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GALLERIES: Claremont art exhibitions

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 April 26: 57 Underground presents two solo shows, “Flow,” gestural abstractions by Karen Duckles, and “BreakThrough,” spiritually inspired textural paintings by Lisa Brugger.

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. The exhibition is organized by The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. Curated by Kirk Delman, collections manager and registrar, the exhibition 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 illustrates Ms. Cox’s 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 March 31: “Sitting in a Circle,” paintings and paper art by Franny Werthwein. Growing up on a farm in New Jersey, Ms. Werthwein spent many hours daydreaming in tall fields of grass and the branches of orchard trees. As an observer of nature, she has always felt a deep spiritual connection with the land and sea. She began painting in watercolor because of its ethereal qualities and is currently working in acrylics. Because of her fascination with textures, she was inspired to study the art of handmade paper and collage, which includes found objects, paper and organic material. Opening reception: Friday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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 31: “Looking At Fire,” featuring artists from varying backgrounds, but all have one common thread—working with Ferndale ceramicist Conrad Calimpong and his wood fire kiln.

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 March 31: “At Your Service,” featuring weavings, altars, prints, spirit dolls and drawings by Jan Wheatcroft.

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 April 2: “Perceptions,” artwork by IB Visual Arts students at Claremont High School. Artist reception: Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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 29: Photographer Andrew Vasquez compiles a collection of black and white photography with a nod to classic Calvin Klein and GUESS ads employing high-contrast photo processing. Taking fashion photography to a new level, Mr. Vasquez takes a more personal approach and highlights each model’s personality in every selection. Each piece has it’s own unique character.

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 May 16: “Fresh Work,” a group show, which features six emerging talents from the First Street Gallery studio. This exhibition presents work that is rich and expressive, whose lightness belies its rigor. Vicente Siso offers a loose yet descriptive line layered over deep fields of color, while Jackie Marsh creates whimsical animal forms and exuberant technicolor floral arrangements.

THE FOLK MUSIC CENTER: 220 Yale Ave., Claremont Village.

—Through March 31: The Annual Silent Art Auction for the Friends of the Bernard Field Station (FBBFS) includes paintings, jewelry, ceramics and more by local artists that can be seen in the window of the Folk Music Center. The FBBFS is a local nonprofit dedicated to education and the environment. The auction ends at 5 p.m. on March 31.

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.

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.

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

—March: The featured artist is Richard Martinez.

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.

—Through March 14: Sally Bruno MFA thesis show. East Gallery.

—Through March 14: Gabriel Luis Perez’ “Rope-A-Dope.” Peggy Phelps Gallery.

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 yearlong 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 BCE) 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 BCE-220 CE) as well as later Nestorian Christian sites from the Tang Dynasty (618-906 CE).

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 Mr. 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 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 March 31: For over 35 years, Robin Temaiana Repp has been documenting and commenting on our contemporary society with different photographic methods. Beginning in 1969-70, as a student at UC Berkeley, she created photo silk-screen images and transformed them into protest posters. Since then, she has presented photo imagery in paintings, woodcuts, lithography, drawings, collages, and sculptures. Her current work is digital infrared photography, which portrays the emotions of fear and anticipation in the landscape. The use of infrared photography suggests a surrealistic and dream like future state. Infrared wavelengths are not visible to the human eye, but become apparent in the photograph. In this same way that people are fascinated by the landscape but fear what it may hold, infrared photography shows us a hint of the unknown from a safe distance.



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.


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