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57 UNDERGROUND: 300-C S. Thomas St., Pomona Arts Colony. Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; second and last Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. 57 Underground features contemporary works by member and guest artists. (909) 397-0218.

—Through February 23: “Dichotomies of Vision,” branching rather than division; resulting from fundamental dualities in visual arts.

AMOCA MUSEUM: 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. 865-3146. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. General admission is $7, students and seniors admission is $5 and members and children 12 and under may enter for free. Visit www.amoca.org or call (909) 865-3146.

—Through March 30: “Best Kept Secret - the Scripps College Ceramics Collection” at AMOCA in the Main Gallery. An exhibition organized by The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. Curated by Kirk Delman, collections manager and Registrar, the exhibition features work from the Scripps College Ceramic Collection. The show provides viewers insights into the contributions of individual donors and an opportunity to assess the RCWG’s achievements as a collecting institution for more than six decades. This exhibition of more than 180 objects will include works from the Otis group and will also highlight many others, including, Laura Andreson, Robert Arneson, Hans Coper, Phil Cornelius, Shoji Hamada, Jun Kaneko, John Mason, and Jim Melchert.

Through March 30: “Patsy Cox: Romanesco Fractals,” a visually stimulating, multi-part installation in “THE VAULT” special project space. Curated by Rody Lopez, associate curator, the exhibition features Patsy Cox and illustrates her exploration through ceramics of the naturally occurring fractal forms of the Romanesco Broccoli, an edible variant of the cauliflower. This striking form found in nature presents itself as a natural fractal with each bud made up of a series of smaller buds arranged in a logarithmic spiral. Ms. Cox’s forms are meant to overwhelm the eye and environment with repetition and activity in celebration of the power and beauty found in the natural world.

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

—Through February  28: “The Place that Holds Us: Landscapes by Donna Day Westerman,” featuring woodcuts, engravings and egg tempera paintings. Artist’s statement: “In my work, everything begins and ends with drawing. I love lines. However, my early facility with drawing was difficult to reconcile with my attraction to color until I rediscovered the medium of egg tempera, a historical technique used by the Greeks as far back as Alexander the Great and also popular during the late Middle Ages. Here, colors are built up from multiple layers of glazes applied as thin crosshatched lines. I can achieve depth and translucency of color while making the same strokes I use in drawing and printmaking.”

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

—Through March 5: “Speaking Through Sediment,” featuring Cindy Rinne and George Comer.

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 February 28: “Little Animals, Small Scapes and imaginary Friends,” by Max Emadi.

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

—Through February 28: “Palladium: Up Close” featuring photographer James Manley. Two dozen 11x14-sized prints using a platinum/palladium process developed in the 1870’s.

CLAREMONT MUSEUM OF ART: www.claremontmuseum.org.

—Through March 30: “Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit,” an exhibit of sculpture presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, is on view in the gallery of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden through March 2014. One of Claremont’s most prolific sculptors, Ms. Ford is well known for her unique style and honest craftsmanship.  Working in clay and bronze for over 60 years, she simplifies form to abstract the natural essence of the wild creatures she depicts. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The exhibit is open Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children and free for CMA and RSABG members.

THE COLONY AT LOFT 204: 532 W. First St., #204, Claremont Packing House. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extended hours on the first Friday of the month for Claremont Art Walk until 9 p.m., with live music at 8 p.m. Visit www.loft204.com. Email info@loft204.com for information about purchasing monthly wall space for artwork display or to inquire about event rental of gallery space. Call Vicki at (626) 224-7915 or (626) 963-4238 for one-on-one art instruction for junior high and high school age students.

—Through March 1: Longtime photojournalist and COURIER publisher Peter Weinberger is featured with a large-print photography exhibition titled “Off the Beaten Path.” These limited edition large-scale landscape images are sized to order in vivid color. The images, including panoramas, focus on stunning scenery from throughout the country not seen by the casual observer.

