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Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit (updated)

Betty Davenport Ford with Wild Goat, 1956

Betty Davenport Ford with Wild Goat, 1956

A sculpture exhibit, Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spiritwill be on public view at three venues from November 3, 2013 through October of 2014. This exhibit, produced by the Claremont Museum of Art, is cosponsored by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts.

One of Claremont’s most prolific sculptors, Betty Davenport Ford is well known for her unique style and honest craftsmanship. Working in clay and bronze for over sixty years, she simplifies form to abstract the natural essence of the wild creatures she depicts.

Sunday, November 3 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, RSABG and SAMFAC members. Children under 18 are free.

November 10 – March 30, 2014 at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Exhibit is open Friday-Sunday 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.

Friday, December 13, 5-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
The Claremont Museum of Art will host a reception at the RSABG gallery to honor Betty Davenport Ford. There will be a $5 entrance fee for that evening’s Luminaria event with a candle-lit loop walk through the gardens.

May 4 – October 25 at Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts
5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma. As part of Sculpture in the Garden 2014, the exhibition will be on display in the Pyramid Room every Thursday and Saturday noon to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

THE ARTIST

During Ford’s early years she discovered the beauty of the animal form, a fascination that thematically reoccurred in her sculptures throughout her professional career. It was through the study of the form and anatomy of these creatures that Ford gained the ability to capture not only the likeness of her animal subjects, but their essence as well.

A professional sculptor, teacher and author, Betty Davenport Ford was born in Upland in 1924. She received her BA degree from Scripps College and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan in 1950. Her award winning work has been exhibited throughout the country and she has taught at Scripps, Pasadena City College and throughout California for the Visual Arts Program. She created numerous public works of art including the large tiger of Chaffey High School in Ontario and several fountains for the Pomona Mall.

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.

Claremont Museum of Art expands permanent collection

Martha Underwood - Rocky Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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