January Featured Artist


“Natural Inspiration”


Januuary 5th

From 6-8PM

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(by Floyd Dillon)

I just want to say that I am continually amazed by the work shown by the BAA Featured Artists. It is truly outstanding and the artists showing on the wall deserve our thanks. There have been some changes to the 2017 Featured Artist Schedule and those changes are reflected in the schedule shown below.

I haven’t begun the construction of the 2018 schedule, but if anyone is interested in being a BAA Featured Artist in 2018, you may want to start creating a cohesive set of work now as you will be surprised how quickly a year can pass. Again, thanks for continuing to create beautiful art.

January 6 . . . . . Marilyn Cameron

February 3 . . . . Group Show/Music to My Eyes

March 3 . . . . . . .Carol Black

April 7 . . . . . . . . Norma Savage

May 5 . . . . . . . . Phyllis, Norma & Julie

June 2 . . . . . . . . Marcelo Rodriguez

July 7 . . . . . . . . Group Show “Forest  for the Trees”

August 4 . . . . . . Gary Knerr

September 1 . . Calendar 2018

October 6 . . . . . Floyd Dillon

November 3 . . . Iva Fendrick

December 1 . . . . Claire Voltair Annon

The copyright of all paintings. Drawings and photographs shown on this site are owned and retained by the individual artists and the BAA. All rights reserved.

Laura Valenzuela will be the featured artist at the BAA Art Center for the month of January. Her  exhibit, entitled  “Natural Inspiration,” will showcase oil paintings from lovely mountain scenes throughout Kern County. The reception will be held the First Friday on January 5th at the BAA Art Center from 6 to 8 PM. See the cover for examples of her art.

Laura grew up in Ojai, California. The beautiful mountains and majestic oak trees of Ojai had a profound influence on Laura’s love of nature. This plus Laura’s artistic leanings were a natural segue to landscape painting. Since moving to Bakersfield, Laura has learned to appreciate the infinite variety in California landscapes. Kern County for example has a bounty of rolling golden hills with large rocks and trees dotting the landscape. As the mighty Kern River tumbles down the canyon, water and light changes the rock colors. All of these varied elements of nature call out to be captured on canvas.

Since Laura started oil painting ten years ago, a onetime hobby has become a full-time occupation. “It is the best therapy”, Laura says. When she paints, Laura loves to portray the contrast between light and shadow and tries to capture the myriad color variation in the landscape.

Laura is a member of the Bakersfield Art Association and an associate artist member of the California Art Club. You can view her paintings at: