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GALLERIES: Art Walk Saturday, April 2

AUGIES COFFEE HOUSE/Á LA MINUTE: 536 W. First St., Packing House. Open daily. (909) 798-2255.

—Through May 31: Watercolor portraits by Charlie Spencer. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

BUDDHAMOUSE EMPORIUM: 134 Yale Ave. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. buddhamouse.com. (909) 626-3322.

—Through April 30: Watercolor landscapes by artist Henry Hayden, a Pilgrim Place resident. The exhibit features watercolors inspired by the Hayden family homesteads and his travels. Mr. Hayden led arts programming at Pilgrim Place, training new artists and coordinated the annual Festival. At 91 years old, Mr. Hayden paints each day. Opening reception: Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

BUNNY GUNNER GALLERY: 254 W. Bonita Ave. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (909) 624-7238.

—Through April 30: Suggestive glimpses of the macrocosmic and microcosmic abound in this new suite of paintings by Los Angeles artist Kerry Kugelman. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments catered by Cheese Cave.

CLAREMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ART GALLERY: 205 Yale Ave., Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (909) 398-1060.

—Through April 30: Steve Ruiz together with Susan and Sienna Ruiz and special guest Manny LeGaspe. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

CLAREMONT FORUM BOOKSHOP & GALLERY: 586 W. First St., Packing House. Sunday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. (909) 626-3066.

—Through April 29: A New Language: Exhibition of new abstract paintings by Paul Kittlaus. Opening reception: Friday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

THE COLONY AT LOFT 204: 532 W. First St., #204, Packing House. Open Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. loft204.com.

—Through April 30: “Le Festival des Animaux (The Festival of Animals)” by Elisa Rosas-Hutchison. Her work explores the relationship between color and texture through the use of traditional art media used in a non-traditional way. As a mixed-media artist, she uses acrylic paint, ink, watercolor and charcoal on the same canvas. Her inspiration comes from childhood readings of writers like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein synthesized with a native sense of reflective fantasy. Drawing on the totemic stories from her Native American heritage, animals are often the main subject of her works. Her work explores the subtext of what it would be like if animals expressed human instincts. Visit elisahutchison.com to learn more about the artist. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

FIRST STREET GALLERY ART CENTER: 250 W. First St., Suite 120. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (909) 626-5455.

—Through June 17: “Victor Frias & Everyone (Part I),” curated by Devon Tsuno and Seth Pringle. This two-part exhibition celebrates the drawings of Victor Frias. A First Street Gallery studio artist since 2007, Mr. Frias creates renderings of found imagery combined with characters drawn from his appreciation for the absurd, psychedelic and macabre. For “Part I,” Mr. Frias has collaborated with advanced art students from Cal State University Dominguez Hills while serving as a visiting artist. Stay tuned in the coming months for information regarding “Part II,” which will be presented at the dA Center for the Arts in June. Art Walk reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception: On Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., the studio will be open to peruse work from all 50 artists. Enjoy catering, wine from Vom Fass and a live musical performance by Devon.

HEIRLOOM: 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Ste. 100A.

—Saturday, April 2: “Drop A Line” by Chris O’Mahony. Sepia colored pen sculptural line drawings on cold pressed watercolor paper. The larger pieces are well over 1,000 lines without crossing. Reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Artist meet and greet, free refreshments, raffle and vinyl music. 

HILLSIDE FINE ART: 445 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite 101. Open Wednesday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m. hillsidefineart.com (909) 268-4526.

—Through April 30: Signature Please: The Art of John Budicin, Jim McVicker and Michael Obermeyer. This exhibition features paintings by three signature members of the California Art Club. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.

LAST DROP CAFÉ: 119 Harvard Ave. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. thelastdropcafe.com. (909) 482-1870.

—Through April 30: Special guest artist. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

SQUARE i GALLERY: 110 Harvard Ave. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment. Square i is an annex of the Artist Trait Gallery. Call (909) 621-9091 or info@squareigallery.com.

—Through April 30: Growing up in war torn Mesopotamia (now Iraq), artist Paul Batou longed for freedom. Mr. Batou’s paintings reflect the search for his native land and his love to restore beauty he believes art can accomplish better than politicians in delivering the message of hope and freedom. Opening reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.