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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 amoca.org or call (909) 865-3146.

—April 12 through June 1: “Kilnopening.edu 2014: California Ceramic Academia,” a biennial exhibition featuring ceramic work from California college/university professors and students throughout California. The exhibit focuses on the influence of the professor and idealism of the student, together creating the next era of ceramic fine art. The exhibition also acts as a fundraiser to support both the artists and AMOCA’s ceramic educational programs. Everything in the exhibit is for sale. Opening reception: Saturday, April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Lecture: Speaker and featured artist Tanya Batura will give a talk on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

—April 12 through June 1: Jamie Bardsley creates small folds of clay with palm prints and assembles them into a large-scale installation. “Sitting on the floor crossed legged for hours at a time, I would pound out little pieces of clay and then fold them into the palm of my hand. These folds are made from various porcelain clay bodies, each with a slightly different hue. The memory of the clay reveals the lines from my hand and records the making of each intimate piece,” Jaimie Bardsley. The folds have become a driving force for Jamie Bardsley and play an integral part in his creations.

—April 12 through June 1: Organized by Tony Huntley, Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Saddleback College,  “Big Fish Small Pot” exhibition features teapots selected by juror, Guangzhen Po Zhou, who is a ceramic artist, writer, curator, a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. AMOCA only serves as the host venue for the exhibition.

—April 12 through June 1: “Emerging Artists: High School Exhibition.” In this second annual exhibition, AMOCA invited over 400 high schools in Southern California to participate. High Schools from San Diego to Santa Barbara have sent ceramic pieces by their star students to be exhibited in a museum show. Emerging Artists gives high school students a rare opportunity to interact with college level artists and professors in an effort to inspire further careers in ceramics.

—Saturday, May 24: Free Family Day featuring tours, hands-on activities for kids and demonstrations for guests of all ages. Plus a “Tribute to Betty Davenport Ford: Animal Wall Hangings.” 1 to 4 p.m.

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

—Through April 30:“Tear it up and make it Art” mixed media and textured pieces. The mixed media art by artist Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield is a reflection of her passion for a multitude of carefully chosen and unusual objects. The variety of materials she selects might include anything from found or discarded treasures to beautiful handmade papers with a tasteful mix of her own personal photography incorporated. By her careful selection and use of her own favorite photographs, either taken or collected by her of things and people she loves, she only further enhances her already very personal pieces of art. Opening reception: Friday, April 4 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 April 5: “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.  Art walk: Friday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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: “The Retrospective Art of Jerry Owens: 1968 to 2014.” Opening reception: Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

—Through April 30: “The World of Jack L. Morris, Pelican Bay State Prison,” an exhibition of the artwork, poetry and letters of Morris, who has been incarcerated since 1978 in Pelican Bay. Opening reception: Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sheila Pinkel, professor emerita of art at Pomona College, will read from Mr. Morris’ letters and poetry at 7 p.m. 

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 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 April 30: “Portraits in Youth,” a spring photography collection by Chelsea Knight. This exhibition features portraits of women in verdant settings with accents of flowers, all shot in natural light. Ms. Knight, a 25-year-old photographer from San Dimas, recently graduated from the University of La Verne with a degree in English and minored in photography. She explores themes of beauty and its decay in her work, ranging from creative portraits to macabre digital art pieces. Opening reception: Friday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring complimentary refreshments and pop-up shop by Wings Studio. Rosemary Bour and her daughter, Cheyenne Smith, have been creating beaded treasures for years. They’ve most recently turned their attention to making one-of-a-kind works of art. Beginning with skulls of powerful animals, such as the buffalo, ram and steer, they embellish this natural framework with intricate overlays of semi-precious stones, metals, beadwork, leather and fur to create a work of art worthy of the animal it represents. Once completed, each design is protected with multiple layers of clear glaze.

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 facebook.com/galeriadeperolas.

—Through April 30: “50/50 – 50 pieces under $50.” Opening reception: Friday, April 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring drinks and entertainment and a one-time exclusive offer: limited edition blackout poetry bookends by New York artist Brooke Fleming.

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

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

GINGER ELLIOTT EXHIBITION CENTER: 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont in the Garner House at Memorial Park. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  or by appointment. Claremont Heritage, (909) 621-0848.

—Through April 6: Bunny Gunner presents “All You Can Eat.” Friday and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Opening reception: Friday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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

—Friday, April 4: Mixed media paintings by Claremont-based artist Gina Nelson and acrylic “Sacred Mandala Paintings” by local artist Jonella Ramsey. 5:30 to 9 p.m.

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

—April 7 through 11: “Making Rich Use of ‘Leisure,’” MFA thesis exhibition by Augusto Sandroni. Opening reception: Tuesday, April 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

—April 7 through 11: “Project Ordinary” MFA thesis exhibition by Paul Kelley. Opening reception: Tuesday, April 8 from 6 to 9 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 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 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.

RAYMOND M. ALF MUSEUM: 1175 W. Base Line Road, Webb Schools campus. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission: $6 per person, 4 and under free. The paleontology museum features fossils of dinosaurs and mammals. (909) 624-2798 or alfmuseum.org.

—Saturday, April 12: Ninth annual Fossil Fest, featuring special discounted admission of $3 (children ages 4 and under may attend for free). Attend talks on the latest paleontological research, including “Joe” the baby Parasaurolophus dinosaur and paint an animal footprint replica. 1 to 4 p.m.

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 scrippscollege.edu/williamson-gallery.

—Through April 30: Neither the season’s light rains nor the recent torrential downpours can quench California’s three-year drought. As water restrictions in cities parallel cuts to agricultural supply, the scant rainfall will continue to have profound implications on the lives and livelihoods of California residents. The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s third annual intern-curated exhibition, “Drowning in Drought: Selections from the Scripps College Collections,” explores varying conditions in California and elsewhere, from the vastness of the parched desert dunes to the misty ocean waves. Gallery 112 is located in the Lang Art Building at Scripps College, 250 E. Twelfth St., between Columbia and Dartmouth avenues.

—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.

SPACE POMONA: 250 W. Second St., Pomona. 818-404-4100. Visit thespacegallery.wordpress.com.

—Saturday, April 5: Winter will perform at SPACE Pomona at 7:30 p.m. at the closing reception of “Women in Photography” exhibition.

—April 12 through May 3: “POPUP | PINUP” featuring photography. Opening reception: Saturday, April 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. Art Walk: Saturday, April 12 with live music by The World Record at 7:30 p.m.

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 April 30: Larry White’s art career has spanned nearly 45 years. Although primarily known as a craftsman working with Sam Maloof for 27 years, he’s also exhibited work in other media, including ceramic sculpture, drawing, painting and mixed media. He has taught at two California Universities and held summer classes at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Co. Since retiring from Sam Maloof Woodworker, Inc. in Alta Loma, he maintains a ceramic studio in The Packing Plant, Pomona and a mixed media studio in Desert Hot Springs. He’s exhibited his work nationally and is found in both private and public collections. Opening reception: Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.



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.