Showing at the Edwards Airforce Base Library – Julie O’Sullivan

Julie O’Sullivan is currently showing work at the Edwards Airforce Base Library. (This is not a picture from the show. It’s just a nice image of a runway out a the base.)

Edwin Vasquez has been acting as an arts liason with the library and connecting the many people who work at the base with the artwork of Antelope Valley artists, like O’Sullivan. Edwin has also been documenting the shows with occasional videos like this one:



Video by Edwin Vasquez

Artwork by Julie O’Sullivan


Limitless – Paintings by Jeremy Johnson – Showing at Sagebrush Cafe

The art of Jeremy Johnson has been described as “riveting”, “captivating”, and “intense”. I am the one who said all those things, but it’s true anyway.

Johnson manages to say a lot while using little, though his canvases are rather sizable.

You can see his work through the spring season at Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill, the AV’s up-and-coming, not-a-secret-anymore coffee & art house. (I’m one of the owners, did you know? And I personally invite you to come in and take a look at this gallery show, which will impress you. I practically guarantee it.

We’re also offering a limited time chance to actually win a piece from Johnson’s LIMITLESS SHOW…)

This is what Johnson has to say about his art and himself (from his website):

My name is Jeremy Johnson and I am from Ottawa, IL.

Ever since I was a child, I loved working with my hands and being very artistic.

My career began with welding but soon took a turn when I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in the cerebellum at the age of 30. During my rehabilitating I decided to brush up on what I used to love, creating art. I started painting and found my passion again.

Life’s not what we want it to be, it’s what we make it. So do what makes you happy! Love what you do, do what you love!  Positive attitude is key in life. Enjoy the scenery and cherish the moment.

I’d love to be able to donate to hospitals for research and development. The most important thing in life is our health. Without the help of the Mayo Clinic I wouldn’t be where I’am today. People that help are people that care!

Never stop living!

A new publication dedicated to the Arts in the Antelope Valley, SATURATION, has just been released.

Some of the artists and writers contributing to the first issue of SATURATION include Nicolas Shake, Larissa Nickel, Sarah Allen, Jason Hughes, AJ Currado, Steven Fiche, Nalin Ratnayake, Tim Jaeger, Rheagan E. Martin and Cassandra Douglas.

Featuring artist interviews, original art work, venue listings, book reviews, essays, original fiction, and more, SATURATION is currently available at Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill. Copies may also be found via artist AJ Currado as well as at AVT’s ongoing theatre production, Crossings.  

Leave a comment with questions and submit at will with your writing and art. (SATURATION: AV Arts Publication)

Gallery Shows in the Lakes area…

Lakes & Valleys Gallery on Lake Hughes Road has recently opened a new show featuring the works of Edwin Vasquez & Ulrica Bell-Perkins.

The show will run from June 5 to June 27.

Lakes & Valleys Gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 5.

Also, the new Leona Valley Gallery on Elizabeth Lake Road is currently featuring paintings by Donna Weil in a show entitled, “Step Out of the Ordinary”.

“Step Out of the Ordinary” is scheduled to run from May 29th to June 30, 2010.

LM/AG Announces Upcoming Show

Elements of Nature
Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
June 5-August 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 5, 6-9 pm
Please RSVP for the opening at 661-723-6250

In the ancient world, people believed that the universe consisted of four basic elements: fire, water, earth, and air. This exhibition, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation collection, explores how contemporary artists have drawn inspiration from these essential, natural states to interpret, replicate, and reimagine the natural world.

This collection of international contemporary artists explores diverse aspects of the natural environment, inspired by personal experiences as well as universal concepts. Viewing the world through the unique perspective of the artist, the power and beauty of the environment and our complex relationship with it begin to emerge.

The artists featured in the exhibition include: Lita Albuquerque, Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Leslie Dill, Joe Goode, and Edward Ruscha.

Many of these artists are represented in major museum collections, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MOMA), and The Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

J. Osterberg at the Lofts Gallery

To whom it may concern, 

Here is my piece. In case anyone misinterprets it, here’s what I mean by it: 

As unemployment rates grow, the separation between the poor and rich is greater than ever. I feel that the inclusion of stores like Walmart in our towns hurt the creativity that this valley can produce. Look at all the great local shops that have to compete with large corporations who can afford to pay the high rent here. 

It’s an unfair system and I’ve talked to people and businesses all around the valley that we live in. The voices are all saying the same thing, but everybody is afraid to say something. Even myself. 

Just like there’s a real threat of terrorism from the middle east, there’s an equal threat of religious extremism here. I may not be a believer of any specific religion, but I am a believer in equality.

If we all accept our differences in beliefs rather than judge others for them, maybe there wouldn’t be so much anger towards one another. Then maybe we can save that wasted energy and put it back into the community in which we live in. Only then, I believe, will things actually get better.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion, 

J. Osterberg


Lake Hughes Gallery

This weekend marks the end of the current show at the Lake Hughes Art Gallery…Ken Kaylor and Tom Kaylor are the featured artists, doing work in stained glass, stucco paint and acrylic. The show has a unique vibrance, expecially the stucco works by the younger Mr. Kaylor, which literally pop out of the canvas.

Open Saturday & Sunday
10 am to 4 pm
Lake Hughes Road