Porterville- Don’t miss photographer Matt Black's latest collection on the drought titled "Rural California’s Year of Dust”, showing Sept. 9 – 25 at the Porterville College Art Gallery. Black has traveled the length and breadth of the southern Central Valley this year to photograph the impact of the drought on its small communities and farm fields.
“I’ve striven to document the region's most vulnerable towns and people as they’ve been caught up in this historic drought: farmers without crops to raise, and families living without water at home,” Black said. “As California faces ever-increasing demand for water and ever-decreasing supplies, it has become imperative to not ‘lose all memory of the dry years’ but to build up against such calamities by paying particular attention to those whose lives and livelihoods depend on water, our most precious natural resource”
The show will run Sept. 9 – 25 at the Porterville College Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a
C.H.A.P. sponsored presentation by Richard Goode, Porterville College Professor of Geology, on “Drought? What Drought? Understanding the Roots of California's Water Crises” on Friday, Sept. 12 from 7-8 p.m. at the Porterville College Theater with a reception immediately following from 8-9
p.m. at the Porterville College Art Gallery.
“Over the past nine months, while photographing the Valley’s fallowed fields, dry canals, and hard- hit towns, I’ve also sought to have this work fill another need: to build understanding, a sense of community, and belief in common destiny,” Black said.
Matt Black is a photographer living in Exeter, California. His work appears regularly in national and international publications. His long-term coverage of the Central Valley was recently profiled by National Geographic. This month, an exhibition of his work opens at Anastasia Photo, a gallery of contemporary documentary photography in New York.
Parking is unrestricted during the time of the lecture and reception. For other times, contact the front desk when you arrive to visit the exhibition for a free temporary parking permit.
The Porterville College Art Gallery is located on campus at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville. Please contact Matt Black at 786-5718 or Jim Entz at 791-2257 with any questions. For more information email email@example.com or visit www.mattblack.com.