Camille Gavin

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: BC students show their stuff

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 01:11 PM

    I enjoy seeing college students' artwork, for the simple reason that it's often adventurous. Most are willing -- and I'm sure encouraged by their instructors -- to take chances, to create something new and different instead of relying on the same old stilted still life of a vase of flowers.

    So far I have seen only a few images -- not the actual work--done by this year's Bakersfield College art students. But that brief taste makes me want to see the real thing at the 2014 BC Art Student Exhibit, which opens Thursday evening at the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery. Apparently, much of the work in this year's show reflects the culmination of changes made three years ago requiring students to take art courses in a specific order.

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    Gordon looks to reconnect Arts Council with community

    As the newly appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Kern, David Gordon has a distinct advantage. He's a Bakersfield native, a respected visual artist and has been directly involved in several of the council's recent projects....

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Not the same old song and dance at Stars

    Give yourself an extra-special treat and see Stars production of "Company." It's stylish, sophisticated, funny and the talented cast of 14 jells so well it's a company all its own. I saw last Sunday's performance and everything worked...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: In good 'Company' with Sondheim

    As written, "Company" sounds rather complicated, because the performers frequently appear on various parts of the stage -- a living room, a cocktail bar, the balcony of a penthouse -- and in groups of two or three. There's also plenty of...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: North High puts pride on display

    North High students and teachers in all areas of the arts are hosting their own version of First Friday on the school's campus. Visual art teacher Mary Bradford came up with the idea for the event as a way of letting people know the good...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Arts Council doles out grants

    A boost in the budget is as welcome to nonprofit groups as it is to individuals. Recently, 10 organizations got that sort of financial uplift as a result of grants approved by the Arts Council of Kern. Total amount of the grants given...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: CattleWomen round 'em up for fundraiser

    Raising cattle is undoubtedly the oldest continuing industry in our area; it was an active operation even before Kern was officially established as a county in 1866. And the descendants of many of those early ranchers -- especially the...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Give square dancing a whirl

    While it's fun to watch square dancing, it's even more fun if you try doing it yourself. And it's easy to learn, says Evelyn Glines, coordinator of this weekend's 48th annual Bakersfield Fiesta at the fairgrounds. "If you can walk, you...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Author keeps the story local

    For his latest book, "Local Color," Don Thompson has conjured up a fictional night watchman at the Kern County Museum to tell the tale. The Bakersfield native, who lives on a farm near Buttonwillow, will read passages from the book on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: SF artists to show their stuff

    Scenes from their travels to places where life is less complicated inspire the work of Suhas Bhujbal and Siddharth Parasnis, although the work of each is distinctly his own. Recently I spoke by telephone to both artists about their work...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Crazy to cover Cline? Not Adams

    This year's Colours celebration -- the annual arts festival in Shafter -- is also the launch pad for the city's newest venue: the Ford Theater. Since this was the first I'd heard of it I asked Larry Starrh where it was and how it got its...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Ballroom dancing for Cinderellas and their fellas

    Lovers of ballroom dancing and big band music can satisfy both those tastes at a Valentine's Day dinner-dance at Stars on Friday. Well-known local percussionist Cyndi Hicks of Rusty's Pizza is sponsoring "Romance Under the Stars" and has...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist drawn to delicate Asian style

    For nearly 50 years Tony Oliver has harbored a desire to do the delicate art of Chinese brush painting, but it wasn't until 2004 that he became serious about learning how to do it. "I first saw it when I was overseas and fell in love with...

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