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    Via Arte artists color for cause

    BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Oct 11 2014 07:14 PM

    Liberty High School senior Isabel Luthi started Saturday at the Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival, took a few hours off to score three goals in a soccer game, then returned to help classmates finish their crisp late-Victorian-era portrait.

    In chalk. It was not, she said, her laziest day ever. "I'll probably be late to church," Luthi said, as she and fellow LHS seniors Jade Gephart and Chelsea Dalton finished their 4-by-6 foot rendition of a work by Lord Frederic Leighton. "Art's always big for me."

    At Via Arte, the two-day extravaganza at The Marketplace, chalk art is big for everyone from 5-year-olds laboring mightily over 24-inch $15 squares to first-time contributors essaying Salvador Dali.

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    Chalk it up to family togetherness

    "The family that chalks together, stays together" might not be an actual phrase that people say, but for the Tyack-Lacava clan, it's true. The Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival, an annual event put on by the Bakersfield Museum of...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actors find the Spotlight

    Professional photographer Melissa Brazeal has embarked on a new venture called the Acting Out Theatre Company, which is geared toward instruction for young people and performances of traditional as well as more hard-hitting plays. Her...

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    First Friday heads west

    The heartbeat of First Friday originates from a one-block corridor of 19th Street, but a new gallery space just to the west is pumping some fresh blood into the monthly downtown event. Susan Ruppel hopes to coax people from the arts...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: A taste of Korea this weekend

    When I spoke with Eun-Ja Park, an organizer of this weekend's Korean Festival, she mentioned that one of the attractions will be dancing robots brought here by representatives of Bucheon, South Korea, Bakersfield's Sister City. Dancing...

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    Artists: Take a chalk on the wild side

    The medium is chalk, the "canvas" is asphalt and the work is temporary, but the Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival provides "everlasting" memories to participants, said the organizer, who reports that 13 spots are still available to...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Friedman makes return to stage

    Hal Friedman, known for his innovative approach to staging live theater, is debuting his latest venture, the Hot Spot Theatre Troupe, with "The Last Five Years" this weekend in downtown Bakersfield. "It's a very different kind of theatre...

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    From two old friends, with love

    Two well-loved veterans of local theater, Nancy Arslan and Jim Fillbrandt, are lending their talents to "Love Letters," a funny but emotional play at Stars this weekend only. For Arslan, who's in her early 80s, part of the appeal is that...


    BMoA: You pick the art

    Normally the Bakersfield Museum of Art's 300-piece permanent collection is housed safely behind locked doors in a climate-controlled vault. But starting this evening, 12 of these treasures will go on display, in addition to two major...

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    Mexican photographer's career path just clicked

    If her parents had had their way, Yvonne Venegas would have pursued a career in music, the same path taken by her twin sister, Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas. But it was photography, her father's passion and profession, that beguiled...

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    Artists join forces to help raise money to feed Kern's hungry

    Several local artists have created work that relates to hunger and nutrition issues in Kern County for an event to benefit the Community Action Partnership of Kern food bank. Working in a variety of mediums, including photography, paint...


    Latination: Why it works

    If you’ve been to Metro Galleries’ annual Latination art exhibition, you know what to expect: Latin-themed works from artists far and wide, live music by Mento Buru, appetizers by El Pueblo Restaurant, and gallery owner Don Martin...


    Latination: Why it works

    If you've been to Metro Galleries' annual Latination art exhibition, you know what to expect: Latin-themed works from artists far and wide, live music by Mento Buru, appetizers by El Pueblo Restaurant, and gallery owner Don Martin...

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