Be in Bakersfield has partnered with local downtown eatery Locale Farm to Table on a mural project. The groups are asking artists to submit their idea for one of four spaces on the wall at the restaurant. Submissions will be accepted until July 15.

Downtown has its fair share of art from galleries and murals but a new one is in the works to beautify Bakersfield.

Not surprisingly, it's the effort of the Be in Bakersfield campaign, which has partnered with Locale Farm to Table, whose west-facing wall will serve as canvas for four artists' work.

Under the auspices of the Kern Economic Development Foundation, Be in Bakersfield, is the effort of Anna and Austin Smith of Sage Equities; Shannon LaBare, branding and marketing whiz and owner of Purveyor House, and Daniel Cater, architect and owner of Cater Design Group. The goal is to help shape the image about the city and help market the high quality of life to attract more professionals.

Part of that effort is making the community visually appealing and art fits the bill. Murals are certainly welcome downtown, including "Three Guitars" on the east side of Front Porch Music on 19th Street; the veterans tribute at the southeast corner of 20th and Eye streets; "Don't Mind Me," a work by Los Angeles-based street artist Bumblebeelovesyou on the west-facing wall of The Kitchen on 20th Street; and the Chlorophyll Wall at 17th Place Townhomes on 18 Street. 

And now one is planned for the large wall at 18th and G streets, through the sponsorship of Moneywise Wealth Management. There is space for four artists to each create a work measuring 16.5 feet by 12.5 feet.

Submissions must be original art, express creativity ("no typical Bakersfield imagery") and be something that the artist can paint herself. 

Those interested in being considered should send a concept drawing to, with the subject line "Mural Submission."

Submissions will be accepted until July 15.

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

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" . . . can paint herself . . ." ?

Well that let's me out, being 100% elder male. Too bad.

Thought a 3D perspective American old west rural bucolic wood-fenced winding road vista with a couple of cowboys and a light buggy leading to a distant 'Stage Stop & Cafe' might look inviting to hungry travelers . . .


Hey there, I'm fairly certain Stefani Dias was using "herself" as a general term. The article says nothing about this contest for women only. Submit your artwork!

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