Back in May, Hillside Fine Art gallery owner Steve Harrison had a big decision to make. His gallery had been shut down since early March, and the prospects for returning to in-person shows looked dim.
With his husband John Ibson now retired from Cal State Fullerton, he considered whether perhaps it was just time to put that chapter of his life away and move on.
Bunny Gunner opens “Beaches, Bicycles and Skateboards,” by local Claremont artist Michael Ladner, Saturday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Mr. Ladner studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and New York’s School of Visual Art. He has previously exhibited his work in Park Slope and Red Hook, Brooklyn.
“The Art of Time: Japan and its Seasons,” opens Friday, February 21 at Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont.
“In Japan, the experience of the seasons is embedded in language, celebrated in national festivals, and codified in art,” read the Petterson’s description of the show.
There are Claremont roots, and then there are Claremont roots. Take for instance Richard Martinez.
His father arrived here a century ago, and worked for Pomona College, first unloading heating oil from incoming train cars, then later as mason and gardener. He eventually planted some of the early trees on campus, many of which remain today.
Those are some deep roots.
“Allegories of an Invisible Brown Boy,” at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, is an arresting 20-year retrospective of painter and sculptor Raul Pizarro’s moving and deeply personal work. The wide-ranging show, opening Sunday with a free artist reception from 4 to 9 p.m. at the dA, 252 N. Main St., #D, is also an apt representation of the Pomona institution’s ethos.
The Claremont Village Art Walk is Saturday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Many galleries offer wine and cheese, live entertainment and an opportunity to mingle with the artist. Head over to one of the following galleries Saturday, December 7 to celebrate Claremont’s rich art legacy.
The Claremont Art Walk is held the first Saturday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.
CLAREMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ART GALLERY
205 Yale Ave., Claremont Chamber
“Maureen Wheeler and Jennifer Simison.” Watercolor, sculpture, prints and pottery. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Catering by Twisted Sage Cafe; music by Cool Yule.
Dovey Dee came a long way to take part in the latest dA Gallery show. But, then again, she didn’t.
Ms. Dee, a painter, lives in Australia. Before emigrating Down Under in 2000 she studied art in Claremont, earning her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in 1983 and a master’s from Claremont Graduate University in 1985. During the 1980s she was a fixture in the local art scene, and even spent time on dA’s board of directors.
Meeting Claremont artist Helen Rae is a treat, but make no mistake, she is in the creation business to create, not to meet reporters. After a quick but cordial greeting this past week, the 76-year-old artist was back at it, chipping away at another strikingly vivid work in colored pencil and graphite.
The sculpture painting “Thin Figure Rising” by artist James Hueter, has been acquired by The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino for their permanent collection of American Art. Mr. Hueter studied art at Pomona College and received his MFA at Claremont Graduate University.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Claremont artist Dan Van Clapp takes this saying literally, using castoffs to create “treasure” from his imagined expeditions that appear, quite honestly, real as can be.
“Bin-diving, thrift stores and people give me trash,” the artist said, explaining how he comes across his material.
Vicki Rensch presents a photography exhibition titled “Americana” in celebration of the Fourth of July. The collection includes images from the Statue of Liberty, a pre-9/11 World Trade Center, Amish country and a Colonial church. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Red, white and blue treats will be served.