Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Bernie Herman, Executive Director/CEO of the Bakersfield Museum of Art (BMOA), works hard to give community members the chance to visit world-class art exhibits, which can enhance their lives and cleanse their souls.
|Bernie and his wife, Joan|
"I have the opportunity to work with great people – a talented staff. I enjoy meeting the visitors to the museum and learning about them," he says.
The only accredited fine arts museum between Fresno and Los Angeles, BMOA has become a place to showcase art from all over the world. With three main galleries, plus a collector's gallery, and a permanent gallery, the museum offers a variety of art to satisfy all different types of art enthusiasts.
Bernie understands the importance of education, and he wants to give as many students as possible a chance to learn more about art. BMOA's Art Smart program offers a hands-on enrichment program that takes fine arts to 32 schools throughout Kern County. Another educational program sponsored by BMOA is Art Works, an honorary work-study program for high school juniors and seniors that
|"Art teaches children and adults how to think creatively, which is exceptionally helpful in any kind of business, and any walk of life."|
focuses on developing and enhancing artistic skills.
"Art teaches children and adults how to think creatively, which is exceptionally helpful in any kind of business, and any walk of life," Bernie says. "Art also builds self esteem for kids."
Although not an artist, Bernie has a true appreciation for art and those who create it. He finds his creative outlets on the management side – fundraising, finance. "I am creative in a different sense," he says. "It is great to work with very creative people."
His creativity and community service will be recognized on September 4 as he receives the prestigious 2007 John Brock Community Service Award conferred by California State University Bakersfield. "With the number of outstanding individuals who have received this award in the past, I am honored to become part of this fraternity," he says.
A founding member of Vision 2020, Bernie cares about the Greater Bakersfield area's future. Vision 2020 facilitates a spirit of collaboration for the community's image, quality of life, education, and more. He also sits on the boards for the Downtown Business Association, Klassen Corpor-ation, and Bakersfield Adult School Advisory Board. And some nights, you can find him teaching leadership and business ethics courses at the University of LaVerne.
Married to his wife, Joan, for 35 years, they raised two daughters, Marin and Lauren. Joan is the lead counselor at Foothill High School, and has a passion for education. Marin works in human resources and Lauren teaches fourth-grade. "I am proud of all the ladies in my life – they are terrific," he says.
While raising their daughters, Bernie and Joan did not focus on materialistic things, but rather gave them life experiences. The family traveled abroad to many countries and toured much of the United States including Alaska. "We never gave them things, we gave them opportunities – the gifts of travel and education," he says.
For more information about the museum, visit www.bmoa.org or call 323-7219.
Brownie Mix (enough for 9x13" pan)
2 2.8 oz. boxes of chocolate mousse mix
6 1.4 oz. Heath candy bars, crushed
12 oz. Cool Whip
Bake brownies and cool. Prepare chocolate mousse mix according to the package directions but do not chill. Crumble the brownies and place half in the bottom of a trifle dish or deep bowl. Top with half the mousse, half of the crushed Heath Bars, and half of the Cool Whip. Repeat the layers. Garnish with chocolate curls or some Heath bits if desired. Chill 8 hrs.