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Dee Marcellus Cole to Transform the Claremont Depot into a Carnival of Color

Dee Marcellus Cole, a self-proclaimed faux-folk artist, creates vibrant sculptures constructed of wood and layered paper at her home in Upland in 2017.

Claremont, CA (June 13, 2017) – The Claremont Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition, Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers, will present the work of eight local folk artists driven, not by the art world, but by the instinctive need to create. The exhibition, generously sponsored by Gould Asset Management LLC, will open on Saturday, August 5 with a reception from 6-9 p.m. during Art Walk and remain on view through November 26, 2017.

Dee Marcellus Cole, a self-proclaimed faux-folk artist living in Upland, creates vibrant sculptures constructed of wood and layered paper. These colorful creatures, whimsical in movement and spiritual in nature, are reminiscent of Latin American culture.

Inspired by her many travels to Mexico, Guatemala and throughout South America, Dee will transform the Claremont Depot into a carnival of bright colors, iconic images, and spiritual messages.  She has chosen to collaborate with some of Claremont and Pomona’s most distinctive artists for this exhibition including Johnnie Dominguez, Cathy Garcia, Sandy Garcia, Karen and John Neiuber, Christian Ornelas and Dan Romero to highlight celebration, in all shapes and forms.

Dee Marcellus Cole earned an MA in art from the Claremont Graduate School in 1984 and taught at La Verne University for twelve years. Known as the Goddess of the Pomona Art Colony she has inspired generations of artists, hosted studio tours, presented workshops and been exhibited in numerous solo shows.

The Claremont Museum of Art is located in the historic Claremont Depot at 200 W. First Street in Claremont just steps away from the Metrolink Station. The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for CMA members and children under 18. The museum is also open from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month for the Art Walk.

The first Sunday of the every month is Free Family Day 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 lead visitors in an art activity related to the current exhibition. ARTStation is generously sponsored by Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty and Broadview Mortgage.

Go to www.claremontmuseum.org for more information about the museum, its history and current programs.

PDF of the Carnival Seekers Press Release

Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers

Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers
Friday, August 4 – November 26, 2017
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot

Dee Marcellus Cole, a self-proclaimed faux-folk artist, creates vibrant sculptures constructed of wood and layered paper at her home in Upland in 2017.

Dee Marcellus Cole, a self-proclaimed faux-folk artist inspired by Latin folk traditions, has transformed the Claremont Depot into a carnival of bright colors, iconic images, and spiritual messages featuring the work of eight local artists.

Inspired by her many travels to Mexico, Guatemala and throughout South America, Dee will transform the Claremont Depot into a carnival of bright colors, iconic images, and spiritual messages.  She has chosen to collaborate with some of Claremont and Pomona’s most distinctive artists for this exhibition including Johnnie Dominguez, Cathy Garcia, Sandy Garcia, Karen and John Neiuber, Christian Ornelas and Dan Romero to highlight celebration, in all shapes and forms.

Dee Marcellus Cole earned an MA in art from the Claremont Graduate School in 1984 and taught at La Verne University for twelve years. Known as the Goddess of the Pomona Art Colony she has inspired generations of artists, hosted studio tours, presented workshops and been exhibited in numerous solo shows.

Claremont Museum of Art, 200 W. 1st St, Claremont
August 4 – November 26, 2017

The exhibition, generously sponsored by Gould Asset Management LLC.

Gould Asset Management

About the Artists

Dee Marcellus Cole

Known as the Goddess of Pomona, Dee is an artist focused primarily on papier-mâché sculpture. She was a professor at the University of La Verne, Chaffey College, and a Partner of Art in San Bernardino County Ontario. She has led many workshops ranging from the Maloof Foundation to the California State Woman’s Prison, and has received much acclaim for her pieces. Most recently, she was awarded Artist of the Year at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario.

Many travels to visit folk artists in Mexico, Central and South America have influenced my work. I observed folk artists using influences, colors and designs.

