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Talk of the Town: Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival to capture area's landscape

By David Gordon
Friday, Mar 27 2015 01:00 AM

Bakersfield sits in the center of a landscape painter's dream as far as subject matter goes. Bakersfield and its surroundings have valley vistas dotted with oaks, big groves, winter and spring rolling green hills; farms; small towns; a famous river; and deserts -- just about everything a painter might want to capture in a landscape.

Given that I am a landscape painter myself, this got me thinking: Why not invite some of California's best landscape painters to Kern County and turn them loose for three days and see what they come up with?

As a result, and with the support of the Arts Council of Kern, I am introducing the first Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival. "Plein Air" simply means painting on site or out in the plain air, on...

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