President—Iva Cross Fendrick, 661-872-2332

As the saying goes, “spring has sprung”. The wild flowers should be blooming after all the rain we had this last winter. Hopefully you are getting out to enjoy them, perhaps even doing some Plein Air painting.

Speaking of Plein Air, the Arts Council of Kern is hosting their yearly Plein Air Festival the week of April 8th through the 13th. As I wrote in the newsletter last month, their 16 visiting artist who will be painting in many Kern locations. One of those painting locations will be downtown on Thursday the 11th. between 3 and 5:30 or so. The hope is that the public will take advantage of the opportunity to watch the artist painting. Between 5:30 and 7 the BAA will host a reception and will be showing the artist painting from their afternoon creations.. The reception is open to the public. We hope many of you will attend and welcome the visiting guest artist. The final Gala will be on Saturday, 13th, held at the Younger Sculpture Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the BAA reception on Thursday evening or through the Arts Council of Kern.

Our BAA Featured Artist for April is Vicki Meadows, one of our newer artist. Her painting style is one that is fresh and she has a way of capturing the mood of her subjects. Be sure to drop by the gallery and enjoy Vicki’s show. Dagny’s Featured Artist is also one of our newer artists, Mi Okh. What I enjoy about Mi’s style of painting is her ability to use vibrant colors that grab the viewer’s attention.


The March General Meeting presenter was member photographer, Martin Varga. His demonstration showed us how he captures his stop action photos wowed us all. April pro-gram will be Terry Hall, zentangle artist. Should be fun.

Again I want to remind all that in 1944, a few artists established the Bakersfield Art Association. If you have not been to the gallery in recent months or even years, please come by and see what many of us are keeping alive.


Vice President — Micki Shultz, 661-330-3002


April’s program will be led by Terry Hall and she will demonstrate Zentangles while you follow along. I've had quite a few requests about Zentangles, so here is your opportunity to learn more about this art form, which is also great for stress reduction! And who doesn't need that?.....

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)

The BAA Satellite Art Shows (Outside the Art Center have had an awesome year with many sales benefiting our art-ists. A huge thanks goes to the unsung heroes that coordinate the thirteen locations: Patte Embrey, Norma Neil, Mimi Palen-cia, Toni Lott, Jim Bates, Iva Fendrick, Marsha Black and Char-lotte White, Chairperson. We need more coordinators for the coming year. Please call Charlotte White for information.

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.

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

We recently had a donation of over 30 books from the estate of Rachel Jerdin. Rachel fought the recurrence of breast cancer with dignity and grace, choosing to stay positive even with the terminal diagno-sis. Many of the donated books focused on drawing, something that Rachel had become quite skilled at dur-ing her years of learning both in Carol Bradshaw's clas-ses as well as through the many art books she had ac-quired. Rachel was still taking classes up to two weeks before her passing. Rachel will be missed by all who encountered her but her legacy of learning will continue through the donated books. Some of the new ones are The Art of 3D Drawing by Stefan Pabst, The Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques by Hazel Harrison, Sketching Light by Joe McNally, Drawing 365 by Katherine Tyrrell.

 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

Plein Air Trekkers meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at 9:00 am until noon. Contact or 661-633-4640 for details or to be added to the email notification list.

April 10 – Delonegha Day Use Park (1) - Kern River Canyon

April 24 – Robby’s Nursery - Kern River 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

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

Signup sheets and flyers are up at the Art Center for the following workshops:

Save the Date! Classically trained artist and teacher Susan Spar will be coming to Bakersfield all the way from Washington State to conduct a work-shop. Susan Spar’s two and a half day workshop "Painting the Sublime Still Life", Saturday to Sunday May 18-19 plus a bonus Friday May 17 evening Pre-Workshop Demonstration. (strongly recommended for workshop participants). $175 for members, $185 for non-members.

Newsletter and Nominating Committee: Stella Mullins,  


                             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 Charlotte White, Chairperson.

We need two more coordinators to volunteer 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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