Throughout the construction of the new Los Angeles County High Desert Regional Health Center, two artists endeavored to understand and reflect on the Antelope Valley community through an artwork that supports a healing environment while harmonizing with the building’s architecture.
One Desert Sky
Antelope Valley native and internationally renowned artist Brad Howe designed One Desert Sky. The artwork was inspired by the distinct stories of Antelope Valley community members collected through a series of artist initiated participatory activities prior to the opening of the High Desert Regional Health Center in 2014.
Produced by artist Rebecca Niederlander, the activities engaged nearly 500 Antelope Valley community members and stimulated open conversations revealing diverse cultural perceptions that influenced Howe’s artwork. The activities culminated in an artwork naming contest administered by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History from which the winning title, submitted by an Antelope Valley resident, One Desert Sky was selected by the artist from over 100 entries.
One Desert Sky converts the voices of Antelope Valley residents into icons and symbols that the viewer’s eye may string together as the pieces move and intersect with one another. Representing a collaboration on multiple levels, One Desert Sky’s 8,000 laser cut aluminum pieces were individually attached to metal rods, spray painted with automotive paint and hand assembled by a team of six in Howe’s studio. The fabrication process took over 3,600 hours.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Brad Howe, born in the Antelope Valley, is a Los Angeles-based sculptor with work in collections world-wide including Samsung Corporation, UCLA Anderson School of Business, and Mexico City Ministry of Business and Trade Building. He has been described by art critic Peter Frank as “one of America’s wittiest and most versatile makers of public art.” Howe is represented by Katherine Cone Gallery in Los Angeles as well as various national and international galleries.
Rebecca Niederlander is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, print-making, drawing and social practice. Her most recent work includes an ongoing collaborative project with Iris Anna Regn titled BROODWORK: Creative Practice and Family Life which investigates the interweaving of creative practice and family life. Her solo exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History was titled, “Rebecca Niederlander: We are stardust, we are golden, and we have to find our way back to the garden.” Niederlander received her MFA from UCLA in 2000 and her BFA from California College of the Arts in 1997.
Huell Howser was on California PBS television for many years until his early passing in 2013 at the age of 67. Huell had several programs all built around him and a single camera/sound crew travelling around the Golden State. Huell talked to people,toured their homes, businesses, sites and spent 30 minutes having discovery conversations. Huell had been a news person in his home state of Tennessee, but in California he had conversations. Huell was fresh, believable and fun to follow. Huell was a bit travel agent,big kid, explorer and positive force. I myself have always enjoyed exploring our world and esp our state. There are places to go, people to meet, and fun things to do. Huell left us with at least 750 television shows which you can view at Chapman University. Chapman is the recipient of the entire Huell Howser estate and the University has developed an amazing display. Most important of which is a 45 minute documentary by JefferySwimmer about Huell entitled California Gold. My cohort inAVNice, Jim Greenleaf and I and a longtime dear friend Steve Kngsleytravelled to Orange, CA to view the film in March 2014.
Luis Fuerte 12 yr Camera/Sound for Huell Howser
http://www.avflorist.com 661.948.6006 Luis was very gracious to chat with Jim Greenleaf and myself. We were attending the premier of the film about Huell Howser entitled California Gold at Chapman University. We will learn more about Luis and Huell working together when Luis finishes his book.
Mary Platt,director of Communications/Media Relations Chapman University
http://www.avflorist.com 661.948.6006 Mary Platt was very helpful when we wanted to come view the Huell Howser movie premier of his Documentary/Memorial/Story California Gold… the story of his life and the telling of how he made his over 700 television programs.
Joseph Rinaudo films, projectors and Huell Howser
http://www.avflorist.com 661.948.6006 Joe Rinaudo was featured in several of Huell Howser’s California Gold television episodes. Joe was at the premier of Huell’s film at Chapman University. Jim Greenleaf and I got a chance to talk with Joe.
