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City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Gets a New Name, Along with It’s New Look and New Location

Last Tuesday’s Lancaster City Council Meeting resulted in a unanimous decision from City officials to rename the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery (LMAG) to the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. This name change was prompted by the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates, the non-profit fundraising group for the museum, which desired a more appropriate designation for the facility, particularly given its nearing relocation from Sierra Highway to The BLVD, the City’s premier destination hub.

 

The “Art Gallery” in LMAG’s name was found to be redundant and associated the museum with commercial art galleries that buy and sell artwork for profit. The City’s museum has been a free educational, cultural and arts resource for residents of Lancaster since 1986. The new name better communicates the mission of the museum in collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting works of art and historical artifacts. The revised designation also positions the museum as a place where the Antelope Valley community can gather for artistic enlightenment and appreciation.

 

For more information regarding the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, contact the curator, Nicholas West, at (661) 723-6250.

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , | Leave a comment

Pecha Kucha Night at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:  JOSEPH CABRAL (661) 723-6053

 

Pecha Kucha Night at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery

Designed to keep presentations short and passionate, Pecha Kucha Night allows creative people to come together to share their ideas.


Lancaster, CA March 17, 2011- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery will open its doors on March 19, 2011 from 6-8 pm for Pecha Kucha Night, an international phenomenon which has occurred in over 340 cities world-wide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat,” Pecha Kucha Night (pronounced peh-chak-cha) allows each participant 20 slides, with 20 seconds per slide to share their works and ideas freely, giving a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds before the next presenter is up. The format is designed to keep presentations short and passionate, allowing creative people to come together to share their ideas, works, and thoughts in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The social networking event provides an opportunity to interact with creative thinkers and a wider public audience through exploration and interaction with the presenter’s current research topics or work process. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery’s first Pecha Kucha Night will feature presenters: artist Nuri Amanatullah, with “Open Spaces, Public Spaces;” Antelope Valley College English professor, Charles Hood, “The House that Jack Built;” Pepperdine University art history student and LMAG Best of Exhibition winner Rheagan Martin on “Nature/Industry;” Antelope Valley College art professor and artist Christine Mugnolo speaking on the “What Does Talking Look Like;” Lise Patt on the “Institute of Cultural Inquiry;” and Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Curator Nicholas West on “Mapping the World.”

For additional information on the museums programs and exhibitions, please contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org

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 www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=67.

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:

Charles Hood, “The House that Jack Built,” 2011.

 

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

TEL: (661)723-6250 Museum Hours:

EMAIL: lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

WEB: www.cityoflancasterca.org Closed Mondays, holidays, and between exhibitions,  MMM       wwwh

www.facebook.com/lmag.lancaster Free admission and tours.

 

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Antelope Valley College, lancaster blvd art, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG, Pecha Kucha Night | , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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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 lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org

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 www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page=67.

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.

 

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Museum Gala, new museum lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment

Personal Invitation to LM/AG Jabberwocky After Party from curator Nick West

From Nick West
JABBERWOCKY After Party
Hi!I would like to enlist your help in pushing out a facebook promotion for the Jabberwocky after party taking place at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery this Saturday evening at 9:30 pm. Let’s build some buzz about this event! Please share this with your friends on your wall, through messages, invite them, whatever it takes. If you haven’t yet responded to our invitation, please do so it shows up in the feeds of your friends. We will continue to post about the event throughout the week, so please share as often as you can.

Here is some info about Jabberwocky:

Jabberwocky is designed to bring together those who want to attend a unique event, but don’t really do the gala thing and who wish support the museum at a smaller monetary level. This event complements the museum gala, Prism: Through the Looking Glass, as a more informal evening that will feature comedy, a dueling pianos show and DJ ASHA, who will spin for us until midnight. There will be a full cash bar available, wine by Leona Valley Winery and nosh by Lemon Leaf Cafe.

Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. All admission money will go to the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates to support the museum in its mission and to help it produce quality exhibitions and programs for the Antelope Valley.

Please help spread the word and help the museum to reaise some money! Thanks!

 

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February 23, 2011 Posted by | lancaster art, lancaster blvd art, Lancaster BLVD entertainment, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , , | Leave a comment

Prism: Through the Looking Glass, 2nd Museum Gala and Jabberwocky after party

prism web logoSPECIAL EVENT:
Prism: Through the Looking Glass, 2nd Museum Gala and Jabberwocky after party
Saturday, February 26, 2011 gala beginning at 5:30 pm; after party beginning at 9:30 pm
Walk through the looking glass on February 26, 2011 for a unique evening celebrating 25 years of art, education, and culture at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery. “Prism: Through the Looking Glass,” the 2nd museum gala, derives inspiration from the glass architecture of the museum’s new building on The BLVD, and the spectrum of experiences that awaits within. The Jabberwocky after party kicks off at 9:30 pm featuring cocktails, nosh and dueling pianos from 2 Grand Entertainment followed by a DJ. Enjoy an evening of art and entertainment and be among those supporting the community’s long-standing resource for art, history, culture, and education. Prism gala tickets $100; Jabberwocky after party tickets $25.

44801 N. Sierra Highway
(661) 723-6250
LMAGReceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org


February 23, 2011 Posted by | City of Lancater, lancaster artists, lancaster blvd art, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG | , , , , | Leave a comment