The Big Draw @ the AVC Gallery

From the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery:

“The Big Draw-Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11 am-1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

“Drawing is a universal language, connecting generations, cultures, and communities. Join us at the AVC Art Gallery on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm for a relaxed and fun collaborative drawing event in collaboration with the Big Draw LA!

“THE BIG DRAW LA is a regional celebration of the act of drawing. The Big Draw creates participatory opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us: look more closely, inspire creative thinking, communicate with others, and have fun in the process.

“Ryman Arts launched the inaugural Big Draw LA in October 2010. Organizations of all sizes and kinds, from established institutions to small groups, are invited to sponsor, organize, or host an event during the month of October. Led by the Campaign for Drawing in London, the aim is to raise awareness of drawing’s power as tool for learning, observation, creativity, and social and cultural engagement.

“Let’s draw AV!”

The Art Gallery is located in Fine Arts Quad inside Building FA1, on the West side of the Antelope Valley College Campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Theater.
Admission to the gallery is free. For additional information, please contact 661-722-6300 extension 6215, visit, email or follow us at
Antelope Valley College Art Gallery
3014 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA  91350
Hours  M-R: 9 am – 9 pm / F: 9 am – 2 pm

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David Babb: Between Place and Memory – at the Antelope Valley College Gallery

From the Antelope Valley College emailed press release:

Please join us at the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery for a special public reception for David Babb: Between Place and Memory including a conversation with artist on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. Visitors to the exhibition can write their questions between now and March 4th, 2015 inside a notebook in the gallery which will become the basis for our conversation with David Babb.

David Babb: Between Place and Memory
February 16-March 20, 2015

Antelope Valley College Art Gallery presents David Babb: Between Place and Memory a solo exhibition of mixed media artwork from Antelope Valley College faculty member David Babb whose recent bodies of work use the changing landscape of nature and place as a metaphor to express how we perceive and project our individual identities, histories, and memories. The works invoke the wavering stripes between the earth and the sky, questioning the roaming nature of our perspectives as we move from childhood into our adult lives to envision the residue between the lines of these horizons as dependent on our experiences, location, history, recollection, and momentary personal identities. 

An avid and successful gardener, David Babb: Between Place and Memory highlights the recently completed series of digital transfer works titled “Secrets,” which feature Babb’s nocturnal photographs of flowers from his elaborate backyard garden. The photographs are compiled into illustrations which reference color, beauty, and transience to investigate the mental constructs and psychological landscapes of childhood as a vehicle for representing experiences of magic, fear, discovery, innocence, imagination and the ambiguity of our personal buried secrets. Together with his “Horizon Line” oil painting series of luminous background skies marred by the visual scars of rendered grey experiences, the vibrant lines in the foreground shadow the fleeting nature of our visual memories, the transience of life, and the perception of each of our individual landscapes.

The exhibition includes a new graphite paper tracing and acrylic drawing installation titled, “Trace Memory/Trace Evidence,” which visually captures the fragile process of remembering the past through the random compilation, orientation, and layering of images in a technique inspired by the transitional learning experience of AVC students. 

Visitors are also invited to participate in the community engagement activity “Kid Fears” by writing or drawing a response to the prompt, “What were you most afraid of growing up?” adding to a growing timeline of past and present memories currently on display in the exhibition, transforming the gallery space into a limitless horizon between place and memory–a collective secret garden.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Antelope Valley College Art Gallery
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536

The Art Gallery is located in building FA1, the Fine Arts Building, located in the Fine Arts Quad on the West side of the Antelope Valley College Campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Theater.
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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.

Reading and Author Discussion with Dr. Rebbecca Brown in the AVC Art Gallery

Reading and Author Discussion

With Dr. Rebbecca Brown

 Friday, October 17, 4:30 pm in the AVC Art Gallery


From the Antelope Valley College Website:

“Rebbecca Brown spent much of her formative years in the Antelope Valley, graduating from Palmdale High School in the early 1990s.  This Friday she will be reading from They Become Her, her first novel, which received Honorable Mention in the 2009-2010 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Contest. Dr. Brown’s poetry, fiction, and essays have previously appeared in American Literary Review, Confrontation, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Eclipse, Requited, H_ngm_n and Ekleksographia (among others).



Humorously ardent and poetically rich, They Become Her tells the story of Delia Bacon, the first to propose that Shakespeare did not write his own works and whose own literary ambition inspired a life filled with fame, fervor, and scandal. In addition to Delia’s impassioned missive, three fictional biographies of contemporary writers – all sharing the name Rebecca Brown – are implicated in Delia’s quest. At the novel’s conclusion, it is unclear who is writing whose fictional biography. They Become Her provocatively questions identity, the relationship between texts and their authors, and the predicaments in which many artists inevitably find themselves. Along the way, it invites a self-reflexively enraptured entanglement with the reader herself, who won’t be able to resist playing along to the unexpected end.”Photovoice




Professional Performances * Classes * Community Festival

In the Antelope Valley October and November 2014


Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is returning to the Antelope Valley with a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy As You Like It and classes for all ages from its award-winning theatre education program, all offered exclusively in the Antelope Valley.