California Gold, Huell Howser’s movie by Jeff Swimmer, Chapman University
http://www.avflorist.com 661.948.6006 Steve Kingsley, Jim Greenleaf and I went to Chapman University in March to view the premier of Huell Howser’s film California Gold. An amazing film,part Documentary, Memorial, travel film. Huell was an amazing guy…
LOS ANGELES COUNTY AIR SHOW – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S PREMIERE AIRSHOW
We are excited to host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as part of our inaugural event, Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Fox Field. Air Show fans will be captivated by an array of exciting and thrilling jets, gravity-defying aerobatic performers and the rumble of historic aircraft. We’ll have something for everyone in the sky and on the ground!
Blue Angels Land at Fox Field AV Nice
Los Angeles County Air Show Chris Spicher of AntelopeValley Florist Interviews Captain Brandon Cordill.
Flying Blue Angel No.4, Captain Brandon Cordill, USMC (Slot) Flying Blue Angel
The Blue Angels is the United States Navy‘s flight demonstration squadron. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet, typically in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in 1946. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each full year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people in a standard show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.
Wow right here in the AV Kirby Chambliss of the Red Bulls in the Antelope valley Five time winner of the U.S. national aerobatic championship. – Current residence: Flying Crown Ranch, AZ – He is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. – One of only two American pilots ever to win the Red Bull Air Race world championship. – Flown more than 70 types of aircraft and logged over 26,000 hours ( that’s three years!) in the air.
Chambliss was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. As a youngster, he wanted to be a pilot. His father taught him skydiving, and he loved the steep spiral in the sky the pilot put the plane into when bringing the skydivers back to the ground. During his high school years, he fueled aircraft to earn extra money. By December 1979 at the age of 20, Chambliss debuted in solo flying after formal flight training, and earned his private license the following March. In the beginning, he earned his living as a certified flight instructor and then as a night freight pilot.
His later job as a business jet pilot enabled him in 1985 to take aerobatic flight training and to buy his own aerobatic plane. Winning top honors in his very first contest, Chambliss worked the way up to the elite “unlimited” level. In 1997, he became member and then captain of the US Aerobatic Team. He won four U.S. national championships and a number of medals at the world championships. He holds the title 2000 Men’s Freestyle World Champion, and has logged over 26000 flying hours. In 2013, Chambliss lost power performing a high Alpha pass at the Illopango El Salvador Airshow. Chambliss exited his aircraft with minor injuries after a forced landing on a rocky embankment.
Chambliss racing in Perth, Western Australia
Chambliss enjoys performing in traditional airshows throughout the year when he is not training or competing. Since 2005, he takes part at the international aerobatic competition Red Bull Air Race World Series as a member of the Red Bull Team along with his team mate HungarianPéter Besenyei. The champion of 2004, Chambliss finished the 2006 Series as the champion again with four wins of eight rounds on his Zivko Edge 540 aircraft. To stay in shape for enormousg-forces and exact timing, he trains three times a day and four days a week in the sky.
He lives with his wife and fellow pilot, Kellie, and their baby Karly Nicole live in a house in Flying Crown Ranch, Arizona, USA, attached to his hangar
AV NICE AT THE LOS ANGELES CO. AIR SHOW
http:/www.avnice.com Chris Spicher along with Jim Greenleaf highlight the nice things about our region like THE LOS ANGELES CO. AIR SHOW. Have you got any nice stories you would like to share? Let us tell your story to the world #AV NICE
The Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation (status pending) dedicated to promoting the importance of aviation for continued economic growth, inspiration and educational opportunities for our youth, and enhancing awareness for the service and sacrifice of our military men and women. The mission of the Air Show will, in part, be accomplished by giving back to the needs of the community through a regional scholarship program for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math or aerospace. For more information about the Los Angeles County Air Show, please visit www.lacountyairshow.com.
http://www.avflorist.com 661.948.6006 He loves Mojave, we talk about the tech community, commercial space travel. The VIP reception was full of folks who wanted to say hello to Capt Kelly, the Capt had a chance to meet our WW2 Vet Mr Larry Chimbole too. Capt Kelly’s book Gabby is a great story of success and challenge. I found Mark Kelly to be humble, easy to talk with and a great listener. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade has chosen a fantastic keynote speaker for its Outlook Event.
