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ARBORETUM Comes to the Botanic Garden

The Claremont Museum of Art presents Steve Comba ARBORETUM in the gallery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 through July 13. Garden admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children and free for CMA and RSABG members.

Steve Comba, detail from Arboretum

Steve Comba, detail from Arboretum

The Claremont Museum of Art exhibition features Steve Comba’s drawings, sketches, photographs and paintings that relate to and culminated in the eight-foot painting, Arboretum. In 2011, the artist devoted eight months to create the painting using photos, sketches and studies from 1984 to the present day. It is both an autobiographical journey through his own work in landscape as well as a treatise on the artificial nature of painting and the objective beauty of Nature.

“My journey as a painter ranged from abstracted minimalist explorations of the object as primary structure, with only those essential elements such as color and scale as the key communicator of meaning, to a decidedly Romantic impulse to tell “stories” through recognizable images. Though I’m still a strong advocate of the power and effectiveness of the theoretical and cerebral, I’m strongly drawn to the representational and visual. All along this journey, my guiding influence has been Nature, or more accurately, natural forms. I’m still interested in the “plastic” realm that is the made object (pigment, support, scale), yet I’m compelled toward reflecting the source: the light, shape, and timelessness of landscape and the innate, uniquely human, desire to read meaning and narratives into pictures.”


Steve Comba is a Claremont-based artist and museum professional. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University and his paintings and drawings have been shown in exhibitions throughout the southland. In addition to being a practicing studio artist, he has also worked in the museum field for the past 28 years on numerous projects in the greater Los Angeles area. As the Associate Director/Registrar at the Pomona College Museum of Art, he recently designed and opened the Native American Collection Study Center. He was founding Vice President of the Claremont Museum of Art and curated five of that museum’s inaugural exhibitions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Museums Association.

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Pomona College Museum of Art Assistant Director Steve Comba Showcases Arboretum with Claremont Museum of Art (The Student Life, newspaper of the Claremont Colleges Associated Students)

Padua Hills Art Fiesta Returns Sunday, November 3, 2013

October 3, 2013 – The Claremont Museum of Art will host the 10th Annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 3 with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, music and more. This year’s exhibit will feature original Fiesta artist Betty Davenport Ford.


Some local residents still recall the popular 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 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Avenue, Claremont. A free shuttle will run from Padua Avenue Park. Tickets are $8 for adults or $6 for CMA, RSABG and SAMFAC members. Children under 18 are free.
  • Twenty five area artists will display and sell their paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles and jewelry
  • Art and craft demonstrations by area art organizations will include potters from Claremont High School Adult Education Ceramics Program, craftsmen from Maloof Woodworkers, and artists from Chaffey Community Museum of Art and the dA Center for the Arts.
  • An Art Exhibit, Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit will feature 60 years of her sculpture inspired by the beauteous forms of nature.
  • ARTstART students will lead children in creative Art Activities.
  • A Music Stage will feature local performances
  • Festive foods will be served with traditional jamaica punch and fresh lemonade.
  • Holiday shopping gets an early start with unique handmade artwork or art books.

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.

Claremont Museum of Art to Salute Phil Dike at Fall Gala

(September 9, 2013) – The Claremont Museum of Art will hold its fall gala, A Wondrous Evening: Celebrating the Watercolor World of Phil Dike, on Saturday, September 21 on the campus of Scripps College in conjunction with the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s exhibition Chasing Daylight: Philip Latimer Dike, 1927-1943.

The event, benefiting the Claremont Museum of Art, begins at 5pm with a reception, silent auction and exhibition visit, followed by dinner with guest speaker Woody Dike. A few tickets at $125 are still available. For more information, please call Marilyn Ray at 909 941-4437.

This will truly be a wonderful event, thanks to the many gala supporters including Premier Sponsor Marguerite McIntosh, Claremont Museum of Art Founding President; Patron Sponsors Bradford and Mary Anne Blaine, Barbara Brown and Mathematical Analysis Research Corporation.

