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.



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.

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.

Exhibiting your work in the Jones Gallery

Dear BC Art Students,
Congratulations on having your work chosen for the 2010 BC Student Art Exhibition. You’ve done the fun part in making the work, now comes the finessing to make sure your art is seen at it’s best. Think of it as preparing for a job interview with someone you have a crush on. You want the work to look well put together -sophisticated and professional. So, here are some tips:
Three-Dimensional work:
Think about the height at which the piece is seen at its best and which side of the work you want to face the viewer. You will need to convey that information to the gallery director – write it down and include it with the piece.
If your 3-d work is meant to hang on the wall then you need to make sure it has a sturdy hanger on the back.

Two-Dimensional work:
Your work must be framed. The only exception is painting that has a “gallery wrap”. If you don’t know what that is ask your instructor.
If your work is on paper then it is framed and under glass (or plexiglas).
They can be rather expensive so look around your house to see if you already have one you can use or check garage sales.
Then make sure the frame is painted black or wood tone or silver metal – nice and neutral.
Matting or Mounting:
Aside from making a your presentation professional looking the reason drawings and paintings on paper are matted and framed is to keep the glass from touching the artwork. So, you may want to get a matt for you work before choosing a frame. Aarron Brothers has a good selection of standard sized matts.

Whether mounting or matting your work before framing choose neutral colors (black, white, gray) for the board. You want people to see the work, not be distracted by your cool orange matt.

Hanging hardware:
All work that is to be hanged must have a wire attached to the back. You can buy D-rings and wire at Lowe’s or Home Depot in the hardware area. (Please see the photos) Hanging hardware is not terribly expensive.

Want some help?

If you lack the tools to attach the hardware to the back or just want someone to make sure you are doing it right bring your art piece and the hardware to FA 20 Friday, March 19 between 9 and 11 am. and faculty will help you with it.

Going it alone:
If you want to attach the hardware to the piece on your own then pay attention to the following:
Attach the D-rings to the side frames 1/3 of the way down from the top – BE PRECISE!!! an 1/8th of an inch difference is HUGE when you are trying to make sure the piece hangs level.

Okay, I think that’s it. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments area and I will answer within 24 hours