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Vintage Clothing

I love old clothes. I fanatically love vintage clothes. Some of my vintage clothes were new when I bought them. Ha!

One of my favorite pastimes (when I have time !) is going to the stores on Melrose, such as American Vintage and Jet Rag on La Brea. I see so many things that I used to wear and wish I’d kept. Other things I see, I used to have and just plain wore them out and turned ’em into rags.

Another fave place of mine is the Goodwill in Santa Barbara on the corner of Carillo and Bath St. I have found many cool things there. What the rich folks give away is astounding. I’ve found some fantastic things in the Salvation Army in Chico. They have a seperate store dedicated to “Elite Repeat”; some great finds in there!  I could list many more places I’ve been to in my travels up and down the whole state . I check them all out, in the time I have, at one time or another. Many terrific places in Oregon too.

Now we have one in Lancaster ! On the BLVD ! Vintage Styles Now, it’s called.http://www.vintagestylesnow.com This past Saturday (Mar.12th) I went to their booth at the Almond Blossom Festival to check out their merchandise. From the small sampling they had there, I was very pleased. I bought a funky man’s jacket that I love. It’s bright, colorful, and I love the pockets on it. And it’s for me, not my husband ! Paired with a t-shirt and jeans, I love how it looks. Can hardly wait to check out what else they will have. And I can do it right here in Lancaster, right down the street from my business http://www.graphic-experience.com.

Be sure to check them out. You will find something you love too.

Graphic Experience 661.945.1718 624 W. Lancaster BLVD http://www.graphic-experience.com/


March 21, 2011 Posted by | av best framing, Lancaster blvd, vintage clothing | , , , , | Leave a comment

look here. LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition- Artist Invitation

 

look here. LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition- Artist Invitation

A collaborative, collective and civic juried art exhibition on The BLVD, presenting the wide variety of artistic expression resident in the High Desert.

Deadline for artist entries is January 24, 2010.

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Lancaster, CA December 28, 2010- The Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, and the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery Associates are currently seeking art entries for “look here.”, LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open to artists of all ages who are current High Desert residents working in all types of fine arts media including nontraditional, electronic and digital media. A number of cash prizes will be awarded. Artist applications and guidelines are available in person at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery or Lancaster City Hall Department of Parks, Recreation and Arts, or online at the museum’s juried exhibition website http://www.cityoflancasterca.org/index.aspx?page=767. Submissions must be received by mail or in person by 4 pm on January 24, 2010. Artists will be notified of inclusion on January 26th.

Situated at a threshold between old and new, past and future, LMAG’s twenty-sixth juried art exhibition embraces the idea of being “in between” by expanding to the streets. 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. “look here.” asks the artists of the High Desert to lead the way; to forge a path in creating a collaborative, collective and civic juried art exhibition on The BLVD which will cross that threshold into the new museum.

“look here.” accepts artwork submissions in any medium, from oil paintings to electronic circuits. The exhibition seeks to present the wide variety of artistic expression resident in the High Desert. Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin from the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Los Angeles-based painter Gegam Kacherian will be the jurors for “look here.” and will draw upon their curatorial and art-making experiences to select works for public display at the museum and throughout The BLVD.

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 Café, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Perk Place Coffee House, and Sewability. For updated information of participating businesses please visit the LMAG website at www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page+67.

“look here. The 26th Juried Art Exhibition” will be on view February 5-March 27, 2011 with a special opening reception and award presentation on February 4, 2010 beginning at 5 pm. The museum will present exhibition related events and activities that will encourage visitors to interact with and learn from the variety of creative talent on display. For additional information, please contact the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery at 661-723-6250 or lmagreceptionist@cityoflancasterca.org.

About the 26th Juried Art Exhibition Jurors

Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin, Pasadena Museum of California Art

Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin received her BA in Art History from the University of Washington, and her MA in Art History/Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. While her academic studies initially focused on Chinese art history, she has since transitioned to focusing on American art and contemporary art while working at the Pasadena Museum of California Art as the Exhibition Manager. At the PMCA, Ms. Cheng-Lifshin oversees all of the exhibitions and public programs, and has curated the contemporary installations in the PMCA Project Room since 2005. She is also the curator of “Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists,” as well as the forthcoming exhibition on graffiti art, “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas.”

Gegam Kacherian, Los Angeles based artist

Gegam Kacherian was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, and received his BFA from Terlemezian Fine Arts College in 1981. In 2005 he was selected for a visual arts residency at Idyllwild Arts in San Bernardino, California while the previous year he was awarded a residency at the First Jeju International Art Festival in Jeju, Korea. Reviews and articles of his exhibitions can be read in “Art in America” and the “Los Angeles Times,” as well as other publications. Currently his works from the Weisman collection are on view at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the exhibition “Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” At present, Mr. Kacherian is preparing for his third solo show scheduled for October 2011 at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, California at Bergamot Station.

