Sylvia Winslow Gallery

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Sylvia Winslow Gallery

Sylvia Winslow Display at the Maturango Museum

From her youth, Sylvia Winslow had artistic talent, but she had focused on the field of design until she saw the Mojave Desert. So moved was she by the desert’s subtle beauty that she decided to become a landscape painter.

In the late 1940’s Sylvia and her husband Slim, moved to China Lake. Slim had been hired on at the Naval Ordnance Test Station. The adventurous Winslows explored the desert and in the process, became interested in archaeology, a field Sylvia tackled with her typical energy and competence. As an amateur archaeologist, she made her mark on California desert archaeology with some of the first serious attempts to explore the potential for the present of early man.

In 1962, Sylvia and Rhea Blenman, wife of the then China Lake commander, established the Maturango Museum. Sylvia became the first curator and the Sylvia Winslow Gallery is named in her honor.

 The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.

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100 East Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900 | FAX 760-375-0479
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
(Excluding Major Holiday)

The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center 

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