Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery

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.

Bakersfield College Art Student Exhibit 2011
August 3, 2011, 10:33 pm
Filed under: 2010/2011 exhibits

Exhibit run:
April 7, 2011 – May 5, 2011
April 7, 2011 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Gallery Hours:
Monday through Thursday
1:00 – 4:00 pm
The gallery is closed during Spring Break.


Panorama Invitational 2011

The Jones Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of art work by Kern County high school juniors and seniors.  Schools represented are: Bakersfield, Centennial, Garces, Foothill, Highland, Frontier, North, Liberty, South, Tehachapi, Golden Valley, Independence, East, Vista West.

Please join us to celebrate these exceptional young artists at a reception Wednesday February 2, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
The Panorama Invitational exhibition will run February 2 through 23, 2011
Jones Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

These are a few of the pieces on exhibition


Nancy Romero: Mid-career Retrospective

Dante is guided by Beatrice to Paradise

Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery is very pleased to present a diverse exhibition of paintings and interactive objects representing fifteen years of work by Altadena artist Nancy Romero.

Paintings from the mid 1990s reflect her interest in traditional Mexican life. In her own words:

“The inspiration for my work is grounded in my background in Mythology and Anthropology. My first body of paintings sought to evoke village life in a small Zapotec pueblo in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I did extensive fieldwork in the mid sixties. My dissatisfaction with the impersonal tools of anthropological investigation led me to drop out of the program of study and later to try and recreate the beauty and struggle of village life through art. This was how I bridged two disciplines.”

Works from the first decade of the twenty first century show a shift of interest to broader themes. Again she says it best:  I began two paths of work, one about the intersection of Nature … and Man, and the other, about Man and Morality. The first has involved many studies of animals, crows figuring strongly in many works. The other, about the rigidity of morality, the different views of what is deemed “good” and “evil”.

This is a delightful, subtle, and provocative exhibition that has certainly left me musing.  Please make an effort to view this thought provoking exhibit.

Join us at a reception honoring the artist Thursday, October 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Ms. Romero will be available to answer questions.

The exhibit runs: October 14 – November 4, 2010.

Gallery Hours are: Monday – Thursday 1:00 – 4:00 pm.


Intelligent Design

Frederick Coon: A Search for Meaning
September 10, 2010, 12:23 am
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Frederick Coon

Frederick (Skip) Coon born in Ipsilanti Michigan in 1928, graduated from Cass Techincal Arts High School in 1946. He then served in Korea in the United States Army.

Fred attended Art School and worked for Ford in Research and Development at Greenfield Village, Detroit Michigan.

He completed a M.F.A. in 1965 at University of Michigan.

In 1965 he began teaching at Bakersfield College and completed a M.A. degree in counseling in 1968-70 at U.C.L.A. Fred continued to teach at Bakersfield College until 1993.

Fred’s early paintings and prints of stained glass windows and religious figures explored his relationship to religion and spirituality. At this time Fred and his family toured Western Europe extensively and visited the great European museums and cathedrals.

In the late 1970s and 1980s Fred and his wife JoAnn began to visit the American Southwest and particularly Taos and Chaco Canyon.

Fred began to explore the spiritual and mystical qualities of these sacred places. And then in the early 1990s Fred began to research and search for meaning in Buddhist thought and imagery.

Fred continued to make paintings into the last years of his life, seldom showing his work in public but sharing his investigations with his family. He passed away in 2007.

This is the first time many of these works have been shown to the public.

BC Student Artwork on View in Jones Gallery
April 4, 2010, 9:54 pm
Filed under: 2009/2010 exhibits

The Jones Gallery is please to present the 2010 Bakersfield College Art Student Exhibit. The judge for this year’s exhibition is Ramone Muños, Professor of Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Media on view this year are sculpture, drawing, digital media, cut paper, photography and painting. Check out the few examples at the end of this entry. Please plan to stop by and see the show.

Bakersfield College Art Student Exhibit runs April 8 through May 5, 2010.

Reception for the artists

Thursday April 8, 2009, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Gallery hours

Monday through Thursday, 1:00 – 7:00 pm

Gallery phone – 661/395-4616

The Gallery is located inside the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library.