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CLAREMONT ANNUAL ART SHOWCASE

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For Immediate Release
July 20, 2016
Contact: Aurelia Brogan, Arts Coordinator
(909) 399-5490

Claremont, CA – The City of Claremont Human Services Department will host the Second Annual Claremont Art Showcase from September 7, 2016 through November 28, 2016 at the Alexander Hughes Community Center. The exhibit will feature works by local artists Carol Abbe, Johnnie Chatman, Sumi Foley, Mary Hughes, Aleta Jacobson, Kenneth Johnson, Jacqueline Legazcue, Kathleen McCall, Rosamar McMillan, Paul Kittlaus, Jacqueline Knell, Jerry Owens, Elizabeth Preston, Mervyn Seldon, Anne Seltzer, Wendy Smith, and Jane Park Wells.

A variety of 2-dimensional works will be on display, including a temporary mural which will be painted by Jerry Owens for the exhibit. A reception for the artists will be held at the Alexander Hughes Community Center on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 5-7pm. The Alexander Hughes Center is located at 1700 Danbury Road in Claremont. The center is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This exhibition is presented by the City of Claremont in conjunction with the Public Art Committee, the Claremont Museum of Art, and Claremont Graduate University Art Business/Art Management Public Art Program. For further information about the exhibit or the reception contact Aurelia Brogan at abrogan@ci.claremont.ca.us or (909) 399-5490, or visit the city website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.

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StART It Up with ART in the Park

Vista del Valle elementary students create a mural on a Project ARTstART visit to the Pomona College Museum of Art in February.

Vista del Valle elementary students create a mural on a Project ARTstART visit to the Pomona College Museum of Art in February.

Claremont, Calif. (May 10, 2016) Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program, trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. The program brings high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history. For the fifth consecutive year, the high school students of Project ARTstART will curate ARTstART: StART It Up, an overview exhibition that includes works on paper, collage, sculptures, and laminated paintings from each of the art units presented to 4-6 th grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. In addition, this year’s StART It Up will highlight project samples from various AfterARTs sessions, and the ARTstART: By the Book library programs.

As part of this year’s exhibition, ARTstARTers will host art-making activities for visitors of all ages at ART in the Park on Friday afternoon May 27 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Memorial Park at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

ART in the Park

What: Project ARTstART high school students will lead art-making activities for all ages. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center.
When: Friday May 27, from 3:30-5 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

Project ARTstART is completing its fifth year under the direction of Rich Deely, Project Director. During the 2015-16 school year, 60 high school ARTstART students taught multi visit exhibit based art lessons to 920 upper grade students from Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. Activities to date have included exhibition visits, field trips and classroom art-making. In addition, ARTstARTers served approximately 125 students a month with our AfterARTs Series of art-making workshops for students enrolled in CUSD Aftercare and over 300 people for the ARTstART: By the Book Series at the Claremont branch of the LA County Public Library.

Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD); and serves students from six participating schools — Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle Elementary Schools and Claremont High School; and funded by generous donations from the LA County Arts Commission; The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts; the Claremont Community Foundation (CCF); the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF); funds from the City of Claremont Community-Based Organization (CBO); The City of Claremont Teen Council; Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation; and two CMA member major donors.

For more information on Project ARTstART, visit the Project ARTstART page.
For photos of ARTstART in action go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/claremontmuseum/albums/72157666311764465

Photo Opportunity: ARTstARTers will be installing the 2016 StART It Up exhibition on Friday, May 20 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Please contact Rich Deely, 914 330-1740, for further details.

Museum Finds a Home at the Claremont Depot (updated)

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After a great deal of planning, collaboration and high hopes, the Claremont Museum of Art has signed a lease with the City for the Claremont Depot to serve as CMA’s permanent home. The beautifully restored Depot, an iconic building in the Village, has been under-utilized for 25 years despite numerous efforts to find the right tenant. This facility offers the perfect setting to showcase the exceptional works of our Claremont artists, past, present and future, as well as opportunities on the lawn for ARTstART activities, art classes for children and adults, and other art-related events and programs.

We are extremely grateful to City Manager Tony Ramos, Mayor Corey Calaycay, and the City Council for their enthusiastic support of CMA and our shared vision of Claremont as a popular arts destination in Southern California.

