First Friday attracts people from the community

Kyle Chidgey, Photographer


The Art Council’s annual First Friday was in full swing on Feb. 5. Local residents had a chance to come out and observe the work of Kern County’s creative minds, young and old.  Located downtown, First Friday gives local artists and entrepreneurs a chance to display and sell their work once a month. From paintings and clothing to comic books, an array of creative products was displayed.

On the corner of 19th and Eye Street, a live band played throughout the evening.

People standing on the corner listening were singing to themselves.

Cooler temperatures did not stop the community from coming out and making this a major event. One woman described the event as having a fair-type atmosphere. She said it provided an opportunity for people to bring out the family and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Bakersfield.

All around, handmade necklaces, buttons, and photographs were catching the eyes of onlookers as they stopped by each artist’s booth to appraise the offerings.

One particular item that caught the attention of passersby was the graphic novel “Meifumado,” written by Zackery Smith and illustrated by Guillermo Guerrero. The story is about a son seeking revenge against the group of vampires that slaughtered his family in front of him. At another booth, an individual was selling beard products for men.

There was great diversity in the products artists had to offer. Photographers were taking pictures, and the streets were crowded with people driving by to see what was happening.

The corner of 19th and Eye buzzed with activity. Those interested in participating in the next event are encouraged to contact the Art Council.