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Wiki Night- A Community Forum for Creative Ideas in the Antelope Valley

Wiki Night- A Community Forum for Creative Ideas in the Antelope Valley

Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery to host free PechaKucha presentations from 6-9 pm Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Arbor Artist Lofts Gallery

Lancaster, CA May 13, 2011- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery (LMAG) presents a new series of Wiki Nights—a monthly opportunity for creative individuals to come together in an informal atmosphere to share their ideas, projects and thoughts.Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6-9 pm at the Arbor Artist Lofts Gallery begins the museum’s summer series of PechaKucha presentations, a fast-paced, fun and informative format designed to keep presentations short and passionate. Six presenters from a variety of creative fields and DJ Andy Kane will entertain amidst the works of Patrik Ryan’s current gallery show “Art Without Arcs: Digital Curves are Illusion,” on view at the Lofts Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, currently closed during the preparations for its move to a new facility, will continue to present the series of Wiki Night events on the third Thursday of every month at a variety of locations. One of the primary objectives of this new monthly series is to expand into a community forum for the collection and collaborative documentation of creative ideas in the Antelope Valley. The Wiki Night events will also incorporate an interactive voting activity that seeks input from the community to help in “Building a New Museum.”

The Wiki Night series of social networking events provides opportunities to interact with creative thinkers and a wider public audience through the exploration of the presenters’ current research topics or work process. LMAG is entreating the creative community of the Antelope Valley to submit their ideas for presentations and to help develop a dynamic creative network. Interested presenters for future Wiki Nights are invited to email their presentation title, a short description of the topic, and three jpeg images to the museum for future consideration. 


The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery’s May 19th Wiki Night event will feature the following presentations:


Sanie Andres, “The Art of Schizophrenia.” Using artwork created by people diagnosed with schizophrenia, Andres will talk about the mental disorder, and how art therapy works.


Robert Benitez, “Queer Themes in Comic Books.” Paralleling the themes and storylines of queer representation in comic books to personal experience, current events, and social topics, Benitez will explore the history of queer characters in comic books.


Charles Hood, “Is ‘Nature Art’ an Impossible Contradiction?” From the San Diego Zoo to the African jungle, from Thomas Kinkade to the cave art of France, humans have tried to represent the natural world in photography and art. Hood will present what it means to try and see 5,000 species of wild birds in a lifetime, and why most “nature” calendars sold at the mall are fakes.


Bryan Pacana, “Blockwash: A Contradiction to Painting.” Blockwash is a painting process created by Pacana that involves making artwork by applying pigment to canvas in its raw form, followed by a design worked in varnish. The artist then uses water to wash away the unprotected pigment resulting in a Blockwash painting.

Patrik Ryan, “Brush Imagery.” Digital artist Ryan will discuss three types of image assets he collects, prepares, and uses to deliver imagery in an intuitive painting method through layering techniques in Painter, and final pieces edited in Photoshop.


Kristine Schomaker, “The Gracie Kendal Project- A Conversation with my Avatar.” Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance, Schomaker projects herself onto another form in Second Life, and confronts her imperfections through a close-up daily view of a personal, social and psychological co-existence with her virtual persona.


The Arbor Artist Lofts Gallery is located at 661 West Lancaster BLVD. For additional information on the museum’s programming, please contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or


About The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

Founded in 1986, the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is dedicated to advancing an appreciation of art and history in the Antelope Valley. Operating two sites—the Museum/Art Gallery and the Western Hotel Museum—LMAG is not only a repository for historical artifacts important to the preservation of the unique character of the Antelope Valley, but also a place where audiences—residents and visitors alike—may experience exhibitions of fine art and participate in a variety of art and history-based programs. LMAG offers a schedule of exhibitions, as well as lectures, workshops, Family Day activities, film and musical events.


General Information– The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, located at 44801 North Sierra Highway, will be closed during the preparation for its move to a new facility. The new facility will open later this year. For more information about LMAG and its programming:


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Image Credit: Patrik Ryan, “Picture In Picture In Picture,” digital art, 2010.

LANCASTER MUSEUM/ART GALLERY          44801 N. Sierra Highway  Lancaster, CA 93534

TEL:      (661)723-6250                                        Museum Hours:

EMAIL:        Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

WEB:                         Closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions,  MMM       wwwh             Free admission and tours.

May 14, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, Arbor Artist Lofts Gallery, Community Forum, Lancaster blvd, Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery | , , , , | Leave a comment