October 2014 News, Programs and Events

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Padua Hills Art Fiesta, Sunday 11a.m.-4 p.m.

John Svenson reception at Rancho Santa Ana Gardens, Friday, 5–7 p.m.

Santa Lucia Holiday Celebration at a Claremont collector’s beautiful home, Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m.

John Svenson:
A Master of Wood Sculpture

The exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood will be featured at this year’s Padua Hills Art Fiesta. Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many media, Svenson’s work in wood stands out and expresses his love for this living material. 

John Edward Svenson’s love of nature and mastery of his materials is evident throughout his large body of work, which ranges from small wood carvings to monumental public commissions. A native of the Pomona Valley, he studied art at Claremont Graduate School and worked for many years with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and numerous public works in California and Alaska.

The exhibition begins its tour with a one-day display at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on November 2 then moves to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden through February 22, 2015. The display at RSABG will be open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1500 N. College Ave. in Claremont. Garden admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children, and free for CMA and RSABG members. The exhibition is sponsored by Maria (Zornes) and Hal Baker, and Svenson Arts.

Artist John Svenson will be honored with a reception at Rancho Santa Ana Gardens on Friday, November 14 from 5–7 p.m. Admission to RSABG will be free for this event.

Project ARTstART Underway with a Little Help from Our Friends

We are pleased to announce the organizations that will be providing funds for our Project ARTstART arts education program for the 2014-15 school year. This is the fourth year ARTstART will be offering the program to about 50 Claremont High School students who will learn how to teach museum-based arts appreciation lessons and activities to 680 elementary students in grades 4 through 6. This year, the ARTstART program will serve Sycamore, Oakmont, Vista del Valle, and Mountain View Elementary Schools.

Project ARTstART is funded once again by generous donations from the LA County Arts Commission, The Flourish Foundation, the Claremont Rotary Club, and the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation. The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts, new to ARTstART this year, has provided a generous contribution. Also new this year is a CBO Grant from the City of Claremont. In addition, major donors include two CMA members. We gratefully thank each and every one of these organizations and individual donors for making Project ARTstART available as we begin the program’s fourth year. ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District.

Every individual contribution, grant, or gift helps secure the future of the ARTstART arts education program. If you or your place of business can join the growing list of ARTstART funders, please contact CMA at 909 621-3200 or and help us fill our ongoing funding needs.

Other Exhibitions

Karl Benjamin: The Late Paintings
Louis Stern Fine Arts
9002 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Through October 25, Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
HM100: A Century through the Life of Harrison McIntosh
American Museum of Ceramic Art
399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona
Through October 26, Wednesday-Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Joella Jean Mahoney Paintings
Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park
Friday, November 7, Reception, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, November 8, noon-7 p.m.
Sunday, November 9, noon – 5 p.m.

Art under the Olive Trees

Padua Hills Art Fiesta Returns November 2

The Claremont Museum of Art brings back the popular Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 2, with more than twenty area artists showing their work under the shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre. 

Start your holiday shopping early for unique handmade artwork or art books. View art demonstrations and an exhibition of wood sculpture by John Svenson. Enjoy live music, festive foods, and creative family art activities led by ARTstART students. Special thanks to Art Fiesta sponsors Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty; Ryan Zimmerman, Broker Associate, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's International Realty; Spaggi’s; Robertson’s Roasted Almonds; also Sandy Baldonado, Barbara Brown, Sue Hyland, Paul and Linda DesMarais, Marilyn Ray, Michele & Dudley Rauch, David & Ahlene Welsh and Tammy Zipser.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Padua Hills Theater, 4467 Padua Ave., Claremont. Admission is $8 for adults or $6 for CMA members. Children under 18 are free.

ART SALE: Many of your favorite artists will return, along with some new faces such as Sandy Garcia, Sherry Marger, Luis Ramirez, Tom Skelley, Wendy Smith, Jeanne Steffan, Alan Swartz, Barry Vantiger and Susan Zenger.

ART IN ACTION: Area art organizations will provide demonstrations including craftsmen from Maloof Woodworkers, and artists from Chaffey Community Museum of Art and the dA Center for the Arts.

