Words Uncaged

WordsUncaged is a creative, interactive, exhibit for incarcerated artists, writers,students and poets at California State Prison, Lancaster, to dialogue, and critically engage with YOU.

We invite YOU to experience these voices, uncaged from the prison walls, and to imagine new ways of understanding our current system of mass incarceration in California, as well as alternatives to it—together.

This event celebrates the publication of the inaugural Words Uncaged Arts & Literary Journal from California State Prison, Lancaster.

It features original artwork, writing, poetry and sculptures, an altar to light a candle for your incarcerated loved one, as well as portraits of men at California State Prison, Lancaster by photographer F. Scott Schafer, as well as portraits of family members of the incarcerated by Sister Inmate.

We will be offering a number of special events, lectures, and concerts to expand awareness of prison and prisoners, and to explore our common humanity, creatively—together:

Opening Night reception:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
April 8 through May 6, 2017

Friday Night Lecture Series
April 21st Sister Inmate: What Prison means to family members 7.30-10.00pm
April 28th Fair Chance Project: How prisons intersect our lives 7.30-10.00pm

Saturday Night Culture Series
April 22nd Performing Prison, featuring music by Tim Stafford, theatre by Amad Jackson and dance by Erica Brannon

April 29th Performing Prison, featuring music by Tim Stafford, theatre by Amad Jackson and dance by Erica Brannon

May 5th Closing Reception.
Mi Prisión, Cinco de Mayo: Incarceration from a Latino perspective.
(This event is a fundraiser for the Fair Chance Project)

WordsUncaged Community Partners: Sister Inmate, Fair Chance Project, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), Healing Dialogue and Action, Karma Rescue’s Paws For Life, The Inmate Family Council, Jail Guitar Doors and Ave 50 Gallery.

This project is supported by a grant from the California Humanities and funding from Calstate LA’s Centre for the Public Good

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Spiritual Medicines

Religion is rooted in need. Society batters us, government ignores us,safety nets are disappearing. We seek ways to heal and protect ourselves. Spiritual Medicines is an exhibition in which spirituality, a belief in a power greater than ourselves, is evaluated In all its myriad forms.  Solace is a state of peace.  Spiritual medicines seeks to bring us to that place of solace. Please join us as we question what is that Spiritual Medicine that speaks to seekers of the indefinable.

Sponsored by UCLA’s Latin American Institute and featuring

Raoul De la Sota
Isabel Martinez
Richard Turner
Eddy Bello Sandoval
Ruth DiNicola
Rebeca Guerrero
Sergio Teran
Scott Froschauer
J. Michael Walker

Opening Night reception:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
April 8 through May 6, 2017


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A photo installation by Yvonne M. Estrada that explores evidence of the sacred in the everyday.

Yvonne M. Estrada is the author of the chapbook, My Name on Top of Yours, a crown of sonnets accompanied by original photographs. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Avenue 50 Studio, Cal-Poly Pomona and Antioch University Los Angeles. Her poems have recently appeared in Talking Writing, Lit For Life, Fourth & Main and in the anthologies, The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles and Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond.

Opening Night reception:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
April 8 through May 6, 2017



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Avenue 50 Studio presents


In it’s almost 20 years of operation, Ave 50 has received numerous works of art as contributions and some “orphans” that have been stored at the gallery. By way of spring cleaning, Ave 50 has put together a sale of over 150 pieces of quality art ranging from drawings, etchings, paintings, prints and three dimensional assemblages.

The works cover the gamut of art genres offered over the years at Ave 50. This will be a BLOW OUT sale, that will be CASH and CARRY! There are many great pieces that need a new home and Ave 50 is confident that you can provide one.

The sale will run for a month and we will look for other “orphans” than may need adoption to fill the gaps.

Exhibit extended until 4/6/17

In the Arroyo Arts Collective Space

"Leopard View" by Ginger Mayerson

Collage Works by Ginger Mayerson

On view April 8 through May 6, 2017

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Atomix Avis

Avis Atomix finds _Ana Chaidez and Hembert Guardado_ collaborating to create a series of pieces both light as a feather and stiff as a board (excuse the pun). Guardado’s “Jazz”- inspired works of caulking, glue and bondo on unfinished birch panels betray an urban vibrancy as well as restlessness, depicting figures in gritty contexts and mirroring the controlled chaos of a jazz melody. Chaidez chooses instead the motif of birds. Burrowing owls daring the viewer to a staring contest. Sparrows, mocking birds and doves in the act of desperate flight even as their wings become the city’s grid. A map of the city, its skyline of skyscrapers, or pixels, or motherboards: what is progress in the history of forgetting? Together they both suggest an ethereal dream haze and a concrete grit of an apocalypse. They say California is the end of the world.

Opening Night reception:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
Avenue 50 Studio Satellite Gallery @ Man Insurance
1270 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042
April 8 through May 6, 2017