Benny Alba Exhibit ‘Dusk and Blue Horizons’ opens January 15

Maturango Museum

Large-scale oil and pastel paintings in the Coso Room

January 15 through mid-April.

There will be an Opening Reception (limited seating) on Saturday January 15 at 2pm. Benny will present her talk “Art Survives Everything”.

As I drive across the USA delivering shows, high desert storms capture my attention. I look at roads like runways -- with a view of taking off into the skies and a promise of the future. Perhaps because I come from a family of pilots, I have a special awareness of weather different from many. As a lover of nature they fascinate me. I think of my art as bridging humans with nature.

As a child at the family cottage on the edge of a lake I saw storms from the edge of a lake bordering Lake Michigan. One night while Dad was away, a huge thunder and rainstorm circled in the bowl of our lake. Mother must have told him of my fright -- though I think she felt the same way and for sure our dog was terrified. The next night storm he woke me up and took me, shivering, to see what is beautiful about storms. The water showed white crests and leaden colored choppy waves while the low clouds seemed about to touch my hair. Only my great love and trust kept me holding his hand. My heartbeat slowed. I began to watch the lightning bolts and flashes. Ever since, I’ve seen storms as entertainment, though to be avoided when in flight.

Come in to see a bit of refreshing water as I know your skies are not cloudy all day, all week, and all month. A little change of scenery is what I offer. Some are dusk scenes, some are snow, and some are a few puffy clouds in a blue sky.

Maturango Field Trip

Hanning Flat Preserve

March 12

Barbara Bane, Maturango Archeology Curator

Join Maturango Museum for a half day guided field trip to Hanning Flat Preserve with the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation (KRVHF) on March 12, 2022 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Hanning Flat Preserve is the newest acquisition of the Foundation, consisting of 3,800 acres of former ranch land on the north shore of Lake Isabella. Part of the traditional homeland of the Tubatalabal Tribe of Kern River, the land is rich in cultural resources. The Foundation has begun a process of wildlife habitat enhancement and natural resource protection and restoration, including plantings and spring restoration.

With luck, our visit will see seasonal greenery and wildflowers in the valley and surrounding hills!

Activities will include KRVHF naturalist and cultural resources speakers, with short hikes/drives to several interesting locations (prehistoric bedrock mortars, Bootlegger Spring, historic ranching, and hillside/spring site ecology) around the Preserve. A porta-pottie will be provided on site. The road into the site is a well graded dirt road; high clearance vehicles are recommended but not required.

We will meet at 9 am at the property gate located on the north side of Sierra Way, approximately 4 miles from Weldon CA.

Trip cost is $30 and includes a donation to KRVHF.

Sign-ups and payment on the Maturango Museum website, or come in to the Maturango Gift Shop for in-person payment. For either option, please leave an email address where trip information and necessary liability waivers can be sent to you to bring on day of the field trip.

Story First Published: 2022-01-07