Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery

Interplay: Bakersfield College Centennial Exhibit

This fall , the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery welcomes back old friends and colleagues to celebrate the Bakersfield College Centennial. The first exhibit of our 2013/2014 season features artwork in a variety of media by esteemed retired faculty:

  • Birt Brink, Al Davis, Al Naso, Chalita Brossett Robinson, Harry Wilson, and Marlene Tatsuno.

Their work will be complemented by the artwork of current full and part time faculty members:

  • Laura Borneman, Cameron Brian, David Koeth, Emily Maddigan, Deborah Rodenhauser, Armando Rubio, Adel Shafik, Kristopher Stallworth, and Cecilia Noyes.

The exhibit runs September 3 through October 10, 2013.

Please join us at an hors d’oeuvre reception for the artists August 29, 2013 from 5:30 until 7:00 pm

Admission to the reception will be $15.00 per person.

The Wiley and May Louise Jones Gallery is located in the foyer of the Byrd Library on the campus of Bakersfield College at 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, Ca. Please use the Haley Street entrance to campus. Parking fees are suspended on the evening of the opening reception. After that please follow campus protocol by parking in the visitor spaces.

Harry Wilson, Giant Glass, San Francisco

Harry Wilson, Giant Glass, San Francisco

Al Davis, Puffins
Al Davis, Puffins

Chalita Robinson, Conjure Woman

Chalita Robinson, Conjure Woman

Marlene Tatsuno, Family

Marlene Tatsuno, Ring around the Rosie

Al Naso, Floral Burst

Al Naso, Floral Burst


BC Faculty Exhibition to open October 25, 2012

The Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College is pleased to present the Bakersfield College Art Faculty Exhibit Featuring diverse new work by David Koeth, Emily Maddigan, Laura Borneman, Kristopher Stallworth, Adel Shafik, Debora Rodenhauser, Claire Putney, Cameron Brian, Armando Rubio

October 25 through November 15, 2012

Please join us at a reception for the artists

Thursday, October 25 5:30 – 7:00 pm.



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.

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.


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