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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

POW! WOW! Antelope Valley 2020

POW! WOW! Antelope Valley 2020 returned to Lancaster, California for its
third year. Lancaster hosted its first POW! WOW! in 2016. The festival
returned in 2018. The festivals are a collaboration with Thinkspace
Gallery and the Museum of Art and History (MOAH). This video documents
all the action during the 2020 festival and is directed by Birdman.

The 2020 edition features 12 artists — Allison Bamcat, Carlos Mendoza,
Carlos Ramirez, Casey Weldon, Chloe Becky, Gustavo Rimada, Huntz Liu,
Manuel Zamudio, MJ Lindo, Spenser Little, Kim Sielbeck, and Victoria
Cassinova — who will adorn the walls near downtown Lancaster and at Sgt.
Steve Owen Memorial Park, adding to 31 murals and installations created
during the 2016 and 2018 events.

Founded in Hawaii a decade ago, POW! WOW! is a series of global events
that celebrate culture, music and art.

Los Angeles artist Allison Bamcat is painting a mural on the back of the
Museum of Art and History on The BLVD.

“I’ve never done my art in a museum but I’ll show my art on a museum;
that’s funny,” Bamcat said.

POW! WOW! Antelope Valley is Bamcat’s third POW! WOW! The artist also
painted murals for POW! WOW! Long Beach and POW! WOW! Worcester.

“It’s a huge honor and privilege,” Bamcat said.

Bamcat’s mural features a desert tortoise and a California mountain
lion, both endangered species.

North Bay artist MJ Lindo is painting a whimsical mural on the side of a
building on Elm Avenue between Lancaster Boulevard and Milling Street.

“I’m super excited to be a part of POW! WOW!,” MJ Lindo said. “I’ve
admired the festival for a really long time.”

MJ Lindo’s mural features a mermaid wearing sushi and eating sushi.

“One of my favorites is the movie ‘Splash’ from the eighties with Tom
Hanks, so it’s kind of based off of that. But it’s supposed to be a
silly thing. She’s drinking whiskey, winding down from a long day,” MJ
Lindo said.

Los Angeles artist Huntz Liu is painting a colorful mural of abstract
geometric shapes on the side a dentist off on Lancaster Boulevard and
10th Street West.

“This is my first mural. It’s exciting. A nice break from 2020 to have
this happen” Liu said.

Video by Birdman.

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