Bak Country Poster 1 copy
June 10, 2013 | See comments »

Postcard painting by Alan Willis; Graphics by Christopher O’Brien.

On First Friday June 7th, 2013 I curated a show called “Bakersfield Country; the Legends of the Bakersfield Sound.” We had 13 artists paint a portrait of a Bakersfield Sound musician from the 40’s and 50’s. I hung the show in a spaced out manner along side bios typed on each musician. At the end of each bio the artist’s statement was included. Each statement explained how the artists felt about their involvement in the show.

The artists were handpicked for participation. We had 12 Bakersfield artists and 1 from Los Angeles. Every single piece in the show was extraordinary. Mediums ranged from pen and ink, acrylic and oil. Along with the paintings we displayed four boards of original photography donated by Ray Urquhart, Wren Tidwell, The Bill Woods Family and William J Saunders. there was live music by Vince Galindo and Therese Muller. Along the wall behind my counter I painted a mural of The Blackboard Café and we mimicked the Blackboard stage wall with head shots of the artists and recreated show posters from the 50’s.

IMG_3956webPhoto provided by Crysco Nabisco Photography







BlackboardOn Friday morning I was on First Look with Scott Cox on KERN radio/podcast. William “Joe” Saunders went with me to discuss the production of a documentary of his grandfather Billy Mize. He is working on raising $53,000 to finish the production of the film. Joe is an Emmy award winning director. Be sure to check out this link and do what you can to help contribute!  First Look interview:





Thursday, the night before, we had a private viewing for the Bill Woods Family. My mother grew up with Tomi, Bill’s daughter. We connected and she provided photography for the show. Her family was so honored he was included in such a big way. “The Godfather” of the Bakersfield sound, Bill played an important role in the structure of that era. He helped and promoted everyone.

Woods FamilyThe night was a colossal success. All but two of the pieces were purchased in reserve for an even larger project to come. Later through the night one of the two left also sold. This has never happened at The Foundry before. The purchases warmed my heart and brought smiles to many artists faces through out the night. I spent the after hours with great friends. Saturday I woke up and had to make sure it hadn’t all been a dream.






Bonnie OwensBonnie Owens, by Christina Sweet











Thank You Poster

I must thank our Sponsor Greenhorn Grill of Alta Sierra. The owner Mike Hill, born and raised in Bakersfield, has been a lifetime fan of the Bakersfield Sound music and musicians. Your generous contribution is so much appreciated.

Thanks also go to the photography contributors Ray Urquhart, Billy Mize, William J. Saunders, The Bill Woods Family and Wren Tidwell. Thank you poster graphic by Christopher O’Brien.

2013.5.5 Jessica McEuen
May 24, 2013 | See comments »

Hard Wired, a solo exhibit by Jessica McEuen

Mid-May I curated a one-night solo show by member Jessica McEuen at The Foundry.

“When the cogs take over, perhaps nothing changes. Perhaps the same things get done and need doing. Perhaps cliques emerge and judgment is passed. Perhaps what is left carries on without notice. When the people go, maybe all that changes is the need for sunglasses.” – Jessica McEuen

Jessica has created “a robot world, where nothing seems too different from the present, just a little shinier.” Jessica’s pieces are robots in humorous scenes with unique shapes and features. Mature audience.

It happened to be a slow night, but many friends came out to show support and play hang-man as a group. Great fun.

Superimpose Poster
April 5, 2013 | See comments »

‘Superimpose” an In-camera Multiple Exposure Photography exhibit by Jennifer Williams and Tim Chong Presented by The Foundry

In April 2013 I curated a wonderful exhibit at The Foundry. The show was delivered professionally wrapped and wired, which is always a wonderful thing! The artists were a pleasure to work with. The photography progress they used created original and unique works of art. During their exhibit they had a demonstration at the gallery to reveal their secrets! Four pieces sold within the month.

The show as described and introduced by the artists:

The definition of superimpose: place or lay (one thing) over another, typically so that both are still evident. These images are a blend of science and art. Not only do they require technical understanding to create, but also a pre-visualized concept of how images will blend together into one (and even then, sometimes it’s a surprise). If they have a purpose beyond visual appeal, it’s to show that the dueling worlds of photography can unite harmoniously.

All of the blending was produced in camera using the multiple exposure settings on a Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III. No digital layering or photo manipulation was used to achieve the superimposed images.

What began as two photographers sharing in an effort to learn a new technique, soon evolved into an artistic approach we both found very intriguing. We learned and developed our technique together, sharing technical knowledge and photographing many of the same subjects, at the same time. Yet, we quickly discovered the single images created from these multiple exposures took on a character all their own. We were then inspired to apply it to our love for portraiture, using layers and textures from each subject’s environment. What resulted was a collection of images, expressing distinct visions of two photographers, but still fitting together as one.

More about our artists: Jennifer Williams has pursued art as a profession since earning her Bachelors in Art and Design in 2006. She is a wedding photographer and graphic designer. Tim Chong is a photographer, educator and lifelong scholar of the craft.

Show postcard design by Alan Urquhart.

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