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Clouds drift into gallery

Sculpture and painting by Melinda Smith Altshuler is featured in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery’s first show of the new season on display through Sept. 17 at 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

A reception and a talk by the artist will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 1) in the gallery.

The exhibit, “From the Cloud Lab,” features Altshuler’s glowing cloud forms suspended from the ceiling.

The translucent sculptures -- crafted from tea-stained teabags, paper, repurposed chicken wire and light -- appear to drift, some clouds ascending high while a low hanging cloud rains crystal drops. 

The weightless viewing experience is grounded by a wall of Altshuler’s cloud paintings, which evoke the installation’s sensations of motion and space on canvas, according to curator Christine Mugnolo.

Altshuler has exhibited extensively throughout the West Coast and internationally.

The gallery is located in FA1 on the southwestern portion of campus. Gallery shows are free and open to the public 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.