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'Made in the Mojave' opening at museum

LANCASTER - The beauty, history and resources of the Mojave Desert will be celebrated in paintings, photography and other media in "Made in the Mojave."

The show opens with a public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. May 13 at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, 645 West Lancaster Blvd.

As part of the "Made in the Mojave" exhibit, the museum and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation will host the fifth annual Mother's Day Tea from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13.

Guests at the tea will have the opportunity to preview the exhibition with artist Samantha Fields, and watch a special "Wearable Art" fashion show, all while indulging in a champagne reception featuring a multi-course, catered menu, with fresh produce from local farms. Tickets for the Mother's Day Tea can be purchased at for $45.

"Made in the Mojave" focuses on the desert landscape interpreted through a variety of media.

Featured solo exhibits include artists Samantha Fields; Kim Stringfellow; Carol Es; Catherine Ruane; Aline Mare; Ron Pinkerton; Nicolas Shake; and site-specific installations by Randi Hokett and local artist Marthe Aponte.

In addition to the professional artists' presentations, the museum will show the work of R. Rex Parris High School students' Wasteland project on the rooftop terrace.

The museum's Green Initiative Wasteland project was led by Los Angeles artist Nicolas Shake, who worked in conjunction with R. Rex Parris High School art instructor Kris Holladay and her students.

The Made in the Mojave exhibition will be on display until July 30. The show is currently being installed, so the museum is closed until May 13.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. For more details, call (661) 723-6250 or visit

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