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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Artist Speaker Series - Preston Craig; 10-24 Noon-2:00 pm; FREE; Zoom presentation; Public Art Initiative

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and its Public Art Initiative invites you to meet the October Artist Speaker Series guest, featuring, Preston Craig.

Zoom presentation (see link below):

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Noon - 2:00 pm

Cost: Free*

(*suggested donation to support the Public Art Initiative of The Museum SFV - $10

Pay on our website, PayPal, Zelle)

Painting and drawing has allowed Preston Craig the freedom to address some of the social ills that plague our modern society and to paint what he feels, not necessarily what he sees. Having grown up in a rural setting and having had opportunities to travel and live overseas, he decided to paint what he saw in his mind’s eye while referencing what he experienced around himself.

The nature of his work is that through the use of varied imagery, classical and digital painting techniques and humor, he sometimes utilizes teddy bear images to address contemporary, social issues that are relevant and that affect the human race on a physical and spiritual level. Some paintings are a result of investigating his Native American roots (Choctaw), while others are a result of his spiritual quest and studies in Jungian symbology, Shamanic practices and Aboriginal Dreamtime myth. Through his Twisted Teddy's” series and other imagery, he hopes the viewer is inspired to be more aware of their global connections to each other and to take personal responsibility for effecting positive change in society.

He has worked with drug addicts, the homeless, victims of sexual abuse, young people who have been incarcerated, and has friends in the adult entertainment industry so he have definitely seen some of the seedier sides of life. He has seen how people can make a bad decision and get trapped in that decision. They are unable to figure out how to get out of the situation in which they find themselves. With that in mind, my artistic goal is that I aspire to achieve positive social change with my art.

Preston, who is a published artist, writer and educator originally from Louisiana, earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He freelances as an illustrator, digital/graphic design artist, fine artist, educator and voice over actor in the Los Angeles area. An avid artist rights advocate, he has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his volunteer work and contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A. His award winning work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

 Please join us for this special event and presentation. Q&A session to follow.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

15th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar - October 17th - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - virtual

If you are a history buff or would like to learn more about various historical organizations, museums and societies.... well, strap yourself in for the day and join The Museum SFV and about 80 other organizations at the 15th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.

15th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
Saturday, October 17, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
Register - Free admission to the general public

This year will be a whole new adventure as the Archives Bazaar will be entirely virtual. Although the environment will be different, we still want to encapsulate the spirit of showcasing L.A. archives “All Day. All in one Place” through engaging programs, online exhibits, and virtual tours.

2020 ARCHIVES BAZAAR PROGRAM (more to come!)

Coffee with the Coordinator
Join Liza Posas, L.A. as Subject Coordinator, on Instagram live. She'll start off the day caffeinated and ready to answer your questions about the day's events, L.A. as Subject's 25-year history, the new L.A. as Subject Directory Portal, and why archives make a difference.

More than an Architectural Icon: The Collections of Central Library
Central Library, the Los Angeles Public Library's flagship location is known around the world for its unique architecture and artwork, but there's so much more! Inside the hallowed walls of this icon are deep collections that librarians have been building for nearly 150 years. Bring your questions and join us as staff from each of Central Library's eleven Subject Departments come together to reveal the treasures found in these collections. For the two weeks leading up to the Archives Bazaar, keep an eye out on the library's main social media accounts for daily video drops from each department.

The Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPNet) Presents: An Introduction to Book Structure, Handling, Assessment, and Care for your Personal Collections
Join library preservation professionals from UCI and UCLA for a virtual discussion about book structure and handling, and how to assess and care for your book collections at home. We will discuss how to handle and store your books to extend their life, and the different types of uses, functions, and value the books in your collection may have, using examples from our own collections! Based on those uses and values, we will make some observations about what types of preservation measures you may (or may not) want to take. The presentation will end with time for audience questions about your book collections.

Basement Tapes Day

Basement Tapes Day provides the public with access to vintage audio playback devices so they can listen to the home recordings on open-reel tapes, cassettes, and micro-cassettes that have been sitting in their attics or basements for years. The annual event is staffed by volunteers from Los Angeles’ audio preservation community — archivists, engineers, collectors, restoration experts, conservators, and graduate students from UCLA’s Media Archival Studies program. Attendees can hear and publicly share their tapes, while learning about the history of recorded sound, common deterioration issues with magnetic audio formats, and how to best store and care for their collections. For more details on how to submit open reel, cassette, or microcassette home recordings email

Home Movie Day
Organized annually by local archivists since 2003, Los Angeles Home Movie Day makes it possible for individuals to watch and reconnect with their own family films by providing access to equipment and discussing how best to care for collections at home. This year's Home Movie Day will be online for the first time as part of the Virtual Archives Bazaar, presenting a program of materials curated from a diverse array of Los Angeles cultural institutions, as well as reels collected from Angelenos and digitized in advance. 2020 organizers Brian Belak and Megan Needels will present an overview of the event and talk through the challenges of adapting an interactive event to a virtual space. Read more about HMD and how to submit your videos for free digitization here.

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

Thank you.

The History of Jue Joe Ranch Part III - The Museum SFV Virtual Speaker Series

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, as part of its History of Speaker Series is pleased to present Part III The History of Jue Joe Ranch.

Date:  Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time:  Noon - 2:00 pm   (Learn about history during lunch!)

Cost:   Free*

(*we would appreciate a $10 donation to support interview, video editing and coordination of this program - via PayPal or website)

Please join Soo-Yin Jue for Part III as she will be presenting on the remaining parts of the Jue Joe Ranch, namely the Jue Joe ranch house.

Jue Joe died in 1941, but the stories and accounts that transpire in the years after are stories that could only happen in the San Fernando Valley.

From a ranch style home built in the mid-1940s designed to blend in with the surrounding areas only to conceal its private Chinese interiors to the various buildings constructed around the property.

A swimming pool, additional rooms, and a tennis court were all built around the the Jue Joe ranch house. Built in stages, both the buildings and the stories created at the ranch are sure to make you smile.

“Descendant of the 2nd emperor of the Song Dynasty (Zhao Gunagyi), Jue Joe was born and raised in a chicken coop, in 1860. He grew up dirt poor and vowed that his descendants would never suffer as he had. So at the age of 14 he sailed alone to California, working as a cabin boy, and jumped ship in San Francisco. He sailed with 16 lbs of rice and landed with 1/4 lb left. So he went to the Chinese Six Companies for help. They sent him to St. Helena and Marysville to work the vineyards. Then he found work on the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the Mojave Desert he met Otto Brant who was hoboing his way to L.A. They became friends and together hoboed to that destination. According to San Tong, Jue Joe learned business from Otto Brant and what land and water would mean to future settlers of the L.A. Basin. “ – written by Auntie Soo-Yin.

In 1913, California passed a law that forbid aliens (Non-Americans) from purchasing land in the state. The openly racist ALIEN LAND ACT was aimed at a growing and prosperous Asian population whose success threatened white hegemony in the Golden State.

But Chinese born Jue Joe was friends with the very powerful Otto Brant. The fascinating story of how Otto Brant helped his Asian friend purchase land, in spite of the restrictive law.

Free to all Museum members and guests.

A $10 suggested donation would be appreciated to support YOUR Museum with the cost of video editing and organizing this programming. You can go to our website at to make a donation on Zelle (, or via credit card or using your PayPal account.

Presentation and Q&A session to follow.

Please RSVP on EVENTBRITE HERE.  You can also


Meeting ID: 810 4948 2568

Passcode: 875195

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