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.
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.
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:
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.
Flea Market tomorrow at the corner of 50th St. W and Ave. M in Quartz HIll.
From 8 to 2.
It’s the corner that used to be a grocery store long ago, and now it is the Methodist Church of QH along with businesses too.
Aj will have some of her wonderful art and we will get some of our pottery out to be seen.
First photo is of plant stakes which can be put in a planter.
Second, lidded contained, mixed glazes.
Another event in Northridge in Nov. Details later.
melinda and mike