EVENT: Porterville College Art Exhibition: The Art of Dixie Salazar:
“…And homeless, near a thousand homes I stood.” – William Wordsworth
DATES OF SHOW: March 5 – April 6, 2018
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: Friday, April 6th, 8-9 pm At the Porterville College Art Gallery
GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Thursday from 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The public is invited to see the art of Dixie Salazar at the Porterville College Art Gallery in her exhibition titled, “…And homeless, near a thousand homes I stood.” – William Wordsworth. The exhibition runs from March 5 – April 6, 2018. The public is also invited to the closing reception of her show, which is for Friday evening, April 6th, from 8 - 9 pm, after her poetry reading and talk in the Porterville College Theater from 7 – 8 pm that evening.
Dixie Salazar’s painted collages, photographs, and poetry at the Porterville College Art Gallery focus on the homeless. As Salazar says, “Nothing impedes the American dream more than the current explosion of homelessness. Ongoing trends to cut back on social services, affordable housing and other forms of public assistance have forced more and more people onto the streets.” She continues, “One of my goals as an activist, writer and artist is to re-humanize those who are reduced to cowering in the shadows. My work attempts to present visual reminders of humanity in the midst of chaos, to engage the public in dialogue about the homeless plight and maybe change perceptions along the way.”
Salazar describes her work as, “mostly figurative and expressive.” And goes on to say,
“Currently, I am excited about working with collage and have developed a process I call painted collage, using found images from scraps of newspapers, magazines, old scientific journals and my own photos, Xeroxed. After layers of collaged images and scraps are glued down, I try to create cohesion of design and theme by painting with acrylic, watercolors and oils on top. Sometimes other media such as charcoal, pastel or pencil are thrown in. This process is important because it in some ways mirrors the process the homeless use to build and beautify their living spaces, appropriating what is at hand and what works both visually and functionally. Some of the pieces are heavily symbolic and many use irony or humor to explore the ideas behind them.”
Dixie Salazar is a Central Valley artist and writer who has been working in a variety of mediums for the past forty years or more. Her work has been shown extensively in the Central Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and Merced, at the Merced Multi-cultural Art Museum in 2005 in a one person show, exploring her dual (Hispanic and Anglo) heritage. Other one person shows occurred at Arte Americas in Fresno (where she explored Mayan symbols and history, relating them to contemporary issues), Educational Employees Credit Union in Sacramento, and the Patterson Building in Fresno. Her most recent solo exhibit, “SUMMER 2017- FIRE AND WATER”, just occurred this February at Fig Tree Gallery in Fresno.
The show will run from March 5 – April 6, 2018. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. The reception is Friday evening, April 6th, from 8 - 9 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.