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 towww.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.

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Lancaster Museum Art Gallery, LMAG’s 26th Juried Art Exhibition, the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris on the Blvd “A Place to Love Each Other”

http://blvdtoday.com R. Rex Parris thanks Heather Kennedy and encourages everyone to deal with each other with kindness and love in closing remarks at the Blvd Grand Opening.

City of Lancaster’s BLVD Transformation Completed

Community Invited to Explore the new Heart and Soul 
of the Antelope Valley

Lancaster, CA. November 23, 2010 – Today, the City of Lancaster hosted a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the completion of The BLVD portion of the City’s downtown transformation effort; opening Lancaster Boulevard from 10th Street West to Sierra Highway.

“What we have all created here is a centralized community-gathering place for family, friends and businesses to enjoy,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options provides something for every age group, and offers activities for every occasion.”

“After less than nine months of construction, we are happy to look down The BLVD and see what has been accomplished by working together as a community,” remarked Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian. “This was a complex project with a very aggressive timeline, which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of many key individuals who made this transformation a huge success.”

The main thoroughfare of The BLVD is now complete, with additional construction on Elm Avenue and Fig Avenue continuing for the next few months.

The City recognized several individuals with primary contractor Hanes & Associates, who were instrumental in the success of the project, including: Owner Greg Hanes, Vice President Steve Wayne, Project Manager Craig Fries and Project Superintendent Paul Hughes.  Additional subcontractors acknowledged for creating a successful project team include: Taft Electric, Cal Fran Engineering, Marina Landscaping and Precision Concrete.

Mayor Parris highlighted a specific draw of The BLVD; its new pedestrian-friendly design, which provides easy access to residents, visitors and area employees who can stroll to establishments in a safe, casual and welcoming environment offering limited traffic flow and Sheriff foot and bike patrol.  He also emphasized the importance of community events and local business support, particularly during the current economic conditions.

“This is a time when it is most critical to keep the spirit of our community uplifted.  Many are struggling with the effects of this harsh economic climate.  It is good for all of us to know there is a place we can come to take our minds off of any stressors we face professionally and personally,” said Mayor Parris.  “BLVD events provide free and low-cost activities to ensure everyone has something to look forward to, especially during this holiday season.”

The City has already hosted several events to kick off this new destination for the senses.  The overwhelming success of the award-winning Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is still a hot topic, with the City being awarded the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award from the California Downtown Association at today’s BLVD opening.  Additional events drawing crowds from all over southern California include Celebrate America on The BLVD – a tribute to our military forces and The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, which featured a stellar performance by original cast members of the famous “Thriller” dance video.

“These events were just the beginning of what’s to come for the rest of this holiday season, as well as annually on The BLVD.  I’d like to invite everyone to come out and have a Magical BLVD Christmas with us on December 11th as well, “added Mayor Parris.

A Magical BLVD Christmas is the upcoming holiday street festival hosted by the City on The BLVD between Beech Avenue and Fig Avenue from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will offer outstanding entertainment, food and activities for the entire family, and follows the morning’s annual Breakfast with Santa affair which takes place at the Lancaster City Park Stanley Kleiner Activity Center from 8:00am to noon.

A special note regarding The BLVD is the arrival of many new and existing small businesses which require the support of the community to survive and thrive.  Small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit are the staples of the American dream and backbone of our economy.

Mayor Parris elaborated on the importance of these ideals.  “We’ve been pushing the message of ‘Shop Lancaster First’ long before this downtown revitalization took place.  We hope our citizens continue to recognize the significance of spending their dollars within their own community, as it allows the City and its businesses to continue to provide the products and services offered to you right here at home.  Additionally, the level of quality, personalized and friendly customer service is unsurpassed when you support your fellow citizens who have a vested interest in the community.  The BLVD comprises small, entrepreneurial businesses because we know they are the backbone of the Antelope Valley’s economic success. It is imperative that we all shop Lancaster whenever possible.  We’re all in this together.”

City Manager Mark V. Bozigian noted key staff members who were instrumental in the management and implementation of The BLVD transformation.  These individuals include Senior Construction Manager Jon Cantrell, BLVD Project Manager Heather Kennedy, Capital Projects Inspector Mike Shively, Inspector Sam Cervantes and Inspector Mark Alius.

“I would like to commend City staff on the outstanding job they have done in keeping this complex project on track.  They kept the momentum going by efficiently dealing with all issues that arose during construction, and they skillfully managed resources and relationships to ensure everyone stayed on course through the very end,” noted Mr. Bozigian.

“On behalf of the City Council and the City of Lancaster, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this phenomenal project.  Take a look around at your new BLVD… the premier destination you all created in our own backyard. Congratulations,” closed Mayor Parris.

