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Artist of the Month
The Kern River Valley Historical Society has been in operation for over 40 years. Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. To achieve these goals we have established the Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville next to the Post Office.
Home Museum Exhibits
Artist of the Month
Iva cross Fendrick is a fourth generation resident of Kern County...
of the Cross/Tilley Pioneers. Her mother, Vina Cross was one of the founders of the Bakersfield Art Association. Her work is in mainly watercolors with pen and ink,
 
Iva feels that we all have a need to reflect upon what gives us visual pleasure. “ When I see the soft shadows on the rolling hillsides, I long to capture that mood on paper for others to enjoy”.
At reception on Saturday 8th July 4-6Pm, Randy Fendrick, Iva’s husband will be giving a book signing of his recently printed book “The Other Music of Bakersfield”.
 
Do come to meet these two artist people and share their thoughts. 
 
History of Iva Cross Fendrick and her ancestors in the Kern River Valley, the Tilly and Cross families.
 
Great Grandfather…John Louis Tilly Married 1876 Jane Prewitt Booth, Lived in Glennville at Toll House Ranch. Cleo Rebecca their first child, (Iva’s Grandmother) The child May was Cleo stepsister John moved the family back to his ranch on Tilly Creek in Kernville, soon after twins were born, Carolyn and Cathryn. Iva always knew them as Aunt Carrie and Aunt Cassie.
 
The other side of her grandparents:
 
Joel Cross (Iva’s great grandfather) married Julia Whitsman , who came to California in 1846 as a child. Joel and Julia married, settled in the Glennville area. They had four children. Iva’s grandfather, John, was oldest of four, brother Adderton, sisters, Margaret Ann, and Elizabeth.
 
John Cross married Cleo Tilly Their children, Lewis, Raymond, Marvin , (Iva’s father), John Jr. (known as Uncle Jack to Iva) and Helen.