President—Catherine Malahowski, 717-4433

I am sure enjoying the spring weather. It has given us a long period that is perfect for Plein Air.

First Friday was a beautiful evening. Marlene Meek was the featured artist for the BAA. Her show was called “Painting in Light”. Marlene claims to paint her experiences, from her friends and family she loves to the places she enjoys visiting. She enjoys painting Plein Air. She is as skillful with portraits as she is with her gorgeous scenery paintings.

The featured artist at Dagny’s was Marilyn Cameron. Her show was called “Equine Friends”. Her passion for horses is al-ways evident. Most of her paintings at Dagny’s was of children and young adults with their horses. The most endearing are the paintings of horses looking on to their tiny frustrated appearing jockey or rider with a look of sympathy on their faces.

At the member’s meeting, the proposed board slate was announced from the nominating committee, head, Iva Fendrick. Next year Iva Fendrick will be President, Micki Schulz, Vice Presi-dent, Joyce Umfress, Secretary and Kay Hall Treasurer. Standing committee will continue to be Jim Bates for Finance and Char-lotte White for Satellite. At large members will continue to be Mimi Placencia with Linda Bowser, Jane Thornton and Jan Wiley.

Thank -you, to Iva Fendrick, Marsha Black, Kay Hall and Toni Lott for doing a great job managing the gallery since Floyd left.

The presentation Saturday at the member’s meeting was done by Jim Bates. He did a presentation on “Perspective”. You can’t learn too much regarding perspective. One can only look at Jim Bate’s intricate drawings to know what he is talking about. Thank-you Jim for such an informative lesson in Art.

Next month at the member’s Meeting we will be in-stalling new officers. There will also be a potluck. Also, we will be voting for Art work for next year’s calendar. I hope to see every one there.

Next month will be my last month as your President. It’s a bittersweet departure. I have learned a lot and made many friends. I hope you all feel that I have served you well. I thank everyone for all their support and hope to stay involved and supportive of our new board and officers.


Vice President — Linda Bowser

Thank you Jim Bates for doing our last but not least demonstration for this season. Jim’s demonstration was on perspective and how it pertains to our projects no matter what your medium might be. Jim has his work hanging at the BAA gallery come see his work you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for your gen-erous donation for the raffle everyone wanted to be the lucky winner.

Our June 9th general meeting will be the BAA annual potluck. We will be doing installation of the new officers & board members, voting on the art to be included in the 2019 calendar and this years scholarships will also be presented at the June general meeting. We would love to have as many members as possible at the June meeting it’s always a lot of fun.

Secretary—Joyce Umfress; 398-1122

Treasurer—Elleta Abuliel. 832-0333

 Art Center Managers—The four managers

As most of you know by now we “lost” our fabulous artist and BAA Gallery Manager Floyd Dillon to the great state of Texas. Certainly their gain has been our loss.

In deciding what to do about the vacated Manager position, four of us have stepped into the breach and are working together to take over the many tasks of the manager. We have divided up the position into four categories: Office (Kay Hall), Gallery Maintenance (Iva Fendricks), Artist’s Relations (Toni Lott) and Gallery Artist Support (Marsha Black). The titles are somewhat self-explanatory but each covers a long list of responsibilities. Each of us will be enlisting Gallery artists to take on a single, small part of our jobs. I have enlisted John Sperl (thanks John) to back up the office computer each month on his day at work. Iva will be asking an artist to be responsible for changing over-head light bulbs (any artist out there not afraid of tall ladders let Iva know). Since the Art Association is a Co-operative, we know all the artists will be helping to keep our wonderful Gallery running smoothly and professionally.

As we all know change is often difficult and there will be glitches along the way. Please feel free to contact any of us regarding any issues or problems that arise at the gallery. You can also email the managers at to offers suggestions or volunteer for a small job.

We look forward to a smooth transition and we are here to serve the gallery and its community of artists and supporters.


Classes – Carol Bradshaw, 760-376-6604

Donations & Bequests – Alan Neumann, 661-703-2337


Finance: Jim Bates – 661-871-7640

Fundraising: Kathy Schilling 661-496-3963

What a wonderful day we had for our Christmas Party. So many of our members were there to enjoy each other's company, eat great food and bid on fabulous baskets. The Christmas Silent Auction made over $1,445 and Nancy Clark made a sizeable donation for the BAA.

Thank you to all of you who helped put together this great fundraiser. A special thanks to Mimi Placencia and Kay Hall for all their help in taking in the baskets and helping me throughout the day. Mimi and Kay and the Fundraising Committee had such wonderful ideas, most of which we were able to use at this fun event. Also, another special thanks to Linda Bowser for organizing the refreshment table which was beautifully done to share all the yummy food donated by many BAA members.

Thank you to the whole committee, and to all the members who attended. The Christmas Party was a wonderful success because of you.

 Historian: Nancy Clark, 661-872-3295 & Stella Mullins

Hospitality: Linda Bowser, 661-703-5491

 Librarian: Cheri Sperl, 661-301-3008

We recently received a large book donation which the librarian will be processing soon. Thank you to all who have donated books recently and in the past.

We have a few duplicate books which will be made available for purchase by members at future BAA member- ship meetings.

