Education, Exposure and Exhibition

Providing opportunities in education, exposure and exhibition for select visual artists and art enthusiasts for the purpose of advancing the professionalism of those dedicated individuals.

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Bakersfield Country - The Legends of the Bakersfield Sound

This First Friday, The Foundry will open a group art exhibition by various artists presenting portrait artwork of the legends of the Bakersfield Sound; Merle Haggard, Bill Woods, Red Simpson, Bonnie Owens, Billy Mize, Cousin Herb Henson, Buck Owens, Tommy Collins, Jean Shepard, Wynn Stewart, Fuzzy Owen, Ferlin Husky and Lewis Talley.

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Artwork of Merle Haggard by Alan Willis 

In the 1950’s a new version of country music was founded and named “The Bakersfield Sound,” in response to the Nashville sound of that era. The best known artists are Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and Merle Haggard and the Strangers, however we have a solid list of influential musicians who played an important role in the development of the new genre of music.
 
The Foundry made a hit list of musicians from the era and assigned them to artist friends of the gallery. Each artist was given the name of a musician and asked to create a portrait for the show. Participating artists in assigned order: Alan Willis, Alan Urquhart, Betty Leonor, Christina Sweet, Debbie Nava Korhonen, Jessica McEuen, Brynia Harris-Czubko, Rubia Dalbosco van Roodselaar, Patti Doolittle, Gordon Skalski , Gary Sutherland, Nancy Putney and Jason Stewart.  Along with the portrait pieces, The Foundry will display photography supplied by both Ray Urquhart and William J Saunders from the Billy Mize collection, by Wren Tidwell (daughter of Wynn Stewart) and by the Bill Woods family.
 
This exhibit will run from June through July, 2013 at The Foundry at 1608 19th Street, Bakersfield CA. The art receptions for this exhibit will be held on both First Friday’s June 7th and July 5th, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We welcome the general public to attend. There is no fee to view the exhibit. There will be a no host beer and wine station and live music at both receptions. On June 7th musicians Therese Muller and Vince Galindo will perform throughout the night. At the July 5th reception Olen Taylor and Ernie Lewis of The Fruit Tramps will perform.


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Show sponsor: Many thanks go to The Greenhorn Grill of Alta Sierra, CA for their sponsorship! Nestled near the top of Alta Sierra Mountain is a family-owned restaurant with Bakersfield roots. The owner Mike Hill is a big fan of the musicians this show will pay tribute to. You can visit their website at:  www.thegreenhorngrill.com

 

Contact information: 
Curator and Artist: Christina Sweet  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Mission: The Foundry's Mission is to provide opportunities in education, exposure and exhibition for select visual artists and art enthusiasts for the purpose of advancing the professionalism of those dedicated individuals.

The Foundry encourages everyone to visit our space and consider joining as a fellow artist or arts enthusiast. For more information about The Foundry, please visit our website at www.bakersfieldfoundry.com or call 661-388-0278.

 

Gallery hours:

First Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Or By Appointment

*Hours are subject to change; please refer to our Facebook page for updates.

 

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