Phil Dike was a key member of the early California Watercolor Society and worked on many classic animated Disney films 1935-45. He came to Claremont in 1950 to join the art faculty of Scripps College and also taught at the Claremont Graduate School for several decades. He was an inspiration to many well-known artists and his work is included in numerous prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Rotary Club and Los Angeles County Award Grants to Project ARTstART

(July 2, 2013) – Early this year, Dawn Grimes, a local Rotarian, observed the ARTstART youth in a meeting.  She was so impressed that she recommended Project ARTstART receive funding from the Rotary Club. In April, the Rotary Club awarded the CMA $500 to fund ARTstART.

Los Angeles County Arts CommissionRecently, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission informed the CMA it will award a $14,400, two- year grant to Project ARTstART.  The grant was identified and the process initiated by SOURCE, a student-run non-profit consulting organization at Kravis Institute at Claremont McKenna College.

The CMA thanks the Rotary Club and the County for their support.


ARToon kicks off with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz visit to El Roble

ARToon!(January 25, 2013) – A new Claremont Museum of Art arts education project, called ARToon will give voice to a generation of middle school students through the art of cartooning. The program, directed by Lori Evans Lama in collaboration with El Roble Intermediate School, will launch February 5 and continue for six weekly after- school lessons culminating with a public exhibition and display on the Art Wall at the Packing House in April.

ARToon-la_cucarachaTuesday, February 5, 2:15pm – Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the daily L.A. Times syndicated “La Cucaracha” comic strip will kick off the first ARToon lesson by working with students and focusing on cartooning in a strip format.

El Roble Intermediate School, 665 N Mountain Ave, Claremont. Please pickup your visitors’ badge at the front office and you will be escorted to Art Room 803.

On site contact is Peggy Carlson, cell 909 374-1491.

An after school class of forty El Roble Intermediate School students will pick a cartoon format, develop an original character and tell a story or express their thoughts, insights and beliefs on paper in cartoon form. Students will work under the tutelage of El Roble’s art teacher, Wendy Kubiak, and will learn about some of the great cartoon artists of our time and how their cartoons have been used throughout history to communicate thoughts, opinions, commentary and ideas.

On February 12, award winning editorial cartoonist Anne Cleaves will talk about her experiences as an editorial cartoonist and present a short history of political cartooning. On February 19, comic book artist and ‘Cartoonista,’ Javier Hernandez will help students begin developing their own original stories and signature characters.

Finally, the ARToon exhibition will premiere on March 22 at El Roble. In April, a billboard-sized outdoor installation will be unveiled on the Packing House Art Wall. Watch for more details to come.

ARToon is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and funded by a generous donation from a CMA member and these Claremont contributors: Curtis Real Estate; Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management, Inc.; Gould Asset Management, LLC.

Padua Hills Art Fiesta returns Sunday, November 4, 2012

Padua Hills Art Fiesta(October 23, 2012) – The Claremont Museum of Art presents the 9th Annual Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 4 with an outdoor art show under shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre. Visitors will watch “art in action”, shop for books, enjoy folk music, tacos and Jamaica punch. This year’s exhibit will feature original Fiesta artists Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh.

First held in 1953, the Padua Hills Art Fiesta was organized by local artists to bring art into the community. Revived by the Claremont Museum of Art in 2011, the tradition continues today with a new generation of artists sharing their talents.

  • Sunday, November 4, from 11am to 4pm at 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $8 for adults, CMA members $6 and children under 18 are free.
  • Over twenty area Artist will display and sell their work including Paul Brayton, Leslie Codina, Gina Lawson Egan, Gary Geraths, Crispin Gonzales, Kathryn Herrman, Joyce Hesslegrave, Mike Hill, Carolyn Lee Howard, Mary Hughes, Aleta Jacobson, Nancy Macko, Andree Mahoney, Marciano Martinez, Richard Martinez, Kathleen McCall, Carolyn Ruis, Ann Seltzer, David Svenson, Ahlene Welsh, Jan Wheatcroft and Rhys Williams.
  • Art Demonstrations will include ceramists from the AMOCA Ceramic Studios, craftsmen from Maloof Woodworkers, CCAA Museum of Art watercolor painters and artists from the dA Center for the Arts.
  • An Art Exhibit, Rummy & Harry: 60 Years in the Studio, will showcase the ceramics of Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh. Photographs and historic materials will highlight their long friendship and the studio they shared since 1950.
  • Students from Project ARTstART will lead children in creative Art Activities.
  • Visitors will enjoy Folk Music and Festive Foods from Casa de Salsa, Spaggi’s and Robertson Roasted Almonds.
  • And don’t miss the Book Sale and Raffle with a chance to win an original ceramic work by Rupert Deese or Harrison McIntosh.
  • In addition to the Theatre parking lots, a Shuttle Service will be provided from Padua Park.