 Membership Report: Joyce Umfress

Newsletter: Norma Eaton, 541-231-5459

UPDATE NOTE: Norma Eaton and Mimi Placencia have graciously accepted new positions. Norma will take over as Editor of the Newsletter in January and Mimi will continue Norma Eaton’s Publicity duties.

Parliamentarian: Floyd Dillon, 661-873-7425

PLEIN AIR TREK REPORT: Norma Eaton, 541-231-5459

We meet the second and fourth Tuesdays at 9:00 am until noon. Contact or 661-633-4640 for details.

June 12 - Monji’s Landscaping - 9401 Shellabarger Road

June 26 - Horse Thief Park - Tehachapi/Stallion Springs  

 Publicity: Mimi Placencia, 661-444-0186 FACEBOOK

If people are on Facebook, they can “search” for the Bakersfield Art Association and “like” the page. Then they will see all the postings that Mimi has been posting to the site.

Also, if anyone would like Mimi to post some-thing about their artwork, they should send her photos and/or copy via email. Then she will be sure and get it into the Facebook site as well.  

              Scholarships and Awards – Kathy Schilling 496-3963


  Website: Greg Ketchum, 661-319-5034

Art Center Exhibit Wall – Floyd Dillon, 873-7425

The 2018 Art Center Featured Wall Schedule has been compiled from those members who indicated that they wished to have a show at the Art Center. The schedule is as follows:

January 5 . . . . . Sharon Casey     February 1 . .. . . Group Show     March 2 . . . . . . Greg Stanley

April 6 . . . .  . Cheri Sperl    May 4 . . . . . Marlene Meek    June 1 . .  . . . Marsha Black     July 6 . . . . . Group Show

August 3 . . . . . .Marilyn Cameron     September 7 . . ... Victoria Porter     October 5 . . . . . Martin Varga

November 2 . … . Norma Eaton and others    December 7 . ... . Patti Doolittle

Workshops: Marlene Meek, 661-376-9195

Here we are in the middle of May, five days away from our BIG workshop of the season, Painting Alla Prima with the gifted artist, Clayton Beck. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Catherine Malahowski, Cheri Sperl, and Karen King for supporting the workshops this year, giving time, energy and resources to assure that everything ran smoothly. Cheri will be taking over the leadership of the workshop committee in August so try to get your ideas to her before the end of July as the plan-ning happens in August.

Thanks go out to Iva Fendrick for serving up a delightful April Watercolor Workshop. Happily, Iva managed to avoid the old methods of explaining this complex art form and instead shared her own methods honed from over a decade of experience. We learned that it takes many hours of practice to master the techniques of Watercolor. Iva made it all look easy because she has been willing to put in the time. It also takes some know-how, good materials including papers, brushes and quality paints to pro-duce good work. After the workshop, Norma Eaton and I both decided to paint in Watercolor at the following Trekker's meet up to keep the fun going!

Hope everyone is enjoying the gorgeous weather we are having. Happy Summer painting from your Workshop Committee!

Newsletter and Nominating Committee: Stella Mullins,  


                             Installation at the June 10th general meeting:


President:            Catherine Malahowski

Vice President: Linda Bowser

Secretary:          Joyce Umfress

Treasurer:            Kay Hall                                            Standing Committees:

Art Center Manager:              Floyd Dillon

Finance Committee Chair:   Jim Bates

Satellite Show Chair:             Charlotte White             At Large Directors:

Iva Fendrick    Stella Mullins     Mimi Placencia     Micki Schulz

Satellite Shows – Charlotte White

The BAA Satellite Art Shows (Outside the Art Center) have had an awesome year with many sales benefiting our artists. A huge thanks goes to the unsung heroes that coordinate the thir-teen locations: Patte Embrey, Patty Doolittle, Norma Neil, Mimi Palencia, Toni Lott, Jim Bates, Iva Fendrick, Marsha Black and Char-lotte White, Chairperson.

We need two more coordinators to volun-teer for the coming year. Please call Charlotte White for information.

Attention: Artists who participate in the satellite shows.

Please save the information cards for each painting you hang so that it will be available for the next show and saves on our having to order more cards and you having to fill out another card each time.


Finance – Jim Bates

Members At Large –  Iva Fendrick, Stella Mullins, Mimi Placencia, Micki Schulz                                

               Events & Marketing – Iva Fendrick, 661-872-2332

                  EVENTS: Paint Out Weekend

Looking for an adventure? The chance to spend two nights at Rankin Ranch might be for you. There is a plan to have “A Paint Out” in May, the 16th., 17th. and 18th. The ranch is located in Walker Basin, less than an hour away. Cost is two night stay (double occupancy) = $213.50 per person. Two night stay (single occupancy) = $266.88 per person. This includes your meals, but no horseback riding. There will be a hay wagon ride to the meadow for a BBQ dinner on Wednesday night. For more information call Iva at 661 872-2332 or Rankin Ranch at 661 867-2511.

    MARKETING: If you know of someone who is looking for a place to hold an event, the Art Center might be just the place to rent. Please call Iva Fendrick at 661-872-2332.


It would be wonderful if another person were willing to help with Marketing. Mainly it would be helping to distribute our flyers to various locations. Also, we could brain storm ways to market the Art Center. Contact Iva at 661 872-2332 or cell 661 303-5327.

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