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Thursday, Sep 19 2013 10:58 AM

'First Look': Colorful art displayed at Bakersfield Museum of Art

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    Scott Cox discusses art exhibits with Californian Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self, center, and Vikki Cruz, curator of the Bakersfield Museum of Art, on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    By Courtesy of Bakersfield Museum of Art

    “Cut Tree,” an oil on canvas painting by Roland Petersen.

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Bright, vibrant and colorful art will be displayed Thursday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art as part of Fall 2013 Exhibitions.

Museum curator Vikki Cruz talked about the years of planning it took to bring well-known artist Roland Petersen to Bakersfield Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"The conversation started two years ago at his home and we had to go through the process of securing the right paintings that really tell his story in this theme," Cruz said.

Petersen's "A Retrospective" art show will leave people impressed, Cruz said. Plus, you can meet the artist in person at opening night.

When you see the art in person, the colors are vibrant. When you look closely, you can see the layers of paint that have been put there on purpose, she said.

Another prominent painter whose art will be displayed is that of Alfredo Arreguín. He was born in Mexico and he references memories of Mexican figures and landscapes in his art, ranging from rainforests of Mexico to the famous Frida Kahlo.

"From a distance his art looks like it's a print but when you're up close you can see the brush strokes in detail and it's just amazing and colorful art," Cruz said.

Opening night is from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through January.



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