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Thursday, Nov 14 2013 12:08 PM

'First Look': Local artists helping to restore Bakersfield history

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    Artist David Gordon talks with Californian Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self about efforts to restore photographs at the Kern County Museum on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The Kern County Museum is trying to save 50,000 historic photographs of Bakersfield and local artists are recreating some of those images before the quality of the photos is gone forever.

Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox," watercolor artist David Gordon talked about the abundance of photographs, desks, trucks and other historical pieces at the museum.

"We went into these catacombs and it's a huge space of so many historical things that represent Bakersfield," Gordon said.

The task of Gordon and four other artists is to get influenced by the history and create artwork. Some painters have already created replica art pieces from photo negatives from the 1940s and '50s The Californian donated to the museum.

The negatives are rapidly deteriorating, Gordon said.

To help raise funds for the museum, the "Kern County Then and Now" project will display the artwork of the painters from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

All of the paintings are for sale. Admission is $20 to $25. For more information, call 324-9000.


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