Paper is my primary material. The pieces are constructed on a wooden armature. I then apply the paper to lightweight cardboard to give the pieces form. In order to give the piece strength, it is stuffed with newspaper.

The textiles and potter I have collected from Latin American countries inspire the colors, designs, and textures used in my art.

I see the work as whimsical and containing the best of life.

Johnnie Dominguez

Johnnie Dominguez is a fine art surreal illustrator.

Using primarily a Papermate ballpoint pen as the weapon of choice, I use personal experiences throughout my life from private school and foster care all the way to stab wounds and frozen yogurt to put bullet holes in the hypocrisy of the popular narrative. With a keen eye to spot the ugliness in a loving man’s heart, I reveal the dangers of diversity without law served up on a smorgasbord of degeneracy.

His newest work is visually representative of a positive alternative to his aforementioned series of works, sprinkled with hits of order and discipline, with a dash of proud Western chauvinism.

Cathy Garcia

Cathy is a self-taught mosaic artist who has worked in this medium for over 12 years. A psychotherapist by training she graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona and received her Masters at Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California. She maintained both a private practice and was employed by the County of San Bernardino as a Marriage and Family Therapist until she retired in 2007. Her mosaic work has been displayed in over 40 art shows and she was featured in 5 one- woman shows.

I love color and enjoy combining textures and shapes to bring vibrancy, movement and life to my pieces. A key component is to reinvent the old and unused into a thing of beauty. A “treasure hunt” for my supplies takes me to yard sales, thrift shops and friend’s garages. The mosaic process is similar to building a jigsaw puzzle without a map. The pieces unfold themselves. My current passion is creating human busts and animal figures which seem to have personalities of their own.

Sandy Garcia

Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in East Los Angeles, exposure to Latino Chicano art inspired Sandy to pursue colorful and simple works of art.

As she paints, her attraction to Mexico’s bright colors become her pallet. Her expressions on faces, spirits of birds and nature are a few deep connections of her interpretation of Folk Art. She shares her passion with others with Folk Art Painting workshops.

My goal is to eliminate barriers that divide people from each other by focusing on the passion, emotion, and humanity we all share. In order to do this, I prefer the free, bold expressions of strong brush strokes and the vibrant colors associated with traditional folk art, these are elements that appeal more directly to the senses. I consider my art to be spiritual because I want to reflect a notion of freedom of the soul. My form of communication is to write with a paintbrush so that others can read it.

My desires are my paintings to become beautiful things in one’s private surroundings. Enjoy as you encounter my beautiful culture with the love of Folk Art.

John Neiuber

John was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Southern California. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at California State University San Bernardino. He has worked in the music industry, public education and is currently a chief executive officer for a nonprofit children’s agency, in addition to his volunteer work with community groups.

John creates custom, one-of-a-kind, artistic light fixtures, using recycled materials and found objects. He currently resides in the Claremont Village where he shares a studio with his wife, Karen.

When I was a child I would collect any small electric appliance, light fixture or gadget that anyone was throwing away. I would combine elements from my various finds and create something new. I was often told that the things I created did not serve a purpose. But they did; they all provided light in some way.

Years later when I wanted a light fixture that was unique or to serve a certain purpose, I would make it, because what I envisioned could not be purchased. Today, I still take found pieces and combine them into light fixtures. I may make a pair of table lamps or floor lamps, but otherwise I don’t mass produce pieces; they are always hand painted and decorated—they are all one of a kind.

I have had no formal art training. I have experimented with painting, collage and assemblages, all of which have found their way into the illumination pieces I create. I suppose the lack of formal training makes my pieces folk art, along with the use of found objects. I like to inject humor and social commentary into my pieces, typically with the decoration or the title of the piece.

My inspiration, however, is derived from functional art and design. The various light fixture and other parts in my studio are sorted by purpose, and as I work, the parts just seem to find one another. I make them to light, create mood and have function. If someone then likes the combination of light, design and color, the piece has found a home.

