Fall 2019 Exhibitions

Natalie Arnoldi ,  Gigi  (detail), 2016, Oil on Canvas, 102 x 288 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Natalie Arnoldi, Gigi (detail), 2016, Oil on Canvas, 102 x 288 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Of the Sea
Paintings by Natalie Arnoldi

Presented by The Dolores F. and Victor S. Cerro Endowment for Art Exhibits with additional support from John & Liv Carver.

September 12, 2019 - January 11, 2020

Natalie Arnoldi is an artist and marine scientist living in California. Her work explores the fine line between abstract and figurative painting and the psychological effects of ambiguous representation. Arnoldi makes large-scale oil paintings depicting a myriad of subjects, often with an environmental narrative. Arnoldi is trained academically as a marine biologist, with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Stanford University, and is currently in the doctoral program in Marine Ecology. The duality of science and art is represented in Of The Sea: Paintings by Natalie Arnoldi where the collection of work emphasizes the beauty, mystery, and equivocality of the ocean.

Noé Montes ,  Cuyama River, NW Valley  (detail), 2019, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 26.67 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Noé Montes, Cuyama River, NW Valley (detail), 2019, Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 26.67 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Photographs by Noé Montes

In association with Blue Sky Center. Presented by Blue Ribbon Circle

September 12, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Noé Montes sees the Cuyama Valley as a stage on which the epic drama of human history is continuously in play. Following the groups that once dominated the region such as the Chumash natives and European settlers, Montes recognizes the persistence and labor of its current residents in a place that has in turn, helped them lead honest and fruitful lives. Nevertheless, like many other rural regions across the country, this region is undergoing a population decline and a demographic shift. Stimulating awareness and civic engagement as critical tools in the progress for a better future, communities like Cuyama can use their past and present as a means of bridging differences to conquer a wide-range of obstacles. For Montes, change and growth are slow, but extremely instrumental in fostering a future in which Cuyama Valley residents and all Americans can prosper together.

Noé Montes was born in Modesto, CA in 1973.  He grew up in a family of migrant farm workers that travelled up and down California’s Central Valley following harvests and found the medium of photography after high school. Over the last 25 years, Noé has developed a socially engaged practice in which he creates documentary work around a specific social issue or geographic location. Inside the frame, Noé uses traditional elements of photography in order to challenge our reading of images and our understanding of their function in our culture.

This project was made possible through the shared efforts of Noé Montes and Blue Sky Center. Founded in 2014 through an impact investment by a Cuyama farmer, Blue Sky Center works within the Cuyama community on economic development projects that use strategies  and tools in our targeted impact areas of community development and assessment, food access and health, and creative community engagement.


Ablin Residence (built in 1961, Photo: 1975), Frank Lloyd Wright. Image courtesy of Tomas Olsen.

Ablin Residence (built in 1961, Photo: 1975), Frank Lloyd Wright. Image courtesy of Tomas Olsen.

Bakersfield Built
Architecture of the 1960s

With support from Gene Tackett and Barbara Patrick, BFGC Architects, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc., AIA Golden Empire, and Trendway Furniture.

September 12, 2019 - January 18, 2020

The 1960s were a decade of prosperity for Bakersfield. Although the city was still rebuilding from the devastating 1952 earthquake, population growth continued, and the city stretched eastward with upscale residential development. New schools, shopping centers, churches, and other institutions followed. A group of a dozen University of Southern California-trained architects were at the ready to plan, design and build the eastward expansion. Most had been trained at Kern County Union/Bakersfield High School under master educator Clarence C. Cullimore. They now returned home to design and build a growing city with a decidedly Mid-Century Modern flair. 

The 1960s also marked the arrival of the master, Frank Lloyd Wright, who received his first Bakersfield commission from George and Millie Ablin near Bakersfield Country Club. Although Wright died before the project was realized, the ripple effects of Wright’s design presence are found in several local projects from the period that emphasized polygonal geometries, circular forms, concrete block and a spirit of experimentation.

Bakersfield is well-known for its innovative contributions to music but is less recognized in the other arts. Bakersfield Built reveals a Modernist design legacy worthy of celebration and recognition.

Join BMoA for a symposium and guided tour in conjunction with the BMoA Fall Exhibition on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Exhibition proposals are welcome. Click here for more information.