Now the real work begins as CMA undertakes the renovation of the interior of the historic facility to bring it up to the standards of the elegant exterior. The work will be done in two phases to allow CMA to move into the Depot as soon as possible and make it a vibrant addition to the community. Phase I will involve the renovation of the current Foothill Transit ticket office and the atrium lobby into exhibit space.

Phase II involves the two most eastern rooms in the facility, which will take considerably more time and resources, and will not begin until 2017. CMA, a totally volunteer-run organization, is responsible for raising the funds necessary for Phase I of the remodeling to begin in late February.

CMA’s Claremont Depot Advisory Committee has retained local architect John Bohn, AIA LEED AP, who has experience in museum architecture and is an architectural instructor at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, to work with them in developing a vision for the museum in the Claremont Depot.

We reach out to you, our members and supporters, to join us in this exciting endeavor. Your gift to the Depot Renovation Fund will help us begin Phase I of the Depot renovation. Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized publicly at our grand opening exhibition. Send your check to the Claremont Museum of Art, PO Box 1136, Claremont, CA 91711. Be sure to mark it “Depot” in the memo.

Claremont Museum of Art Finds a Home at the Depot

Claremont, Calif. (December 9, 2015) – We are pleased to announce that Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) has entered into a lease agreement with the City of Claremont for the adaptive reuse of the Claremont Depot as a small art museum. The proposal was approved by Claremont City Council with a unanimous vote on Tuesday evening. This iconic building in the center of the Claremont Village was partially restored in 1990 but has remained unoccupied, except for a Transit Center and a bike storage facility. Funded by a state grant, the City will initiate necessary basic tenant improvements to the structure, while CMA will be responsible for all museum enhancements, which will be funded by a major capital campaign.

With plans to start small and grow gradually, the museum will showcase the work of Claremont area artists, past, present and future. It will serve as a centerpiece for the arts community and contribute to Claremont’s increasing status as an art destination. The recently completed Public Art Master Plan “is dedicated to Claremont’s vibrant arts community. It is intended to build on Claremont’s significant artistic legacy and to appreciate, nurture, and celebrate the long-held civic pride for its artists.” The Claremont Museum of Art will serve an essential role in this mission. See the attached CMA proposal with accompanying architectural renderings and initial plans. Go to www.claremontmuseum.org for more information about the museum, its history and current programs.For questions and comments, you may contact Sandy Baldonado, President of the Claremont Museum of Art Board of Directors at (951) 203-5397.

Claremont’s Rich Artistic Legacy

Art is an enduring part of Claremont’s history and heritage. Known throughout the country as an “art mecca” in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, Claremont remains an important center of artistic activity. Claremont artists are integral to the cultural fabric of the City, having contributed to its unique identity and personality for more than 70 years. Centered by the Colleges, Claremont emerged as an important art community in the years following World War II. The recently produced film Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-75 reinforced our awareness of the significance of our artistic heritage, a heritage worthy of preservation and presentation to future generations.

Claremont continues to have an active community of artists. Although many artists have homes and studios in neighboring towns, Claremont serves as a hub for area artists in large part because of the presence and reputation of The Claremont Colleges. In the tradition of their predecessors, local artists continue to impact the quality of the social and built environments. Part of the charm of this town is to walk through the Village hearing talk of kiln firings or seeing the latest mural project emerge. Local galleries fill with visitors at the monthly Art Walk and the Colleges bring exhibitions, lectures and art events to our community. Art happens here.

About the Museum

The Claremont Museum of Art was created to celebrate our community’s rich artistic legacy and to promote the cultural vitality of the region. With high hopes, the museum was incorporated in 2004 and was located in the Packing House for two years. Since 2010, the museum has successfully operated as a “museum without walls.” With nearly 300 members, the volunteer organization continues to hold numerous events and programs. CMA has presented ten exhibitions in borrowed spaces, including Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses currently on display at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The Padua Hills Art Fiesta has become a popular annual event and studio tours have opened dozens of artists’ studios to the public. Funds raised have supported Project ARTstART, an art education program now in its fifth year serving Claremont schools.

The museum currently holds a significant art collection in storage. With a permanent exhibition space, CMA expects to expand the collection to truly represent the artistic legacy of Claremont. CMA’s Claremont Depot Advisory Committee has retained local architect John Bohn, AIA LEED AP, who has experience in museum architecture and is an architectural instructor at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, to work with them in developing a vision for the museum in the Claremont Depot.

