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.
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Chinese Luxury Goods of the Ming and Qing Dynasties” is on exhibition through August 24. Drawing on the Petterson Museum’s extensive collection of Chinese art and artifacts, they will highlight prestige items used by the nobility and wealthy civil servants during China’s last two dynasties, spanning the years between 1368-1912. The exhibit will include silk robes, jewelry and costume accessories, paintings, ivory, ceramic, lacquer and metal artifacts once used by the ruling elite of China.
Square i Gallery presents “All About Claremont,” watercolors by Patrick Dooley. This show will features new works focusing on the college campuses in this quaint California town. Mr. Dooley has a large following for his depictions of these now-famous colleges and their tree-covered campuses.
Check out “Tribe Tuesdays” at Galeria de Pérolas upstairs in the Claremont Packing House. This event is an open studio session for artists to share the space and work on their pieces. Open to artists of all levels from 7 to 9:30 p.m.