He loves Mojave, we talk about the tech community, commercial space travel. The VIP reception was full of folks who wanted to say hello to Capt Kelly, the Capt had a chance to meet our WW2 Vet Mr Larry Chimbole too. Capt Kelly’s book Gabby is a great story of success and challenge. I found Mark Kelly to be humble, easy to talk with and a great listener. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade has chosen a fantastic keynote speaker for its Outlook Event.
Capt. Mark Kelly, record-setting American astronaut, retired US Navy combat pilot, and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords, is the keynote speaker for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Kelly, a veteran of four NASA Space Shuttle flights to orbit, and one of only two astronauts to have visited the International Space Station on four missions, will address an expected capacity audience attending the day-long business conference at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Stuart Witt Conference Center .
Capt. Kelly will be accompanied on the program by a long list of presenters who are leaders in the fields of regional economics, business, manufacturing, technology, renewable energy, education, aerospace research and development, defense, and transportation. The 42nd annual Business Outlook Conference, organized by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, opens at 7:30 a.m. and adjourns at 2:30 p.m.
The 2014 Business Outlook Conference theme, “Breaking Boundaries” will be brought to life in a number of ways, beginning with its location at Mojave Air and Space Port, where private-sector companies pioneer in the great civilian leaps into commercial space business, alternative renewable energy, rail transportation, diversified manufacturing, aerospace fabrication and other pursuits.
Outlook Conference Chairman and Boeing executive Al Hoffman said the 2014 event will also give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand the cutting-edge aerospace hardware emerging from many of the Mojave Air & Space Port tenants.
photos by Jim Allen produced by Jim Greenleaf for #av nice
Professor Bill Nye got to touch it, Chris Spicher SITS INSIDE. We take you along as we rocket off the runway at Mojave Air/Spaceport, in 4 quick 6G minutes we are at 320+ Thousand feet, weightless in a space suit..Public Space Travel is close, a reality. Mr Andrew Nelson is a scientist, engineer and a people person, the perfect chap to lead this enterprise. To meet, talk with and be able to share this full size mock up, to sit next to an astronaut, to become an Astronaut myself, amazing, in fact need to invent some more words, or wax poetic… Xcorriffic, Spacetacular, unbefrigginlievable
http://www.avnice.com Chris Spicher gives us a little sneak peek of at The Mojave Air & Space Port “Breaking Boundaries,” the theme for the 2014 Antelope Valley Board of Trade Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, based on innovative plans and preparations that promise to break decades-old program practices, while enlivening the experience for an expected 800 visitors.
Terry and Sylvia Norris believe in the strength and opportunity of the Economic Region they live and have their business in. Come enjoy the Calibration, formed over 18 years ago they and their staff count and measure ANYTHING… the word is getting out!!
Welcome to Precision Labs
Precision Labs started in 1995 with a single multi-function meter calibrator and two dedicated professionals. While one of the founders had 4 years of formal metrology training, the other was a calibration lab manager. We worked long hours and reinvested any profits back into the company, a process of self improvement that continues to today.
The only work we could perform back then was at the customer’s facility because we lacked a formal location. But that changed once a small 10foot by 15 foot lab with climate control was built after 1 year of service. At that point we had approximately 30 instruments. Many customers were surprised to see us with such a strong technical background for the size of the company.
We quickly moved to a 1000 square foot facility in Palmdale. At that point we had a crew of 4 people. The amount of instrumentation had also grown, but we still always felt as though we were always sharing tools. Someone termed the phrase “calibration co-operative” to explain our philosophy of sharing our resources in such a manner as to help customers. That method of though continues today as many loyal customers may seek a single calibration, but we will invest heavily to calibrate this one item on the plans to help others.
We were one of the first companies to become ISO 17025. In fact, so few companies were ISO 17025, that the Automotive Industry Action Group had to act in order to help the industry. The lessons of ISO 17025 removed the last vestiges of military standards that we used as guides to run the company. That allowed the company to improve efficiency to help work process in a much better fashion.
After a short stay of only two years, we had to move into 2000 square feet building in the city of Lancaster. After many shelves and a storage facility for our 30 filing cabinets of manuals was built, we realized the time to move had come again. By this time, we had well over 300 customers to include all of our original customers. The breadth of our calibration capabilities were hundreds of calibration items, computer networks, front office personal more than the first staff, company cars, and more.