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

—Through February 14: “Joe Zaldivar: Glimpse of a Street View” and holiday show. By using his tablet, Mr. Zaldivar uses Google Maps Street View to access street level vantage points around the world, which he uses as source material for his paintings/drawings. This show will include "Street View" renditions of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles and the original Starbucks location in Seattle, a piece in which he incorporated coffee as a painting medium. Also on display is the annual holiday show. This First Street Gallery tradition will include at least one piece from every one of their 52 artists. Works purchased from the show will be available to take home immediately.

GALERIA DE PÉROLAS: 532 W. First St. #211, Claremont Packing House. Open by appointment.

—Tuesdays: “Tribe Tuesday,” 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. Space is limited to 10 people per session. Call (909) 236-1562 or visit www.facebook.com/galeriadeperolas.

—Through February 28: “Broken Hearts, Lessons Learned & Cupids Revenge: Anti-Valentine.” Artist participating in the exhibit include Jill Carol, Sandee Hex, MAD, Maia Donadee, Ashley Misner, Johnnie Dominguez, JoeDed, Gore and ARoseLittle. Meet and greet the artists, enjoy refreshments, live painting and music.

GALLERIA BERETICH: The home and studio of Barbara Beretich, 1034 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 624-0548. www.galleriaberetich.com.

—Ongoing: Visitors welcome, appointments appreciated. Featuring California art, paintings and sculptures from local and national artists since 1976.

INTREGRATIVE BODYWORK: 114 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 239-8313.

—Through February 28: Mixed media paintings by Claremont-based artist, Gina Nelson will be on display featuring “Symbolic Sacred Art” using acrylic paint and the Mandala form by local artist, Jonella Ramsey.

MARTINEZ GALLERY: 504 W. First St., Claremont Packing House. www.martinezgallery.weebly.com. (909) 527-9177.

—January: Landscape and portrait art classes offered by Richard and Marciano Martinez focusing on watercolor, oil and acrylic. They will be painting at the gallery as well as at 'plein air' painting trips to the mountains, beach and deserts. For information on classes and prices, call (909) 527-9177.

—February: The featured artist will be Marciano Martinez focusing on an early retrospective along with some newer work.

MALOOF FOUNDATION FOR ARTS & CRAFTS: 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma. 980-0412, info@malooffoundation.org or www.malooffoundation.org.

Tours: Docent-led tours are offered on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and feature Sam Maloof’s handmade home, furniture and the extensive Maloof collection of arts and crafts. Due to limited capacity, advance reservations are strongly recommended for all tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. The Discovery Garden is open to visitors on Thursdays and Saturdays between noon and 4 p.m. at no charge. Check in at the Foundation Bookstore. The garden features drought-tolerant plants native to California and other parts of the world.

PEGGY PHELPS GALLERY & EAST GALLERY: Claremont Graduate University, 251 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (909) 621-8071.

—February 17 through 21: “Infinity,” MFA thesis exhibition by Carmen Fodoreanu. Peggy Phelps Gallery. Opening reception: Tuesday, February 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. with artist talks at 7 p.m.

—February 17 through 21: “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Via,” MFA Thesis Exhibition by Jette Via. East Gallery. Opening reception: Tuesday, February 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. with artist talks at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

PETTERSON MUSEUM OF INTERCULTURAL ART: 730 Plymouth Rd., Pilgrim Place. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Contains collections of international fine art, folk art and material culture from 10,000 BCE to the present, contributed by Pilgrim Place residents and community friends, covering every continent. (909) 399-5544.

—Through April 30: “A Long Time Ago, in a Kingdom Far Away—China Before the Ming.” Inaugurating a year-long series of exhibits highlighting Chinese history and culture, the Petterson Museum will be showing 150 pieces from its collections of ancient artifacts dating from the Shang Dynasty (1700-1027 B.C.E.) to the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). This is the first time in the history of the museum that these ceramic, stone and metal objects will all be on display at the same time. Supplementing these will be ink rubbings from early Han dynasty ancestral shrines (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.) as well as later Nestorian Christian sites from the Tang Dynasty (618-906 C.E.).

POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: 333 N. College Ave., Claremont. Open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Art After Hours on Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Open through December 5; closed Thanksgiving day. For more information, visit www.pomona.edu/museum. Contact Pomona College Museum of Art by email at museuminfo@pomona.edu or call (909) 621-8283. 

—Through April 13: The exhibition “Mowry Baden: Dromedary Messanine” includes immersive, large-scale sculpture. Dromedary Mezzanine represents the first showing of this artwork in the western United States and the first time the work has been on view since becoming part of Pomona College's permanent collection. One of Canada's most accomplished artists and one of Pomona College's most distinguished alumni, Mr. Baden has been creating kinesthetic sculptures and public artworks for four decades. Mr. Baden graduated from Pomona College in 1958 and returned 10 years later to take on the roles of professor of art, department chair and gallery director. Mr. Baden’s works, which invite viewers to physically operate the sculpture, have always involved a more collaborative approach to viewers that prefigures much contemporary work today.

—Through April 13: The exhibition “Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane” includes new work by Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers that examines the notorious Steubenville, Ohio high school rape case. In addition to a new series of drawings, “#sweetjane” includes a video based on Ms. Bowers's three trips to Steubenville that documents the protest surrounding the trial and activities of “hactivist” group Anonymous. Her return to Ohio to document the Steubenville case is a form of personal mapping of 30 years of violence against women. The exhibition unfolds over two campuses and is the second collaborative project between the Pomona College Museum of Art and the Pitzer College Art Galleries. At the Pomona College Museum of Art, this exhibition is “Project Series 48” and is supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance.

—Through April 13: “Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley: Portraits, Abstractions,” and “In-Between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley” presents a selection of drawings, paintings and prints drawn from Pomona College's collection. The late Frederick Hammersley taught painting for several years at Pomona College. He came to prominence in 1959 in the landmark exhibition “Four Abstract Classicists,” which brought together the work of Hammersley, Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson and John McLaughlin. In over 60 years as an artist, Mr. Hammersley produced a wide range of drawings, from naturalistic portraits to computer-generated drawings. This exhibition showcases the range of Mr. Hammersley’s work and is made possible in part by the generous donation of art works from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. It is curated by Hannah Pivo, Josephine Bump, Shayda Amanat, Graham “Bud” and Mary Ellen Kilsby.

—Through April 13: The exhibition “Witness: Käthe Kollwitz” features German artist Käthe Kollwitz, who lived and worked in the midst of tremendous political and social upheaval. “Witness: Käthe Kollwitz” features works in several graphic mediums—wood block, lithography, etching, and drypoint—drawn from Pomona College's collection. The exhibition includes self-portraits from the 1920s and 1930s alongside images that unflinchingly depict death, poverty and violence against women. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the West Coast premiere of the song-cycle “Kollwitz-Konnex” (...im Frieden seiner Hände), composed by Ralf Yusuf Gawlick and performed by Scripps faculty member Anne Harley and internationally-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. The performance, which will be held on March 27, is co-sponsored by the Pomona College Museum of Art, Scripps Department of Music, Intercollegiate German Studies and the Scripps O’Brian Fund.

RUTH CHANDLER WILLIAMSON GALLERY: 1030 Columbia Ave., at 11th and Columbia Streets on the Scripps College campus. Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibitions. Free admission. (909) 607-3397 or www.scrippscollege.edu/williamson-gallery/.

—Through April 6: 2014 Scripps College 70th Ceramic Annual, the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States will celebrate its 70th year. Traditionally an “artist’s choice” event, this year’s exhibition will bring together a large number of past curators from the show’s long history to celebrate art in clay.

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

—Through February 28: “Every Day Life” by Yaw Mensah. Mr. Mensah creates art the way a great storyteller weaves a tale expertly and with such skill that you almost hold your breath at the familiarity of it all. He shows you the beauty and the very soul of this diverse and exciting continent. His many mediums, oil, water color and acrylic paints as well as charcoals, pastels and ink all serve to bring to life people, places and things one holds dear like values or culture.



Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: (909) 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.