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MILLARD SHEETS: Hills and Horses

Millard Sheets, Detail from Horses at Play, lithograph, c.1985Sunday, November 1 at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta
Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Art Fiesta tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for CMA members. Children under 18 are free.

November 4 – February 28, 2016 at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Exhibition is open Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Garden admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children and free for CMA and RSABG members.

Inspired by a lifelong love of horses and the landscape surrounding his Padua Hills home, artist Millard Sheets depicted a familiar way of life. The exhibition Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses, curated by his son Tony Sheets, will include paintings, drawings and lithographs from the years that he lived in Padua Hills in the 1940s-60s and beyond. The exhibition is sponsored by Claremont Eye Associates, Maria (Zornes) and Hal Baker, Tony and Flower Sheets, and by Tom & Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle.

Millard came to Claremont in 1930 to develop the fledgling art department at Scripps College and form the Graduate art program. Under his leadership, Claremont became a significant artistic center. Wanting to raise his children in the country, he purchased ten acres in the Padua Hills where so many of his artist friends lived.

As his daughter Carolyn Owen-Towle recalls in her book Damgorgeous, “Millard promptly built an enormous barn to house his thirteen horses. He built a small corral and a large paddock with an eighth mile track around it. In those days he was racing trotters at the County Fair. In 1941, just before the war began to escalate rapidly, Mary and Millard broke ground for their dream home on the hilltop of their property. Millard designed a rammed-earth dwelling with split levels, a fourteen foot flat-roofed ceiling, and floor to ceiling windows in the living room. The house had an intimate, commanding view of the San Gabriel Mountains.”

Throughout a long and prolific career, Millard Sheets was at once a painter, a muralist, an architectural designer, a teacher and art administrator, an entrepreneur, and an inspired cheerleader who tirelessly preached the importance of art in daily life. Handsome and energetic, daring and resourceful, he was a passionate ambassador for the arts.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in 1907 on a ranch in Pomona, Millard Sheets showed early promise as an artist and attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. There he became accomplished in many media – painting, printmaking, mural painting and architectural design. An early trip to Europe introduced him to German Expressionism and Turner’s watercolors. His interest in Regionalism produced paintings of rural California as well as scenes of Los Angeles in the Depression. In 1930 he arrived to develop the fledgling art department at Scripps College and form the Graduate art program. Under his leadership, Claremont became a significant artistic center. He built his house in the Padua Hills where so many of his artist friends lived.

The war years saw him designing flight-training schools and working as an artist-correspondent for Life magazine where he painted many scenes of India and Burma. After the war he returned to Scripps and the Claremont Graduate School to mentor returning GIs in their art careers. Many of these young men and women were drawn to the Abstract Expressionism and while it was not Sheet’s preferred style he encouraged them. Sheets was put in charge of the Fine Arts program at the L.A. County Fair in the early fifties and his students were put to work preparing the galleries and often being shown there. In 1953 Sheet’s became the director of the new Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles but he maintained his studio in Claremont. Here he designed many of the Home Federal Savings Banks with their stunning mosaic murals and worked with many architects on other projects. He retired to northern California where he died in 1989.

Padua Hills Art Fiesta to Feature Millard Sheets Film

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The Claremont Museum of Art will host the 12th Annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 1 with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, music and more. The recently produced film Design for Modern Living will be shown throughout the day and an exhibition will feature paintings by one of California’s most recognized artists, Millard Sheets. More information is available at www.claremontmuseum.org.

Some local residents still recall the popular Padua Hills Art Fiesta held through the 1950s. Since 2011, the Claremont Museum of Art has continued the tradition with area artists showing their work under the shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre.

  • Sunday, November 1, 11am to 4pm at the Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for CMA members. Children under 18 are free.
  • Twenty five area artists will display and sell their paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles and jewelry. Area art organizations will provide art and craft demonstrations.
  • The new documentary film Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975 will be shown at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm.
  • A Claremont Museum of Art exhibition, Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses will show how a love of horses inspired the artwork of Padua Hills’ artist Millard Sheets in the 1940–60s.
  • ARTstART students will lead children in creative Art Activities. A Music Stage will feature local performers. Festive foods will be served with traditional Jamaica punch and fresh lemonade.