Karen Neiuber

Karen was born in San Francisco. She has a BA in art from Cal State Fullerton. After retiring from 40 years in public education as an elementary teacher and District Curriculum Administrator she is using her art background to delve into colors and textures by producing monoprints and ceramic assemblages. She currently resides in the Claremont Village where she shares a studio with her husband, John.

My art is about texture – mixing various textures to form a cohesive whole. Using mosaic, I explore themes ranging from religion to the power of nature by way of the icon. By placing famous symbols next to everyday objects, I transform the well-known images into something wholly unique. It’s not that I’m deeply religious or spiritual; it is by combining prints, tile, ceramics, everyday objects, textiles and metal I create an inventive, sometimes defiant new perspective. Because these altered symbols are approached in new ways, I don’t take them seriously. If there is meaning to be derived from my work, I leave that up to the viewer – since meaning is arrived at differently for every individual.

Neighbor Kid

My name is Christian “Neighbor Kid” Ornelas. I am a 20-year-old artist that resides in Pomona, California. I began to learn to make sculptures when I was 14 under renowned sculptor Dan Romero. Since then I have accomplished many things to better my craft. I graduated from The Fab School in Rancho Cucamonga in 2016, where I became a certified welder and fabricator. I consider myself to be an artist for I am working to better myself and my work. As a creator you are able to do more. You can use your power to build something tremendous.

Dan Romero

Dan Romero is a metal sculptor who primarily works in large public sculptures. These are often kinetic.

What I like about sculpture is that it escapes no form of physics. I mean, it has to stand there all on its own and be art from all sides and all angles. Everything has to actually work if it is a kinetic. It has a purpose for being there, with a job to do. It’s a real thing that should last for centuries in this way.

This work of sculpture requires the full time involvement of Dan and Dina Romero. Their work can be seen at the Google Campus in Venice Beach, Calnetics Corp. (a Mitsubishi subsidiary), Ontario City Hall, Ed Hales Park in Redlands, Ordruff Germany, the Maloof Foundation in Alta Loma, La Verne, and the Orange County Fair.

(RE)GENERATION: Six Decades of Claremont Artists

(re)Generation Exhibition

The Claremont Museum of Art’s permanent collection reflects 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 collection serves to preserve and retell a rich past and looks to a future with unlimited potential as an arts-rich environment.

Claremont Museum of Art
200 W. First Street at the Claremont Depot
Claremont, CA
November 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017

The exhibition is generously sponsored by Gould Asset Management LLC.

Gould Asset Management

 

The Arts in Claremont

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.

1930-40s:  Millard Sheets began by creating the art department at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School in the 1930-40s. The generation of teachers included Jean and Arthur Ames, Phil Dike, Henry Lee McFee, William Manker, Albert Stewart and Milford Zornes.

1950-60s: GIs returning from WWII and other students studied at CGS and stayed to make their home or teach in Claremont. This generation of mid-century students includes Karl Benjamin, Paul Darrow, Rupert Deese, Betty Davenport Ford, James Fuller, Susan Hertel, James Hueter, Roger Kuntz, Sam Maloof, Harrison McIntosh, James Strombotne, John Svenson, Martha Underwood and Jack Zajac.

1970-90s: Later generations of students and teachers came to Claremont already well known as a flourishing arts community. This generation includes Barbara Beretich, Aldo Casanova, Steve Comba, Jeff Faust, Crispin Gonzales, Rebecca Hamm, Tom Herberg, Jerome Mahoney, Joella Jean Mahoney, Walter Mix, Roland Reiss, Norma Tanega and Georgette Unis.

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 

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.

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.

