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GALLERIES: Claremont art receptions Friday and Saturday

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 are derived 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.

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

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

—February 1 through 28: “Squeak,” new paintings by Anne Seltzer. This exhibition is tailored for Buddhamouse Emporium, with images inspired by the ambiance of the shop. Contentment, peace and beauty are key elements for the creatures in these works, as they enjoy meditation on rock stacks, in wheat fields or in the scent of a lavender garden. Mice and birds serve as the central figures in these colorful paintings. Opening reception: Friday, February 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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 February 28: Mary Pavlovich and Sharon Hightower Fiber Artist Exhibit and Sale. Artist reception: Friday, February 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m

THE COLONY AT LOFT 204: 532 W. First St., #204, Claremont Packing House. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.loft204.com.

—Through February 28: This month’s featured artist is fashion photographer Andrew Vasquez. Other participants include the Claremont COURIER, photography by Vicki, watercolor and fashion designs by Arwen Allen, photography by Rico J Coria, painting prints by Melody Grace Cave and photography by Barbara Sammons. Grand opening and artist reception: Friday, February 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Watch a belly dance show by an American Tribal Style dancer, get your free photo taken by RD Foto Studio, view artwork by 7 unique artists, shop the boutique and enjoy conversation with other locals in a lounge setting.

—Saturday, February 2: “Metaphorically Speaking,” a workshop by Sarah Torribio. Learn how to create strong and cliché-free imagery, metaphors and word pictures for poetry. 1 to 3 p.m. $10.

—Tuesday, February 5: Belly dance class with Jacki Torres. 7 to 8 p.m. $10.

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.”

—February 28 through March 1: “Heart and Soul.” Art take-in: Saturday, February 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening reception: Saturday, February 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

IRENE CARISON GALLERY: The University of La Verne, Miller Hall, 1950 Third St., La Verne. 593-3511 ext. 4281.

—February 4 through April 5: Mitch Dobrowner’s “Vital Firmament.” Artist reception: Thursday, February 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

LENZNER FAMILY ART GALLERY: First floor of Atherton Hall on the Pitzer College campus. Free admission. Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. or by appointment throughout the year. 607-8797.

—Through March 22: Emerging Artist Series #7: “Tannaz Farsi: Crowd Control.”

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.

NICHOLS GALLERY: First floor of the Broad Center on Pitzer College campus. Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. or by appointment throughout the year. 607-8797.

—Through March 22: “Martha Wilson,” an independent traveling exhibition.

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 February 1: “Paradise Maintenance Department,” a contemporary Polynesian critique, exhibition of oil and vinyl paintings and Mylar collages. East Gallery.

—February 4 through 8: “Babes in the Wood,” Katie Grip MFA thesis exhibition. Artist reception: Tuesday, February 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

—February 4 through 8: “All Cats Are Grey in the Dark,” Kristen Bradford MFA thesis exhibition. Artist reception: Tuesday, February 5 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 March 24: “Fabulous Fauna: Mythical Beasts from around the Globe.” Mermaids, dragons, griffins, phoenixes, fu dogs and more. This exhibit will also give the public a rare look at some of the amazing imperial Chinese dragon robes in the museum’s collection.

—April 20 through July 28: “Celebrating the Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia.” Opening reception: Saturday, April 20. Enjoy an all-day event featuring music, dance, food and crafts from the region.

POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: 330 N. College Ave. Hours during exhibitions: Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission info: 621-8283 or www.pomona.edu/museum.

—Through April 14: “Kristen Everberg: In a Grove.” The exhibition is the 45th in the Museum’s Project Series and consists of a new suite of 4 paintings and 4 drawings based on Everberg’s exploration of the Japanese crime drama Rashomon (1950) by filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Artist lecture: Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m.

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/.

—Through April 7: “Denatured Nature,” Scripps College Ceramic Annual—the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States.

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 and Spain.

—Through February 28: Michael J. Hart, a fifth-generation California native, captures American wildlife in his exhibition of bronze work. Opening reception: Saturday, February 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

THE VILLAGE ATTIC: 217 W. First St., Claremont.

—Friday, February 1: Grand opening reception featuring “Keep the Blue Sky” by Gregory James McGoon. 6 to 10 p.m.


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