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'Something for everyone' this First Friday

If viewing art is part of your weekend plans, take advantage of First Friday offerings in downtown Bakersfield.

Iva Fendrick, the featured artist at the Bakersfield Art Association Arts Center, is displaying her show "Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue."

The artist said she wanted to present a variety of subjects to add interest to the show and "something for everyone."

This show includes landscapes, indoor subjects, a cat sleeping on the patio and other paintings meant to spark the viewer's interest.

Fendrick's process for these works involved watercolors and ink. Some were drawn first in ink then painted in watercolor. Others are watercolors later enhanced by detailing in ink.

“I love to draw, so I add the ink to many of my paintings, but not always," she wrote in the BAA newsletter. "Keeping my sketchbook handy, I might be in a long line at the bank or waiting in an office for an appointment, out comes my small sketchbook. Drawing in ink, rather than pencil, keeps me from erasing and drawing makes the time pass faster. I always sketched while watching my husband, Randy, play in many of his musical gigs as well."

A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the BAA Art Center, 1607 19th St.

At Dagny's Coffee Co., Susan McQuerrey is displaying her watercolors.

The retired Bakersfield College professor has called Bakersfield home for many years. 

Her interest in art was sparked while studying at the Prado during her junior year of college studying abroad at Madrid University. 

Since retiring, her interest in watercolors has increased. She portrays a variety of subjects with the use of the vibrant colors of the paint. 

View her work at the coffee shop, 1600 20th St.

For those who can't attend, there will be a virtual show on the Bakersfield Art Association's website (, Facebook ( and Instagram (@bakersfieldartassociation) pages.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art will again offer extended hours, open until 8 p.m. with free admission.

Visitors can view the museum's current spring exhibitions: "Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press," a touring exhibition echoing the mission of the Paulson Fontaine Press, a Berkeley-based fine art studio that is committed to amplifying important voices in the visual arts, featuring quilts, sculptures, etchings, paintings and prints; "Under the Kern County Sky: Prapat Sirinavarat," a whimsical collection from the Thai-born, Bakersfield-based artist; and "Exploring the Figure: Selections from BMoA’s Permanent Collection," featuring works in a variety of media using the figure as a form of communication.

Also on display are the senior thesis projects from students in Cal State Bakersfield's Department of Art and Art History and art from high school students in the BMoA’s ArtWorks program.

White Wolf Wellness will also host a free yoga session on site from 6 to 7 p.m.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1930 R St.

And Moderngigi Gallery (900 18th St.) will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. with 12 local artist/vendors with works for sale.

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