Bakersfield is ready to give Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room a run for its money this First Friday. Although there will be no animatronic birds, Bubble Pop Gallery will host its own epic “Tiki Bubble Beach Party” art show.
The gathering, which will be the biggest for the pop-up gallery that opened at the Fox Theater in February, will not only feature an exhibit of 33 artists, including 14 from Bakersfield. There will be music, on-site work by artists as well as themed drinks and sweets.
Mookie Sato, an artist from Japan, has the honor of being the contributor sending work from the greatest distance. The local artists displaying work are Ashleymarie Sey Lively (also the gallery curator), Scott "Fuzzy" Joseph, Brian Demarest, Kei Deragon, JP Rodriguez, Karrie Rhodes, Caroline McArthur, Anna Hackler, Mind of the Boogeyman, Chrissy, Ally Oh Studio, Dreamybon, Giki and CreativeD2r (Stephen DelTour).
Musician Ariel Dyer will provide the soundtrack for the tiki-vibe extravaganza. Bakersfield artists Dreamybon and McArthur will be set up in the gallery, working on pieces as people can watch.
Downtown watering hole Tiki-Ko will serve up two family-friendly drinks: snorkberry fizz, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, strawberry puree and soda water; and mermaid mist, a mix of orgeat, fresh lime juice, coconut water and ginger ale. Guests 21 and over can also pick up a coupon for a discount on a beverage purchased at the K Street bar.
Paleta Company will also sell sweet treats including tropical-flavored ice pops and Dole Whip-inspired and other tropical sorbets.
The party is from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bubble Pop Gallery, 2007 H St. If you can't make it out Friday, the exhibit will move to Temblor Brewing Co. where it will have a second opening from 6 to 9 p.m. July 13.
For more information on the gallery and the art visit bubblepopgallery.com.
Those enjoying stargazing this summer will be interested in what's on display at the Bakersfield Art Association's Art Center. The new group show "Sun, Moon and Stars" opens Friday, featuring the work of 10 artists, painters and photographers: Marsha Black, Patti Doolittle, Norma Eaton, Iva Fendrick, Casey Hibbard, Toni Lott, Vicki Meadows, Cheri Sperl, Martin Varga and Roline Witt.
While the sun and moon dominate the show, there is a Milky Way and some creative interpretations, according to the BAA newsletter.
The reception starts at 6 p.m. at the center, 1607 19th St. More information at bakersfieldartassociation.org.
Speaking of group shows, the exhibit “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee" continues at Dagny's. The coffeehouse, which displays BAA work in its annex, is highlighting the work of nine artists: Black, Fendrick, Hibbard, Lott, Deborah Cooper, Pattie Embrey, Kay Hall, Gigi Murray and Shirley Rowles.
Also up at Dagny's is a show by artist Laura Valenzeula. "Quintessential California" showcases oil paintings from the Central Valley to the Pacific Ocean. The reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the coffee shop, 1600 20th St.
Bike lovers should ride over to Younger Gallery on Friday for their last glimpse of "True Wheels." The show is a collaboration between the gallery and Bike Bakersfield, made possible through the efforts of teacher and artist Sarah Castle and curator (and fellow educator) Vicki Smart.
Castle and 13 other artists — including Art Sherwyn, Lia Mendez, Ryan Rickard and Linda Hyatt — took inspiration from their own cycling experiences as well as Bike Bakersfield's Bike Kitchen environment and volunteers of the Recycle-A-Bike program, which allows participants to eventually build their own bike after donating their time in the Bike Kitchen. (Hyatt even created portraits of the volunteers and their hard-earned bicycles.)
Artists agreed to donate 50 percent of their art sales to Bike Bakersfield to support its services including: Recycle-A-Bike, Light Up the Night (distribution of free lights and helmets to local communities in need during the fall) and free bicycle education for children.
The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave. Call 321-9247 or visit bikebakersfield.org for more information.