Many of us have got the crew together for a paint night but if you'd like to try your hand at a new artistic skill, head over to the Bakersfield Museum of Art Thursday night.

As part of its Art After Dark, an after-hours art experience with entertainment and libations, the museum will host a linocut session of printmaking. The project will be led by artist Lia Mendez of Small Fox Press. The self-taught artist and graphic designer — who has published two books, a picture book and an adult coloring book — is also a longtime contributor and volunteer at the museum.

Mendez will discuss the printmaking technique using linoleum, which is carved to create an image to print, before leading attendees in the process. Then guests will be able to make prints of their design with assistance from volunteers. 

As all Art After Dark activities have a connection to current exhibitions, this project's theme is “Nature in Kern County,” loosely inspired by “Forms: A Fifty Year Survey” from artist Charles Arnoldi, who frequently uses nature motifs in his work, according to BMoA marketing coordinator Erwin Ledford.

Since art-making can generate a real thirst, Kern River Brewing Co. will deliver with Isabella Blonde ale and Chuuurch India pale ale, the latter being named for that Kernville cry of joy for something sublime. Beers (12 ounces) will be available for $5.

Admission is only $5, free for museum members and students (with valid ID), which covers art supplies while they last.

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

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