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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.

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)

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

OpenART Studio Tour on November 6, 2010

Hidden among Claremont’s neighborhoods and business parks, dozen of art studios were opened to visitors. Over 60 people attended the self-guided tour followed by a fabulous party of tapas and margaritas at the Van Clapp home. Thirty-three artists participated in the day-long event giving the community a chance to meet many active Claremont artists.

For pictures of the artists studios and the party that followed, click here.

An article about the event appeared in the November 10, 2010 edition of the Claremont Courier.
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Bas Jan Ader: Suspended Between Laughter and Tears

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September 30 – December 10, 2010

Pitzer College Art Galleries with the support of the Claremont Museum of Art
Pitzer Art Galleries: Nichols Gallery and Lenzner Family Gallery
Guest-curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas

For photos of the Opening Reception, click here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/claremontmuseum/sets/72157625069927171/with/5095589772/

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bas Jan Ader - "I'm Too Sad To Tell You," 1971 16 mm film transferred onto DVD Courtesy Bas Jan Ader Estate, Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, CA

Bas Jan Ader – “I’m Too Sad To Tell You,” 1971; 16 mm film transferred onto DVD; courtesy Bas Jan Ader Estate, Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, CA

Film Screening: Rene Daalder’s award -winning Bas Jan Ader documentary, Here is Always Somewhere Else (2008) – Broad Performance Space, Broad Center, Pitzer College

Panel discussion: A conversation between Bas Jan Ader’s widow Mary Sue Andersen, filmmaker Rene Daalder and guest curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas – Broad Performance Space, Broad Center, Pitzer College.

This exhibition brings together pivotal works by the late, Dutch-born, California-based conceptual artist, Bas Jan Ader, and ten contemporary international artists who continue to be influenced by Ader’s central themes and concerns.

Bas Jan Ader, who is presumed to have perished at sea in 1975, left a small body of work that centers on short-duration acts of physical and emotional release. It was Ader’s unique relationship to the city of Claremont, where he lived and studied from 1965 to 1974, which established his importance as a California artist. At his Claremont home, Ader executed some of his most significant works.

"Please Don’t Leave Me" (1969), Paint, light bulbs and wire, Dimensions variable, Edition of 3,  Courtesy of The Bas Jan Ader Estate & Patrick Painter Editions.

“Please Don’t Leave Me” (1969), Paint, light bulbs and wire, Dimensions variable, Edition of 3, courtesy of The Bas Jan Ader Estate & Patrick Painter Editions.

While this exhibition argues convincingly for the historical significance of Bas Jan Ader’s groundbreaking conceptual and performative work, it also makes connections to the present by the inclusion of the ten contemporary regional and international artists whose works address the legacy of Ader’s practice.

More about Ader’s Work

Suspended Between Laughter and Tears refers to Ader’s exploration of the tenuous point between comedy and tragedy in his work and provides a context for the artist’s overarching themes and strategies by addressing the living aspects of his practice. The exhibition will feature Ader’s original artworks including video, photography, installations and archived materials from his estate.

Gonzalo Lebrija, "The Distance Between Me and You" (2008), 16 mm film,  Photo: Joshua White, Courtesy of the artist and I-20 Gallery, New York.

Gonzalo Lebrija, “The Distance Between Me and You” (2008), 16 mm film. Photo: Joshua White, Courtesy of the artist and I-20 Gallery, New York.

Understanding that comedy and tragedy are aspects of the same coin, Mexico City-based artist, Artemio references Ader’s I’m Too Sad to Tell You in a video montage, The Crying Game, where the forced act of weeping in front of the camera lingers between the theatrical and the heart-felt. Los Angeles-based photographer and performance artist Martin Kersels’ suite of photographs Tripping I (a,b,c) riffs on the humorous aspect inherent in physical actions, evident in many of Ader’s works. New Zealand artist Kate Newby brings a delicate balance of melancholy and hopefulness to her installations, like Ader’s Please Don’t Leave Me, are at once a declaration to be noticed and a fleeting gesture.

Sebastian Stumpf, "marcher dans l’air" (2002), 35 mm slide projections, looped, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist.

Sebastian Stumpf, “marcher dans l’air” (2002), 35 mm slide projections, looped, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist.

Arguably the most influential aspect of Ader’s work lies in his final and unfinished trilogy, In Search of the Miraculous. Putting life and limb on the line for one’s art is a recurrent motivation for many artists. While Ader disappeared without a trace while executing this piece, Italian-born artist Piero Golia accomplished this feat in 2007 during his month-long performance Postcards from the Edge. Gonzalo Lebrija of Mexico follows in Ader’s footsteps on a vision quest in the photographic series The Distance Between You and Me, as he sets a lone course through deserted landscapes. Furthering the mystery of a journey on the open ocean, Brazilian artist Thiago Rocha Pitta elicits the relationship of man, the sea and the unknown elements at hand in the video The Secret Sharer. Finally, in a marked attempt to gain insight into the artist’s impossible journey, Canadian sculptor Jed Lind acquired a sailboat identical to that used by Ader in his 1975 performance, In Search of the Miraculous, and hollowed it out in a painstaking and methodical act of meditation.

Artists:  Bas Jan Ader, Artemio, Piero Golia, Martin Kersels, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jed Lind, Kate Newby, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Fernando Sanchez, Sebastian Stumpf, Diego Teo

Bas Jan Ader: Suspended Between Laughter and Tears is a joint venture between Pitzer Art Galleries and the Claremont Museum of Art and has been made possible by a generous grant from Fundación/Colección Jumex and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, San Francisco.

