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Allied Arts Cedar Center

July 20, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, antelope valley Events, art, art gallery, art in the av, art on the BLVD, av art, av artist showcase, City of Lancater, lancaster blvd art | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eve Fleishman Wine and Art Show on Lancaster BLVD


The event will also feature Wine Tasting from Pour D’Vino a new wine bar and resturant featuring rooftop dining and live music opening soon Lancaster BLVD.

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See you Sunday 🙂

July 15, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, antelope valley Events, art on the BLVD, BLVD, City of Lancater, lancaster art, lancaster art gallery | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Multi-talented artist Dennis Calaba

Striking a note between Impressionism and Realism, Dennis Calaba’s style is difficult to categorize. His influences range from Homer to Wyeth. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, CA., he studied art at Cal State, Northridge and the Art Center of Design, Pasadena. He has been a commercial artist since 1977. Having worked in the entertainment, advertising, and aerospace worlds, it has expanded his talents and interests. He paints portraits, landscapes, seascapes, automotive art, murals, and animal subjects. Dennis chooses whether he will work in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, guache, or pen & ink, depending on what will best suit the subject matter.

His inspiration is found in nature’s bountiful compositions. Underlying in each of his artistic works is a mood that he hopes will be communicated to the viewer. Location is not as paramount to this artist as capturing that “mood”. He believes that a successful work of art invites people to enter, bringing their own feelings into it. Dennis is comfortable working in his studio or outdoors. Both of these methods have advantages that he likes to incorporate in his work. It is this mixture of “capturing the moment” and “creating a mood” that give his art their dynamics.

He has gained wide-spread recognition from many awards in juried art shows, exhibitions and several galleries that range from Carmel Valley to Wrightwood to Lake Hughes. His works also hang in businesses and numerous private collections.
He has a wife and two daughters and resides in the far eastern Antelope Valley, where there are gorgeous sunrises and sunsets visible from his home everyday !
We, at the Graphic Experience are pleased to have his artwork hang here in our gallery. Come see it.


June 13, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, art, art gallery, art in the av, art on the BLVD, av art, graphic experience | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abstract Art by Michael Jones

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new artist that we now represent in our gallery- Michael Jones ! His work is exciting, innovative, and fresh !

He was born on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and realized in his youth that art was his passion. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Multimedia and  at ITT Technical Institute in Sylmar, CA. When he isn’t busy painting, or going to school, his favorite pastimes are skateboard riding, dirt-bike riding, camping, and watching sports. Inspired by his parents artistic ability, he enjoys charity events and art shows that contribute to the community.


April 18, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, art on the BLVD, lancaster art gallery, michael jones, palmdale art | , , , , | Leave a comment

This Week on the BLVD

Take a look at all the exciting things to on the BLVD this week.


The Color of the Night

Hosted by Antelope Valley Allied Arts Association
Cedar Center: 44857 Cedar Avenue
Show runs until Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

On Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, the Antelope Valley Allied Arts Association opened “The Color of Night.” Inspired by the duality of the human spirit, this show is a collection that portrays a broad perspective on the wonder of life through the eyes of individual artists. Emphasizing the dark as well as the light side that resides within us all, this show is the most poignant exhibit that the Association has ever presented.

“The Color of Night” runs until Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011. For more information, contact Michelle Navarrete at (661) 450 – 5549.

Look Here

Opening Reception: “Look Here” the 26th juried art exhibition

Friday, February 4, 2011 from 5 to 8 pm.

Violinist Teri Villani will perform, and light hors d’oeuvres by The Lemon Leaf CafĂ© and wine by Leona Valley Winery will be served at the museum, with individual receptions held concurrently at participating BLVD businesses. Free admission. Please RSVP to or 661.723.6250.

On Friday, February 4, from 5-8 pm, participating BLVD businesses will host open houses that will allow visitors to view the artworks on display. Award winners will be announced at that opening reception at LMAG on at 6 pm with prizes awarded for Best of Exhibition ($250); 2nd Best of Exhibition ($150); 3rd Best of Exhibition ($100); the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild Award ($100); the Dean Webb Memorial Photography Award presented by the Lancaster Photography Association ($175); the City Manager’s Award ($100); the Parks, Recreation and Arts Director’s Award ($50); the Curator’s Youth Award ($50); and the new Beryl Amspoker Memorial Award presented to a female artist who exhibits an excellent command of her chosen medium and whose works can serve as an inspiration to other artists ($300). This year, the best of exhibition winners will also be awarded with participation in a large public art installation located on The BLVD and Elm which gives the artists the opportunity to comment on the role of the visual arts in building community, and how the new museum will fit into the future of the arts in the High Desert.

The current list of participating BLVD businesses includes: A.V. Bank, A.V. Dance Studio ‘81,Aven’s Furniture, Bandstand Coffee, Bella West Salon, Caramel Pastries, Daisy’s Costumes,Graphic Experience, King Photo Supply/BLVD Today CafĂ©, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Perk Place Coffee House, and Sewability. For updated information of participating businesses please visit the LMAG website at www.cityoïŹ‚

26th Anual Juried Art Exhibition hosted by Aven’s Furniture

This year’s juried exhibition will differ than those of previous years. Titled look here., the exhibition will turn The BLVD into a temporary museum.Through collaborations between LMAG, BLVD businesses and participating artists, the exhibition explores the idea that virtually any place can be designated a museum and recognized as aesthetically or historically valuable. Selected artworks will be publicly displayed in and around BLVD businesses, each with identifying signage and labels indicating that they are part of look here. The BLVD itself will be transformed into a connecting gallery through highly recognizable displays and way finding.

