Bakersfield Art Center - Martin Varga Photography
  • Bakersfield Art Center

I currently display a selected set of printed art projects at the Bakersfield Art Center (Center) located in downtown Bakersfield.  The Bakersfield Art Association is a cooperative of artists who exhibit their original works in diverse media at the Center.  All art pieces on display at the Center are items for sale.

The Center is located at: 1607 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA      Phone: 661-869-2320

On the first Friday of every month, Bakersfield's Downtown comes to life with a majority of the businesses, restaurants, shops, galleries and boutiques opening longer in the evening to welcome the public to enjoy artwork from local artists.  The Center participates in the event by staying open until 9:00 PM.  On this day, the Center offers food and music people can enjoy while viewing the fine art on display.

I typically will have several new mounted pieces of my art on display the week before the First Friday event.  Occasionally I will display a photo themed project based on some common subject.



Featured Artwork:


We Have Moved!

On February 28, 2015, Martin and the rest of his art associates relocated their artwork to the new Bakersfield Art Center located at 1607 19th Street.


Water Exhibition:

Water Exhibition was a juried group exhibition at the Bakersfield Art Association during the month of February, 2015.  "Flower in a Bubble" shown here to the right was selected to be a part of the group exhibit.

Flower in a Bubble

2015 Bakersfield Art Association Calendar:

The Rocky Point Sunrise image was selected to be the January 2016 image for the Bakersfield Art Association's 2015 Calendar.

Rocky Point Sunrise

October General Meeting Presentation

At the October 11, 2014 Bakersfield Art Association’s General Meeting, I was invited to present to the members some aspect of photography I use for my photo art. I chose to use the opportunity to provide the artists with a greater understanding of their cameras and to introduce the creative mode settings on the camera including aperture priority, shutter priority and manual mode. During the presentation, I encouraged my fellow artists to move away from fully automatic mode and use some the control the camera provides the photographer to create better images. I concluded the presentation with a demonstration on the setup and capture of one of my splash photography projects (as shown). It was great to share some of my experiences with the group of artists as they have done for me in past meetings.



First Friday Downtown

October 3, 2014, First Friday downtown at the Bakersfield Art Center (Center).  I put on display several of my images from the Kern County Fair.  My wife and daughters worked with several other BAA members to provide refreshments and welcome visitors to the Center.


Click on photo for additional First Friday images.


Click here to see all images submitted for the fair.


Photo Contest:

First Place Winner of the "Extraordinary Ordinary" Group show at the Bakersfield Art Center, August 14, 2014

Writer's Block


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