Porterville College

Trio of Sculptors on display at Porterville College

The public is invited to see the exhibition “Three Sculptors” Nov. 3-21 at the PC Art Gallery. The show features the work of sculptors: Richard Arenas, Carol Clum, and Mike Perez. The public is also invited to the reception to meet the artists from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the PC Art Gallery.

Richard Arenas is from a Campesino family from Mexico, but was born and raised in Tulare, Calif. Having worked the fields throughout California, he feels strongly about social and economic rights for all. He believes in preserving the indigenous history and culture of all people through the arts.

“My personal goal is to immortalize the Campesino, the people of pre-Columbian Mexico, and indigenous people of the world,” Arenas said.

Arenas studied art at College of the Sequoias and California State University at Fresno where he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art. He has received many awards for his art and community involvement including the “Local Hero of the Year Award” from Valley Public Television and induction into the College of the Sequoias “Hall of Fame.”

His latest series of work is titled, “Maneras de Cosechar Uva.”

Arenas said, “The laborious nature of the work behind each piece reflects the very nature of the repetitive and back-breaking work of the farm laborer. Each sculpture is made up of dozens upon dozens of small hand cut pieces of leather, metal and wood, assembled into beautifully patterned figures.”

Carol Clum was born in Washington, D.C., graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in psychology and worked as a computer programmer for 13 years for the U.S. Navy. Clum wrote programs managing radio frequencies, tracking Russian nuclear submarines, and facilitating search and rescue missions. With her husband Pete, who had a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy, they lived in the Philippines for 2 years and outside Naples, Italy for 3 . years before they came to Three Rivers, California, and built their home 22 years ago.

Clum stated, “My entire life I’ve enjoyed looking at and creating art in pen and ink, pastels, embroidery, and quilting. When I discovered clay, I was hooked. All other media were abandoned. Later, I pursued found object art as well as clay sculpture. I love the search for costume jewelry, kitchen utensils, tools, electrical parts and machine parts and the process of selecting the right parts for each sculpture.” Clum continued, “Creating art is totally absorbing and satisfying. It sure beats commuting and working in an office cubicle 40 hours a week. I am my own boss and follow my artistic whims. Nature is a major inspiration for me.”

Michael Perez was born, first child of Guadalupe Mendoza Perez and Elizabeth Bridget Nueberger in Los Angeles, Calif. He has been involved in artistic pursuits from a very young age. His godmother, Shirley Elke, was a California western themed painter and started placing pastels in his hand when he was a toddler. As a result of his artistic passion and academic proficiency in high school, he was awarded a 4-year California State Scholarship, which allowed him to attend, and graduate from California College of Arts and Crafts with a B.F.A. in Printmaking, and Graphic Design.

In the mid 1980's, Perez was employed in the aerospace industry as a digital software illustrator for flight simulators, and during this period, became interested in sculpture. He particularly favored the cutting and welding of various metals, primarily steel, though he still works in other sculptural media, such as making rustic furniture using woods of the western Sierra Nevada or, as he says, “My 35-year love affair with telephone wire.” Perez’s artworks in the exhibition are made of steel that has been cut, forged and welded.

The show will run from Nov. 3-21. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The reception for the artists is Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5 – 7 p.m. Parking is unrestricted during the time of the reception. For other times, contact the front desk when you arrive to see the show for a free temporary parking permit.

The Porterville College Art Gallery is located on campus at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville. Please contact Jim Entz at 791-2257 with any questions.

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