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Film Premiere Celebrates Millard Sheets and Claremont's Unique Artistic Legacy

Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975 will premiere at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Garrison Theater at Scripps College, 231 East 10th St. in Claremont. The event is sponsored by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) and by the Clark Humanities Museum and Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College.

Two years in the making, the one-hour documentary film, produced by Paul Bockhorst in partnership with the Claremont Museum of Art, tells the story of the remarkable artistic community that took root at Scripps College and made Claremont an important center of Mid-20th Century Modern design.

BUY TICKETS now and be among the first to see this important new chronicle of Claremont history!

The premiere event will include an introduction by filmmaker Paul Bockhorst, a Q&A session and a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception to benefit CMA programs. Advance tickets are available for $20 online or you may make your reservation by sending a check to Claremont Museum of Art, P.O. Box 1136, Claremont CA 91711. Admission will be $25 at the door.


Design for Modern Living provides a vivid and illuminating account of the important art community that emerged in Claremont in the years following World War II under the leadership of Millard Sheets, with profiles of nearly two dozen artists and craftspersons.

“The interviews touch on all the important issues and are beautifully integrated with the historic photographs. Congratulations on a fine job extraordinarily well done!” - Harold Nelson, Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

In the years following World War II, the community of Claremont in Southern California emerged as an important center for the visual arts, due in large measure to the inspired efforts of the artist and educator Millard Sheets. In Claremont, painters, sculptors, ceramists, enamel and mosaic artists, woodworkers and fiber artists devoted themselves to their creative pursuits with great imagination and energy, creating works that express the spirit of Postwar Modernism in California.

In the film, artists who were active in Claremont in the postwar period share their memories of the time and place. They include Betty Davenport Ford, John Svenson, James Strombotne, Paul Darrow, Harrison McIntosh, Barbara Beretich, and Martha Longenecker. Other artists featured in the documentary include William Manker, Jean and Arthur Ames, Albert Stewart, Henry Lee McFee, Phil Dike, Milford Zornes, James Hueter, Jack Zajac, Karl Benjamin, Roger Kuntz, Rupert Deese, Susan Hertel, and Sam Maloof. Additional insights are provided by Tony Sheets, Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle, Christy Johnson, Harold Nelson, James Elliot-Bishop, and Catherine McIntosh.

The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Bockhorst, in cooperation with the Claremont Museum of Art. A veteran writer, producer, and director, Bockhorst has produced dozens of programs that have appeared on PBS, NBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, and the Disney Channel. He recently received an Honorary AIA Award for his many documentaries on art and architecture.

Principal funding for Design for Modern Living was provided by The Ahmanson Foundation and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, The Windgate Charitable Foundation, Gerald and Bente Buck, E. Gene Crain, Marguerite and Harrison McIntosh, Tom & Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle, and the Family of Helen Bockhorst. Additional support was provided by the Historical Collections Council of California, Peter and Gail Ochs, Robert and Nadine Hall, Jim and Perry Jamieson, Beverly Maloof, the Family of Karl Benjamin, and Betty Davenport Ford and Harold Ford.

Save the Date to Celebrate a Medley of Music!

Join us on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. for a medley of music with friends, fine wine, and refreshments at the beautiful home of Dr. Gerald and Barbara Friedman, the former home of Millard Sheets in Padua Hills.  Internationally known and acclaimed jazz pianist, Dr. Reed Gratz and Temple Beth Israel’s Cantor Paul Buch will entertain us with a program of Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Broadway tunes.
Dr. Gratz is Professor of Music and department chair at the University of La Verne; he has taught, played, and lectured worldwide and holds many distinguished awards and recognition.  Cantor Paul Buch, singer and guitarist, brings his 25 years of experience in film and television production to Temple Beth Israel’s musical programs and services.  Experience these artists in a one-of-a-kind performance. 
Watch for more information to make reservations later this month

Artstart Teaching Sessions Underway

Starting in early February, groups of ARTstARTers fanned out to teach arts lessons to the upper grade students of Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore, and Vista del Valle schools.  Over the course of one week, they presented to 19 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes, serving over 646 students from four schools.  
Lessons were based upon the ARTstARTers' prior work observing and developing activities around local Claremont exhibitions including the 71st Ceramic Annual, at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, and Pages: Art of Maria Bentivoglio as well as Project Series 50: Brenna Youngblood, featured at the Pomona College Museum of Art. 
ARTstARTers are now preparing lessons for March and April that will be delivered on-site at the exhibitions, as well as a follow up themed art lesson based on what the students will see.  The process will culminate in an ARTstARTer-curated exhibition of their students' work at the end of May. Stay tuned for more information on the show!
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The Claremont Museum of Art is a private, non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Project ARTstART is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the Flourish Foundation and the Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts. Our exhibitions and programs are supported by public and private organizations as well as many individual donors, members and volunteers.
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