Plan to join us Friday February 4th from 5 to 9pm for finger food, wine and cheese.



Bring Your Own Vinyl Night!

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Time: February 2, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: The Blvd Today Cafe
Street: 749 West Lancaster Blvd
City/Town: Lancaster, CA
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Phone: 661.948.8442
Event Type: college, hangout, record, party, class, rock, social,event, vinyl, night
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Come for a night of classic rock music, free wifi, and $1 gourmet coffee.Enjoy our records or bring your own LP’s and we’ll play some of your favorite tracks! Every Wednesday Night!

KARAOKE Wednesdays
$4 Wells! Drink some liquid Courage and sing the night away! The underground brings you the Valley’s best KJ’s & talent weekly. Chameleon karaoke!
Rocking Country Thursdays
$4 Sweet Tea Lemonade in Mason Jars! Join us every Thursday for a Rockin’ good time! Dance lessons with Marc Tang, DJ James, and all the country Folk here in the AV. Doors open at 7pm. $5 for 21+/$10

Streaming on the BLVD Saturday NIGHT!


SNL Style weekend update news from AV Press Sports Writer Brian Golden, & various musical entertainment, stand-up comedy & spoken word brought to you by Brittany Harris of Cedar Performing Arts Center


Feel Good Fridays Comedy Night!



Feb. 5th Azyetunammed & Hiplash Bellydance

Feb. 5th
Time Saturday at 9:00pm – February 6 at 12:00am
Location RoShamBo @ BeX
More Info Azyetunammed & Hiplash Bellydance tantalize you with their unique dance routines.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | art on the BLVD, Lancaster blvd, lancaster blvd comedy, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster BLVD Live | , , , , | Leave a comment


Graphic Experience: photos, fine art, certificates, posters, needlework, mementos…

Edwin is a man of many talents, his work needs to be seen in person to be totally appreciated! We are pleased to have a special display of his works here in the Graphic Experience.  Come visit us.

Edwin, a self-taught artist and poet was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, in 1964. As a child, he grew up surrounded by art and color. Some of his first influences were Rodolfo Galeotti Torres, Oscar Sarmientos, Carlos Merida, Efrain Recinos. and many others.

His personality and style are represented in his art. His goal as artist is create something that makes you, the viewer, pay attention. He wants to captivate you with something different, colorful and exciting.

Most of his art pieces speak about everyday life situations: it is honest, free-spirited, colorful, and profound. His art pieces are unique and in no way intended to match anyone’s furniture !

His studio is located in Rosamond, a small community 80 miles north of Los Angeles.


Nunca se lo dije Tata Lalo

en un tiempo cuando apenas se formaba mi destino

cuando buscaba héroes ficticios

y necesitaba alguien que su cariño me diera

usted estaba presente

vino a mi vida cuando mas lo necesitaba.

El dĂ­a que el todo poderoso ponĂ­a a prueba su fe

su fortaleza

me dio tanta tristeza

por no estar a su lado,

pero aĂșn de lejos

en mis oraciones le decĂ­a lo mucho que lo quiero.

Es mi destino

es mi martirio

el nunca estar cerca de las personas que amĂł

cuando se enferman

cuando se mueren

es que acaso es mi castigo

este maldito destierro.

Tata, gracias por permitirme conocerlo

por hacerme parte de la familia

por sus sonrisas

por sus ejemplos

en mi libro de la vida

usted es una Ceiba

es libre como el Quetzal

fuerte cĂłmo el hormigo

valiente heredero

de la tierra de Occidente.

Esta no es una despedida

es mi forma de decirle lo mucho que lo quiero

pues ha sido como un ĂĄngel guardiĂĄn

el padre que todos hubiesen querido tener.

January 23, 2011 Posted by | art in the av, art on the BLVD, av local art, av mixed media, EDWIN R. VASQUEZ | , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Piano Liberace Piano Artist Bryan Pacana talks about the Liberace Piano created for the City Of Lancaster’s BLVD Piano project.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | art on the BLVD, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Pianos Played for the First TIme The program is modeled after similar programs in several cities, including Denver, New York and Birmingham, UK.  The pianos are decorated by artists and then placed in public locations where anyone who wishes may play them.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | art on the BLVD, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Pianos Music and Art Inspired by these programs, the City of Lancaster purchased the pianos and handed them off to two different artist collectives, which then converted them into functional pieces of art. Bryan Pacana, Larissa Nickel and Laurel Siler designed a Liberace-inspired piano, while more than a dozen artists collaborated on the artwork covering a tiled-collage piano. The artists include: Todd Cooper, Edwin Vasquez, Dennis Calaba, Donna Weil, Susan Moses, Jennifer Petty, Autumn Petty, Dave Faust, Arturo Castañon, Ana Luz Castañon, Benjamin Andrews, Cheryl Jackson-Schaffer and Mia Badua.

December 16, 2010 Posted by | art on the BLVD, BLVD pianos, Lancaster blvd, Music on the BLVD, on the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment