Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery

BC Art Student Exhibit Opens April 12

The Jones Art Gallery at Bakersfield College is pleased to present it’s annual BC Art Student Exhibition.

This year 227 total artworks were submitted to be considered for inclusion in the show. An outside juror, Jesse Sugarmann, then chose 71 pieces for the exhibit. This exhibit showcases some of the best artwork done at Bakersfield College in the 2011-2012 academic year.

BC Art Student Exhibition opens April 12, 2012 and runs until May 3, 2012

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

PLEASE join us at a reception for the student artists April 12 from 5:30 until 7:00 pm.

The Jones Gallery is located in the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library on the campus of Bakersfield College at 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield California. Take the Haley Street (1/2 block south of Panorama) entrance into the campus.

Here are a few examples of the type work you will see exhibited.


Photographic Traditions: Rogers and Zimmermann

The Jones Gallery is pleased to present “Traditions” a two person show featuring photographs by Michelle Rogers and Andrew Zimmermann.

Mr. Zimmermann’s photographs of the Virginia landscape near his home are hauntingly beautiful. He  uses a large format view camera to capture images onto 8″x10″ film. The resulting photographs are contact prints made using traditional dark room techniques. Since no enlargements are made, the prints retain the same sharpness and clarity as the negatives.

Zimmermann says, “In these photographs of my home state of Virginia, I seek to portray landscape as being perpetually in flux…. The images I find compelling, are of places in the natural world that are in transition, sometimes even during the brief duration of the film’s exposure.”

Zimmermann, Virginia #2

Ms. Rogers, a native of France now living in Virginia, collects old postcards and photographs them combining the result into triptychs with her own photographs. She bleaches, and/or tones the three black and white photos until the contemporary images seem to be of the same era as the photos of the postcards. She states, “The ‘collage’ of an old postcard with my own images … brings out new visual relationships between these photographs from different times and places and implies an enigmatic narrative. Furthermore, these triptychs allow me to bridge the gap between past and present and forge a link with these earlier anonymous photographers.”

Rogers, Aix les Bains

The exhibit runs October 20 – November 10, 2011

Opening reception is October 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

There will be free parking for the opening reception in the staff parking lot at the Haley Street entrance.

The Jones Gallery is located inside the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library on the campus of Bakersfield College at 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305.


As its first exhibit of the 2011 -2012 season the Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College is pleased to present the work of three artists: Louisiana painter Ellen Soffer, California drawer and swimmer Dennis Sopczynski , and Oregon printmaker Brett Anderson. What attracted us to these works before looking for any type of meaning was the rich, almost tactile, quality of the surfaces.

Surface exhibition run:
September 8, 2011 through September 29, 2011
Please join us at a reception September 8, 2011 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Ellen Soffer: “Interpretation is left to the individual viewer. My intention is that the paintings evoke feelings left behind by a dream, an emotion, or a memory without being limited to the specific details of the event itself.” Ms. Soffer holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dennis Sopczynski, “A swimming pool is a public space. Yet I see it as private, intimate, transformative, magical, and reflective. These drawings are about my “journey” through life, good, bad or indifferent.” Mr. Sopczynski holds an MFA in Visual Communication from California Institute of Arts.


Brett Anderson, “Satirical forces are at work in most of my pieces, and the entities most exposed by this scrutiny are myself those like me. Arguably, the dialogue that can be unraveled out of my work will best be understood by those with an unhealthy exposure to Saturday morning cartoons, suburban malls, and violent video games.” Mr. Anderson holds an MFA in Printmaking from University of South Dakota at Vermillion.