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    Big changes at BMoA

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Feb 26 2015 02:08 PM

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art announced several changes in leadership in a news release Thursday. Curator Vikki Cruz, who arranges the exhibitions at the downtown Bakersfield art museum, is leaving her post, effective Friday. She has accepted the position of curatorial administrator for the Chinese and Korean Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    The Bakersfield native, who has worked at the museum for 11 years -- the last five as curator -- is also an accomplished artist.

    Meanwhile, the museum's board of trustees appointed Mark Engelien director. The retired architect and former BMoA board member had been filling the role on an interim basis for several months.

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    Artist earns national recognition

    Anyone who says life slows down after 60 hasn't met Hank Washington. The 64-year-old South High art teacher is featured in the March issue of The Artist's Magazine as one of 10 artists in its Over 60 Competition. But not one to rest on...

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    Creating what they know

    Though neither is a writer, two featured February First Friday artists are following -- in spirit at least -- the famous Mark Twain advice to "write what you know." Artist Karine Swenson need only look out her window for the inspiration...

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    Setting up a new silver screen

    The curtain is rising on exciting developments at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County's Armstrong Youth Center. As work continues on the impressive 22,000-square-foot lot Backyard project, the center is adding a touch of creativity with...

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    An oasis of art on east side

    While many in Bakersfield's arts community try to draw visitors to the downtown arts district, at least one group wants to bring the arts to unusual venues. After a 10-month hiatus, the Nexus Community Collaboration is opening a new...

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    Who was that masked man? Find out at Bak-Anime

    If unsuspecting guests at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel this weekend don't know what anime is, they're sure to have some idea by the time they leave. It will be impossible to miss the hundreds of fans of Japanese-style animation and...

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    Brush up your imagination

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art is taking a big risk this week -- opening three exhibits of abstract art simultaneously for its winter show. Why is it a risk? Because the organizers of the exhibition don't know what you're going to see....

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    Downtown dining, art meet at The Park

    Having lived around the country, artist Maia Cummins has a good reason for now calling Bakersfield home. "The people in Bakersfield are fabulous people. It's the people that keep me here." Cummins and six other artists plan to celebrate...

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    Travel world for art from comfort of local theater

    The exhibition "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" at New York's Museum of Modern Art is coming to the big screen for one day on Jan. 13. Locally, Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14 will offer a 7 p.m. showing. Single-day virtual guided tours of...

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    First Friday: The same subject through different eyes

    Albeit low-key in the wake of the holiday season, January First Friday will usher in 2015 with two art openings and other continuing exhibits. The Bakersfield Art Association has poised itself for a year of change. Along with the Art...

  11. Culture, fun: We had a lot of both this year

    On the corner of 18th and Chester, behind a flimsy barrier of chain-link fencing, sits the most important architectural discovery in Bakersfield's recent history, our own Colosseum, a ruin and reminder of a more elegant time. She's coaxed...

  12. Empty Space seeks art for its annual exhibit

    Calling all budding Picassos or van Goghs: The Empty Space Gallery wants your sketches for its upcoming "Art Imitates Art IV." The exhibit, which ran for two years at The Foundry gallery downtown before moving to the Oak Street theater...

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    Lots to unwrap this First Friday

    With an art walk nearing capacity and six exhibitions, this month’s First Friday delivers a gift-wrapped evening for local art lovers. A rundown of events: ‘Landscapes’ Artist Katherine Young-Beck said don’t let the name of her show,...

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