In an easy access culture, sometimes it's tough to inspire people to go further for their entertainment.
The Younger Gallery is slightly off the beaten path for First Friday, when it, like many other downtown art establishments, hosts opening receptions. And the rest of the month, the gallery is open by appointment only, since it is run by acting curator Vicki Smart, who also teaches art full time at Bakersfield High School.
That those factors might keep people from catching the bold, vibrant exhibits that have been on display is a shame. This month's — "Synchronicity X3: Louie Chavez, Alberto Herrera, Nano Rubio" — is no exception.
The dynamic show features works of intense colors paying tribute to the artists' ethnicity.
Herrera will surely take part in next month's "Latination" show at Metro Galleries since he has won several awards in the annual contest featuring works celebrating Hispanic culture. But if you'd like to take in his colorful expressionist works without the crowds, this show is worth a look.
Like Herrera, Rubio has also displayed his work at Metro, last in his display "Future" in November. His work has also been featured at the Torrance Art Museum and was part of the 2011 traveling exhibition “Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and Its Conditions” which toured Southern California.
Chavez, a graphic design teacher at North High School, is relatively new to displaying in the local art scene. Smart said the Art Center graduate and East High "alumni mega talent" returned to the community to be near family as he raises his children.
Creating a different style of exhibitions is part of Smart's goal for the gallery.
"In a nutshell, I’m trying to give an opportunity for our regional emerging artists in combination with established veterans in our art scene to share their work in a beautiful gallery that isn’t overwhelming in size for an exhibition," she wrote in an e-mail. "If I can borrow from the three bears: It's not too small, it’s not too big, it’s just right in size."
Smart said she's been supported in this endeavor by Betty Younger, the gallery owner. An artist herself, Younger underwrites the shows and promotes the exhibitions in the community.
"We will continue with these efforts as long as she is has the energy and desire to support them," Smart said. "Her love of art is great."
"Synchronicity" will remain on display through mid-September and will host a reception for the next First Friday on Sept. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Also later in September, the gallery will host a one-night-only event for Advanced Prep 2D and drawing students to exhibit their portfolios submitted to the college board for accreditation. Along with being an exhibition of emerging talent, Smart said the show allows current Advanced Placement high school students to take note from past participants.
Younger Gallery is at 1430 Truxtun Ave. Suite 105. Other than First Friday and special events, it is open by appointment only. Those who want to view the current display, can call 872-6963 and leave their name and number and Smart will contact them to arrange a time.