Jean Ames
Born in Santa Ana in 1903, Jean Goodwin Ames first studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and UC Los Angeles. In 1937 she returned to school for a M.F.A. from the University of Southern California where met her husband Arthur Ames as students in Glen Lukens ceramics class. The two joined the mural division of the WPA in 1937 and were among the first to use mosaics in California. In 1940, Millard Sheets appointed Jean to the faculty at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School. She was the first Professor of Drawing and Design and taught until 1969.
This husband and wife team produced paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, enamels, tapestries, murals, mosaics and tile decorations throughout their long and richly productive careers. Jean’s subjects were often whimsical and her style influenced by Scandinavian design, which was popular at the time. They were both inspiring teachers and lived in the Padua Hills. She was the recipient of numerous awards, and was selected as Woman of the Year in Art by the Los Angeles Times in 1958. Her work can be seen around the Scripps College campus, including the Dance of Destiny tapestry triptych by Jean and Arthur Ames in the lobby of the Garrison Theatre.

Bennett Bean
Born in 1941, Bennet Bean grew up in Iowa City and received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1963. Bean moved to California to continue his art studies at the Claremont Graduate School. At Claremont, he studied under Paul Soldner and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1966. Bean also met and married fellow Claremont graduate student (of philosophy), Cathy Bao. After graduation, Bean accepted a position teaching ceramics at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City, where he tried his hand at minimalist sculpture, using acrylic glass and cast acrylic.
Bennett Bean is best known for his pit fired white earthenware vessels, especially his collectible, non-functional bowls and teapots. His influences have included Japanese pottery, Native American pottery, English pottery in the tradition of Bernard Leach, and modern American pottery, including the work of George Ohr. An independent studio artist since 1979, Bean refocused his work on ceramic vessels. He resides in Blairstown, New Jersey.

Karl Benjamin
Born in 1925 in Chicago, Karl Benjamin, like most artists of his generation, served in the Navy in WWII and afterwards moved to California. By 1949 he had graduated from the University of Redlands and begun a 28-year career in elementary and high school teaching in Bloomington and Chino. His teaching led to an interest in art and in 1952, he moved to Claremont with his family.
In 1960 he received his M.A. from the Claremont Graduate School. By this time he had chosen painting as his medium and from his first Cubist inspired landscapes he moved quickly to the hard edged explorations of line and vibrant color for which he has become famous. From 1979 to 1994 Karl held the position of Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Art at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y., Los Angeles County Museum, MOCA, Los Angeles; MOMA San Francisco among others. He died in 2012 at his home in Claremont.

Barbara Beretich
Barbara Beretich was born in 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. Her family moved often and Barbara spent parts of her childhood in Chicago, San Diego, and Ohio. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois in 1958. After graduation, Beretich took a trip to Europe, where she befriended French artist Francoise Gilot, beginning a lifelong friendship that would lead to many other artist relationships and would allow Barbara to arrange over 100 exhibits through the years.
From 1962 to 1965, Beretich attended the Claremont Graduate University, earning her M.F.A. in sculpture. There she met Millard Sheets, who would become a life-long mentor. She did Independent Study in Paris, 1966-67, and in Italy, 1984 to 1988, with a concentration on bronze casting. Beretich makes her way in both painting and sculpture with numerous commissions for portrait or architectural studies.

Sculpture is for Beretich a means of expressing compassion, grief, or torment over serious issues such as evoked in her Moses/Christ piece which speaks of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But Beretich has a lighthearted side as well. She introduces her favorite cat, Coco, as her curator. Bronze cats or real cats, they are everywhere, and playful mermaid figures, too, that express her sense of humor.

From 1973 to 1978, Barbara served as the director of Gallery 8 in Claremont, which showcased numerous Claremont artists. From 1978 to the present, Barbara has run Galleria Beretich from her Claremont home, where her love and passion of Claremont art comes alive.

Aldo Casanova
The son of Italian immigrants, Aldo Casanova was born in San Francisco in 1929. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees at San Francisco State University and earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. While finishing his doctorate, Casanova won the prestigious Prix-de-Rome Prize, a fellowship that enabled him to work at the American Academy in Rome. He taught at Scripps College for 33 years, from 1966 through 1999.

