Figuring the Volume of a Utopian Cylinder

ON ALL Eve – Figuring the Volume of a Utopian Cylinder

Positional Projects invites the community to:


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

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 and 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 Fiscal sponsor, Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County, hosts the digital exhibit.

For further information and images please contact:

Karyl Newman       


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

Tres Amigas – Gallery Show Opening on November 15th at Sagebrush Cafe


When you hear the words “random eclectic art” you probably envision a certain level of vibrancy and energy. That is entirely appropriate for the upcoming group show at Sagebrush Cafe bringing together the work of three of the Antelope Valley’s most established and accomplished artists – Donna Weil, Liz Cotten and Joanne McCubrey.

The trio will show a mix of styles and media that demonstrate a deep creativity, a willingness to experiment and wide range of influences. Some of the influences are recognizably local, with landscape paintings inspired by regional landmarks like Vasquez Rocks. Some influences are more personal and perhaps inflected by distinctly individual histories and motifs.

The show opens on November 15th with a reception from 2-5 p.m. at Sagebrush Cafe (42014 50th Street West, Quartz Hill, Ca 93536).

Pavlina Nichole Showing at Sagebrush Cafe

From Sagebrush Cafe:

The next featured artist in the Sagebrush Cafe gallery space goes by the Tumblr name of Pavlina Nichole. With an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, September 12th, the anticipation for this show is building up – fast and steamy – like a stormy tea pot or an old school locomotive. (Don’t tip it over.)20953116899_5734e076c2_k

Working in Mixed Media and fabric, Pavi is a creative force. You can take a look at what she does at her Tumblr page or follow her on Instagram.

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You may have seen some of her work in one of the annual Arts & Crafts Fetes at Sagebrush. We’re looking forward to the burst of creative vision that Pavlina will bring to the space in a solo show.

Art Events at Sagebrush Cafe

Sagebrush Café in Quartz Hill playing host to three art events this month. These events are all open to the public. All are invited to participate.

Sagebrush Café: Coffee & Art House
42104 50th Street W., Quartz Hill , CA 93536
Open 7 Days
Open Invitation Art Show: Sagebrush Cafe is putting out a call to Antelope Valley artists to participate in an open invitation art show this month. 25 spaces are available. First come, first serve.
Enter a two-dimensional work of art in any medium on any family friendly subject.
Check out the details at our website:
Drop off days are July 19-20. Opening reception on Saturday, July 25 at 5 p.m.

Water Is Precious: Local artists are throwing an interactive and educational art party on July 19, hosted by Sagebrush Café.
“In the near future water will be worth more than Gold. In California, a state that has always had a complicated relationship with wealth, class, and water, we would like to invite you to envision a world where we wear small vials of water instead of diamonds, where we dress ourselves in fishbowls, and our designer handbags our replace with bottle waters. Join us for this interactive art party on Sunday July 19th at Sagebrush Café from 10 to Noon.”

Flash-Fiction Caption Contest: With the help of two Antelope Valley photographers, Sagebrush Café is hosting a flash-fiction caption contest in the month of July. Local writers are invited to submit flash-fiction based on photos provided on our contest page.Typewriter
“We’re calling it a Flash-Fiction Caption Contest but that doesn’t mean you have to write an actual caption. Write whatever you want as long as it relates to the photo somehow.”
Participating Photographers: Joanne McCubrey & Rheagan E. Martin

Sagebrush Café Invitational Art Show

Sagebrush Cafe is putting out a call to Antelope Valley artists to participate in an open invitation art show this month. 25 spaces are available. First come, first serve.

This juried show follows others hosted at Sagebrush. Last year’s winner of best in show was Julie O’Sullivan.


Details for the upcoming show below.

Enter a two-dimensional work of art in any medium on any family friendly subject.

  • Entry fee – $5
  • Accepting 25 pieces on a first come first serve basis.
  • Awards will be $75, $50 and $25 and decided by a judge (tbd)
  • All art entries must be works sized 8×10.
  • Total size including frame cannot exceed a width of 12 inches.
  • Work must be able to stand on a shelf (leaned against a wall)
  • Limit of one entry per person.
  • Bring your work on Sunday July 19 or Monday July 20.
  • Spaces will be available only to the first 25 artists to bring work.
  • Prizes will be determined in the following days.
  • Prizes will be announced at an opening reception on July 25.

The pick up date will be September 1, 2015.

