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2nd Museum Gala Reflected on the Past and Peered into the Future

2nd Museum Gala Reflected on the Past and Peered into the Future

“Prism: Through the Looking Glass” and “Jabberwocky” after party celebrated the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery’s 25th anniversary and upcoming new museum facility.


Lancaster, CA March 9, 2011- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery marked its twenty-fifth anniversary on February 26, 2011 with its benefit gala “Prism: Through the Looking Glass” and “Jabberwocky” after party. More than 200 visual artists, community philanthropists, and supporters mingled at LMAG’s second museum gala, which raised nearly $20,000 for the museum’s exhibitions and public programs. The funds raised from the event will support the museum as it expands its programs and offerings in its new building, currently under construction on The BLVD.

The 2011 gala was held in the museum’s current gallery space, elegantly decorated to invoke the imaginary realm of Wonderland and its vast landscape of a chess board. Surrounded by a vortex of white and red squares, glimmering glass and mirrors, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception featuring the award-winning wine and cheese cupcakes by Double D Cupcakes and wine provided by Leona Valley Winery. Event caterer, the Lemon Leaf Café, served a visually elegant menu of red and white courses with Mediterranean flair, while emcees Tanner Efinger and Alisha Gaddis offered comedic bits to keep guests entertained. After dinner, the statues from the Antelopes on Parade program were auctioned off, and the interactive dueling pianos team from 2 Grand Entertainment took song requests from the attendees.

At the event, former museum Curator Norma Gurba was honored with the 2011 Metamorphosis Award for her longstanding commitment to the museum and her efforts in supporting artistic innovation and public service in the Antelope Valley. “It is important to save art history for all future generations of Antelopians” Gurba stated. “I hope that the impact of my efforts will continue to be felt.”

The “Jabberwocky” after party kicked off at 9:30 pm with guests dancing to the dueling pianos while Gino’s Italian Restaurant mixed up signature cocktails: the White Rabbit, Red Queen, and Blue Caterpillar. DJ Asha later took the stage and mixed contemporary dance tunes to keep the crowd celebrating until midnight.

The gala event was organized by the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates and the 2011 gala planning committee. “We are delighted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the museum with acquaintances old and new, and envision the future of the BLVD thriving with creativity as the new museum anchors a strong arts district downtown” commented Ronald D. Smith, the City of Lancaster’s Vice Mayor. Daniel Venturoli, LMAGA President and gala committee member stated, “The LMAGA Board shares the vision with the City of Lancaster to be a thriving center for the arts in the Antelope Valley.”

The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates continue to invite Antelope Valley residents to join LMAG as it steps through the looking glass, becoming a part of its future on the other side. The gala event initiated an ongoing pledge drive that will raise funds to support the museum as it looks to the next twenty-five years of inspiring curiosity and facilitating engagement with art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley. The drive allows supporters to direct what their pledge will fund: exhibitions; children and youth art and education programs; art workshops; programs and lectures for adults; collections preservation and access; and facilities improvements, amenities and furnishing upgrades. For additional information or to pledge support to the museums programs and exhibitions, please contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or

2011 museum gala event sponsors included: Leona Valley Winery, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Wells Fargo Bank, The BLVD Association, Chapman Communications, Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates Board, Lemon Leaf Café, Branning Group, Dennis Greer, Double D Cupcakes, Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors, Panache Salon, All Valley Federal Credit Union, Antelope Valley Harley Davidson, Berna Mayer, George’s Cleaners, High Desert Medical Group, and Lori L. Fischer.

About The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates

Since 1989 the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates have been charged with a mission of enhancing the collection, exhibitions, programs and facilities of the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery and the Western Hotel Museum. In pursuing this mission, LMAGA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has consistently helped to advance the quality and quantity of opportunities for residents of the Antelope Valley to engage with art, history and culture through fundraising, and program support and development.

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 is located in Lancaster, California at 44801 North Sierra Highway, one-half block southwest of Lancaster Boulevard and across the street (west) from the downtown Metrolink depot. For more information about LMAG and its programming, call (661) 723-6250 or log on to

Museum Hours and Admission– The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm; it is closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions. Admission is free, except to specially ticketed events.

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Image Credit:

Curt Gideon, “Prism: Through the Looking Glass Gala” 2011.


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