Casanova once commented that his sculpture is a direct response to the world around him. “I’m from California and I have all this natural beauty around me . . . It’s wonderful and beautiful! Regrettably, I also see the destruction of the environment by man. I comment on the condition of the planet, politically and environmentally, through my work.”
In 1992, he was elected to the National Academy of Design, and in 1994, designated a fellow of the National Sculpture Society. Casanova’s work is held in numerous private and public collections and in museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Academy of Design, New York. Locally, his work can be seen in the Franklin Murphy Sculpture garden at UC Los Angeles., at The Huntington, and on the Scripps campus. He died in 2014.

Rupert Deese
Born in 1924 in Guam, Rupert Deese received a B.A. from Pomona College in 1950 and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate School in 1957. He studied ceramics with Richard Petterson and sculpture with Albert Stewart. From 1958 to 2005 Deese produced his perfectly smooth, functional pottery pieces using a palette of earth tones- browns, blues and pale greens. He shared a studio with Harrison McIntosh in Padua Hills for over 60 years.
Deese taught ceramics for many years at Mt. San Antonio College. From 1964 to 1983 he was a designer for Franciscan dinnerware, glassware and flatware, creating the best-selling Madeira pattern. His pieces are in several museum collections including the Mingei in San Diego, L.A. County Museum, the Renwick Gallery in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He died in 2010 at his home in Claremont.

Phil Dike
Phil Dike was born in 1906 in Redlands and studied art at Chouinard in Los Angeles in the early 20s. There he met Millard Sheets and shared a downtown studio with him. Dike developed an Impressionist style and preferred painting outdoors directly on canvas. After a stay in New York and studies in Europe he returned to Los Angeles, married artist Betty Love Woodward in 1933 and became color coordinator and story designer for Walt Disney Studios. He worked there until the end of World War 11 and was involved in the production of the animated classics Snow White and Fantasia.

He had become a major figure in the Regionalist movement, was elected to the California Water Color Society and became even closer to Sheets, Emil Kosa Jr. and Rex Brandt. His love of the ocean as a subject was clear during the years he and Rex Brandt conducted the Brandt-Dike Summer School painting course at Brandt’s home in Corona Del Mar (1947-1955.) In 1951 Sheets brought Dike to Claremont to teach advanced painting at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School where he taught for 20 years, retiring in 1971. He died in 1990.

Rebecca Hamm
Born in Claremont in 1961, Rebecca Hamm received her B.A. from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and her M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University. Exhibitions of her art work include solo shows at Los Angeles City College, the Claremont Museum of Art, the Ontario Museum of Art and History, the Huntington Beach Art Center, the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard and the University of Houston, Texas.

Rebecca teaches with many local universities and is currently a Lecturer at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her writings on Creativity and Inclusive Arts have been published internationally and she speaks for many groups, universities and organizations both locally and nationally. Rebecca has presented for TedX and creates private and public art and creativity workshops. She was recently honored by Senator Carol Liu as “Woman of the Year” for 2015 in the 25th senatorial district of California.

As Director of Arts and Enterprise for the Tierra del Sol Foundation, Rebecca leads the progressive studio programs where more than 100 individuals develop professional careers in the arts through First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont and Sunland Studio Arts in Sunland, California.

Norm Hines
Born in New York City in 1938, Norm Hines attended The Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut. An acclaimed athlete in his youth, Hines graduated from Pomona College in 1957. Inspired by a ceramics class taught by Paul Soldner, he went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate School. He returned to Pomona College as an administrator, started a ceramics program in the 1970s, taught sculpture and chaired the art department twice. A Pomona College news article describes him as “a superb teacher and mentor, he touched the lives of generations of students, many of whom remained close to him throughout his life.”
He was also a prolific artist and his ceramics, marble and granite carvings, kinetic metal sculptures, bronze life-cast fruits and vegetables are represented in numerous collections. Large works include “In the Spirit of Excellence” on the Pomona College campus and “Caelum Moor”, a five-acre, park-like environment containing five sets of granite megaliths in Arlington, Texas. Along with an extraordinary body of work, his legacy is celebrated in the state-of-the-art Norm Hines Sculpture Studio at Pomona College. He passed away in 2016.

