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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Hispanic Heritage celebrated at Victor Valley Museum

All American Game by Rodolfo Escalera

The Art of Rodolfo Escalera featured from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2017

Works of art by Rodolfo Escalera, a self-taught artist whose career spanned decades in Mexico and Southern California, will be shown at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley during Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibit opens to the general public on Sept. 16 and admission for the first 200 visitors on that day is underwritten by the Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders. The exhibit runs through Oct. 15 and is included with general admission.

Many of Escalera’s works on view in this exhibition were meticulously created using tiny “00” paintbrushes. His initial five significant masterpieces took him twenty years and thousands of hours to finish. The exhibit opens with an invitation-only reception on Sept. 15.

“On behalf of the entire Escalera family, it is our distinct honor to have been asked to showcase our patriarch’s artwork at the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Festival at the Victor Valley Museum,” said Roberto Escalera, a High Desert resident and son of the artist. “We thank Regina Bell of DVL (Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders) for having reached out to us. We are excited to share with you his very first painting created as a young teenage boy as well as his very last piece just before he succumbed to his battle with cancer. It is our hope that you will sense the love, passion and dedication that went into each and every piece. His was truly a labor of love.”

El Piropo by Rodolfo Escalera

“Part of the Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders Project mission is focused on honoring and building legacies,” said Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, DVL founder. “DVL has made a commitment to showcase multi-cultural artist here in the High Desert and we’ve found the Victor Valley Museum to be a great partner for these projects. We are proud and privileged to have the Esacelra family, sponsors and community support of our efforts ”

Museum Director Melissa Russo said, “The Victor Valley Museum partnership with DVL has resulted in several excellent art exhibitions well received by the community. We’re honored the organization is partnering with us again to bring these works to our High Desert residents.”

“The Art of Rodolfo Escalera” and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.”

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

New Book Festival returns to the Chino Hills Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites readers of all ages to the 3rd Annual New Book Festival, Sept. 16 at the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Library.

The library will once again unveil thousands of new books, available to County Library patrons for the very first time.  Those who attend will be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.

This year, the New Book Festival will have a special Super Hero theme. The public is invited to come and celebrate literacy while getting the chance to meet and greet Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Spider Man. Those who come should not forget their cameras.  For those who have ever wanted to see the Batmobile, a Fire Engine, or a Police Car up close this is their chance!  Library patrons can build memories in the Jumbo Block play area, make fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ, and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, so attendees will be invited to visit the special Vision 2 Read photo station. The 3nd Annual Chino Hills New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m.  Those who attend should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

Readers are invited to join the San Bernardino County Library System as it attempts to meet its yearlong campaign goal of 1 MILLION circulations at this branch.

The James S. Thalman Chino Hills Library is at 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución opens at County Museum

Alan Year 2016 by Ruben Chavez

Exhibit dates: Sept. 15—Oct. 15, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated at the San Bernardino County Museum, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. with the exhibit “El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución.” Organized and curated in partnership with the Inland Empire Latino Art Association, the exhibit features works by 20 artists, most from the Inland Empire. An opening night reception for museum members and invited guests is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and takes place on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

“In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Brad Borrero of the IELAA, “we invite museum visitors to join us as we celebrate our hopes, dreams, ambitions, and our American experience.”

Painting by Gerardo Ayala

Museum Director, Melissa Russo said that “the museum is truly honored to once again work with the Inland Empire Latino Art Association to produce this show for our community, with a theme that is consistent with conversations taking place on a national level. Not all the artists in the show are Latino, but all the artists have experiences to share about what it means to be American.”

“The subjects in my artwork are intended to express imagery in my daily life and also show icons that represent Mexican American lifestyle,” said artist Gerardo Ayala of Fontana.

Artist Ruben Chavez said, “Creating a narrative from a simple face or action is much more interesting and gratifying to me than a painting of a landscape or still life. The unknown and lack of control is what drives my art. As long as I have that then the journey will never end.”

A video invitation to the event can be viewed here.

Radio Flyer by Grant Wisegarver

“El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución” and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución  is included with general admission, $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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