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1st Anniversary Celebration & New Exhibition Opening

June 8 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center will celebrate its one year anniversary June 8th from 6-9 pm, marking the state-of-the-art venue’s first year of success as the Joshua Tree National Park region’s new flagship art gallery and arts production space.  The special gala will feature festivities, the unveiling of the “Founding Donors” wall in the facility’s foyer, a cash bar, live music, and more.

Having awarded thousands of dollars in student scholarships this year and following the closing of its celebrated STUDENT EXHIBITION where students of the Cultural Center’s award-winning Arts|Tech Academy were given the chance to display their works in the cutting-edge gallery, a new exhibition will open that evening in its place and join the remaining newly opened exhibitions as part of its larger PENTAMEROUS exhibition.

The new exhibition opening June 8th, entitled PERPLEXING VISIONS AND UNREALITIES, will feature the works of two painters, Matthew Couper, out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Pablo Romero, who resides in Landers, California.  Presented together, it is a show of visions that might leave the viewers perplexed but surely entertained.  Romero’s work is not about dreams but about the imagination of the mind, at times touching upon the truth as well as the fiction—and always with a bizarre sense of humor.  Couper’s works skew established narrative traditions of Spanish Colonial painting to discuss the space between religion, politics, and environmental issues.  Both painters have been termed “Lowbrow” at times, but that label is not to be confused with the old use of the term.  This is artwork that will entertain and intrigue.  

“When viewing an artwork, one might think it is important to try to understand what was on the artist’s mind when conceiving the piece, and sometimes more often than not, one might walk away perplexed by what they have seen,” stated the gallery’s Executive Curator, Michael McCall.  “Adding to this confusion may be the labels assigned to art movements in an attempt to help us understand what is going on.  The term “Lowbrow” is one of these labels.  It describes an art movement originally based in underground comics, but later developed into a highly intellectual movement.”

The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is located at 58325 Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, California, 92284.  The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 1-6 pm, holidays excluded, and there is no admittance fee.  All artworks in the PENTAMEROUS exhibition will also be available for viewing and sale via its online gallery.  More information on the new exhibition and the brand new visual and performing arts center may be found online at YVArts.org.

The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is a program and annex of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

PHOTO CAPTION: Over 1,000 community members and art aficionados celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center.  The center will be celebrating its 1st Anniversary and opening a new exhibition June 8th from 6-9 pm.

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ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER

With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org

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