First held in 1953, the Padua Hills Art Fiesta was organized by local artists to bring art into the community. The studio art movement that flourished here in the 1950s centered on the use of natural materials and traditional sensibilities – watercolor, pottery, woodworking, sculpture in stone, bronze and ceramic, mosaic, textiles as well as painting. Visitors came from miles around to meet the artists and watch “art in action” at the popular festival. Today the tradition continues with a new generation of artists sharing their talents.

THE ART SALE

The outdoor art show will feature twenty-five area artists showing their work under a grove of shady olive trees. New artwork this year will include paintings by Rebecca Hamm, mixed media by Sumi Foley, ceramics by Gaby Tepper and the AMOCA Ceramic Studio artists, wood turning by David Holzberger, jewelry by Jay Simmons.

And you will find many favorite returning Claremont artists: Paul Brayton, Gina Lawson Egan, Kathryn Herrman, Mike Hill, Aleta Jacobson, Andrée Mahoney, Marciano Martinez, Sherry Marger, Kathleen McCall, Maureen Wheeler, Jerry Owens, Kazumi Kabayashi Svenson, Barry Vantiger, Ahlene Welsh, Jan Wheatcroft and Susan Zenger.

THE FILM

Millard Sheets in his Padua Hills studio in the early 1950s. Photo for Life Magazine from Sheets Family Archive.

Millard Sheets in his Padua Hills studio in the early 1950s. Photo for Life Magazine from Sheets Family Archive.

Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975

Two years in the making, the one-hour documentary film Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975, produced by Paul Bockhorst in partnership with the Claremont Museum of Art, tells the story of the remarkable artistic community that took root at Scripps College and made Claremont an important center of Mid-20th Century Modern design.

The film provides a vivid and illuminating account of the important art community that emerged in Claremont in the years following World War II under the leadership of Millard Sheets, with profiles of nearly two dozen artists and craftspersons.

In the years following World War II, the community of Claremont in Southern California emerged as an important center for the visual arts, due in large measure to the inspired efforts of the artist and educator Millard Sheets. In Claremont, painters, sculptors, ceramists, enamel and mosaic artists, woodworkers and fiber artists devoted themselves to their creative pursuits with great imagination and energy, creating works that express the spirit of Postwar Modernism in California.

In the film, artists who were active in Claremont in the postwar period share their memories of the time and place. They include Betty Davenport Ford, John Svenson, James Strombotne, Paul Darrow, Harrison McIntosh, Barbara Beretich, and Martha Longenecker. Other artists featured in the documentary include William Manker, Jean and Arthur Ames, Albert Stewart, Henry Lee McFee, Phil Dike, Milford Zornes, James Hueter, Jack Zajac, Karl Benjamin, Roger Kuntz, Rupert Deese, Susan Hertel, and Sam Maloof.

The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Bockhorst, in cooperation with the Claremont Museum of Art. A veteran writer, producer, and director, Bockhorst has produced dozens of programs that have appeared on PBS, NBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, and the Disney Channel. He recently received an Honorary AIA Award for his documentaries on art and architecture.

Principal funding for Design for Modern Living was provided by The Ahmanson Foundation and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, The Windgate Charitable Foundation, Gerald and Bente Buck, E. Gene Crain, Marguerite and Harrison McIntosh, Tom & Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle, and the Family of Helen Bockhorst. Additional support was provided by the Historical Collections Council of California, Peter and Gail Ochs, Robert and Nadine Hall, Jim and Perry Jamieson, Beverly Maloof, the Family of Karl Benjamin, and Betty Davenport Ford and Harold Ford.

THE EXHIBITION

MILLARD SHEETS: Hills and Horses

Millard Sheets, Detail from Horses at Play, lithograph, c.1985Inspired by a lifelong love of horses and the landscape surrounding his Padua Hills home, artist Millard Sheets depicted a familiar way of life. The exhibition Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses, curated by his son Tony Sheets, will include paintings, drawings and lithographs from the years that he lived in Padua Hills in the 1940s-60s and beyond.

Following the Art Fiesta, the exhibition will be on display at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden through February 28, 2016. The exhibition is sponsored by Claremont Eye Associates, Maria (Zornes) and Hal Baker, Tony and Flower Sheets, and by Tom & Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle.

Millard came to Claremont in 1930 to develop the fledgling art department at Scripps College and form the Graduate art program. Under his leadership, Claremont became a significant artistic center. Wanting to raise his children in the country, he purchased ten acres in the Padua Hills where so many of his artist friends lived.