Special thanks to Art Fiesta major sponsors: Dale Bros. Brewery, Mt. San Antonio Gardens and Wheeler-Steffen Prudential. And to supporters: Sandy Baldonado; Luzma Brayton; Barbara Brown; Dr. Linda and Mr. Paul DesMarais; Janice and Larry Hoffman; Neil and Sue Hyland; Dr. Janet Myhre; Marilyn Ray and Robertson Roasted Almonds.

Photos available upon request. Studio visits and artist interviews can be arranged.

Bus Trip to Visit Albert Stewart Private Collection in Ventura on October 20

Scripps Fine Art Foundation

(September 15, 2012) – Nearly 50 years after his death, we have discovered a treasure-trove of sculptures and drawings by renowned Claremont sculptor, Albert Stewart at the home of his daughter in Ventura. Pat Jump has invited us to visit and see her wonderful collection of over 50 artworks by Albert Stewart, paintings by his close friend Millard Sheets and others, and to wander the extensive sculpture garden.

The Claremont Museum of Art has partnered with Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation to host a Bus Trip to Ventura on Saturday, October 20 from 9am to 5pm. Guest will make the 2-hour trip in comfortable mini-buses, docents will give tours of the home and lunch will be served in the lovely garden. Before returning to Claremont, buses will stop at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Ventura to view Stewart’s 14 stations of the Cross.

This is a rare opportunity not to be missed! Cost for the all-day tour will be $65 per person. Make your reservations by October 10 by sending a check to Claremont Museum of Art, P.O. Box 1136, Claremont, CA 91711.

If you have questions, call Catherine McIntosh at 909-626-1386. Please note that the home has several levels, many stairs and is not suitable for walkers and those with limited mobility.

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OpenART Studio Tour 06.09.2012

Over 30 area artists opened their studios to the public for a day-long celebration of the creativity that continues to thrive in Claremont.

Studios were opened for viewing and mingling with the artists from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with check-in at Memorial Park starting at 10:30 a.m. There was an Opportunity Drawing with a chance to win a favorite artist’s work, and all artists had objects d’art for sale. A one-of-kind “Artists’ Party” followed at the Garner House.

Participating artists included Robin Adsit, Barnardo, Barbara Beretich, Hollis Cooper, Keith Crockett, Jeff Faust, Gary Geraths, Crispin Gonzalez, Rebecca Hamm, Steven Hampton, Linda Hauser, Joyce Hesslegrave, Mike Hill, Carolyn Lee Howard, James Johnson, Nancy Macko, Tim Maxwell, John and Karen Neiuber, Osvaldo Orellana, Jerry Owens, Elizabeth Preston, Luis Ramirez, Anne Seltzer, Karen Sullivan, Norma Tanega, Briana Thomas, Chris Toovey, Peggy Trindle, Georgette Unis and Ahlene Welsh.

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Student Exhibition highlights achievements of Project ARTstART

ARTstART_exhibition (May 29, 2012) – The Claremont Museum of Art launched Project ARTstART in the Fall of 2011. Under the direction of Rich Deely, the program’s inaugural year has been enthusiastically received by over 200 Claremont students. Project ARTstART is a youth arts education program that involves older students in teaching, and younger students in learning about Claremont’s many arts and cultural attractions. An exhibition of related student artwork will be on view Wednesday, May 30 6-8pm and Thursday, May 31 10-4pm in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

Sycamore Elementary Art Program collaborates with Project ARTstART to focus on PST

Using the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time celebration of post-World War II arts as a departing theme, high school students of the Claremont Museum of Art’s Project ARTstART collaborated with Sycamore arts educator Mary Town to create thematic arts activities for Sycamore School’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes. The plan was simple: have high school students identify themes, create activities based on local PST exhibitions, and present lessons to Sycamore students under the guidance of both Sycamore and CMA staff.

