Many creative types are more active in the evening hours so it's only fitting that a collaborative art project will take place as the sun's setting.

This month's Art After Dark, the evening social gathering at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, will highlight the work of Charles Arnoldi with an art talk and project in which attendees can participate.

Curator Rachel Magnus will lead the discussion of the California-based artist, who is the subject of a retrospective ("Charles Arnoldi: Forms, A 50 Year Survey") that is part of the summer exhibition.

One of the pieces on display is an untitled 82-inch-by-72-inch oil painting on linen that is part of Arnoldi's Machu Picchu series. Paintings in this series followed form dictated by the shapes and rock formations of the 15th century Incan citadel, Magnus said.

She wrote in an email: "Instead of using a balanced grid system or a series of cubes, the organically shaped polygons are interlocked, initially with charcoal on canvas, to create a network, akin to the Incan structures in Machu Picchu."

The colorful work is not only visually stunning; it will also serve as inspiration for a painting created on site that night. Each participant can paint a solid geometric shape on canvas, embracing the artist’s creative process and offering their own interpretations of the concept of form.

Those who might be intimidated to pick up a paintbrush can steel their courage with an adult beverage. Nuestro Mexico Lounge will mix up two cocktails — its signature watermelon margaritas and pineapple Moscow mules — that will be available for purchase.

Art After Dark, which runs from February to October, continues to be sponsored by The Moneywise Guys. Their participation makes it possible to offer free admission for students. (Museum members also can attend for free.)

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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