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Forum ‘takes’ on exhibit of CHS art

“Alternate Takes,” an exhibition of work by students from Claremont High School, is on view at the Claremont Forum now through April 30.

One of the images on display, a photo of the façade of the historical Sincere Trading Company in Chinatown taken by senior Marvin Carabante, is notably being featured in the upcoming publication Photographer’s Forum: Best of College and High School Photography 2013.

Marvin, one of Ms. Wonacott’s most promising students, was also featured in last year’s edition of the publication. Other accolades and honors include a solo exhibition of his work at Some Crust Bakery and an honorable mention in the recent ArtReach exhibition at the Pomona Fairplex.

“I am so proud of Marvin. I really believe that he has grown to be an amazing artist,” Ms. Wonacott said. “His work is so impressive, both in technique and in concept. If he continues in his craft, I really believe that he would do well in pursuing fine art as a career.”

Ms. Wonacott says this exhibit is filled with a particularly vibrant and diverse group of images. She emphasizes student exhibits because they allow developing artists to express their ideas on a larger stage, gain confidence and get started with the kind of experiences they will have as they move toward college and the world.

“My students work so hard and create such beautifully unique works of art; it's awesome to be able to show the community all the amazing work being produced at the high school,” she said.

Ms. Wonacott is particularly delighted to be able to partner with the Claremont Forum.

“I love working with this organization, not only because I strongly support their cause, but they also strongly support student achievement and educational awareness,” she said, adding, “I am so fortunate to work at a school and in a community that is so supportive of the arts.”

The Claremont Forum is located at 586 West First Street in the Claremont Packing House, Village West. 

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