As his daughter Carolyn Owen-Towle recalls in her book Damgorgeous, “Millard promptly built an enormous barn to house his thirteen horses. He built a small corral and a large paddock with an eighth mile track around it. In those days he was racing trotters at the County Fair. In 1941, just before the war began to escalate rapidly, Mary and Millard broke ground for their dream home on the hilltop of their property. Millard designed a rammed-earth dwelling with split levels, a fourteen foot flat-roofed ceiling, and floor to ceiling windows in the living room. The house had an intimate, commanding view of the San Gabriel Mountains.”

Throughout a long and prolific career, Millard Sheets was at once a painter, a muralist, an architectural designer, a teacher and art administrator, an entrepreneur, and an inspired cheerleader who tirelessly preached the importance of art in daily life. Handsome and energetic, daring and resourceful, he was a passionate ambassador for the arts.

Download a PDF of this press release.

Claremont Art Showcase

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Claremont First Annual Art Showcase

The Claremont Art Showcase is now on view through November 16 at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The exhibit features works by local artists Opoku Acheampong, Sandy Garcia, Kenneth Johnson, Jerry Owens, Mervyn Seldon, Tom Skelly, Wendy Smith, Jeanne Steffan and Guan Zhi.

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A variety of two dimensional works will be on display, including a temporary mural painted in the entertainment lounge of the Hughes Center by Sandy Garcia and Arlene Moreno. The exhibition is sponsored by the City of Claremont Human Services Department in conjunction with the Claremont Museum of Art and Claremont Graduate University Art Business/Art Management Public Art program. For more information about the exhibit or the artists’ reception, please call (909) 399-5490.

View the photos of the Showcase opening.

 

Claremont Museum of Art Fall Gala 2015

All Aboard for Art

Saturday, September 26, 5:30 p.m. at the Claremont Depot

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Maureen Wheeler, Claremont Depot, c.2011, linocut

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Please join fellow art lovers, artists, patrons and collectors on Saturday, September 26, beginning at 5:30 pm, for our fourth Fall Gala, All Aboard for Art.

Against the stunning backdrop of the historic Claremont Depot, we will dine al fresco on a sumptuous dinner by Chef Henry Gonzalez of Spaggi’s, accompanied by music from the Jazz Doctors. The event, benefiting the Claremont Museum of Art education programs, will include a silent and live auction of unique art objects by Jean Ames, Karl Benjamin, Lucette Bourdin, Tom Herberg, Joella Mahoney, Harrison McIntosh, James Strombotne, Chris Toovey, Maureen Wheeler and Milford Zornes as well as art related activities. And get ready to capture your most creative poses in our photo booth, open all evening.

Gala tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. To request an invitation, please contact Marilyn Ray at marilynray348@gmail.com or call 909-917-6511. Not a current member? Click here to join or renew now to save on Gala tickets.

This will truly be a wonderful event, thanks to the many gala supporters including Sandra Baldonado, Barbara Brown, Peggy A. Carlson of Wealthcare Capital Management, the City of Claremont, Jill Fulton, Gould Asset Management, Marguerite and Harrison McIntosh, Dr. Janet Myhre, Marilyn Ray, Chef Henry of Spaggi’s, Georgette and Joseph Unis, Mary and Fritz Weis, and David and Ahlene Welsh.

Please consider becoming an event sponsor, as well as attending our fun evening. Your sponsorship gift will assist the Museum in funding its art education programs in the Claremont schools, and provide events and activities for art enthusiasts of all ages.

See you at the Depot!

Padua Hills Art Fiesta to Feature Millard Sheets Film

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Claremont, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – The Claremont Museum of Art will host the 12th Annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 1 with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, music and more. The recently produced film Design for Modern Living will be shown throughout the day and an exhibition will feature paintings by one of California’s most recognized artists, Millard Sheets.

Some local residents still recall the popular Padua Hills Art Fiesta held through the 1950s. Since 2011, the Claremont Museum of Art has continued the tradition with Claremont area artists showing their work under the shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre.

  • Sunday, November 1, 11 am to 4 pm at the Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for CMA members. Children under 18 are free.
  • Twenty five area artists will display and sell their paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles and jewelry. Area art organizations will provide art and craft demonstrations.
  • A Claremont Museum of Art exhibition, Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses will show how a love of horses inspired the artwork of Padua Hills artist Millard Sheets in the 1940–60s.
  • The new documentary film Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975 will be shown throughout the day.
  • ARTstART students will lead children in creative Art Activities. A Music Stage will feature local performers. Festive foods will be served with traditional Jamaica punch and fresh lemonade.