 

November 24, 2010 Posted by | blvd grand opening, on the blvd, the blvd | , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris on the Blvd Grand Opening

http://blvdtoday.com R. Rex Parris speaks at the Blvd Grand Opening.

City of Lancaster’s BLVD Transformation Completed

Community Invited to Explore the new Heart and Soul 
of the Antelope Valley

Lancaster, CA. November 23, 2010 – Today, the City of Lancaster hosted a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the completion of The BLVD portion of the City’s downtown transformation effort; opening Lancaster Boulevard from 10th Street West to Sierra Highway.

“What we have all created here is a centralized community-gathering place for family, friends and businesses to enjoy,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options provides something for every age group, and offers activities for every occasion.”

“After less than nine months of construction, we are happy to look down The BLVD and see what has been accomplished by working together as a community,” remarked Lancaster City Manager Mark V. Bozigian. “This was a complex project with a very aggressive timeline, which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of many key individuals who made this transformation a huge success.”

The main thoroughfare of The BLVD is now complete, with additional construction on Elm Avenue and Fig Avenue continuing for the next few months.

The City recognized several individuals with primary contractor Hanes & Associates, who were instrumental in the success of the project, including: Owner Greg Hanes, Vice President Steve Wayne, Project Manager Craig Fries and Project Superintendent Paul Hughes.  Additional subcontractors acknowledged for creating a successful project team include: Taft Electric, Cal Fran Engineering, Marina Landscaping and Precision Concrete.

 

 

Mayor Parris highlighted a specific draw of The BLVD; its new pedestrian-friendly design, which provides easy access to residents, visitors and area employees who can stroll to establishments in a safe, casual and welcoming environment offering limited traffic flow and Sheriff foot and bike patrol.  He also emphasized the importance of community events and local business support, particularly during the current economic conditions.

“This is a time when it is most critical to keep the spirit of our community uplifted.  Many are struggling with the effects of this harsh economic climate.  It is good for all of us to know there is a place we can come to take our minds off of any stressors we face professionally and personally,” said Mayor Parris.  “BLVD events provide free and low-cost activities to ensure everyone has something to look forward to, especially during this holiday season.”

The City has already hosted several events to kick off this new destination for the senses.  The overwhelming success of the award-winning Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix is still a hot topic, with the City being awarded the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award from the California Downtown Association at today’s BLVD opening.  Additional events drawing crowds from all over southern California include Celebrate America on The BLVD – a tribute to our military forces and The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, which featured a stellar performance by original cast members of the famous “Thriller” dance video.

“These events were just the beginning of what’s to come for the rest of this holiday season, as well as annually on The BLVD.  I’d like to invite everyone to come out and have a Magical BLVD Christmas with us on December 11th as well, “added Mayor Parris.

A Magical BLVD Christmas is the upcoming holiday street festival hosted by the City on The BLVD between Beech Avenue and Fig Avenue from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will offer outstanding entertainment, food and activities for the entire family, and follows the morning’s annual Breakfast with Santa affair which takes place at the Lancaster City Park Stanley Kleiner Activity Center from 8:00am to noon.

A special note regarding The BLVD is the arrival of many new and existing small businesses which require the support of the community to survive and thrive.  Small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit are the staples of the American dream and backbone of our economy.

Mayor Parris elaborated on the importance of these ideals.  “We’ve been pushing the message of ‘Shop Lancaster First’ long before this downtown revitalization took place.  We hope our citizens continue to recognize the significance of spending their dollars within their own community, as it allows the City and its businesses to continue to provide the products and services offered to you right here at home.  Additionally, the level of quality, personalized and friendly customer service is unsurpassed when you support your fellow citizens who have a vested interest in the community.  The BLVD comprises small, entrepreneurial businesses because we know they are the backbone of the Antelope Valley’s economic success. It is imperative that we all shop Lancaster whenever possible.  We’re all in this together.”

City Manager Mark V. Bozigian noted key staff members who were instrumental in the management and implementation of The BLVD transformation.  These individuals include Senior Construction Manager Jon Cantrell, BLVD Project Manager Heather Kennedy, Capital Projects Inspector Mike Shively, Inspector Sam Cervantes and Inspector Mark Alius.

“I would like to commend City staff on the outstanding job they have done in keeping this complex project on track.  They kept the momentum going by efficiently dealing with all issues that arose during construction, and they skillfully managed resources and relationships to ensure everyone stayed on course through the very end,” noted Mr. Bozigian.

“On behalf of the City Council and the City of Lancaster, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to this phenomenal project.  Take a look around at your new BLVD… the premier destination you all created in our own backyard. Congratulations,” closed Mayor Parris.

 

November 24, 2010 Posted by | blvd grand opening, Lancaster blvd, on the blvd, r rex parris, the blvd | , , , , | Leave a comment