An Artful Affair 05.14.10

banner_eventsAn Artful Affair was held May 14 at the Padua Hills Theatre. A festive art lover’s evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres was enjoyed by over 150 guest, plus 30 volunteers who helped to make the evening a grand success. Special thanks to all the artists who donated artwork for our raffle.

The lucky winners were:
Karl Benjamin, Untitled, Serigraph – Bernie and Mary Ann Marshall
James Fuller, Desert Rocks, Watercolor – Kathryn Vickers
Crispin Gonzales, Ocean Boogie #3, Stoneware – Bob Knell
James Hueter, Head Between Forms, Pencil – Ellen Taylor
Rebecca Hamm, Ski Hut Trail, Watercolor – Karen Rosenthal
Millard Sheets, New Arrivals, Lithograph – Pat Halley
Special thank for framing donated by Bunny Gunner art services and gift baskets donated by Gould Asset Management, Liquorama and Wolfe’s Market.

A terrific crew of volunteers prepared this wonderful event in support of the Museum. Event chairmen Barbara Brown and Catherine McIntosh appreciate all the hard work by Steve Comba, Patti Richardson, Diann Ring, Brenda Rosenfeld and Charley Tuggle; the support of board members Sandy Baldonado, Peggy Carlson, Janet Myhre and Ellen Taylor; and all the other enthusiastic volunteers: Nora Butler, Hillary and John Campbell III, Rich Deely, Peggy and Bob Ferguson, Jenny Hendrickson, Cynthia Huang, Mary Hughes, Jackie Knell, Mary Pat Larez, Robin Leonard, Sally and Don McDonald, Sue McGrath, Claire McQuillan, Ellen Middleton, Cynthia Mouro, Tammy Tang and Vanessa Xu.

For photos of the evening, click here.

Claremont Museum of Art Celebrates First Anniversary in April with series of Gallery Talks, Senior Days and Family Art Days

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Claremont, CA (March 25, 2008) — The Claremont Museum of Art is pleased to celebrate its first anniversary in April. “Our inaugural year has been extremely successful,” said CMA Director William Moreno. “Not only has the local community rallied around the Museum and its programs, almost 50% of our visitors come from the greater Los Angeles area, and that certainly is a significant trend.” To celebrate, we have a full calendar of programs for the whole family, including artmaking workshops, gallery talks and senior days. Bring the family and celebrate!

Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 (NOT April 30)
SENIOR WEDNESDAYS IN APRIL
Seniors 62 and over receive special discounts and programs every Wednesday in April (except April 30):
• Special $2 admission to the galleries for seniors (As always, admission for Museum Members and children under 18 is FREE. Not a member? Take advantage of our special $30 annual senior membership.)
• Special senior discount of 20% off a single item at the acclaimed Museum Store
• Docents available starting at 11:30 a.m., reservations not necessary, open to the public
• Make a day of it! Visit one of the new West Village eateries and treat yourself to a senior discount matinee at the Laemmle Theatre, just steps away from the Museum.

Friday, April 4
FREE FIRST FRIDAY and CHAIR-ITY SIT-IN
4 – 7 p.m. Chair-ity Sit-in – Art Auction of artist-designed chairs in the Packing House, sponsored by the Claremont Community Foundation. Visit the Museum Store to view some of the amazing chairs! CMA Guest Curator Steve Comba and Museum Associate Melody Kriesel are artists featured in the auction.
5 – 8:30 p.m. Free Friday – Admission to the Museum is free the first Friday of every month, coinciding with Claremont’s First Friday Artwalk.

Saturday, April 5, 3 p.m.
REMINISCENCES: James Hueter discusses Henry Lee McFee
Free for Museum Members, $5 for non-members (includes gallery admission)
Artist James Hueter shares stories and discusses his former teacher, pioneering American Cubist painter and First Generation artist Henry Lee McFee, who taught at Claremont College and Chouinard Art Institute. First Generation Guest Curator Steve Comba hosts.

Saturday, April 12
IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY
Free admission to Museum all day, family art making and gallery talk
1 – 3 p.m. Family Art Day – Abstract Installation Project: Abstract Expressionist artist Janna Geary leads this family-friendly group painting project, which will become a large multi-dimensional in the courtyard east of the Packing House by May 2. Come dressed to paint!
3 – 4 p.m. Reminiscences: Artists and CMA Founders Harrison and Marguerite McIntosh share their personal recollections of their former neighbors, First Generation artists Jean and Arthur Ames, celebrated for their work in glazed tile, glass mosaic, and enamel. First Generation Guest Curator Steve Comba hosts.

Sunday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FAMILY ART DAY
Make a Clay Pot! Free and open to the public
Children are invited to learn how to make a clay pot with artist Mike Lardi, who will embellish the pots with a stylus, inspired by Pitcher, a work by Richard Petterson and Phil Dike, now on view in First Generation.

Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.
REMINISCENCES: E. Gene Crain discusses several First Generation artists
Free for Museum Members, $5 for non-members (includes gallery admission)
E. Gene Crain, collector and friend to many of the First Generation artists, shares stories of his friendship with Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, and others, and discusses the history of his collection, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of work by artists from the “California School.” First Generation Guest Curator Steve Comba hosts.

Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FIRST GENERATION EXHIBITION CLOSING
Join us for the final day of the remarkable exhibition First Generation: Art in Claremont, 1907-1957, which traces the art history of the region in the first 50 years after the city’s incorporation in 1907.