September 9 – November 21, 2010
Visual Arts Festival “Vessels”
A wide variety of interesting and compelling artworks will go on display September 9 when the Bakersfield Museum of Art kicks off the annual Visual Arts Small Works Festival. The exhibits open with a reception on September 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. and awards will be presented at 7 p.m. The opening is free to members, $10 for non-members. Light appetizers and a no-host bar will be available.
Using a theme of “Vessels,” the Visual Arts Festival , is a concept with a broad variety of meanings, said Curator Vikki Cruz. The artists worked with a uniform format of 12 x 12 inches or less to explore the depths of the theme. Over 150 entries were submitted for the competition from which 63 pieces from 44 artists were selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will reveal an array of styles, techniques, mediums and approaches to the theme, Cruz said.
I submitted and had accepted a piece called Open Door and it is “framed” in a rusty kipper can, complete with attached “key.
Tierra, a combination gallery, wine tasting room and relaxing garden is exhibiting several of my pieces during the late summer and fall. This eclectic shop is located in Ukiah, a quintessential Northern California town protected by encircling coastal ranges, and cradled in the Yokayo valley in southern Mendocino County.
Located at 312 North School Street, you can reach Tierra by phone at 707-468-7936
These are some of my pieces displayed at Nest in Paradise, California. This charming little gallery and gift store is tucked away, off the main drag at 770 Birch Street. Phone: 530-876-8170.
Paradise is nestled in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and sits astride a ridge top with elevations ranging from 2,000 to 2,800 feet above the valley floor. A lovely and cool get away from the Sacramento Valley below, Paradise is a great setting for antique shops and small galleries.