Open Studio with AJ Currado

Antelope Valley artist AJ Currado has been working up a storm lately, winning awards and doing commissioned projects. This weekend she is set to open her studio doors to share a view of some of her latest work and maybe offer some insights into her process.

AJ 2An editor at the AV Arts project magazine, SATURATION, Currado has recently been looking at the printed word in a new light with a series of literary mixed-media pieces.  Mixed-media work of this type is a new direction for Currado, who formerly has shown acrylic paintings with an eye for botany – and a touch of gold leaf.

But that was then and this is now and with her literary series Currado is tapping a new vein of ideas and exploring a new, specific style. Her theme is clear and her pallet for these pieces seems to present a carefully selected range.

AJ 3If you want to see more and find out more, AJ Currado’s open studio will give you an opportunity to do both. The OUTPOST pop-up art show happening later in the day will make a nice contrast to an open studio visit. One experience will be a focused examination of one artist’s themed project and the other will be a panoply of arts and artists from around the Antelope Valley.


The event will take place on Saturday. May 9th (a day jam-packed with art events in the Antelope Valley).

MADE IN THE DESERT AVC Friends of the Gallery Members Exhibition

Once again, the AVC Art Gallery invites you to celebrate your talents and our arts community in our 2014 Members exhibition:


AVC Friends of the Gallery Members Exhibition

November 20 – December 5, 2014

Reception:  Thursday, November 20, 7 – 9 p.m.


The Antelope Valley College Art Gallery invites artists working in all media to participate in our Friends of the Gallery exhibition.  When you join Friends of the Gallery, you are invited to submit one work to the Made in the Desert exhibition honoring our members.  In accordance with this year’s theme, we encourage you to submit a work shaped by your experience of the high desert, whether that impact is visual, cultural, philosophical, etc.  Whether you are a career artist or just beginning to explore your artistic side, all are welcome!

To submit an artwork to Made in the Desert, please bring your piece to the Art Gallery during our drop-off dates where you can complete a membership form and loan agreement.  Work submitted must not have been previously shown in the gallery.  If your piece is over 50” x 50”, please contact gallery director, Christine Mugnolo (, prior to submission.  We look forward to seeing your work!

Your membership provides crucial support to our public workshops and exhibitions, giving us the ability to educate students and the AV communities through arts programming, visiting artists talks, educational activities, and visual cultural awareness.  Thank you for being our artist friends – we truly value your support!

Membership Fees:  Friend – $20 per year, Student (with i.d.) – $5 per year

(payable by cash or check to ‘Friends of the Gallery’)

MADE IN THE DESERT drop-off dates:  November 10 – 18, during Gallery open hours

(Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m – 9 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., closed Saturdays and Sundays)

Pick-up dates:  December 9 & 11, 12 – 3 p.m. (subject to change, please check gallery website for confirmation)

For more information and pdf of the FoG brochure, please visit our gallery website:

Or give us a call:  (661) 722 6300, x 6215

The Art Gallery is located on the West side of the AVC campus in building FA1, the Fine Arts Building, just north of the new Performing Arts Center in the Fine Arts Quad.

Special Offer of Free Tickets for AS YOU LIKE IT at the Palmdale Playhouse

THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 1st at the Palmdale Playhouse, 7:30 PM
Don’t miss the
of Theatricum Botanicum’s new production of
by William Shakespeare

As You Like It

*** SPECIAL OFFER: Tickets for this show when it debuts on the Theatricum stage will be $37. 
Email, or call Frank Weidner at 920-918-1706 to reserve your tickets to the Palmdale Playhouse performance for FREE instead of the normal price! ***

As You Like It tells the story of best friends Rosalind and Celia, who travel to the Forest of Arden in disguise to escape banishment, find love, and discover family. Accompanied by the clown Touchstone, As You Like It is one of Shakespeare most beloved comedies and is appropriate for all

ages! Theatricum’s production sets the tale in post Civil War America, and enhances the story with classic American folk music and dance.
This show will have you laughing from the very start, and received an enthusiastic standing ovation at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.
This Saturday, Nov. 1st at 7:30 is the only chance for you and your family to see this hilarious, joyous show at the Palmdale Playhouse!
​Thank you for supporting the arts in the Antelope Valley!
Don’t forget, reply to Frank Weidner at or call 920-918-1706 to reserve your tickets for FREE! Pass this special offer on to anyone you know who loves theatre!