Porterville College

Mona Fox Selph Art Exhibition

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EVENT: Porterville College Art Exhibition: “Mona Fox Selph: The Storyteller's Art”

DATES OF SHOW: November 6 -30, 2017

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: Thursday, November 9th, 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 see the exhibition of the paintings, writings, and books of Mona Fox Selph. The exhibition runs from November 6 - 30, 2017. The public is also invited to the reception which is for Thursday evening, November 9th, from 5-7 pm.

Selph’s paintings are often dreamlike with symbolic elements woven into compelling stories. She describes how she came to this kind of work through her personal narrative: “I spent my childhood dreaming. My father was an army officer, and we moved often. Childhood friends were frequently made and lost, and there were periods of isolation in transit. I saw and heard things that most American children don’t experience — the rubble of towns and landscapes, and the destruction of lives in the aftermath of WW II in Europe. I carry the haunting memory of a visit to Dachau death camp.”

Selph goes on to say, “A life full of so many contrasts — so much beauty and adventure, and so much pain — tends to make one think a lot, and question everything. Perhaps it tends to make one a poet to some degree. I am who I am not only because of my DNA, but also because of my life experiences. I write when ideas, stories, and poems form in my mind and need expression. I paint for the pleasure of manipulating the elements of color, light or value, shape, line, and texture. Sometimes, though, my painting becomes narrative. I wander from the straight and broad highway of either/or, and get lost in the magical winding paths of narrative art. There I infuse the art elements with meaning — dreams, memories, and quests.”

Mona Fox Selph received a Masters Degree in Drawing and Painting from California State University Northridge in 1981. During her school years she worked part-time as an illustrator. After college she worked as a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. Among her many commissions was the painting of two large murals for the Yokuts Room of the Tulare County Museum at Mooney Grove. Selph taught for 18 years as an adjunct professor of art at College of the Sequoias. She also taught concurrently for Visalia’s Creative Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults, for the Tulare County Arts Council Artists in Schools Program, and for Three Rivers Union School, amongst other schools in her teaching career. Mona is now retired from teaching and works in a variety of media and genre.

The show will run from November 6- 30, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. The reception is Thursday evening, November 9th, from 5-7 pm.

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 (559)791-2257 with any questions.

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