President—Iva Cross Fendrick, 661-872-2332

We are almost through the hottest summer in Bakersfield history. You probably didn’t need me to advise you of that if you have been in town all summer, as some of us have. The good news is that the art gallery has been nice and cool. We have had our gallery workers doing a good job, greeting visitors and keeping things clean and creating a welcoming atmosphere. I will look forward to seeing you at our September 8th general meeting.

Marilyn Cameron was August Featured Artist. Her beautiful horse paintings are something to behold. Also, Dagny’s Featured Artist was Patti Doolittle, her show combined many of her brightly painted portraits with a variety of her other pieces. Please try to check out all the artist works in the many satellite locations. Give your business to these locations too.

Good news. Jan Wiley has taken on another of my jobs. She will now be our Marketing Chairman, making sure that our BAA Satellite maps and gallery information cards are distributed to many locations. She is an idea person, so Jan may have some new ideas for ways that your art can be shown. If you want to be involved more with the gallery, let me know. As long as you are a member, we welcome your assistance.

In 2019, BAA will be celebrating the 75th year since the association’s founders gathered in 1944 establishing what all of us are still enjoying. It will be a time to come together and have a celebration. More to follow on the many ways BAA will celebrate our 75th.


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)

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

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

September 12 – Beale Library Atrium

September 26 – Pioneer Village - 3801 Chester Avenue

 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

This should be an exciting 2018-2019 work-shop season.

October 20, 2018- 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. $65.00 for BAA members, $75.00 for non-members. David Gordon's "Values, With a Special Appearance by Color" will walk the participants through the importance of establishing value for a stronger painting. Once value is set, color easily fol-lows. The workshop will be for oil painters, but acrylic painters who use an extending medium will benefit as well. Sign-up sheet and flyers are at the Art Center.

January 19, 2019- 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. $65.00 for BAA members, $75.00 for non-members. Jim Bates, an expert draftsman known for his detailed drawings, is conducting a "Basic Perspective for Drawing and Painting" workshop. This class will in-troduce students to basic perspective drawing in rela-tionship to producing accurate drawings and paintings in art work in both one and two point perspec-tive. Sign-up sheet and flyers are at the Art Center.

2019 - February 16, Duane Anderson will conduct a watercolor workshop; March 16 will be Pastel painting with Kris Buck.

Still Life with Susan Martin Spar, a two-day workshop May 18-19, 2019 for oil, acrylic and pastel artists.

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 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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