Kaleidoscope Art & Music Festival at the Palmdale Amphiteater – Call for Artists

Join us for this free event featuring Phat Cat Swinger, High D Boys, L.A. Cast of Beatlemania, Art of the Brew Craft Beer, Artisans, Visual & Performing Arts and more!The City of Palmdale is extending an invitation to a brand new arts event, Kaleidoscope, and reaching out with a call to artists:

The City of Palmdale is pleased to announce we are seeking artisan applications for our inaugural Kaleidoscope event that will be held on Saturday, October 8 2016 at the Palmdale Amphitheater. 

 Kaleidoscope is a unique art show of exhibitors who create original artwork, providing an opportunity for the general public to learn, enjoy and appreciate art and culture. To meet this purpose, Kaleidoscope is open to all artists as a place for the presentation and sale of their original, creative designs and work.

 To participate in this unique event, please complete the Kaleidoscope Application and Agreement (Artisan Application Agreement Final) and mail by September 22, 2016 to:

Recreation & Culture

Attn: Annie Pagliaro

38260 10th Street East

Palmdale, CA 93550

As you can see, the application is included here (just click the link above) and more details are available at the Palmdale Amphitheater website. Those details include booth fees and a description of what the directors of the event are looking for from artists.

The folks behind Kaleidoscope are casting a wide net, inviting participation from those “who work in blown glass, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics, leather, sculpture, clothing and textiles, mixed media, woodwork, fused glass, painting, illustration, photography and other forms of art.” So, if you make something and make it well, it seems like you’re invited. An especially interesting part of the concept for this event is its approach to the artistic process.

As part of each artist’s presentation, Kaleidoscope is asking for video, photo or other background material on the art and artist that will serve as “a demonstration of an essential element of the art/craft.” That little twist might make for a very interesting and engaging exhibition.

Live music is also part of the plan. Actually, the subtitle of the event is “Art & Music Festival,” so music is a big part of the plan. There is a nice article about the Kaleidoscope event over at AV Today with information on the bands that will be performing.

Oh, also, there will be beer. And food too, but, yes, Craft Beer.

So, spread the word. There is a booth fee to participate, as mentioned, but sales are encouraged and the actual event will be a free admission event.

This could be a really good thing.


Fractured Landscapes & Joshua Trees at Palmdale Playhouse

The “Fractured Landscapes & Joshua Trees” exhibit  is now showing at Palmdale Playhouse, featuring the work of Antelope Valley artists Rose Gonella and Kris Holladay-Fregoso. In addition to this gallery show, which is the first of two scheduled for the spring, the Playhouse has a full schedule of upcoming events beginning in March with The Wizard of Oz.

Recently inviting the community in to watch screenings of classic films like On the Waterfront, Psycho and Double Indemnity, Palmdale’s city art establishment has been staying active.

With its current gallery show, Palmdale Playhouse brings together two formally trained local artists for a show exploring ideas of color, composition and imagination. Both artists may inspire us to see the local landscape a bit differently.

The text below is from the Palmdale Playhouse page.

Fractured Landscapes & Joshua Trees
Artists Rose Gonella and Kris Holladay-Fregoso
Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, April 17
Reception: Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:30 pm

Fractured Landscapes
Kris Holladay-Fregoso

Rose Gonella began making collages in her early 20s, inspired by her aunt’s collage work. She creates her pieces using pictures clipped from calendars and magazines. Some are inspired by a story or song lyrics, others are color studies or simply constructed with a particular theme in mind.

After receiving her Master’s in Art for Assemblage at CSUN, Kris Holladay-Fregoso decided it was time to start working on a series of Joshua trees that had been on her mind for quite some time. Largely influenced by Expressionist Franz Marc, Kris appreciates his fantastic use of color. Joshua trees are amazing and a challenge to paint, but having fun with color is what brings her joy.


Upcoming at the Palmdale Playhouse

The Palmdale Playhouse

Upcoming Events and Programs

West Coast Classical Presents…
A Night at the Movies
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm
An evening concert with a medley of James Bond title songs plus themes from some of your favorite movies.
Buy Tickets

West Coast Classical Presents…
A Night at the Movies
Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm
An evening concert with a medley of James Bond title songs plus themes from some of your favorite movies.
Buy Tickets

palmdale Junior Ballet and Theatre Dance Company Presents…
Danceworks: In Progress
Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 pm
Dance students present a showcase of works by guest choreographers, dance artists and student works in progress.
Buy Tickets

West Coast Classical Presents…
A Night of Musical Inspiration
Saturday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
An evening of musical solos, duets and ensembles.
Buy Tickets

Barbara McNairy in Concert
No One Like You
Saturday, May 3 at 6:00 pm
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West Coast Classical Presents…
A Night of Jazz
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
“An Evening of Jazz” will pay homage to some of the giants of jazz. Music will feature famous compositions by Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Joe Zawinul, Oliver Nelson, John Coltrane and Kenny Garrett. This concert will feature the West Coast Classical Jazz Combo and the Jeff Kaser Quartet.
Buy Tickets

