Bakersfield Life Magazine December 2012
November 27, 2012 | See comments »

Earlier this month Don Martin of Metro Galleries contacted me and asked to paint a holiday scene of Bakersfield “with snow” for Bakersfield Life Magazine. Well, considering it only snows in Bakersfield once every 20 or so years, this was a tricky request… The Kern County Museum clock tower was the first local image that came to mind. Luckily I had just the right photograph, which I took earlier this year.

The December 2012 issue of Bakersfield Life magazine was released on Saturday 11/23/2012 with my painting on the cover!

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/columnists/olivia-garcia/x1801509803/OLIVIA-GARCIA-Its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-Christmas

October 14, 2012 | See comments »

Many years ago an all female show was formed by a group of local artists, of which later I became friends with. The show was called “Burn the Witch.” Without going into a lengthy explanation I will say it became a popular female art show. Each year there was a new board and the show was curated in a different venue. The show went dark for a year or two and was revisioned by Jesus Fidel and Susan Roussel, reformed and rebuilt under the namesake “Out of the Ashes.”

Out of the Ashes was a beautiful show. I am proud of my friends Jesus and Susan for all they did and how well they displayed the works reinventing a beautiful celebration of female artists!

I participated in Out of the Ashes, and entered three pieces; an untitled piece which was a pencil drawing of a nude male form, a 12×12 piece titled She Grew Up Too Fast, and an 18×24 painting of a llama titled Como te Llama. The show had two receptions one on 10/14/2012 and the last on 10/28/2012.

I’m in hopes someone takes the reigns and does a agreat job on the show next year.

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/entertainment/community/x1526555206/Out-of-the-Ashes-show-celebrates-womens-achievements-in-art

October 6, 2012 | See comments »

Hooves and Horns was my solo-exhibit at The Padre Hotel featured by Don Martin of Metro Galleries.

The Padre Hotel was built in 1928. It has been beautifully restored. The gallery space is within the cafe called Farmacy. The hotel’s decor is rich and posh. When you enter the building it is easy to forget you are in Bakersfield.

My mother and her fiance surprised me and flew in from Montana for the opening.. What a great surprise it was! There were many visitors familiar and new. The show was well received by the public.

Hooves and Horns will be on exhibit through the end of 2012 and be updated with new works as pieces sell.

http://www.thepadrehotel.com/

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/entertainment/community/x1184066437/Dreams-nature-fuel-First-Friday-art

September 8, 2012 | See comments »

“RUN!” won 1ST place in “Latination IV.” Preluding the show a dear friend in Austin, TX purchased this piece for a high-school classmate and friend of ours for their wedding anniversary. When given the theme for Latination this year, Fiesta, I tortured my brain trying to think of the most appropriate topic.

First, because of my love of painting animals I thought of the bull right away. Bull fighting… I kicked that around for a couple weeks, but once reviewing reference photos, I was less than excited about that route. I find bull fighting to be gruesome. Then, the running of the bulls! Yes! Although it can also be a pretty violent sport, I found it a more fair fight for the majestic beasts!

This painting was finished in one sitting. Once it was in my mind, I couldn’t rest until it was complete… RUN! was well received by the gallery curator and sparked lots of smiles during the judging process.

Next door, The Foundry which I co-own, was having a grand opening in our new location at 1608 19th Street. The night was full of latin inspired spirit and amazing art. I ran back and forth between Metro Galleries, which hosts Latination, and our opening of “Journey to the Ninth Continent,” works by Foundry member artist Susan Reep. I was told by Don Martin of Metro to “come back at 7:00pm,” with a wink. My husband, kids and his grandparents, parents and dear friend from San Francisco were there with me to hear I won 1ST place for this piece.

The night ended celebrating with friends a wonderful night and a bright future!

IN THE NEWS:

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/entertainment/community/x246651079/Biggest-First-Friday-fiesta-of-them-all-Latination

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/entertainment/community/x51736888/First-time-winners-take-top-spots-in-Latination

August 8, 2012 | See comments »

We moved…. again! The Foundry is now located at 1608 19th Street in downtown Bakersfield, CA.

With the welcome arms of our new neighbors on 19th Street we have relocated the gallery to a more prominant and appropriate space in the heart of the Art Walk. Now next door to Metro Galleries we have many exciting plans instore for the art scene and upcoming collaborative ventures!

IN THE NEWS:

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/entertainment/community/x1809267078/Gallery-starts-thinking-big

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