PALMDALE — Celebrate the new year with a little bubbly and good cheer at Antelope Valley Art’s inaugural New Year’s Eve gala from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Dec. 31, at the Ramada by Wyndham in Palmdale.

Join local artists for a fun-filled evening of laughter, dancing, party favors, food, signature cocktails, glitz, glamour and art. There will also be a silent auction, a number of locally-sourced prize giveaways, a photo booth, a champagne toast and decadent desserts.

All proceeds from the event go toward Antelope Valley Art, an organization for artists, which will help fund professional development programs and supporting partnership projects for local artists and businesses.

“Our purpose is to cultivate a sustainable economy for creatives in the Antelope Valley,” Antelope Valley Art Director Margo Moriarty said. “We want to form an alliance between local businesses and creatives so that we can help one another succeed. If we work together, we can continue to grow a self-sustaining arts community: a place where artists can make a living and where the arts add to the identity and pride of our community as a whole.”

Moriarty moved from Los Angeles to the Valley three years ago and immediately fell in love with the mountains, serenity, open sky, stars and most importantly, the people, who made it easy to call home. Last year, she joined forces with Assistant Director Haley Crow as the two began connecting with artists they met at local craft fairs and art events. In January, they created a Facebook page and arranged meet-ups for the artists.

Since then, Antelope Valley Art has blossomed and developed into a strong group of more than 100 grassroots community activists.

“We are not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Moriarty said, aware of the already abundant amount of arts-supportive local businesses and resources in the Valley. “The problem is the lack of communication.”

Antelope Valley Art is looking to become that centralized hub for artists. With the creation of their website, they have provided free profiles for local artists, artist resources and a calendar for arts and cultural events in the Antelope Valley.

Moriarty believes the artisan seeds have already been planted. Local businesses like Sagebrush Cafe and The Modern Tea Room have recognized the importance of bringing local artwork into their spaces. Another example is Transplants Brewery, where Artist B.L. Singleton has transformed an industrial warehouse into an awe-inspiring art experience.

“When businesses partner with creatives, there is an additive effect that is subtle, yet rewarding, for the community,” she said, “We are always looking for local businesses for which to partner with.”

For more information about Antelope Valley Art, including the New Year’s Gala, visit AVArt.org.

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