On the first Friday of every month, visitors to Tehachapi can experience the popular First Friday artist receptions and art walk.
This program offers displays of a wide variety of local Tehachapi art. Attendees can check out the historic downtown and meet many of the area’s talented artists whose work is on display.
The efforts of local artists have painted Tehachapi as an emerging art town with several galleries and working studios providing classes and exhibits.
In 2007, Southwest Art magazine featured Tehachapi’s emerging art scene:
“Anyone who loves discovering new artists and extraordinary works of art — including paintings, photographs, pottery, sculpture and jewelry designs — will be happily and amply rewarded when taking time to visit the up and coming art scene in Tehachapi.”
The First Friday events take place at various businesses in downtown Tehachapi. Consult the Tehachapi News or The Weekender for details during your visit.
Don’t worry if your visit doesn’t include a Friday stop-over, the fine arts and the performing arts are a constant part of Tehachapi’s local flavor. You’re sure to find something colorful and creative happening that will entertain the whole family.
Gallery ‘n’ Gifts
In a boutique-like atmosphere, Tehachapi Valley Arts Association operates a co-op appropriately named Gallery ‘n’ Gifts, located at Green Street and Tehachapi Blvd. The gallery went through a major renovation recently. Unique, high quality gifts and decor are on display and available for purchase. See original paintings, prints, pottery, photography, woodwork, hand-painted gifts, luxurious bath and body items, wearable art, hand-sewn quilts, beaded and precious metal jewelry, hand-poured scented candles and much more. Themed contests display local artists’ creative works. Gallery ‘n’ Gifts is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information call (661) 822-6062 or view the website at www.galleryngifts.org.
The Backstreet Gallery
The Backstreet Gallery is located at 106 W. Tehachapi Blvd., across from the Tehachapi Depot and behind Mountain Antiques. Business hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., and First Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Backstreet Gallery is affiliated with the Tehachapi Performing Arts Center, a non-profit organization with the goal of building a performing arts center on property it recently acquired on Red Apple Avenue just outside the Tehachapi city limits.
Tehachapi Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-6794.
The Art Studio, 785 Tucker Road, Suite B, Tehachapi. See schedule at www.theartstudio.vpweb.com/ or call 661-822-4420.
Picture Perfect & Stamps of Approval, 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd. #A. (661) 823-1777, pictureperfectandstamps.com.
A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TehachapiArtists, provides additional information about the Tehachapi arts community.