Porterville College

Porterville College Art Exhibition: “Drawings of Ellen Milinich”

Millinich artwork: "Portrait of Kristina"

The public is invited to see an exhibition of Drawings of Ellen Milinich at the Porterville College Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs from October 6 to October 23, 2014. The public is also invited to the artist lecture, which is on Monday, October 20th, from noon to 1pm in Room FA-103 of the Fine Arts Building.

Ellen Milinich’s brilliantly rendered charcoal portraits are a reflection of her ambitious goals for her works: for her intent, she says is “through interesting use of light, composition, and expression to demonstrate the sitter’s spiritual essence and when displayed give the viewer continual joy and delight.”

Milinich was a late bloomer in her art career, as she describes it: “Although I would periodically draw portraits, it wasn't until my children were grown that I had an "a-ha" moment and realized my talent was God-given, and that it was my purpose to pursue, strengthen and develop this talent…It has developed into a sustaining passion.”

Ellen Milinich has won numerous top awards with local venues and organizations such as Arts Visalia and Visalia Arts League. Her drawings are published in Magazines such as International Artist Magazine and American Artist Drawing Magazine. Her artwork is also published in two books Strokes of Genius—Best of Drawing: Fresh Perspectives and Art Journey: People (both are Northlight Books edited by Rachel Wolf).

Ellen Milinich now lives in Visalia, California but she grew up in Monterey, California, where her father taught art at the local community college and created "Little Man on Campus" cartoons. “Most of my artistic skills I attribute to being inherently created at birth.” She says, “In addition, I spent my childhood surrounded by art books and magazines, paint brushes, paints, and creative people. I have discovered my primary favorite media to be charcoal, my secondary, pastels.”

The light-filled drawings of Ellen Milinich are on exhibition from October 6 – 23rd at the Porterville College Art Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. Her lecture on her work is open to the public and is on Monday at noon, October 20th, in Room FA-103 of the Fine Arts Building.

Be sure to contact the front desk in the Administration Building for a free temporary parking permit when you arrive to visit the show or come to the lecture.

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