First held in 1953, the Padua Hills Art Fiesta was organized by local artists to bring art into the community. The studio art movement that flourished here in the 1950s centered on the use of natural materials and traditional sensibilities – watercolor, pottery, woodworking, sculpture in stone, bronze and ceramic, mosaic, textiles as well as painting. Visitors came from miles around to meet the artists and watch “art in action” at the popular festival. Today the tradition continues with a new generation of artists sharing their talents.

THE ART SALE

The outdoor art show will feature twenty-five area artists showing their work under a grove of shady olive trees. New artwork this year will include paintings by Rebecca Hamm and Guan Zhi, mixed media by Sumi Foley, ceramics by Gaby Tepper and AMOCA Ceramic Studio artists, wood turning by David Holzberger, and jewelry by Jay Simmons.

Favorite returning Claremont artists will include Paul Brayton, Gina Lawson Egan, Kathryn Herrman, Mike Hill, Aleta Jacobson, Carolyn Lee, Andree Mahoney, Sherry Marger, Kathleen McCall, Maureen Wheeler, Jerry Owens, Kazumi Kabayashi Svenson, Barry Vantiger, Ahlene Welsh, Jan Wheatcroft and Susan Zenger.

THE EXHIBITION
MILLARD SHEETS: Hills and Horses

The exhibition Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses will feature paintings, drawings and lithographs from the years that Sheets lived and worked in Padua Hills in the 1940s-60s. Born in 1907 on a ranch in Pomona, Millard Sheets showed early promise as an artist and attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. There he became accomplished in many media – painting, printmaking, mural painting and architectural design. An early trip to Europe introduced him to German Expressionism and Turner’s watercolors. His interest in Regionalism produced paintings of rural California as well as scenes of Los Angeles in the Depression. In 1930 he arrived to develop the fledgling art department at Scripps College and form the Graduate art program. Under his leadership, Claremont became a significant artistic center. He built his house in the Padua Hills where so many of his artist friends lived.

The war years saw him designing flight-training schools and working as an artist-correspondent for Life magazine where he painted many scenes of India and Burma. After the war he returned to Scripps and the Claremont Graduate School to mentor returning GIs in their art careers. Many of these young men and women were drawn to the Abstract Expressionism and while it was not Sheet’s preferred style he encouraged them. Sheets was put in charge of the Fine Arts program at the L.A. County Fair in the early fifties and his students were put to work preparing the galleries and often being shown there. In 1953 Sheet’s became the director of the new Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles but he maintained his studio in Claremont. Here he designed many of the Home Federal Savings Banks with their stunning mosaic murals and worked with many architects on other projects. He retired to northern California where he died in 1989.

THE FILM

Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975

Millard Sheets in his Padua Hills studio in the early 1950s. Photo for Life Magazine from Sheets Family Archive.

Millard Sheets in his Padua Hills studio in the early 1950s. Photo for Life Magazine from Sheets Family Archive.

Two years in the making, the one-hour documentary film Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975, produced by Paul Bockhorst in partnership with the Claremont Museum of Art, tells the story of the remarkable artistic community that took root at Scripps College and made Claremont an important center of Mid-20th Century Modern design.
The film provides a vivid and illuminating account of the important art community that emerged in Claremont in the years following World War II under the leadership of Millard Sheets, with profiles of nearly two dozen artists and craftspersons. In the years following World War II, the community of Claremont in Southern California emerged as an important center for the visual arts, due in large measure to the inspired efforts of the artist and educator Millard Sheets. In Claremont, painters, sculptors, ceramists, enamel and mosaic artists, woodworkers and fiber artists devoted themselves to their creative pursuits with great imagination and energy, creating works that express the spirit of Postwar Modernism in California.

