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Wiki Night- Ideas, Projects and Thoughts from Creative Minds in the Antelope Valley

Wiki Night- Ideas, Projects and Thoughts from Creative Minds in the Antelope Valley

Lancaster Museum of Art and History to host free Pecha Kucha presentations from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011, at the Arbor Artist Lofts Gallery.

Lancaster, CA June 15, 2011- The Lancaster Museum of Art and History continues its free monthly series of Wiki Nights thisThursday, June 16, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at theArbor Artist Lofts Gallery.  The museum’s summer series of Pecha Kucha presentations, a fast-paced, fun and informative format designed to keep presentations short and passionate, is a monthly opportunity for creative individuals to come together in an informal atmosphere to share their ideas, projects and thoughts.  Five presenters from a variety of creative fields and DJ Andy Kane will entertain amidst the current gallery show “Summer Sweethearts,” on view at the Lofts Gallery.  The event is free and open to the public.

 The Lancaster Museum of Art and History’s June 16th Wiki Night event will feature the following Pecha Kucha presentations:



Ben Andrews, “Stop-Animation as Art in the New Media Landscape.”  Andrews will discuss the origins of stop-motion animation as an earlier form of special effects in motion pictures and how it has evolved into current cinema. 


Nicelle Davis, “In the Circus of You: A Collaboration of Words and Images.” Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross are a poet and illustrator team who collaboratively create works which explore the cross sections of descriptive and visual expression.  Based on their book “In the Circus of You” which deals with the themes of sanity, motherhood, monogamy, creative impulse, appropriation and self creation, Davis will explore their goal of morphing clichés into living language in order to give the domestic an epic appeal. 


Tristan Greenleaf, “The Relationship between the Personalization of an Instrument and the Personalization of Music.” Greenleaf will discuss how the personalization of expression through different mediums intertwines within a musical instrument.


Rachel Jennings, “Who Is the Green Man? Foliate Heads and Leaf Masks in Medieval Architecture.”  Exactly what or who are those leafy heads that stare down at us from the roof bosses of Europe’s cathedrals?  Are they decaying dead people?  Demons?  Just nice decorations?  Or could they be representations of The Green Man, the pagan spirit of nature?  If so, how did they become the most popular motif in medieval Christian architecture?


Laurie Solis, “Fun Facts in Human Biology.”  Ms. Solis will present fun, interesting (and sometimes shocking), little known facts in human biology.  She will explain why men have nipples, how much DNA humans share with a banana, why humans get “goose-bumps” and more.


The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, 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.  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 entire presentation will also be streamed live on the front page of and on the ustream channel for Lancaster Blvd.

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


General Information – The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, 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 the museum and its programming:


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Image Credit: Ben Andrews, “Origins of DragonCow,” stop-motion animation, 2009.

LANCASTER MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY 44801 N. Sierra Highway  Lancaster, CA 93534

TEL:      (661)723-6250                                        Museum Hours:

EMAIL:       Currently closed.

WEB:                         The new facility will open in late summer/early fall.

MMM              Free admission and tours

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