Santa Lucia Holiday Celebration

On Saturday, December 13, Museum members once again are invited to join in our authentic Santa Lucia Celebration at the home of a prominent CMA patron and art collector. This beautiful Winter Solstice celebration was last presented by CMA in 2012 and is being offered this year as a special ‘members only’ event. Join or renew you membership now to receive your invitation.
The celebration will include an elaborate Scandinavian Smörgåsbord dinner, sweets and wine. Members will enjoy strolling the beautiful grounds of one of Claremont’s premier homes and viewing the breathtaking art collection. One highlight of the evening will be the lighting of the 10 foot tree with real candles in true Scandinavian fashion.
CMA’s Santa Lucia Celebration will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Save the date! Invitations will be mailed early in November to all CMA members. Reservations are essential. Cost will be $50 per person and $80 per couple. Questions? Call Marilyn Ray at 909 917-6511.

Remembering Aldo Casanova

We are sad to share the news that Aldo Casanova passed away September 10. A beloved member of the Claremont art community, he was a world-renowned sculptor who taught at Scripps College from 1966 through 1999.
The National Sculpture Society describes his work in a posting. “The familiar and unfamiliar merge in his weighty bronzes sparking a dialogue about each piece's history and place in the world. Skulls, scarabs and relics populate Casanova's portfolio, as do armored rhinos, warriors and earth forms. At first glance, the subjects seem representative of life matter existent today, but, upon closer inspection, one can see that the mantles have been slightly manipulated to challenge those preconceived notions. The figures appear to be the genetically mutated cousins of their more commonly known relatives; their surfaces, hides and bones have adapted to the challenges of the new millennium. Gazing at a Casanova sculpture is like peering in on an archeological dig and at once witnessing our past, present and future.”
Casanova once commented that his sculpture is a direct response to the world around him. "I'm from California and I have all this natural beauty around me . . . It's wonderful and beautiful! Regrettably, I also see the destruction of the environment by man. I comment on the condition of the planet, politically and environmentally, through my work.”
While finishing his doctorate at Ohio State, Aldo applied for and won the prestigious Prix-de-Rome Prize, a fellowship that enabled him to work at the American Academy in Rome. In 1992, he was elected to the National Academy of Design, and in 1994, designated a fellow of the National Sculpture Society. Casanova’s work is held in numerous private and public collections and in museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Academy of Design, New York. Locally, his work can be seen in the Franklin Murphy Sculpture garden at U.C.L.A., at The Huntington, and on the Scripps campus.

He is survived by two daughters, Anabella Casanova of Los Angeles and Aviva Casanova of San Mateo (Orlando Aguilar); one grandchild, Annalise Aguilar Casanova, 4, and by his longtime partner, Jill Fulton.

A requiem mass will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pomona, and a Celebration of Life will take place in Bixby Court at Scripps College at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.
Two longtime local arts patrons also passed away recently. Ellen Litney served as President of the Rembrandt Club and Campus Women for many years. Betty Graber was a great supporter of Claremont artists, displaying their work in the Graber Olive gift shop for several decades.

500 Guests Celebrate 100 Years with 100 McIntosh Ceramics

Friends and fans celebrated Harrison McIntosh’s 100th Birthday at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona. The exhibition HM100: A Century through the Life of Harrison McIntosh, co-sponsored by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view at AMOCA through October 26. Click here to see More Photos.

Be sure to tune in to KCET Wednesday, October 8 at 8pm to see Val Zavala’s interview with Harrison on SoCal Connected.

Public Art Master Plan Moves Forward

We are pleased to announce that the Claremont City Council has adopted the Public Art Master Plan. The Claremont Courier reports “In 2013, the city began working with Gail M. Goldman Associates to complete a Public Art Master Plan, a renovation of sorts to the city’s Community Art Program adopted in 1997. With the intent of building on Claremont’s artistic legacy, the goals of the master plan were to identify a unified community vision, clarify key themes and values, and provide direction for the selection and placement of public art throughout the city of Claremont. In addition, guidance for funding sources, public art review criteria, program staffing, and policies and procedures necessary to administer the public art program were key objectives.”

The City has opened the recruitment for the volunteer Public Arts Coordinator position, which is posted on the City website.  If you are interested in serving as a member of the new Public Art Committee, please contact Melissa Vollaro, Human Services Manager City of Claremont at 909 399-5358,
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