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ARTStation to feature art-making activities on Free Family Day at the Claremont Museum of Art

ARTStation-collage-PRClaremont, California (January 17, 2017) – The Claremont Museum of Art welcomes the public for Free Family Day from noon to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 5 with free admission and ARTStation, a place for children to experience art and engage with local culture. High school students in CMA’s Project ARTstART will lead visitors in an art activity related to the current exhibition and the work of local Claremont artists.

Located at the historic Claremont Depot, the Claremont Museum of Art is in the Village at 200 W. First Street, just steps away from the Metrolink Station. The first Sunday of the every month is Free Family Day. Regular hours are Friday through Sunday, noon to 4pm. Admission is $5 and free for Claremont Museum of Art members and children under 18. The museum is also open from 6 to 8pm on the first Saturday of the month for the Art Walk.

The opening exhibition, (re)Generation: Six Decades of Claremont Artists, features selections from the museum’s permanent collection that reflect our region’s rich artistic legacy from the influence of Millard Sheets and the artists who arrived in the 1940s to the GIs who came to study after WWII, to the many contemporary artists who continue to call Claremont home. The exhibition, generously sponsored by Gould Asset Management LLC, will be on view through March 19.

Claremont Museum of Art Recently Opened in the Depot

The Claremont Museum of Art entered into a lease agreement with the City of Claremont for the adaptive reuse of the historic building. Thanks to generous and enthusiastic community support, the Museum raised over $150,000 to complete Phase I of the renovation and opened its doors to an enthusiastic crowd on November 20, 2016.

With its stunning Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the Depot served as a Santa Fe train station from 1927 to 1967. The former Foothill Transit Ticket Office has been transformed with a second “skin,” so art can be installed on the new walls without harming the original structure.  The elegant Atrium has been polished up with new gallery lights in the chandelier, new paint, and some much needed repair work.

Phase II, will focus on the two most eastern rooms in the building that will require more extensive renovation and will require additional time and resources. The City of Claremont will be partnering with CMA on underwriting Phase II with special grants earmarked specifically for this project.

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.

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 over 300 members, the volunteer organization has continued to hold numerous events and programs and has presented ten exhibitions in borrowed spaces. 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, a successful art education program now in its fifth year serving Claremont schools.

The museum currently holds a significant art collection in storage. With a new exhibition space, CMA hopes to expand the collection to truly represent and preserve the artistic legacy of Claremont.

Claremont Museum of Art Launches Pledge Drive to Fund Art Education Programs

(February 21, 2011) – As public funding for school art programs shrink, we feel the Claremont Museum of Art can fill an important role in providing art education to Claremont youth through our three education projects: Family Art activities, ArtX student art competition and Project ARTstART.

I am please to announce the CMA Education Program pledge drive and hope that you will join us in supporting these projects. A generous supporter has contributed $10,000 to fund ArtX 2011 and the Spring event is well underway. Members of the board have made significant contributions to start our Education fund and we are in the process of identifying and applying for relevant grants.

Our goal is to collect pledges totaling $120,000, enough to fully fund the first two years of the program.

Please visit our website www.claremont museum.org for further details. If we meet that goal, we will launch ARTstART in the Fall of 2011.

– Sandy Baldonado, CMA Board President

ARTstART Art Appreciation Program

Rich Deeley

Rich Deely

Project ARTstART, directed by Rich Deely, will train high school and college students to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. By bringing high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system, we hope to inspire, promote under-standing of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

We have prepared a detailed 5-year plan and we are ready to launch the pilot program as soon as funding is available.

Claremont Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Bell says “We believe this partnership will create meaningful experiences for our students — providing them with an opportunity to learn about what our community has to offer, augment our continuing work in the classroom, and strengthen ties between our district and other institutions.”

Under Project ARTstART, Museum consultants will recruit district high school and college students as teachers and mentors. These ARTstART Teens will be trained as docents to offer multi-visit arts appreciation lessons to elementary students, both in the classroom, and in local museum settings. As part of their training, ARTstART Teens will learn about how to plan presentations that employ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and interact with art educators, artists, curators, and students from The Claremont Colleges.

Once prepared for their role, ARTstART Teens will work with educators at Sycamore Elementary School to deliver lessons to students related to art exhibitions at Claremont area museums and galleries. The program will conclude with a hands-on art project inspired by the exhibitions, and shaped by classroom teachers, ARTstART Teens, and the elementary students themselves. The program will eventually serve all elementary students in the district.

An independent museum consultant with over 15 years’ work in the museum field, Rich Deely has worked as an educator in art, history, and science museums in New York, North Carolina, and California. Originally from New York City, Rich has BA degrees in both history and communications from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. He has planned and implemented two successful museum-based youth docent programs, one of which won national recognition through the Coming Up Taller Award for Excellence in Youth Programming in 2007.

ArtX Student Art Competition

Lori Evans Lama

Lori Evans Lama

ArtX, directed by Lori Evans Lama, is a reprise of the 2009 juried student art competition and exhibition. It’s open to students in grades 9-12, who live in Claremont and attend public or private school or are home-schooled.

Artwork must address the ArtX theme “What Matters?” and winners will receive cash prizes.

The ArtX website, containing registration information and entry form, will launch on February 21 at www.claremontmuseum.org. Entries will be collected in April. Winners will be announced and exhibited in early May. ArtX is made possible by a generous donation from a CMA member. The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibition space for ArtX has been generously underwritten by Gould Asset Management LLC of Claremont.

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX project for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs.

Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a vice president/broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer.

Family Art Activities

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

The Family Art Program, directed by Mary Hughes, presents creative art activities for children at City festivals. Local art educators and volunteers plan, prepare and guide young visitors in hands-on art projects.

It is inspiring to see the hundreds of enthusiastic children filling the seats of the art tables throughout the day.

Look for our booth in April at the Packing House, at the Fourth of July Celebration in Memorial Park, at Village Venture and at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta in November. Mary Hughes has been an active volunteer with the Claremont Museum of Art since its earliest days. She has an MFA in Drawing and Painting from CSU Long Beach and BAs in Art and in Communications. She has taught Studio Art courses, Art Appreciation, and Art History at the College level and at the Junior High level for 13 years.

She has also taught Art Enrichment Classes to all grades at the Elementary level for the past two decades. As an artist who shows both locally and nationally, Mary works with layering on canvas, paper and silk.