Theatricum Botanicum is a critically acclaimed, professional theatre company located in the mountains of Topanga Canyon. Theatricum has brought high-quality performances and classes to Southern California for over 40 years. The 2014 season alone has garnered four L.A. Times Critics’ Picks and prompted Stage Scene LA to write “Perfect… Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this.” Now, they are proud to announce the second year of Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Program – a three part venture, featuring PerformancesClasses, and a Community Festival all available in the AV this October and November.


Performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It

·         Sunday, October 12 at 3:00p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center

o   call 661-723-5950 or visit for tickets

·         Saturday, November 1 at 7:30p.m. at the Palmdale Playhouse

o   call 661-267-5685 or visit for tickets

·         Friday, November 21 at 7:30p.m. at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre

o   call 661-722-6580 or email for tickets

All tickets are only $5, and are free for both those 15 and under and 65 and older!


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.



A chance to enjoy acting, writing, dance, or fencing/stage combat. Theatricum’sClasses are taught by theatre and education professionals.

·         Adult Acting Residency, Mondays October 13 – November 17, 7:00-9:00p.m

o   offered at the Lowtree Wellness Home and open to community members 18 and up.

·         Writing and Performing Residency, Thursdays October 16 – November 20, 9:30-11:00a.m

o   offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors and open to community members 55 and older.

·         Elizabethan Dance Workshop, Thursdays October 30- November 20, 12:30-2:00p.m. 

o   offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors and open to community members 55 and older.

·         Fencing and Stage Combat Workshop, Wednesdays October 22 – November 19, 3:30-5:30p.m. 

o   offered at Palmdale Oasis Community Center and open to community members 15 and older.

·         Family Acting Class, Saturdays October 11 – November 15, 3:00-5:00p.m

o   offered at Arbor Court Community Theatre and open to families of all ages (must be at least one adult and one youth enrolled together)

All classes have a one-time enrollment fee of only $10, and include the opportunity to perform your work at the Community Festival on November 22! Contact Frank Weidner at, call 920-918-1706, or to sign up or for more information.


Community Festival

Students of all AVTP classes will perform in the culminating Community Festival which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE!!

·         Saturday November 22, 2:00 pm at Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre

o   call 661-722-6580 or email for tickets

For more information or to arrange interviews regarding Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Program, please contact Frank Weidnger, Community Outreach Coordinator at 920-918-1706 or at

Antelope Valley College Gallery: PhotoVoice: Look at Me – Disregard the Labels


Current Exhibition

PhotoVoice: Look at Me – Disregard the Labels

Exhibition dates:  August 25 – September 12, 2014
Artist Reception:  Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the Artists at 7:15 p.m.

PhotoVoice pairs photographs and narratives to express the stigma, prejudice and discrimination personally experienced by those who live with mental illness.  Organized by Mental Health America and created by its participants, this grassroots movement is both expressive and educational, granting a voice to those not typically heard in public discourse or debate

The 2013 inaugural PhotoVoice project, “Look at Me – Disregard the Labels” materializes these efforts with a series of elegant posters combining image and text.  The display groups works by artists to emphasize the rich variety threading through each individual’s work.  Photographs range from stark symbolism to whimsy, from the literal to the poetic, spanning the emotional a gamut between hope and isolation. 

A crucial component of PhotoVoice is the communal support and discussion participants engaged in while finalizing these creations.  Having worked closely with the artists, project coordinator Chris Buchanan describes the collection as “a creative gift designed to give the community an inside look and better understanding of what it’s like to live with mental illness while helping our participants move through their individual recovery process.”

PhotoVoice has enjoyed a wildly successful opening year and toured multiple venues, including AVC.  The Art Gallery has the privilege of hosting the works for the first time in a gallery setting.  We hope this new context will extend the discussion generated by these works to pose challenging questions about why art is created, who makes it, and how it functions as part of society.

For additional information about exhibits, please visit our information page.

Call for Artists – AVC Art Gallery – Written in the Stars

This announcement was passed on to us at the AV Arts Blog from AV artist Larissa Nickle.