We now have nearly 6000 square feet and continue to find more ways to expand. Major customers are now demanding that we continue to find innovative methods to help them cut costs while continuing to improve quality. Our efforts of the strongest team we have ever assembled stands together to tackle your next challenge.
The teamwork continues to build here at Precision Labs as co workers are obtaining safety, managerial and workforce training. The keys to our success has always been the quality of the work that we can perform for you: our best team member and the reason we exist.
Primary NAICS of 541380 and 811219. Other Naics codes may also apply.
http://www,avflorist.com 888.948.6006. Its 5 min long, but jam packed full of amazing Power Recliner info. Bob and Chris together again, like never before. Bob Turner invents a new hoilday, NewChairMonth, these LazyBoys are built lovingly in Redlands Ca USA. #funnylol Bob Turner is a good sport, we like him, the AV loves Aven’s Furniture.
THE “AV NICE STORY OF THE YEAR “.
www.http/::avflorist.com 888.948.6006 Myav.com had a contest in the month of October, the person most nominated was Steve Baker, he is AVNICE. #justbecause #becuaseflowers #breaking boundaries #avnice. Thank you #Avens Furniture
Steve Baker of Grace Resources is our ‘Person of the Month!’
LANCASTER – When you hear about Grace Resources, you hear about Steve Baker, and vice versa. The two go hand in hand, and have for 21 years now. The AV Times caught up with Baker recently in his unassuming office, which consists of an old wooden desk, a decidedly downmarket chair, a file cabinet or two and an open door. The door is never shut… always open.
Baker, long considered one of the “father figures” of the Antelope Valley, opened up on a variety of topics, including his early upbringing, a typical day at Grace Resources, and how he handles the stress of it all. Read passages from our conversation below:
Tell us how you got to where you are as the Executive Director of Grace Resources… how growing up, the way you did, prepared you for your role now.
I was born [laughs]. I pretty much grew up here. I moved up here in ’59, and I was in 5th grade and I kinda grew up in the YMCA. It was a little house on Avenue J. I was, of all my friends, the only one with a single mom. I was on the eastside; all my friends were on the westside.
I had the example of an early great dad from one of my friend’s parents who all got to me. They didn’t feel sorry for me, they just loved me. I grew up with their influence. And most of them went to First Baptist. In ’68, I became a Christian. Then I was running camps for the Y in high school, then later ran it for the church. Then I became a junior high youth pastor…
I was in the Navy, but I was home every weekend. So I ran the youth group on Sunday nights. I worked at Soledad Sands Park [today’s Thousand Trails in Acton] on Saturdays, Friday nights and part of Sundays.
So, I didn’t do the typical thing and go full time. I was working in the Navy and going to school when I wasn’t working… Then I went to San Diego and resigned from that church. Ended up coming home… and worked at Edwards for two years [as an intermediate maintenance overhaul mechanic].
Then they asked me to start this… I took it, and never looked back. So in February of ’91, we found that building on Yucca and opened July 1st of ’91.
The former Lancaster Community Shelter was formerly run by Catholic Charities, but now Grace Resources runs it, and it has a new name – the Inn Between. Tell me about that.
Children are a priority. There are 115 beds, with 12 family units. Men are kept separate from women in every activity – sleeping, eating, bathing, laundering, etc. There’s an AA meeting Monday nights. It’s faith based. We also have a parenting class that happens at a church cater-cornered across the street.
Then we do case management. The minute we get them in, we start to work on an exit strategy…you’ve got 15 days to stay. So when they know they’ve got just 15 days, they begin to get serious about a place to stay.
For the others, they have 15 days to stay, then they street it. Every time they come back they get another acute management meeting. We talk to them, once again, about where they’re gonna be. Where are they going to get a roof over their heads? What can we do to help you do that? And/or get them home somewhere, and/or get them to turn themselves into prison to get rid of their warrants so they can find a job, get their license back, or whatever it is.
I’m a chaplain for the Sheriff’s Department, so I take them over there and help turn themselves in, help them serve a couple days or a week in jail. I’ve volunteered [as a Sheriff’s Department Chaplain] for 10 or 12 years. I’m kinda the closest dude, so when something goes down and they need me, they pick me up and say, ‘we need you for a druggie, or such and such, or death row notification…’ whatever.