James Hueter
Born in San Francisco in 1925, James Hueter came to Claremont in the 1940s to attend Pomona College. He served in the army during the Second World War and returned to complete his B.A. at Pomona and M.F.A. at the Claremont Graduate School. Here Albert Stewart, and especially Henry Lee McFee nourished his interests in sculpture, architecture, design, and painting. The camaraderie of artists like Karl Benjamin, Paul Darrow, Roger Kuntz and Doug McClellan kept him in Claremont. He built his mid-century modern house and studio in an undeveloped area of Claremont where he still lives.

His first work was in landscape painting then he began to paint the human figure and especially the human face and eyes. Through the decades he added new materials to his oil paintings- mirrors and carved wood among others. His latest work, which he refers to as “sculptural paintings,” is a series of large wall pieces in relief, intricately constructed with carved wood, etched glass, mirrors and paint.

In an LA Weekly article, J. Ellenburg describes his work: “Hueter’s synthesis reflects his constant fascination with architecture and the human figure. His latest pieces instantly draw the viewer into perceptual mysteries. The effect is akin to looking into a hall of mirrors, with refracted imagery and harmonious color enticing you to further explore their eerie, illusory space.” Known to his peers and friends as “an artist’s artist,” he has exhibited throughout the United States and is a Professor Emeritus at Claremont Graduate University.

Joella Jean Mahoney
Born in Chicago in 1933, Joella Jean Mahoney has been a committed artist since early childhood. She recalls “At age three I experienced a powerful connection between myself and nature. I wanted to share this wonder at being alive with my parents and brothers. I could not yet explain wonder and awe in words, but I could through painting and drawing. So, I began serious art making and have never stopped.”

Mahoney is Professor of Art Emerita, University of La Verne where she began developing the art department in 1964. She holds a B.A. in Art from Northern Arizona University and an M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University (’65).

The canyons of the Colorado Plateau have become the major motif of her dramatic landscapes with their monumental scale of work and vision. Mahoney’s distinctive style bridges realism and abstraction. She lives in Sedona where she does the preparation for her landscapes by painting small, realistic works on location, during hiking and back packing trips in the Southwest. Back in her studio, she invents the big work in oil; not referencing the small works and never the photographs.

She has had retrospective exhibitions at Claremont Graduate University, Northern Arizona University Museum, the West Valley Museum in Phoenix, and a recent 50 year retrospective at the University of La Verne. Her canvases are known internationally via the US Art-in-Embassies Program.

Sam Maloof
Born in 1916 in Chino, Sam Maloof spoke Spanish and Arabic before he learned English. His interest in art and woodworking started early and in high school he took classes in mechanical drawing and simple carpentry. He graduated in 1934 and found work as a graphic artist. After serving in the army from 1941 to 1945, he worked as an assistant to Millard Sheets and often visited the Scripps art department. It was here that he met his wife Alfreda who had spent eight years teaching arts and crafts on Indian reservations in the Southwest. She introduced him to Native American art and together they became part of the artists’ colony in Claremont nurtured by the Claremont Colleges.

In 1953 they bought a “dingbat” bungalow in a lemon grove in Alta Loma. He transformed it into a timbered 22-room house with the handmade chairs, tables and cabinets such as he was beginning to sell. His contemporary design and use of beautiful woods have given his pieces a timeless quality.

His work is in several major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the White House Craft Collection. In 1985 he was named a MacArthur Fellow and was described by the Smithsonian Institution as “America’s most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman”. His house in Alta Loma is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours. He died at his home in 2009.