Sagebrush Cafe to host Arts & Crafts Event

5th Anniversary Poster
Sagebrush Café will be hosting an arts and crafts festival on Saturday, April 5th to celebrate 5 years of business in the Antelope Valley (Quartz Hill).
In its first five years Sagebrush has become a hub of local culture, hosting live music, book signings and book release parties, and numerous gallery shows. The list of local artists who have displayed work in the west side coffee shop is now a rather long one:
Artists from the Antelope Valley that have shown work at Sagebrush Café or will show in the next few months: AJ Currado, Edwin Vasquez, Nuri Amanatullah, Michael Clark Davis, Julie O’Sullivan, Flint Fernweh, Michael Jones, Val Bustos, Steven Fiche, Nicelle Davis, Brenda Zeller, Donel O’Sullivan, Maggie SanFilippo, Marcelles Murdock, Phillip Aceves, Brynn Metheney, Joni Hess, Kevin Coffey and that’s not even the entire list.
On Saturday, April 5th 2014, the Quartz Hill coffee shop will play host to an arts and crafts event featuring local artists and artisans who will be offering their wares in an outdoor market on the grounds of the coffee shop (no pun intended), where patrons can peruse recycled furniture, hand-made wooden bowls, hand-made soaps, and more while sipping on some of the AV’s best coffee.
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    an Arts & Crafts Event
            featuring local artists and artisans
            in an open air market
Sagebrush Café
coffee & art house
42104 50th Street West (@ Ave. L-14)
Quartz Hill
Saturday April 5th
 9 am to 3 pm
Because it’ll be great.

DESHART – On a Mission

The following post comes from deshart.com, the site of DESHART, a group that describes itself and its mission this way:

DEHSART combines prevention, awareness and outreach through artistic engagement and environmental education surrounding the issue of illegal dumping in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County. Cultivating social connections, collective action, and civic empowerment our goal is to help transform our landscape through small interventions of public art that will tell a story of environmental resources and inspire change in our ecosystem. Join us. Relationships build community, and community creates change. If you’re interested in partnering in this effort, please contact info(at)dehsart(dot)com.

DESHART has recently fulfulled its mission/mandate. Learn more at their website, watch the video, or drop them a line.


Hinterculture productions created a Public Service Announcement based on the votes from our public engagement activity that asked you what message you wanted to emphasized to activate community involvement in illegal dumping. The community overwhelmingly decided REPORTING is the message that needs to be broadcast and encouraged in the region to address the illegal dumping activities in the AV.

Please report any illegal dumping activities at 1-888-8DUMPING & STOPILLEGALDUMPING.COM. Help keep our deserts beautiful!



A Photographic Phamily

AV Arts Blog has some new artists listed on our sidebar. Two of the artists listed are a father and daughter photography team who you can find in two places: MojaveWest Photography (where the duo’s impressive, western photography is on display) and at their blog page, Light in Our Lens, which is dedicated to the stories behind the photographs.

Alan Radecki

With their photography, Alan Radecki and Rebecca Amber capture the grand scale of the American west, the technology that sometimes creates that scale and that entertains within this naturally and artificially lit world. There is a lot more to say about Radecki and Amber, but they say it themselves on their two sites.

Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Presents…

Wiki Night
Third Thursday of every month, starting at 6 pm.
May 19; June 16; July 21; August 18, 2011

PechaKucha Night is now Wiki Night, a monthly opportunity for creative individuals to come together in an informal atmosphere to share their ideas, projects and thoughts. Wiki Night retains the PechaKucha presentation format: 20 slides, 20 seconds each.

New Museum

Fast-paced, fun and informative, there are always a variety of creative topics to explore. Free for all to attend. Locations change monthly.


Please call or email the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery for more information.

Antelope Valley Anthology: Soliciting Submissions




MousePrints Publishing

Is soliciting submissions for the 8th


Antelope Valley Anthology


Submissions may be prose or poetry.  Poetry may be no more than 100 lines per poem.  No more than five poems may be entered.  The poems may be any form.  Prose submissions may be in  the form of short fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, or reportage.  Prose submissions may not be longer than 5000 Words.  Prose Submissions must be in standard format—12 point type, double-spaced in Times New Roman or some equivalent font.  No “Strange” fonts will be accepted.  Poetry may be single spaced.

     All submissions must come as Rich Text Format (rtf) or .doc, attachments to e mail or, all else failing, pasted into the body of the e mail.  No paper/hard copies will be accepted.  All submissions must be marked with contributors name, mailing address, phone number, e mail address, and word count.  Pages must be numbered.  No submission will be accepted without name, address, phone number and word count.

     Submissions will be accepted from 1 January, 2011 through 31 May, 2011.  Please send all entries to mouseprint@earthlink.net  For further information regarding the 8th Antelope Valley Anthology please e mail the above address or call (661) 951 6306.

     All submissions will be acknowledged.  Those submissions chosen for inclusion in the Anthology will receive one free copy of the anthology, a small token payment in money, and a gift from MousePrints Publishing.  Also, those included in the Anthology will receive a continuing 50% discount on copies of the Anthology in which their submission appears.

Curves Moving in Space @ LM/AG

Curves Moving in Space: the Sculptural Objects of William Bradford Frost
December 2, 2010-January 16, 2011

William Bradford Frost believes in the power of objects to affect our souls. Having worked in bronze and other materials, Frost has for the past 20 years focused on sculptures and objects made from wood. From pepper mills to coffee tables, Frost’s functional objects derive inspiration from primal forms and ancient techniques. Presenting a survey of Frost’s earlier works in metal and his explorations in wood, this exhibition also takes a look at the artist’s process for taking a piece from concept to finished product and how he marries form and function to create objects for everyday utility and for inner well-being.

EVENT-Opening Reception:

Curves Moving in Space:

the Sculptural Objects of William Bradford Frost
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm. 

Light hors d’oeuvres By Lemon Leaf Café and wine by Leona Valley Winery. Free Admission. Please RSVP to lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org or 661.723.6250.

Text for this post was copied from the website of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery.