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Tuesday, Jun 04 2013 09:55 AM

'First Look': Metro Galleries owner talks about downtown, First Friday

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    Don Martin, owner of Metro Galleries, talks with Californian President and CEO Richard Beene about downtown development and First Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Don Martin, owner of Metro Galleries, talked about downtown development, new art exhibits and First Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

This Friday, Martin's adding about 1,000 square feet to his space, he said Tuesday on the simulcast. He plans to open a wine bar later this year.

"There are so many positive things happening downtown," said Californian President and CEO Richard Beene, who joined him on the show.

Martin said the nine lofts above his gallery are leased, bringing back urban living to an 1895 building. He said the area offers a great lifestyle, where people can walk to restaurants and galleries.

The gallery owner said his exhibits usually change every other month.

This Friday, "Abstract Conversations" opens with the work of Southern California artists Tina Bluefield and Moira Fain.

Martin said they are "two strong and pioneering women" in the field of art.

First Friday is from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Downtown Bakersfield Arts District.

In addition to Metro Galleries, there will be art exhibits to see at The Foundry, BAA Art Center, Farmacy at The Padre and Dagny's Coffee Co. The ArtWalk is on 19th and Eye streets.


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