William Manker
Born in Upland in 1902, William Manker studied art at Chouinard School. He began as a designer with Ernest Batchelder, one of the leaders of the Arts and Crafts movement in California. In 1932 he opened his own business William Manker Ceramics of low-fire cast ceramics that he sold to regional stores and galleries. Manker began the ceramics department at Scripps College in 1935. Soon after he opened a second studio with a large kiln at Padua Hills where he produced cast pieces and wheel-thrown work until 1948. Inspired by Asian ceramics in the 1930s, Manker created elegant and refined forms with colorful glazes. During the next decade he simplified his shapes and enriched his color, exploring ox-blood and copper reduction red glazes.
Manker taught at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School from 1940-45 and organized the first pottery exhibitions at Lang Gallery that evolved into the Scripps Ceramic Annual that continues today. He served as Vice-President of the Design Division of the American Ceramic Society, a color consultant to House Beautiful Magazine and was chairman of the California Color Society. He lived in St. Helena, California until his death in 1997.

Harrison McIntosh
Born in Vallejo in 1914, Harrison McIntosh’s family moved to Stockton where he and his brother Robert first studied art. After moving to Los Angeles in 1937, the turning point in his career came when he took a ceramics class at the University of Southern California with Glen Lukens, the premiere artist in this medium. After the war, Harrison came to study at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School with Richard Petterson. He decided to stay in Claremont and build his house in the Padua Hills because as he put it: “This is the best place in the world.” For sixty years he shared a studio with fellow potter Rupert Deese.

An internationally known ceramicist, McIntosh’s work defined California design at mid-century, His long career spanned eight decades from his modern approach to classical vessel forms in the 1950s to his work in sculptural spheres floating on geometric chrome forms. Strong sensual shapes are often enhanced by distinctive surface decoration of thin sgrafitto lines or rhythmic brush spots. His serenely elegant stoneware vessels and sculptures are in museums all over the world including the LA County Museum, Mingei Museum in Japan, the Louvre in Paris and the Smithsonian. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 101.

Roland Reiss
Born in 1929 in Chicago, Roland Reiss is a painter and sculptor who has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. He received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and his M.F.A. from UC Los Angeles in 1957.
Before coming to Claremont, he taught painting and drawing at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the University of Colorado. At Claremont Graduate University he was Chair of the Art Department for 29 years and Benezet Professor of the Humanities. He also served as Director of the Center for the Arts and Director of “Paintings Edge”, an advanced program in painting for Idyllwild Arts.

Since 1992, Reiss has concentrated exclusively on abstract painting. His work has been seen at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Exhibitions include museums in Brazil, Mexico, China, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. He is the recipient of four N.E.A. grants and of more than forty prizes and awards. His work is located in many public, corporate and private collections.

Millard Sheets
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. At stops in New York’s museums he was most impressed by Winslow Homer’s watercolors and Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today murals. The other lasting impact on his art was the work of the Mexican Muralists and in 1932 he was an apprentice to David Alfaro Siquerios. 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.

Paul Soldner
Born in 1929 in Summerville, Illinois, Paul Soldner became one of the most influential ceramic artists in America. In 1954 he became the first graduate student to enroll in what is now Otis College of Art and Design, which was headed by Millard Sheets. There he worked under the pioneering and highly experimental ceramist Peter Voulkos.

Soldner taught at Scripps College from 1957 to 1991 and curated the annual ceramics exhibitions. His openness to the creative accident led him to the “discovery” of American Raku and his innovation of “low-temperature salt fuming.” In the 1960s, while living in Aspen, he co-founded Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. For many years he split his years between Aspen and Claremont. Soldner died at his home in Claremont in 2011.

Albert Stewart
Albert Stewart was born in England in 1900 but moved to the United States at age seven. Stewart began his artistic career in New York where he studied with Paul Manship at the Beaux Art Institute and became a follower of the archaic movement – sculptures with simplified, refined even elongated forms and animal statuary. Early on he received several commissions for monumental architectural pieces, including the pediment sculpture for the newly formed Department of Labor in Washington D.C. In 1939 Albert and Marion Stewart were married and moved to Claremont to take up positions in the Scripps College Art Department under Millard Sheets.

