June 16, 2012 | See comments »

On June 16th, 2012, The Empty Space gallery exhibited my solo show Other Side of the Rainbow. My Curator Jesus Fidel did an amazing job of displaying the works and made the gallery atmosphere magical. From the carnival bulb lights strung across the gallery, the rainbow inspired buffet, handmade colorful sun catchers to the piano player he commissioned to play “Over the Rainbow,” the show was amazing.

I have a horrible habit of having my solo exhibits in the dead of summer. If you aren’t from Bakersfield, most days May through around September are blazing hot, but this didn’t trip up Jesus! He even kept the gallery cool.

The experience was so special and will forever be a fond memory in my art career.


April 6, 2012 | See comments »

Our first Art Imitates Art opened on April 6th, 2012. This show originated as an art challenge for our member artists. This show was inspired by a New York artist who illustrated a book titled, “The Monster Engine Project.” In his book he had drawings from children and created artwork using the children’s images transforming the monster drawing into three dimensional beings.

For our challenge, I rallied up all of the kiddos I could find age 10 or younger to draw me a creature. I then assigned them to our Foundry member artists to recreate using the same guideline. The pieces we got back were amazing. The exhibit Art Imitates Art opened on First Friday, April 6th, 2012 at The Foundry gallery.

The children were encouraged to visit the exhibit. 23 pieces of art were sold that night. Art Imitates Art II will open on March 1st, 2012.

Picture: Christina Sweet (artist) and Jennie Laney and Jennifer Fry (parents of child artists)


September 1, 2011 | See comments »

The first year I participated in “Latination,” I painted a portrait of Frida Kahlo. Latination is an annual group exhibit at Metro Galleries in Bakersfield, CA, held on First Friday in September. My submission in September 2011 was wildly colorful and the first attempt I had made at a portrait using my new style. Although there were many admirers, I still proudly own the painting.

“Frida in Thought” also traveled and participated in a group show called “The Fan Show” in Pomona, CA in July 2012. I will be happy to own her permanently but would be overjoyed for her to find her new home with a fan of Frida’s works.

Senora Kahlo lived a wild and beautiful life. Even after her injury as a young woman she pressed on and made the world a more beautiful place the best she could. She is an inspiration to me.

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