Fantasy Doll Maker Debbie Martin to Discuss Her Art

The Visalia Art League’s Artist Lecture series continues on Saturday, February 8, with a 3pm presentation by doll maker Debbie Martin at Arts Visalia, 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia. The artist will review her personal inspirations, references and subject matter, and demonstrate doll-constructing techniques. Martin’s website,, welcomes viewers to “Roo’s Fantasy Village,” a special […]

‘Eleanor and Park’ Not a Nice Book

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell, isn’t a nice book. It’s not supposed to be nice. As one of the protagonists, Park, would say, “It’s supposed to be art, and art isn’t supposed to be nice. It’s supposed to make you feel something.” The reason we feel something with this novel is due to Rowell’s […]

College of the Sequoias Awaits Accreditation Ruling with Optimism

About 11 months ago, on February 11, 2013, College of the Sequoias was notified that it was being placed on “show cause,” the highest sanction from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, for being significantly noncompliant in key areas required for full accreditation. The ACCJC never questioned the quality of education, the rigor […]