The World of Frida

frida on white bench
frida with olmeca
frida self portrait
Marco Terenziani
Jamie Burnside
Ana Valdez
Laurina Paperina
Rupert Garcia

The World of Frida

July 8 - September 16

This summer the Bedford Gallery celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo, an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. The World of Frida weaves juried and invitational shows that reference the artist with a national, traveling photography exhibit titled Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray that makes a stop in Walnut Creek after traveling across North America. Hungarian-born Muray—who met Kahlo in a chance encounter in Mexico in 1931 and became her lover and friend—shot some of the most iconic color and black and white images of the artist that exist. This exhibition is organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

Artwork included in the juried and invitational exhibitions feature Frida Kahlo as the subject as well as artworks inspired by her life and art, including themes of Frida’s garden, Mexican culture and fashion, vibrant colors, surrealism, and more. The juried exhibition includes nearly 150 artworks selected by jurors Lisa Congdon, fine artist, illustrator and author; and Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX. 

Participating Artists:

Cheryl Abraham · Monica Andino · Kim Bagwill · Monica Balmelli · Karen Barry · Charles Barth · Kaethe Bealer · Mandy Behrens · Marie Bergstedt · Marina Berlin · Anita Beshirs · Juli Bignami · Donna Billick · Claudia Blanco · Elisa Bolanos · Celan Bouillet · Holly Brigham · Kerstin Bruchhaeuser · Jamie Burnside · Joyce Byrum · Alberto Carol · Denise Carson · Cheryl Chapman · Diane Che · Michael Cheung · Ramona Cliff · Amanda Cobb · Lisa Congdon* · Valarie Corona · Denise Cortes · Julia Crane · Sarah Cuevas ·Jessica Cuni · Sandra De Jaume · Marian De La Torre-Easthope · Dion Dion · Zee Linda Dissinger · Meredith Dittmar* · Olek & Michelle Dodson* · Razan Elbaba · Carlo Fantin · Annelise Fibæk · Ruth E. Fox · Francisco Franco · Cynthia Garcia · Rupert Garcia* · Diana Gaspar-Pena · Patti Goldstein · Emily Gonzales · Chitra Gopalakrishnan · Betsy Gorman · Debra Grall · Amanda Grazier · Simone Guimaraes · Vicki Gunter · Yhoshua Gutierrez · Don Hall · Catherine Hicks · Maya Holzman · Christine Aria Hostetler · Yan Inlow · Jeni Jenkins · Barbara Johansen Newman · Johnny Karwan · Annie Kevans* · Katie Kindelan · Sophie Kipner · Carlyn Krall · Peter Langenbach · Irene A. Lawson · Lujiang Li · Katie McCann · Alexis McKeown · Elspeth McLean · Julia McLeod · Cherine Mendoza · Kalen Meyer · Natasha Millard · Peter Moen · Crystal Moody · Atsuko Morita · Maria Motta · Nancy Mozelsio · LuLu Mypinkturtle · Monica Nares · Adela Navarrette · Son of the Moon · Laurina Paperina* · Jazmine Parra · Chiara Passigli · Vivian Patton · Myra Pervez · Karen Provost · Janice Quiles-Reyes · Laura Raboff · Carlos Rangel · Irene Raspollini · Bonnie Rathjen · Kat Reilly · Tijuana Rick · Barbara Rivera · Marlene Robbins · Pedro Rodriguez · Michael Rohde · Joshua Roman · Grant Rosen · Amanda Rosenblatt · Justin Russo · Susana Sanchez · Heidi Schmidt · Michael Scoggins · Racheal Scotland · Martin Segobia · Misty Segura-Bowers · Jennifer Shada · Pearl Lee Short · Alison Silva · Juan Solis · Melissa Stanley · Staci Sterenberg · Melissa Stone · Clare Szydlowski · Shannon Taylor · Marco Terenziani · Netsanet Tesfay · Cindy Thompson · Josh Thurman · Reveca Torres · Tiffanie Turner · Gina Tuzzi · Anna Valdez* · Martin Francisco Valenzuela · Carlos Villez ·Roberto Voorbij · Renfei Wang · Nancy Webber · Lin Wei · Mimi Williams · Lorena Williams · Angel Wynn

*Invitational Artists


Public Programs: 

Opening Reception & Frida Fest!

Sunday, July 8, 2-5pm

Special admission: $10 general, $5 youth (13-17), 12 & under free. Advanced tickets are not required, but recommended. Tickets available on Eventbrite. 

Join us for a celebration of all things Frida! Including a fashion show, Frida look-a-like contest, crafts, and an outdoor mercado.  Complimentary refreshments will be served thanks to generous support from JP Morgan Chase and Wente Vineyards.  

Tequila Tasting & Paint a Frida

Thursday, August 23, 6:30-9pm

Advanced ticket purchase required. 
Join us for a night of tequila tasting and a guided painting class. Everyone will go home with a colorful portrait of Frida!

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