December 1, 2013 | See comments »

7765_745220938821519_1662688190_n 1488256_628207657223223_1701334899_nIn December we had a cute members show titled “Island of Misfit Toys,” inspired by the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass. This was released appropriately enough 49 years ago to the day from our show opening, December 6th, 1964. Artists were given the choice to create their pieces “misfit” as the program had them or traditional. Do you not remember this classic? You can check it out here: Artwork by Jesus Fidel.

“Pieces” by Yvonne Cavanagh extended through December. Artwork “It’s Official” by Yvonne Cavanagh1375708_612983415412314_146510736_n









Last but not least we had a window installation showcasing studies by Betty Leonor. You can find her artwork at She is an amazing portrait artist that works in oils and acrylic.

The Foundry closed on January 1st, 2014 after a six month financial struggle to keep the doors open. Our monthly cost went up substantially and we gave it all we had. Looking back a month and a half later, I find myself with “extra” time I didn’t know existed before. I visited Betty’s solo show at Metro Galleries on February’s First Friday event. On one hand it was nice to be able to walk around and visit the artists, but my gallery was dark and sad.

November 1, 2013 | See comments »











For the month of November we hosted members show “Dia de los Muertos.” – graphic by Christopher O’Brien. This show was awesome. We had a big turn out and filled both windows! Painted headboard by Jessica McEuen.

We also exhibited “Pieces” by Yvonne Cavanagh in the main gallery. Yvonne presented many wonderful abstract drawings.

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October 1, 2013 | See comments »

1377028_598462380197751_1725178260_n64533_597257590318230_1322972900_n In October 2013 The Foundry hosted Lost and Foundry II. For this group show we challenge artists to create artwork using recycled-out of the ordinary items. This show is one of the favorites! This year we had many different styles. It was a great show.








Our members wall show was Sleepy Hollow. This had a small turn out but the artwork was all really amazing.

1380642_598784413498881_563904427_nArtwork by Jason Stewart.

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For First Friday in September, I took a mini vacation to San Francisco. It was a much needed reprieve taken with my husband and dear friend Jessica. We went to a horse race at Golden Gate Fields and visited with friends.

In my absence a few favorites at the gallery manned the post. This month was the second month for Water Color Places by Duane Anderson.

Minolta DSCThe Facial by Duane Anderson.







We also exhibited large abstracts by Foundry member and volunteer Ricardo Peralez.

RPPhoto courtesy of Crysco Photography.










An abstract collection by Foundry member Nina Landgraff.

NLPhoto by Nina Landgraff.








AND last but certainly not least our September Foundry members monthly challenge installation called “Autumn.”

AutumnPhoto by Crysco Photography.







I’m so thankful for Alan Willis, Diana Campbell-Rice and all those that helped throughout the night. Running a new exhibit truly is a big undertaking and it takes a team of like hearts to pull it off!

Duane Anderson (front)
September 11, 2013 | See comments »
On August 2nd, 2013 I curated a show titled Water Color Places by Duane Anderson at The Foundry.
The Artist’s Philosophy: Watercolor painting for me is about RELATIONSHIPS: between the artist and the scene… between the tactile texture of paper and brush between the staining and blending of the paint and, ultimately, between the artist and the viewer.
As for me, “Art” does NOT require a story or agenda other than this sharing of the experiences and resulting impressions of the scene.
This interpretative process of experiencing a three-dimensional subject and translating the experience onto two-dimensional paper involves all the physical, emotional and spiritual senses. They cannot be separated. They cannot be ignored.
Watercolor paint can be a challenging medium. This quality combined with the process and experience of painting is what brings me much pleasure.
This exhibit runs from August through September, 2013 at The Foundry at 1608 19th Street, Bakersfield CA. The art receptions for this exhibit will be held on both First Friday’s August 2nd and September 6th, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Contact information: Curator: Christina Sweet
Our Mission: The Foundry’s Mission is to provide opportunities in education, exposure and exhibition for select visual artists and art enthusiasts for the purpose of advancing the professionalism of those dedicated individuals. The Foundry encourages everyone to visit our space and consider joining as a fellow artist or arts enthusiast. For more information about The Foundry, please visit our website at or call 661-388-0278.
Postcard art by Duane Anderson
Graphic design by Christopher O’Brien
Duane Anderson (back)
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