ARTstART_exhibition-02The works exhibited are a sample of projects undertaken over the course of the semester relating to the ARTstART student-devised themes for each class presentation. Inspired by works of artists from the Pomona Valley Community, ARTstARTers and their college mentors planned and presented art appreciation introductions and field trips followed by art-making projects. Field trip destinations included: Clay’s Tectonic Shift at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Big Bugs/David Rogers installations at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art in collaboration with Claremont Heritage.

Claremont High School students build leadership skills through Project ARTstART

Twenty-five Claremont High School ARTstARTers met weekly throughout the Fall semester. Under the direction of museum educator Rich Deely and Claremont Colleges student mentors, they visited cultural sites to familiarize themselves with Claremont’s arts heritage and learned how to prepare and present lessons. They based simple project ideas around their trips to Claremont Heritage, the Maloof residence, the Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, and the Pomona College Museum of Art.

ARTstART_exhibition-03In February, after much planning and preparation ARTstART Teens presented arts appreciation activities at Sycamore Elementary School for five classes of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. As students visited the Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill exhibition, ARTstARTers introduced their chosen theme through activities. Example themes included ‘Making Impressions,’ Working in the 3rd Dimension/ Sculpture’ and ‘There Are No Mistakes’ [in Art]. Once all five ARTstART teams had worked with Sycamore students, they met to compare notes and conduct a self-assessment on the success of their initial lesson. Then it was back out into the community to visit and plan other field trips at area attractions.

Project ARTstART plans to grow in 2012-13

With the tremendous success of Project ARTstART’s inaugural year, the Claremont Museum of Art plans to expand the program to include a second elementary school for the 2012-13 academic year.

The museum is actively pursuing new sources of additional funding with the intention of including all Claremont schools in the future.

Claremont Museum of Art expands permanent collection

Martha Underwood - Rocky Point

Martha Underwood, Rocky Point, c.1975, watercolor on paper. Gift of the artist in honor of Leslie Ossentjuk and Stephen Underwood

(March 7, 2012) – The Claremont Museum of Art is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of two artworks by prominent Claremont artists: a watercolor painting by Martha Underwood and a bronze sculpture by Aldo Casanova. Both artworks are on view in our current exhibition FROM THE VAULT: Selections from the Claremont Museum of Art Permanent Collection through March 31 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona.

A graduate of Scripps College with an MFA from Otis Art Institute, Underwood designed and produced mosaic murals for Millard Sheets, taught art at Chaffey College for 27 years and was well known for her skill with watercolor. She passed away on February 15, 2012.

Aldo Casanova, Torso I, 1963, cast bronze and travertine Gift of the artist in honor of Felice and Teresa Casanova

Aldo Casanova, Torso I, 1963, cast bronze and travertine
Gift of the artist in honor of Felice and Teresa Casanova

As a young sculptor, Casanova received the Prix de Rome in 1958. After three years or art study in Italy and completing his Ph.D., he came to teach sculpture at Scripps College for 30 years. His work is included in many major collections
including the Whitney Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Collection in Washington, D.C., The Huntington Library, and the U.C.L.A. Sculpture Garden.

The permanent collection of the Claremont Museum of Art began even before the museum established a physical home in 2006. Due to the generosity of the artists and individuals and their belief in the core values of the fledgling museum the collection grew to nearly 80 works in three years. Gifts of art continued even as the museum faced it’s most challenging times and eventual closing.

Despite the loss of a public venue the Museum still holds the collection in trust for the public. Through collaborations and loans, portions of the collection have been recently exhibited at AMOCA and The Huntington Library. Meanwhile, CMA has rebuilt its membership and continues to hold events, exhibitions and develop its art education programs.