“Deep in the Sky” art panel to be held at YVArts, July 14 @ 7pm

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center (YVArts) will present a special art panel discussion Saturday evening, July 14th at 7pm.  Entitled “Deep in the Sky”, the art panel will feature night sky photography and cinematography currently on display in the newly opened inaugural exhibition, GROUND TO SKY.  The exhibition touches upon two of the strongest elements of beauty and influence of the Mohave Desert: the creative and expansive desert landscape that continually draws and fascinates artists around the globe, and the awe-inspiring night skies that provide endless self-contemplation. 

The panel will be led by Steve Caron, the lead astronomer of the Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club.  His presentation will cover the night sky, the Milky Way, the use of a DSLR camera and the basic techniques in capturing the night sky.  Steve is an astronomer with the Joshua Tree National Park and operates his own private observatory in Wonder Valley; the Adobe Observatory.

On the panel will be Casey Kiernan, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker living in the Joshua Tree area who’s works have been featured on the History Channel, CBS News, Al Jazeera, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and many others.  Kiernan is featured in the Yucca Valley Art Gallery’s inaugural exhibition and will discuss his time-lapse films.  He also teaches photography and leads workshops in capturing the night sky in Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, the Salton Sea, and Iceland. 

Hi-Desert photographer, Mitch Miller, will join Kiernan on the panel.  Miller has been hiking and photographing the mountains and deserts of the southwest since 1981 and his works are featured in the Yucca Valley Art Gallery’s inaugural exhibition.  His first published photograph, “Bad Lands”, appeared in Backpacker magazine and was taken at sunrise at Fonts Point in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. For many years audiences at REI and the Sierra Club were captivated by slideshows from his backcountry adventures. 

Joining Kiernan and Miller on the panel will be Lisa Manifold.  Her photograph entitled, “Mojave Bedroom,” an inaugural exhibition favorite, presents the poignant idea of how the night sky enthralls us to look deep into the sky.  Relatively new to photography, Lisa is known to cover the desert capturing wildlife as well as the night sky.

Additionally, Robert Miramontes’ ground-breaking work in the exhibition will be discussed.  Miramontes presents four experimental light-painted images in the inaugural exhibition that mesmerize the viewers.  Miramontes’ photography can be seen in books, magazines and his fine art prints are distributed world-wide.

Tickets to this special panel are free for members and only $15 for non-members.  The new center is located at 58325 Highway 62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  For more information on the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, visit YVArts.org or send an email to info@yvarts.org to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.  Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or by calling 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.

 

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