You've got a poetic license to thrive Thursday as poets from Cal State Bakersfield stroll the exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, sharing works inspired by the art currently on display.

Guests will get to see firsthand the sources of inspiration as poets, culled from the CSUB English department, perform in the galleries featuring their chosen artworks. Three to four performers each will read in the spaces dedicated to "The Society of Six," "Yvonne Cavanagh: Liminal Space" and "Charles Arnoldi: Forms, a 50-Year Survey," and guests can wander among them taken in the performances and artworks.

Readings begin at 7:15 p.m. and continue through the event, which wraps up at 9 p.m. 

Poetry fans are in for an additional treat thanks to Be in Bakersfield. Representatives from the group, which aims to promote a positive city image, will perform a Bakersfield-inspired poem, according to Erwin Ledford, the museum's marketing coordinator. They will also discuss how guests can serve as ambassadors for the museum as a cultural institution in the community.

Including with admission is a poetry booklet featuring all 19 poems composed for this event, along with images of the artwork that inspired the written works.

Supporting the exhibitions' California theme is collaborator Imbibe Wine and Spirits Merchant, which will sell wine and beer from the Golden State. Options include Richvale's Pool Party rose, Mosby pinot grigio, Melodramatic red blend and Golden Road Mango Cart and Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy ales.

In addition to Moneywise Wealth Management, a longtime supporter of the evening event, this Art After Dark received additional funding from CSUB's School of Arts and Humanities and the Walter Stiern Library.

However attendees structure their evening, they should have a good time.

Ledford wrote in an email, "Art After Dark offers a free-flowing atmosphere where guests can come and go at their leisure, arriving any time between 7 to 9 p.m. to take in whichever aspects of the event they are there to experience."

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

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