What would an exhibition look like completely divorced from curatorial subjectivity? What kind of discourse can rise from a group of artworks that is brought together, not by one person’s interests and preferences, but by chance, play, and perhaps a little divine intervention? As a way of thinking outside of a traditional relationship of dependency – artist on curator, curator’s discourse upon artwork – I propose a series of exhibitions that are brought together through an application of completely arbitrary systems. From this experiment, my hope is to ignite a different way of exhibiting, viewing, writing and thinking about contemporary art.
The first in this series of exhibitions is Written in the Stars, and will be configured based on the astrological charts of each artist who responds to this call. The collection of birthdates will be given to an astrologer who will select the participants based on each birth charts alignment with the opening date of the exhibition (October 20, 2014). Taking place at Antelope Valley College Art Gallery in Lancaster, CA, the show will be in the epicenter of a desert landscape in which metaphysical energies and practices are said to flourish. If chosen, each artist can contribute any piece of art they wish to show; the work does not have to speak to the astrology theme in any way. If you wish to be considered, please send the following materials to by Monday, August 18th:
  • Your birthdate (month, date, year) and time
  • A CV or Resume
  • A few images of your work (this does not have to be the piece you wish to contribute)
Kellie Lanham is a writer and curator working in Los Angeles. She is an editor and regular contributor toRECAPS Magazine and Haunt Journal of Art and holds an MFA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of California, Irvine.

FoG GRADIENT – Antelope Valley College Gallery


AVC Friends of the Gallery Members Exhibition

Design by Larissa Nickel

November 26 – December 7, 2012

Opening Reception:  Wednesday, November 28, 7 – 9 p.m.


Our annual members exhibition pays tribute to our supporting members and upholds the Art Gallery’s commitment to showcasing local contemporary arts.  When you join as a Friend of the Gallery, you are invited to submit one piece of artwork in any media to this group exhibition.


To submit an artwork to FoG GRADIENT, 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 have been completed within the last two years and previously not shown in the gallery.  If your piece is over 36” x 36”, please contact the gallery director, David Babb (, prior to submission.  We look forward to seeing your work!


Your membership supports our mission to connect our students with developments in contemporary art and construct a vital educational space.  Membership funds enable our program of visiting artists, public workshops, publicity announcements, and gallery materials.  The Art Gallery can continue to serve Antelope Valley thanks to your contributions!


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

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


FoG GRADIENT drop-off dates:  November 14 – 21, during Gallery open hours

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


Pick-up dates:  December 10 – 11, 10 am – 3 pm (subject to change, please consult gallery website for confirmation)


For more information, 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.

AVC Art Gallery features work of two artists: Anfinson & Rowland

From the AVC Gallery Page

Two artists who utilize non-traditional approaches to wax-based media are featured in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery’s show “Collective Residents: New Encaustic Works by Erin Anfinson and Sarah Rowland.”

Sarah Rowland and Erin Anfinson (from left to right)

The free exhibit is open to the public 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Oct. 26.

Both artists use a mix of processes from different disciplines to utilize encaustic’s elastic properties. Encaustic combines pigment with a wax binder, which can be melted to create a rich liquid painting medium.

Its viscous consistency allows for molten forms that hold collaged materials. Also, the wax can be poured into a polished smooth surface, which can be incised for fine drawing or receive printed imagery like paper.

According to gallery director David Babb, Anfinson’s work combines beauty and the grotesque in her exploration of a cyclical domestic nuisance: dirty laundry. The result is luminous and lyrical, lending her laundry piles both breathing presence and stubborn resilience.

Rowland’s densely layered paintings of sparse interior spaces evoke references to memory and accumulated history left by previous inhabitants. A home’s interior walls become “witness to the best, worst and most unconscious actions of generations of different residents,” according to Rowland.

Woman in the Wall – Antelope Valley Art Event

Bringing together disparate artistic modes, the Woman in the Wall art event took place on a sunny Saturday morning in late April at Antelope Valley College.

The event was one of exploration, featuring a number of artists, Larissa Nickel, Jason Hughes and Nicelle Davis were three of them, each of whom brought something different to the scene, which was built – somewhat literally – around a live entombment.

Yes, a live entombment…of  a kind. Poet and instigator, Nicelle Davis put herself in the position of an archetypal historical figure, a woman placed in the wall of a medieval cathedral, an apparently commonplace practice intended to lend the building the soul required to keep it standing.

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The character Davis imitated comes from a poem of that era which Davis has re-written. She invited other artists to come and bring their take on the story and the idea behind it as well.

We might wonder at the thinking of those medieval architects who believed their structural plans incomplete without the sacrifice of a human body…and think to ourselves that such a mindset is beyond reason. But this project leads us to ask what we take for granted and to look at our own assumptions and analyze them to check for far-out, magical thinking that people of 2300 will scoff at as they read their e-history books.

And, what do we sacrifice and wall up, believing the sacrifice to be natural and the job necessary?