What kind of people do you see, typically, these days seeking help from Grace Resources? Are these the perennially homeless, newly unemployed, or something else going on?
Too many of them lose their place, and they resigned themselves to the fact they’d better get their stuff together and rent a house, and then rent from somebody who’s losing [their house], or who doesn’t even own it sometimes. Within a couple of months they’re told they have to get out of it in three days. So they’re a mess, and it usually happens right after they get their monthly check or whatever their income is. And they have the whole three and a half or four weeks before they get more money. So that’s – that’s the mess.
We try to stand in the in between – which is the nickname for the shelter (The Inn Between). They come in here, they’re broke. I see them wandering around in the parking lot, embarrassed… they come in here for groceries and we earn their trust and make sure we know what the rest of the story is. And then we do what we can.
How do you handle it all? What’s your typical day like?
Well, if I stressed on everything, I’d be dead! It’s just too much to stress on… I had a 22-year-old mom with a young child [and] two other kids. The two other kids, she doesn’t know where they are. And she stepped in here with no place to stay…
[I] gave her food, gave her a voucher for our thrift store to get her a couple changes of clothes, and bus fare to get to Cal City to stay with her aunt. But, she needs to go to the police and file a complaint against her ex-husband. She walked in here crying and very upset, and left here with a smile.
That took an hour of my time, you know. It’s the discerning of whether people’s needs are real or are they just trying to get what they can get. It’s a very taxing job, sucks the energy right out of your head… Typically, I spend most of my day here, talking to people who are in trouble.
Another young man I’ve been working with for two weeks, he came out here with some friends, and there was a place they were supposed to be able to stay, and it didn’t work out.
He was 23 years old. He had a backpack and his stuff, and his friends kind of dumped him, so he wanted to go back to North Carolina. So I get a discount [fare ticket] of $176.
He goes, ‘wow!’
I say, ‘you get $100 and I’ll get you there.’
He goes, ‘I can’t do that!’
I go, ‘yes you can. You have 15 days to stay at the shelter, and you can earn the $100.’
So he did. He ended up getting a ride up to Tehachapi – he had a friend up there – and spent the night there. The friend gave him the $100, and he got a ride back. He walked in the next morning and gave me the check for $176. I gave him $20 of it back, so he’s going to have some spending money. And he honored my request. He’s back in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he has family.
But you know I just can’t spend $176 every time someone walks in through the door. I really couldn’t spend $176, but I really wanted to get him home.
Where does your support come from? Does anyone come back and tell you, ‘thank you?’
It doesn’t say ‘free food’ anywhere on our building. But the reality is that people who need it find out about it. We could be doing 20,000 people a month, if people out there need it.
Today [Aug. 7], we had two rounds of grocery handouts at 10 and at 1. A bunch of people helping were clients down the road. They say thank you, but they also say thank you by coming back and being a volunteer.
People who support us, say at $10, $15, or $20 a month, a lot of them are people who have been clients over the years. Some of them were clients, got out of that, then helped us, then got in trouble again. Then they became clients again. So some have supported us for years, and have lost their home. They’re in trouble again and are so embarrassed. And I go, ‘wait a minute! If you hadn’t supported us over the years, we wouldn’t be here to take care of you now. It’ll all work out.’
Are you a very gifted director, or are you just blessed with people who want to do a good thing in the Antelope Valley and help the cause of Grace Resources?
I don’t think I’m that extraordinary, except for one thing: I’ve learned early on to get out of God’s way and let him do what he does best. I’m not a very patient person, generally. I love people, and I want this to be successful. And I know it doesn’t work because I’m amazing or a good director or a good administrator. It’s because we trusted God with it. He’s honored that. So, as long as I don’t let my head go big or do things on my own steam, that’s when things get headed south. I love my staff, and I love the people coming in for help, and they all know that. I’m not perfect, I don’t always do it right, but they trust me. I think the biggest thing is building trust with the community.
They know if they give us $10, it’s going to stay right here and be used well…
View video (created last year), explaining the history of how Grace Resources came about.