Porterville College

PC Library Features WWII Miniature and Monster Exhibits

Library lobby exhibit of over 80 models of P-51 Mustangs.

Porterville College invites the public to view special exhibits currently showing in the PC Library.

The newest exhibit in the college library lobby is Tom Howell’s “When Art Went to War.”  Tom, current adjunct and former fulltime PC art professor, has put on display his collection of over 80 models of WWII P-51 Mustang Fighters. Professor Howell knows the history of each uniquely decorated plane and its pilot. He can tell you stories about “The Enchantress, “Man O’ War,” Nooky Booky IV,” “Flying Undertaker” piloted by Fresno’s Maj. William Shomo and Maj. George Preddy, highest scoring P-51 WWII Ace who was killed by “friendly fire”.

You will get a glimpse of the extensive historical research Howell has done on these P-51 fighters if you read the narrative posted in the display case. He also gives exhibit viewers information about building the P-51 models. A copy of one of this multi-media artist’s books, Secrets:  Book 1 is also part of the display. Howell describes this book as a “Digital Combine” where he puts together images of his model P-51s, photography, drawing, sculpture, and art history icons.

If you don’t know what a monster looks like, fifty 2 to 5 year-olds in the PC Child Development Center (CDC) do.  The theme for the current CDC art display in the college library is, “Some days you just feel like there is a monster inside of you, children do too.”

MonstersInspired by the books they saw on display in the exhibit, paper, paint, eyeballs, puff balls, cutouts, and mostly by their own imaginations, the CDC monster menagerie was born.  When you view the collection, you might see “Stomper the Monster,” “Flower Monster,” “Power Ranger Monster,” and “Bumpy the Monster.”

The Library is open from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – noon on Fridays. Please visit the information desk in the Academic Center for a parking pass prior to visiting the exhibits. Porterville College is located at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville.

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