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GALLERIES: Latest Claremont and Pomona art exhibitions listing

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 the pop-up “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. Art walks: February 23.

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

—Through May 5: “Friendship Forged in Fire: British Ceramics in America,” featuring British pottery in a thematic and chronological order, from the industrial potteries of the Victorian era, to the Arts and Crafts movement, to the traditionalist approach of Bernard Leach and his followers. Modern ceramic artists will be represented by the works of Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth. The largest segment of the exhibition will display contemporary innovations of “post-modern” ceramic art being created in Great Britain today.

—Through March 7: Valentine show and sale. This fundraiser in the Ceramics Studio at AMOCA serves as a great opportunity to shop for gifts for your sweetheart.

—Saturday, March 9: British ceramics collector and “Friendship Forged in Fire” co-curator, Richard Jacobs, will speak about the relationship between ceramics collectors and ceramics with an emphasis on British ceramics. 6 p.m.

—Saturdays, March 9 and April 13: Free Admission Days sponsored by Southern California Edison.

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

—Through February 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.

—March 1 through 31: “Partnering” tells of the relationship of individuals with each other. Also included are collages, prints and a number of constructions made from antiques and found items. Jan Wheatcroft exhibits tapestry weavings, woven from handspun and naturally dyed wools and silks, and depicts a rat who meditates, partners who dance, a circus goat that balances on a high wire and a cat who flies across the sun on the back of a bird. Opening reception: Friday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet the artist and sample homemade goodies.

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.

CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY: 150 E. Tenth St., Claremont. 621-8000.

—February 25 through March 1: Yoony Takeuchi’s “Pretty Vacant,” an MFA Thesis Exhibition. Opening reception: Tuesday, February 26 from 6 to 9 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.

—Saturday, February 23: “Writing Promptly.” Fight writer’s block with a number of inspiring writing prompts, designed to coax creativity. 1 to 3 p.m. $10.

—Tuesday, February 26: Belly dance class with Jacki Torres. Bring a yoga mat. 7 to 8 p.m. $10.

—Friday, March 1: Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

—Thursday, March 7: Claremont Chamber Mixer hosted by the Claremont COURIER. Catering sponsored by Casa de Salsa. The public is invited and admission is free. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

—Open Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.: Visitors welcome anytime, Appointments appreciated. Featuring California art, paintings and sculptures from local and national artists since 1976.

—Sunday, March 24: Opening reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Internationally-recognized watercolor painter and author Gerald Brommer.

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

—February 28 through March 1: “Heart and Soul.”

—March 8 through 29: Student work, grades 7 through 12. Awards reception: Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Take-in for student artwork will be Saturday, March 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

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

—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.”

MAIN STREET GALLERY: 252C S. Main St., Pomona. 868-2979.

—Through March 30: “Mind In Transition: The Art of Yi Kai,” featuring paintings from the artist’s Tibetan travels resulting in a personal comparison of the spiritual and material values between the east and west. Closing reception: Saturday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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.

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 22: “Glance Look Stare” MFA Thesis Exhibition by Elisa Saether. Peggy Phelps Gallery.

—Through February 22: “Reflexions” by Takeshi Kanemura. East Gallery.

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

—March 1 through May 3: “Intertwine Originals,” an exhibition celebrating 7 emerging artists who got their start in the Inland Empire and Chaffey College Community. The artists exhibiting are some of the original resident artists of PermaDirty Project Space and intertwined in many different ways with each other and PermaDirty since it opened one year ago. Opening reception: Friday, March 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.

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. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Art After Hours on Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Admission info: 621-8283 or www.pomona.edu/museum.

—Through April 14: “Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice” unites the work of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds with historic American art works from the collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art.  

—Through April 14: “Project Series 45 – Kirsten Everberg: In a Grove” consists of a new suite of 4 paintings and 4 drawings based on Akira Kurosawa's film Rashomon (1950). 

—Through April 14: “Art and Activism in the US: Selections from the Permanent Collection” showcases American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries who have made their art work an integral part of their political activism.  

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 February 28: Michael J. Hart, a fifth-generation California native, captures American wildlife in his exhibition of bronze work.


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. 


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