When they came to Scripps, Stewart took a traditional approach to sculpture, emphasizing anatomy and working from a live model. His students included Roger Kuntz, Paul Darrow, Doug McClellan and John Svenson with whom he later collaborated. Marion was appointed Lecturer in Weaving at Scripps, a position. They both retired from Scripps College in 1971 and continued to live in their Padua Hills home. Albert died in 1965 and Marion continued to give weaving classes in her home until she passed away in 2004 at the age of nearly 100.

James Strombotne
Born in South Dakota in 1934, but was raised and educated in Southern California, James Strombotne received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1956 and his M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate School in 1959. But Strombotne moved away from the still lifes, landscapes and even abstractions of his Claremont colleagues. His paintings are explorations of his interior life in stark, strong images.

He received a fellowship from Pomona College to study in Italy, and in 1962 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for further study in Rome. He went on to teach for 40 years at the University of California, Riverside. He retired in 2005 and continues to draw and paint every day.
Strombotne has had over seventy five one-man shows, with twelve retrospectives: four in New York City, twenty-two in Los Angeles, and others in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Newport Beach, and other venues. His work has also been included in many major group shows including two Whitney Biennials, the Carnegie International and the Corcoran Biennial. His work is in over 30 major museums including MOMA, the Smithsonian. LACMA, the Hirshhorn and the Whitney.

John Svenson
Born in Los Angeles in 1923, John Svenson grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley. After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to study at the Claremont Graduate School with sculptor Albert Stewart and under Millard Sheet’s influence he became interested in public art.
His work in wood may be best known but he became adept in a multitude of mediums and moved into the field of medallions and relief sculpture. This encouraged architectural commissions that became an important part of his work. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. He created over 100 sculptures in bronze, wood or stone for schools, banks, hotels, corporations and parks, many with historical themes. His sculpture Ranchero carved, on-site, from a 22-foot log of redwood for the 1953 Los Angeles County Fair still watches over the Fairplex.

His sculptures and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections. Mentors Albert Stewart and Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to “Fellow” in 1971. He has twice been awarded the AIA award for excellence in sculpture. Svenson passed away in 2016.

Martha Underwood
Born in Quincy Illinois in 1934, Martha Menke Underwood lived in many places in her early years. Her travels instilled her with a lifelong love of adventure. The daughter of a painter, she studied at Scripps College, Otis Art Institute and Claremont Graduate School in the 1950s and went on to design and produce murals for Millard Sheets for many years. She is best known for her watercolor paintings. An art professor at Chaffey College for 20 years, she remained active in the Claremont art community throughout her life. She died at her home in Claremont in 2012.

Milford Zornes
Born in the panhandle of Oklahoma in 1908, Milford Zornes was known early on as “the kid who could draw.” After moving to California, Zornes attended Pomona College and began his career in watercolor and during the Depression painted a large number of works for the WPA. Locally his most famous work is the mural in the Claremont Post Office of the area in the 1930s.
He became President of the California Watercolor Society and in 1943 was drafted into the Army/Air Force as a war artist in China, Burma and India until 1945. He became an art professor at Pomona College and then worked for the Air Force in Thule, Greenland where he produced a collection of paintings. Back in Claremont in the 1950s, he became the Art Director for the Padua Hills Theatre, where he arranged shows in the lobby for many local and regional artists. He had become a leader of the California watercolor movement and mentor to dozens of younger artists.
In 1963 Milford and his wife Pat bought the artist Maynard Dixon’s estate in Southern Utah but maintained an apartment at an adobe in Pomona. Through these years he held workshops and painting trips all over the world. His work is in countless collections and museums and had a painting selected by Eleanor Roosevelt for the White House. During the 1980s he developed macular degeneration but continued to paint full time even with limited vision. In 1999 the couple moved back to Claremont where he died in 2008 at the age of 100.

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.

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.

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.

Related Link:

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

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 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.