Tickling the Keys

We have a fantastic piano right outside our store that is attracting a fan club. As we go about our busy day, all of a sudden, WE HEAR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC ! People, young and old, of all levels of talent, stop to play. We hear jazz, rock and roll, simple pecking, and everything in-between.

This guy was pretty great and really enjoyed himself. I did too ! The City of Lancaster had a great idea!

 

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

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the BLVD is catching up with Graphic Experience

Graphic Experience has supported, displayed and sold art on the BLVD since 1977. We have been supporting the work of local artists through thick and then especially this past year as the BLVD was closed for a long time. However we are grateful because the City seems to finally recognize the importance of art to the Antelope Valley and are catching up with us ; )

Earlier this month the city added Pianos to the BLVD (one in front of our store), and in the new year There will be an entire art exhibit. Read more below:

look here. LMAG’s 26th Juried Art ExhibitionArtist 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.

 

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 ‘81Aven’s Furniture, Bandstand Coffee, Bella West Salon, Caramel Pastries, Daisy’s Costumes, Graphic ExperienceKing 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.

 

The BLVD Piano

The City of Lancaster has a created a  public art/music program that is modeled after similar programs in various cities around the U.S., including Denver and New York. There is even one in Birmingham, UK.  Pianos are decorated by artists and then placed in public locations where anyone who wishes may play them.

The City has started with two pianos, gave one to the Graphic Experience and one to the Artist’s Lofts . We, at the Graphic Experience rounded up a total of thirteen artists who contributed their talents to this exciting project. On Dec. 15,2010, a press conference was held here, for the unveiling of the two great “art pianos”. It was well attended and created a lot of excitement, had quite a bit of press coverage.

As a result, we have had  piano players coming by to tickle the keys ! We have had some GREAT musicians entertaining us with great tunes. Just before I sat down to write this, another player just finished  playing a set that lasted for over an hour. He turned out to be a man whom I knew that I hadn’t seen in years ! He came in just to play.  Another young man came in several days in a row and stayed for hours each day.  At several points, since  the unveiling, we had three piano players, each waiting their turn. At some points, we’ve had two players playing together on the piano. That’s always awesome !  Another professional keyboard player brought his daughter in and they played together and separately. We have had “non-piano-playing” customers that are so happy just to see the wonderful artwork on the piano. This piano has already started to develop it’s own fan club, renew old acquaintances,  and create new friendships.

It has been a truly fascinating experience. Many thanks to the City of Lancaster for supporting the arts!

– Chris Calaba co-owner of Graphic Experience