cain Gross (Anahata Mousai), and requested an evening encore. Join us at 7pm, 8pm or 9pm on Friday, August 4th, 2017. Capacity in the silo is limited. Tickets are required and available for $10 at https://onalleve.eventbrite.com.

The site of Llano del Rio (located near the border of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties) occupies over 2,000 acres of open desert dotted with evidence of the historic endeavor, which began in 1914. “ON ALL Eve” takes place in and around the silo, the most intact of the remaining colony structures – a stalwart sentinel on the Antelope Valley horizon. Nearby are the walls of the dairy barn, creamery and bunk house. A cistern and aqueduct are adjacent to a fork of what is now Big Creek Wash, a contemporary example of the water issues that challenged the community’s viability in the Mojave. Explore the “ON ALL Day” digital exhibit to learn more.

“ON ALL Eve” ticket holders will meet and walk with Newman to the silo, learning about the final months at the colony, arriving at the silo where Anahata Mousai will sonify the structure using quartz bowls, bells and a gong. Guests will walk back together through the nearby ruins in conversation with Newman. The program is offered at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

“ON ALL Eve” is produced by PositionalProjects.org and LaunchLA.org as an auxiliary project of “ON ALL Day – A Desert Reflection at Llano del Rio”, a program supported in part by a grant from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org. Fiscal sponsor, Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, http://www.artsconnectionnetwork.org/ hosts the digital exhibit.

For further information and images please contact:

Karyl Newman           

kaz@positionalprojects.org    

310.766.9476

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Image: Michael Hepburn
(Note: All above text provided by Kaz Newman.)

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.

 

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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.