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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.”

THE ARTIST

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.

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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.

INSIGHTS & OUTSIGHTS: The Collages and Cartoons of Paul Darrow

May 3-5 and 8-12, 2013
Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space, Memorial Park

For pictures of the opening reception, click here.
Read about it in the Claremont Courier

Artist Paul Darrow

Artist Paul Darrow

To complement the new ARToon education program, the Claremont Museum of Art saluted Claremont’s own cartoonist, Paul Darrow, with an exhibition of original sketches from his sixty years of Courier cartoons and recent work in mixed media.

INSIGHTS & OUTSIGHTS: The Collages and Cartoons of Paul Darrow was on display May 3-5 and May 8-12 from noon to 5pm at the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space in Memorial Park.

The opening reception was held Friday, May 3 from 6:30-8:30pm. The exhibition was curated by Skip Pahl, retired director of the Oceanside Museum of Art, and Catherine McIntosh with assistance from CMC student Bailey Yellen. Sponsors included Claremont Heritage, Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management, Inc., Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Reality, and the Claremont Courier.

Drawing by Eric DarrowPaul Darrow came to Claremont to study art at Claremont Graduate School after serving in WWII. He began submitting cartoons to the Claremont Courier when Martin Weinberger purchased the paper in 1954 and soon created a devoted fan base in the community. Darrow used his attention to detail to create thousands of cartoons, representing his interpretation of the social and political atmosphere of the time.

A professor of art at Scripps College from 1954 to 1992, Darrow taught courses in drawing, filmmaking, printmaking, and an extremely popular mixed media class. Throughout these years, he created close relationships with students and colleagues

Collage by artist Paul Darrow

Collage by artist Paul Darrow

that had a huge impact on his work as an artist. Darrow relocated to Laguna Beach in the 1970s, where he drew inspiration from the coastal scenery for his paintings and mixed media collages. For decades, he has created introspective snapshots of his world through a combination of found objects and Polaroid film. Today, the 91-year-old Darrow continues to draw, paint, and collage at his home.

– Bailey Yellen

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

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(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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Press Release

Claremont Museum of Art to Host Studio Tour on June 9

(May 16, 2012) – Many well known and esteemed artists will once again open their studios to the public for a day-long celebration of the creativity that continues to thrive in Claremont. The Claremont Museum of Art is sponsoring this biennial event on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Studios will be open 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. All artists will have objects d’art for sale and there will be an Opportunity Drawing and book sale. A one-of-kind “Artists’ Party” will follow from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Garner House.

The mission of the Claremont Museum of Art is to support art appreciation, arts education, and the
preservation of its collection held in public trust. We welcome the opportunity to invite the public to
meet the artists that contribute so much to the depth and richness of our community’s culture. We also thank the participating artists who are supporting this fundraising effort which allows our programming to continue.

This event only occurs every two years, so don’t miss out! A color map will be provided at check-in.

Cost for the tour and party is $35 per person or $25 for museum members. To reserve your ticket,
mail a check to Claremont Museum of Art, P.O. Box 1136, Claremont, CA 91711 or email info@claremontmuseum.org. For more information, see our website at www.claremontmuseum.org .

Check-in 10:30 a.m. Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

Preview exhibition in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center

Follow the map to visit 20 Claremont area studios from 11am-4:00 p.m.

Artist’s Party, 5-8:00 p.m. at Garner House is included with your ticket

Win artwork in the Opportunity Drawing or shop for art books. Cost is $35 per person or $25 for museum members.

Reserve your ticket today! Mail a check to Claremont Museum of Art, P.O. Box 1136, Claremont, CA 91711 or email info@claremontmuseum.org.

Participating artists include Barnardo, Barbara Beretich, Steve Comba, 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, Elizabeth Preston, Luis Ramirez, Anne Seltzer, Karen Sullivan, Norma Tanega, Briana Thomas, Chris Toovey, Peggy Trindle, Georgette Unis and Ahlene Welsh.

CLAREMONT MODERN: Design Blends with Art in New Public Spaces 1955-1965

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April 2012

Our final exhibition showed how Modern design flourished in local non-residential buildings from 1955-1965.

Many public buildings designed by Millard Sheets incorporated the work of Claremont artists and craftsmen. The Congregational Church, Garrison Theater and Pomona First Federal Bank all feature artwork by local artists such as Jean and Arthur Ames, Sue Hertel, John Svenson and Martha Underwood. Harvey Mudd College and the School of Theology were both designed by Edward Durrell Stone and the stunning chapel is furnished with the work of Sam Maloof.

Claremont Museum of Art expands permanent collection

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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.

CLAREMONT MODERN: The Artists of the GI Bill

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February 17-26, 2012

In 2010, inspired by the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time celebration, Claremont Heritage and the Claremont Museum of Art formed a partnership to produce CLAREMONT MODERN, a series of four exhibitions in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space.

The third in our series, CLAREMONT MODERN: The Artists of the GI Bill examined the impact of the GI Bill on the Claremont art community.

As soldiers returned from WWII, the opportunity to study art was made possible by funding from the GI Bill. Some came to the Pomona College Art Department and stayed on. Millard Sheets developed the Graduate School Masters of Fine Art program in 1943-44 and admitted many talented GIs to study with art professors on the Scripps campus. These young men were older, more experienced with a focus and determination to pursue careers in art. The vision of Millard Sheets combined with the enthusiast energy of these GIs transformed Claremont into a vibrant art center at mid-century.

The Exhibition CLAREMONT MODERN: The Artists of the GI Bill focused on a pivotal point in the history of the Claremont art community from 1945-1960. It featured Claremont area artists who served in WWII, returned to study art with funding from the GI Bill and pursued a lifetime career in the arts.

It included works by Karl Benjamin, Paul Darrow, Rupert Deese, Carl Hertel, James Hueter, Anthony Ivins, Roger Kuntz, Doug McClellan, Harrison McIntosh, David Scott, Paul Soldner, John Svenson and Melvin Wood. The Exhibition was displayed for eight days in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space located in Memorial Park behind the Garner House.