President—Iva Cross Fendrick, 661-872-2332

Hot, Hot, Hot. That is what July’s First Friday had to offer all those who adventured out. If you have never attended, put it on your list to see all the venues, crowds of people, bands on the corner and the BAA offering a cool oasis. Charlotte White and Patti Embrey were brave souls, sitting in front of the gallery, showing their art. That is real dedication in reach-ing the people on the street.

Inside, it was good to see many of our artist in attendance, ready to visit with guest and show their art. The BAA is in the heart of the Arts District, making a grand place for artist to show and thrive as artist. Norma Eaton’s gallery group show, “Sun, Moon and Stars” is not to be missed.

Drop by and check it out, also while downtown, walk one block north and see the Dagny’s Featured Artist, Laura Valenzuela’s paintings, and the annex show, that Mimi Placencia puts together, theme now is “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, a fun show to see.

 We have many satellite locations down town. Drop by the gallery and pick up a map from our card rack, if you have company this summer, take them on a tour, hopefully on a cool day. Want to mention that our member, Diana Sullivan has encouraged her Grandson to display BAA information card racks at their Sully’s Chevron gas stations. If you know of a location that would also be willing, call Iva, and we will continue to spread the news about our wonderful organization. Have a restful summer and stay cool.


Vice President — Micki Shultz, 661-330-3002

Secretary—Joyce Umfress; 398-1122

Treasurer—Kay Hall, 661-324-0311

 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.

Art Center Developments

(The Four Managers)

Many new artists have joined our ranks in re-cent months. Most recently, we are welcoming Sissy Ullmann and Laurie Paci. Donna Bianco now also has paintings on the wall as well as her painted china located in the cabinet at the reception counter. Be sure to wel-come our new artists and take a look at their work the next time you are in the Art Center.

Many, many heartfelt thanks to donors who have helped us along the way. We are pleased that Mr. Crites, our landlord, has agreed to pay for half the expenses to change our lighting system to LED lighting. Thanks to a generous donation from Bob and Pam Smith last year, the BAA is able to cover the other half of the new lighting expenses. Finally, if you live on the west side of Bakersfield especially, be sure to stop at Sully’s Chevron Stations. The Sullivan Grandson’s, who own Sully’s Stations, have allowed us to put our marketing informational cards in their stations. Their grand-mother, Diane Sullivan, donated the holders for the cards.

On a maintenance note, our floors will be stripped and waxed in August. We need people to step forward and help clear the floors when this is done and put things back when the job is finished. So, when you see the message that we need volunteers, be sure to step forward if you can. It takes all of us doing a little bit to keep this organization going. The Four Managers, Kay, Toni, Iva, Marsha


Classes – Carol Bradshaw, 760-376-6604

Donations & Bequests –  Micki Shultz, 661-330-3002


Finance: Jim Bates – 661-871-7640

Fundraising: Kathy Schilling 661-496-3963

 Historian: Nancy Clark, 661-872-3295

Hospitality: Micki Shultz, 661-330-3002

 Librarian: Cheri Sperl, 661-301-3008

In June, I did an inventory of the library books to update the Master list (yes, all 812 of them!) Through this check, I found a few books which weren't checked out, but were missing from the shelves. I will be sending out a list of these books via email and would appreciate members check-ing for these books. If you find one, place it in the BAA library return box.

 Membership Report: Kay Hall, 661-444-7360

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.


Plein Aire Trekkers: Norma Eaton, 541-231-5459

We Have changed to Wednesdays!!

 We meet the second and fourth Wednesdays at 9:00 am until noon. Contact normartist@hotmail.com or 661-633-4640 for details.

TUESDAY!, August 7 – White Forest Nursery - 300 Morning Drive (Closed Weds.)

August 22 – Delonagha Day Use Park—Hwy 178, Kern Canyon

 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  www.bakersfieldartassociation.org

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:  Cheri Sperl, 661-301-3008

I want to thank Marlene Meeks for doing such a wonderful job as workshop coordinator the last two years. Through her boundless enthusiasm and social media contacts, she brought some amazing teachers and talent to our Art Center. She has raised the bar for my tenure as the new workshop coordinator and will be a hard act to follow!

My goal for the next two years is to continue to offer a high level of workshops with a variety of media represented. For the 2018 -2019, we have con-firmed the very popular David Gordon for October. David’s impressionistic painting and engaging teaching style will help participants to loosen up and have fun at the same time, while using a value under painting as a guide. David is the Director of the Art's Council of Kern and most recently had a one man show at the Metro Gallery.

Jim Bates has agreed to conduct a more in depth workshop on perspective in January which will help artists working in different media gain skills to correctly map out a scene. Jim's recent demonstration at the BAA meeting was inspirational and left artists wanting more.

In February, we will have Duane Anderson who's beautiful watercolor work was recently featured on the cover of the Bakersfield Lifestyle Magazine. His work is detailed but light, leaving a feeling of serenity to the viewer.

In the March or April, we also have con-firmed Kris Buck who hails from the Central Coast area and is an amazing pastel artist. Kris conducted a workshop last year and participants were hoping for an encore. Not confirmed as yet will be a two-day workshop in April or May.

If you love workshops and would like to be on the committee or help with future workshops, please let me know. I am also on the lookout for ideas for new workshops for the future, so please let me know if you have someone in mind.

Newsletter and Nominating Committee: Stella Mullins, simullins41@gmail.com  


                             Installation at the June 10th general meeting:


President:            Iva Frendrick

Vice President: Micki Shultz

Secretary:          Joyce Umfress

Treasurer:            Kay Hall                                            Standing Committees:

Art Center Manager:              Marsha Black, Kay Hall, Iva Fendrick, Toni Lott

Finance Committee Chair:   Jim Bates

Satellite Show Chair:             Charlotte White             At Large Directors:

Iva Fendrick    Micki Schultz     Mimi Placencia    Jane Thornton    Jan Wiley

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, 661-805-6201

Members At Large –  Iva Fendrick, Mimi Placencia, Micki Schulz, Jane Thorton and Jan Wiley                                

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


    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.

All artists showing in the BAA Art Center need to market their art, by marketing their art, that will promote the gallery, which is very important to our community. Artists who have business cards, pass them out, advising that your art can been seen at 1607 19th Street. Give the hours and be sure to tell them we are not the gallery in Central Park (Mill Creek). If you have not made cards yet, think of having one of your paintings showing on the back of the card. This could spark interest and give a conversation starter. Also, it can be a plus to have your bio on the back of each for your framed pieces, or on the shelf in the window telling something about you. If not a bio, have your business card attached to the back of items for sale. It all comes down to how hard you want to work to sell your art. As you know, the art does not just “fly out the door”. We count on you to support the art in our community and the Bakersfield Art Association Art Center.

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