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GALLERIES: Current art exhibitions in Claremont and Pomona

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. 397-0218.

—Through February 24: “Textures in Motion” featuring abstract painters Lisa Brugger and Karen Duckles. Ms. Brugger has used her arts education, travels and life experiences to create positive energy through art. Since moving back to LA she has participated in many group shows, curated a pop-up gallery called “Black and White Gallery” in downtown LA, and started a website to help other artists. Ms. Duckles paints flowing abstractions in a gestural manner, often using her hands directly on the canvas. Her work has been influenced by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. One of its precepts, that truth can be found in nature, has informed her work for many years. Her subjects derive from natural phenomena such as wind, water and plants. Artist reception: February 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. Art walks: February 9 and 23.

AMOCA MUSEUM: 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. 865-3146. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. www.amoca.org. 865-3146.

—Through January 27: “The Wilson Collection of German Mettlach Ware 1850 to 1915 and Present-day Translations” includes a selection of steins, vases, plaques, punch bowls, platters and more.

BUDDHAMOUSE EMPORIUM: 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 626-3322.

—Wednesdays: Dancing in Eden, belly dance for beginners. One-hour belly dance lesson with Adina Dane, who is trained in Egyptian, Turkish and tribal-style belly dancing. $10 per class or $36 for 4 classes. For ages 17 and over. 5 to 6 p.m.

—Fridays: “Practice Writing Prompts” facilitated by Judy Kohnen. Two 10-minute writing prompts to help brush up on writing skills, plus an additional hour of writing time. This workshop is suggested for creative people working on stories, memoirs and poetry.  $5 per session. 10 a.m. to noon.

—Sundays: “Writing Your First Poetry Collection” is a 10-week course to help students draw poetry out of themselves. John Brantingham’s work has appeared in Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and in hundreds of magazines such as The Journal. Contact him by email at johnmbrantingham@aol.com. $45 per session. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—Mondays: “Drumming Circle” with Bruce Padget, a night dispatcher for a trucking company in Fontana and has been studying drumming for about 20 years. No experience is necessary. Bring drums, shakers, blocks, bells, chants or anything to make rhythm. There will be a few to loan. $5 per session. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

—Through January 31: “Now and Zen,” 24 works of art by 12 artists, curated by James Jolicoeur.

BUNNY GUNNER GALLERY: 266 W. Second St., Pomona Arts Colony. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. 868-2808.

—Through January 31: “Pieces” by Amy Maloof featuring found object sculpture and collage. In the piece “Disco Diaspora,” Maloof deconstructs an 8-inch mirror ball creating a flattened, stagnant 2-dimensional map and then reanimates the party by directing a rotating multicolor light onto the picture.

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

—Through January 29: Jacqueline Knell’s exhibit “*2600.

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

—Through January 18: New works by Dru McKenzie and “The Holiday Show.” Ms. McKenzie is a longtime studio artist of First Street Gallery. This solo show will include 5 drawings, which demonstrate her compositional acumen across a range of subject matter. The First Street Gallery tradition, “The Holiday Show,” will include at least one piece from every one of the 50 gallery artists. Works purchased from “The Holiday Show” will be available to take home immediately.

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

—Open Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. by appointment only: Featuring California art, paintings and sculptures from local and national artists since 1976.

GALLERY SOHO: 300-A S. Thomas St., basement level, Pomona Arts Colony. Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

—Through January 31: “Creative Journey.”

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 from California and other parts of the world.

—Through February 2: “Site to Studio,” an exhibition of selected plein air works representing 30 artists throughout southern California.

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

—Through January 25: “Tripod: Kyla Hansen & Dion Johnson” in the Peggy Phelps Gallery.

—Through January 25: “Antonio Adriano Puleo: Space Working, Selections 2009-Present” in the East Gallery.

—January 28 through February 1: “Paradise Maintenance Department,” a contemporary Polynesian critique, exhibition of oil and vinyl paintings and Mylar collages. East Gallery. Opening reception: Tuesday, January 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

PERMADIRTY PROJECT SPACE: 532 W. First St., Unit 219, Claremont. Thursday through Sunday. Visit www.permadirty.org.

—Through February 15: “Hundreds Under a Hundred” is a group show to showcase small works (under 12” x 12”) of many media under $100.

PETTERSON MUSEUM OF INTERCULTURAL ART: 730 Plymouth Road, 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 B.C. to the present, contributed by Pilgrim Place residents and community friends, covering every continent. 399-5544.

—Through January 27: “All Dolled Up: Selections from the Petterson’s Doll Collections,” featuring historic and contemporary international dolls.

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

—January 26 through April 7: “Denatured Nature,” Scripps College Ceramic Annual—the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States. Lecture: Opening lecture by curator Virginia Scotchie Saturday, January 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium. Opening reception: Saturday, January 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Williamson Gallery.

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 6 weeks. Call 621-9091 or e-mail info@squareigallery.com.

—Through January 31: Birthday celebration in memory of Milford Zornes (1908-2008), a leader in the California Style watercolor movement. Mr. Zornes taught painting workshops around the world including China, Alaska, Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Spain and more. Birthday reception: Birthday cake and wine will be served on Mr. Zornes’ birthday (Friday, January 25) from 6 to 9 p.m.


Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: At least one week before date of the event. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Phone: 621-4761. Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: 621-4072. There is NO guarantee that all items submitted will be published. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711.