Porterville College







DATES OF SHOW: March 6 – March 23, 2017


RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: Tuesday, March 7th, 5 – 7 pm

at the Porterville College Art Gallery


GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Thursday from 12 – 2 pm and 4 -6 pm





The public is invited to the Porterville College Art Gallery to see the artwork of Joy Harvey, a local artist who works out of Springville. The exhibition runs from March 6 – March 23, 2017. The public is also invited to a reception for the artist, which will be held on Tuesday evening, March 7th, from 5-7 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Joy Harvey grew up in Bakersfield, California, and later graduated from Mills College with a BA in English Literature. While in college, she became fascinated with Chinese Art and Chinese Art History. Living for a time in San Diego, Harvey continued her studies with Chinese teachers at the University of California San Diego and at workshops throughout the state of California. Deciding to go to the source, she started attending art school in China where master painters encouraged her to further explore the basis of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy.

Harvey has studied the philosophy, calligraphy, and painting of the art known as Chinese Brush Painting for 40 years. In the process, she has completed eighteen certificated art courses at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China. She paints the traditional subjects of the Four Gentlemen (plum, pine, orchid, and chrysanthemum), flower and bird, people, and landscapes. She paints animals mainly for her own pleasure, trying to find their “spirit” and personality in ink. Harvey loves Chinese calligraphy for its history, discipline, and structure.

Joy Harvey is past president of the Arts Council of Tulare County, past president of the Porterville Art Association, a member of the Society of Western Artists, the Tulare Palette Club, the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting, the Sumi-e Society, and Past President of the San Diego Chinese Brush Painting Society. She teaches in her studio in Springville, at Arts Visalia in Visalia, at Vision Academy of the Arts in Oakhurst, at Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo), and at workshops throughout California.

Blending the perspective of a westerner with the uniqueness of Eastern philosophy has brought her to the following artistic statement:

“I believe that art reflects life, and whether one is painting a leaf, a flower, a tree, or the whole forest, the universal language of art bridges cultures, and allows all of us to communicate without translators.”

The show will run from March 6th to March 23rd. The reception for the artists is on Tuesday, February 7th, from 5 – 7pm.


Parking is unrestricted during the time of the reception. For other times, contact the front desk when you arrive to visit the show for a free temporary parking permit.


Please contact Jim Entz at 791-2257 with any questions.




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