The Tehachapi area today is known as a welcoming place for artists, with a disproportionate number of musicians, painters, sculptors and other artistic souls residing in the Tehachapi Mountains. But it wasn't always this way: 50 years ago, when one of the most talented artists ever to call Tehachapi home moved his family to a piece of property at the Old West Ranch, the reception was anything but friendly.
The downtown "First Friday" Art Walk will be held on May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. A number of downtown shops and restaurants will be open, many offering refreshments and entertainment. All are welcome to attend this free event. Some of the local merchants to be participating in the upcoming event will include:
* Gallery 'n' Gifts: Featured for May will be Kevin Hill, a landscape artist and teacher. The event will include refreshments and more. Owned and operated by the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, the gallery is located a 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For information, call 822-6062.
First Friday Fun Fest will be celebrated at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, on Friday evening, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The featured artist for May will be Kathryn Jacobson. Katy creates what she calls "Painterly Photos." She takes photographs which she then softens with filters, computer brushes and other techniques available on her computer software. The final product looks like a painting as much as a photo. Join us to greet Katy, enjoy food and wine and listen to music by Art Larson on clarinet.
Sheridan's Consignment, located at 108 W. Tehachapi Blvd., will once again be participating in the Downtown Tehachapi First Friday celebration on May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is encouraged to stop by to peruse the varied collection of furniture, home decor and special gifts for Mother's Day. Seen here are customers enjoying a tasty treat at Sheridan's during March's First Friday event.
Kevin Hill, landscape artist, will be the featured guest artist on First Friday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Gallery 'N' Gifts. Don't miss the opportunity to meet this gifted artist and teacher.
Hill, currently from the Palmdale area, was introduced to painting at 15 while watching PBS. By the ripe old age of 18, he was selling his landscapes at a rapid clip. This is a painter who is passionate about his own painting and teaching others.
Fiddlers Crossing has just passed its five-year milestone as an acoustic music venue in downtown Tehachapi. Over that time, it has gained a reputation among the top ranks of touring musicians as a fun and friendly place to perform, with a terrific and responsive audience.
Tehachapi Community Church, 100 E. "E" St., invites everyone to come to Friendship Hall on Friday, May 1, from 5 until 8 p.m., to make May baskets and paper flowers to go in them. The baskets will be given to the church's neighbors. Baskets may also be made for your own friends and neighbors. All ages are invited to participate in this fun activity.
Fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate will be available to purchase. Refreshments will be served.
The Tehachapi Christian Store will once again host favorites Walt and Pam Ryba of the "One in Him" Christian band from Frazier Park. This will be their fourth concert at the store. They sing and play in a way that is worshipful and a lot of fun.
Members of the 4-H Club throughout Kern County recently met at General Shafter School in Bakersfield to participate in the 2015 4-H Presentation Day.
Pam Wildermuth took this photo at her Bear Valley Springs home of some Band-tailed Pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata). These large native pigeons spend most of their time in forests and woodlands, and are seldom seen around human habitation, except for houses that are nestled in among natural landscapes.
The Center for Improv Advancement comedy will be performing at Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7 per person or $20 for a family. Cpffee and pie will be served. The CIA players hammed it up after their February show at Fiddler’s Crossing. Comedians include, from left, Pablo Reyes, Steve Miller, Tyler Pruett, Eric Dains, Zack Payne, Chris George and Jason Monroe. The CIA performs at Fiddler’s Crossing monthly, so look for us again in May.
Photo courtesy of Chris George
The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is thrilled to be able to send nine Tehachapi High School students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in Ojai on April 23 through 26. RYLA is a leadership camp designed especially for the future leaders of our community.