Estella Calderon named Arts Council Menifee Artist of the Month  for May 2022

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Estella Calderon holds one of the many paintings that she has created and sells at the Menifee and Boutique, while explaining what inspires her artwork. Valley News/Victor Ortiz Jr. photo
Victor Ortiz Jr.Special to Valley NewsArts Council Menifee named Estella Calderon as May 2022 Artist of the Month in honor of her art, which has enriched Menifee’s artistic community, and for her helpful attitude and commitment to furthering visual arts in the community, which shows no sign of slowing down.As a child, Calderon expressed a keen interest in drawing images. As such, she would enter art contests seen in advertisements and was even offered an opportunity to attend an art school to sharpen her skills; however, she did not get the chance to progress until she reached adulthood.Her father, who she described as a stern Hispanic man, had mentioned to the young Calderon that art was a waste of time.“I never went to school for it (drawing and painting),” Cald
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