With summer nearly upon us, the heat is already on downtown with a variety of activities for First Friday.
Local art aficionados may be familiar with Terry Tripp's work. The artist recently exhibited his work downtown at the Younger Gallery as part of the group show “Manifestation: 3 Views” as well as his solo show, "Stories of Wonder," at The Empty Space Gallery. On Friday, Metro Galleries will present the largest display of Tripp's work in "My Trippy Wonder."
Ranging in size from 46-by-60-inch paintings to 8-by-10-inch illustrations, Tripp's work is a riot of color, full of cartoony and disproportionate characters and scenes inspired by the 1980s pop-culture palette of the artist's childhood.
Tripp incorporates words, phrases, and even short poems, some crossed out, to create fractured narratives. The artist, who also teaches at Golden Valley High School, said there's more than meets the eye in the colorful paintings.
"The trippy images may appear fun and playful at first, but the wonder of them comes upon closer examination where they can reflect an uncanny underlying nature," he wrote in an email.
Having played in a rock band in San Diego, Tripp said he's also very inspired by music.
"Each painting is similar to a song to me. I can almost hear bands like The Cure, M83, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sigur Ros underneath the layers of paint on my canvases."
Tripp said he welcomes a discussion of his art and invites viewers to ask questions.
"I’m just excited to meet a lot of new people and see some familiar faces this Friday night."
The evening will also include music by Jack Scott and refreshments and no-host bar by Mama Roomba. 5-9 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St.
Bakersfield Museum of Art
A spot worth getting into the car for is the Bakersfield Museum of Art, which is offering free admission with extended hours as well as a gratis yoga session in the garden.
Samsara Wellness Center will lead the yoga session starting at 6:15 p.m. (If you miss this one, other summer yoga will be held July 7 and Aug. 4.) Those who want to take part should wear comfortable clothing, and are encouraged to bring a water bottle, sunscreen/hat and yoga mat, if they have one (some will be available to use). The session is free but donations are welcome.
For those who'd rather cool off indoors, the museum will remain open until 8 p.m., offering guests a chance to view the new and ongoing exhibitions, which include “The Best Seat in the House, ” a stunning display from famed rock photographer Ethan Russell, known for his iconic images of ’60s music legends including the Who, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Cream, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Other exhibitions include the annual Visual Arts Festival, featuring pieces from many local artists; "Mysterious Muse, watercolors from Tehachapi-based painter Tina Dille; photographer's Bob Kolbrener’s “Vision of Place”; and portrait artist Stephen Douglas’ “Paint + Process." Yoga 6:15-7:30 p.m. in garden, museum open until 8 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
In the past three years, the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield has dealt with two break-ins at its outdoor patio on 18th Street. The second, which happened late last summer, resulted in the loss of all patio furniture and many decorations. But the center is rallying to redecorate and will celebrate with a patio fundraiser. With new security and reconfigured locks and gates in place, the center is starting on a rebuilding plan for the patio area.
Volunteer Laura Racine is spearheading the effort to raise $2,500 for materials to construct sofa seating for up to 20 people — which can be secured to the site — along with shade options and landscaping. Along with enjoying food and drinks, music and karaoke on Friday night, guests can donate toward the effort or find out what materials are needed. 6-9 p.m., Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, 902 18th St.
The bonds of television journalism can never be severed — at least in Bakersfield. Two former KERO-TV, Channel 23 reporters are now authors and will set up at this month's First Friday Art Walk to sell their respective books. Jonathan Mumm and Carl (Knight) Nicita worked together at the station in the early 1980s. After parting ways years before, they reconnected via Facebook last year and discovered they had both published fiction.
The two shared a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April and decided to bring their works to Bakersfield.
Mumm is the author of "Stop it. You're Scaring Me: A ghostly tale of Vikingsholm." The psychological thriller centers on a woman who leaves a psychiatric institute to recover in an idyllic spot at Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay. But nothing is as it first seems as she begins to suspect she is not the only one roaming the halls of the home.
5-9 p.m., Art Walk, space 5, on the west side of Eye Street just north of Wall Street Alley.
Bakersfield Art Association shows
The king of the jungle will be on display at the Bakersfield Art Association Art Center Friday courtesy of artist Marcelo Rodriguez. The self-taught artist will exhibit his show, "Lion of Judah," at the 19th Street center. A collection of lion paintings is welcome from the painter who enjoys depicting nature and believes, like in life, that you reflect yourself in your art. Rodriguez teaches art through the Arts Council of Kern and occasionally at the Art Center and he is the owner of BakersfieldPaintNight.com. 6-8 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1607 19th St.
The BAA is also hosting shows at Dagny's including a solo exhibition by Anne Hutton. In "This and That," Hutton displays new techniques she has developed during art classes using watercolor, and pen and ink.
After retiring from a long career with the California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation 15 years ago, Hutton eventually turned to art, studying with Iva Fendrick locally and at La Romita School of Art in Italy with instructor Charlotte Atteberry and others. She continues to challenge herself artistically as seen in her most recent show.
Also on display is the ongoing group show "Flutter," with work by Randall Bergquist, Marsha Black, Norma Eaton, Iva Fendrick, Anna Hackler, Casey Hibbard, Catherine Malahowski, Rhonda Martin and Cheri Sperl. 6-8 p.m., Dagny's Coffee Co., 1600 20th St.
Open mic night
Speaking of Dagny's, the coffeehouse will host a session of poetry, spoken word and music. Those who want to participate should prepare an original work and show up by 5:50 p.m. to sign up, with performances starting at 6 p.m. Any additional questions can be directed to Portia Choi at email@example.com or 717-1346. 6-7 p.m., Dagny's Coffee Co., 1600 20th St.
More art displays
The ongoing exhibition "Spatial Relations" will have a closing reception at the Younger Gallery Friday evening. This show features the work of Ryan Rickard, Robert Guidace, and Gilbert Gonzalez, presenting work in a variety of mediums including wood painting, paper works, glass and ceramics. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work at 6:30 p.m.
Parking is available on the third floor of the Bank of America structure on the corner of Truxtun and Chester Avenue. 6-9 p.m., The Younger Gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 105.
And the work of longtime local photographer Casey Christie will be on display at Ice House Framing and Gallery. Christie retired from The Bakersfield Californian in December after 32 years but lucky for readers he still freelances, providing many of the nature and wildlife photography for which he is known. Open until 8 p.m., Ice House Framing and Gallery, 1610 19th St.
The Padre Hotel is going to the dogs — at least at its rooftop bar Prairie Fire. It will partner with Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue for Yappy Hour, likely featuring members of the Mutt Militia who can encourage you to donate with their big eyes and wagging tails. Twenty percent of the night's proceeds will benefit the rescue. 6-9 p.m., Prairie Fire, Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St.