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    BMoA: You pick the art

    BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer
    Wednesday, Sep 10 2014 03:58 PM

    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 exhibits on loan from galleries in Carmel and San Francisco.

    BMOA curator Vikki Cruz invited a dozen Kern County residents to pick their favorite artwork from the collection owned by the museum and also asked, "Why is art important to the community?"

    Jason Sperber, with input from his 9-year-old daughter, Lucy, answered that question in their reason for choosing "Thai Jasmine Rice Under a Kern County Sky," a 48-by-48-inch enamel on board by Prapat Sirinavarat. The artist immigrated to this country from...

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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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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist maps out imagination

    In terms of the subjects for his artwork, Greg Hauss is eclectic, but his new exhibit at the Access Center has a single focus -- maps. On the surface, that may sound rather hum-drum but in Hauss' hands, cartography inspires detailed...

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    Revamped art walk, sweet treats come to First Friday

    With a restructured art walk, art openings and performances and some additional sweet treats, August's First Friday is working overtime to draw people downtown from air-conditioned homes. The big change this week is the unveiling of the...

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    Bakersfield film school reels them in

    Filmmaker Dale Oprandy isn't kidding when he tells you, with great enthusiasm, what he sees in our city's future. "Part of our mission is to make Bakersfield the next Hollywood," he said with a broad smile, spreading his arms wide while...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actor ready to graduate to adult roles

    It seems to me that Kyle Gaines is a good example of the value of learning stagecraft at a young age and then continuing on that path throughout one's growing-up years. In a sense, his appearance as Donkey in "Shrek the Musical" this...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Beehive' revisits hair-raising '60s

    If "Beehive" sounds like an odd name for a musical, think bouffant hair styles of the 1960s. There's even a dance by that name written especially for the show, which opens Friday at Stars with the eight-member cast balancing top-heavy...

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    Latination looking for artists

    Metro Galleries is putting out a call to artists for the sixth annual Latination juried art exhibition in September, the most anticipated First Friday of the year. Presented by Valley Republic Bank, Latination features artists, local and...

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    Artists appear ready to embrace First Friday fee

    More than a month away from the next First Friday, artists appear to be adjusting to the idea of new regulations governing the downtown arts festival. An informational meeting Monday held by the Arts Council of Kern, which is overseeing...

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    First Friday changes in air

    First Friday, the popular monthly arts festival, has become the victim of its own success, said its founder, prompting changes for the sidewalk artists who line the streets of downtown selling their wares. "What has happened, it got... Daily Deal!

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