In the film, artists who were active in Claremont in the postwar period share their memories of the time and place. They include Betty Davenport Ford, John Svenson, James Strombotne, Paul Darrow, Harrison McIntosh, Barbara Beretich, and Martha Longenecker. Other artists featured in the documentary include William Manker, Jean and Arthur Ames, Albert Stewart, Henry Lee McFee, Phil Dike, Milford Zornes, James Hueter, Jack Zajac, Karl Benjamin, Roger Kuntz, Rupert Deese, Susan Hertel, and Sam Maloof. Additional insights are provided by Tony Sheets, Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle, Christy Johnson, Harold Nelson, James Elliot-Bishop, and Catherine McIntosh.The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Bockhorst, in cooperation with the Claremont Museum of Art. A veteran writer, producer, and director, Bockhorst has produced dozens of programs that have appeared on PBS, NBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, and the Disney Channel. He recently received an Honorary AIA Award for his many documentaries on art and architecture.

Principal funding for Design for Modern Living was provided by The Ahmanson Foundation and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, The Windgate Charitable Foundation, Gerald and Bente Buck, E. Gene Crain, Marguerite and Harrison McIntosh, Tom & Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle, and the Family of Helen Bockhorst. Additional support was provided by the Historical Collections Council of California, Peter and Gail Ochs, Robert and Nadine Hall, Jim and Perry Jamieson, Beverly Maloof, the Family of Karl Benjamin, and Betty Davenport Ford and Harold Ford.

CLAREMONT: A CENTER FOR MODERN DESIGN

The three decades following the end of World War II stand out as a golden age in Claremont and the surrounding Pomona Valley. The work created in that time and place gave vibrant physical expression to Southern California’s informal lifestyle, commanding both national and international attention. American confidence was high, and so too was the desire for the good life promised in the American Dream. After fifteen long years of economic crisis and war, there was enormous pent-up demand for modern housing and well designed home furnishings. Another important factor was the GI Bill, which allowed large numbers of returning veterans unprecedented access to higher education, including art instruction. The alignment of these factors in the late 1940s and early 1950s set the stage for an explosion in craft production in Southern California—and for Claremont’s emergence as an important center for modern design.

MILLARD SHEETS: ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS

If the conditions were favorable for an artistic boom, a spark was still needed to ignite it. Millard Sheets was at once a painter, a muralist, an architectural designer, a teacher and art administrator, an entrepreneur, and an inspired cheerleader who tirelessly preached the importance of art in daily life. Handsome and energetic, daring and resourceful, he was a passionate ambassador for the arts. Sheets began by creating the art department at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School in the 1930-40s. He went on to develop the Art Department at the Los Angeles County Fair, planned and designed dozens of Home Savings & Loan Association branches throughout California, and became a powerful voice for the arts in the Southland.

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StART it Up with ART in the Park

Claremont, Calif. (May 12, 2015) – Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. The program brings high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

ARTstART students install StART It Up, an exhibition featuring artwork by 4-6th grade classes from Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools in May 2014.

ARTstART students install StART It Up, an exhibition featuring artwork by 4-6th grade classes from Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools in May 2014.

For the fourth consecutive year, the high school students of Project ARTstART will curate ARTstART: StART It Up, an overview exhibition that includes highlights of each of the exhibition-based school art units ARTstARTers presented to 4-6th grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools.

As part of this year’s exhibition, ARTstARTers will host art-making activities for visitors of all ages at ART in the Park on Friday afternoon May 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Memorial Park at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from noon to 5 p.m.

ART in the Park

What: Project ARTstART high school students will lead art-making activities for all ages. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center.

When: Friday May 29, from 3:30-5 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

Project ARTstART is completing its fourth year under the direction of Rich Deely, Project Director. During the 2014-15 school year, over 50 high school ARTstART students taught multi-visit exhibit-based art lessons to 646 upper grade students from Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. Activities to date have included exhibition visits, field trips and classroom art-making. In addition, ARTstARTers have led monthly after-school art lessons at each of our current school sites. Project ARTstART will expand to include Sumner elementary school in the fall of 2015.

Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District; participating schools — Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle Elementary Schools and Claremont High School; and funded by generous donations from the LA County Arts Commission; The Flourish Foundation; The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts; the Claremont Community Foundation (CCF); a City of Claremont Community Based Organization Grant; the Claremont Rotary Club; Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation; and two CMA member major donors.

For more information on Project ARTstART, go to
http://claremontmuseum.org/education-programs/artstart/
For more photos go to
https://www.flickr.com/photos/claremontmuseum/sets/72157649260135067/

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ARTstARTers lead Mountain View Elementary students on a field trip to see the work of Brenna Youngblood at the Pomona College Museum of Art on March 10, 2015.

ART If Up with Art in the Park PDF