Wheeler Park Mural

I wish I could have been at the dedication of the new mural at Wheeler Park. At least I could see these photos of the ceremony, and I can go over and look at it when I want to.

Timothy Robert Smith

Painted by Timothy Robert Smith with help from Vista del Valle and ArtStart Students, the mural portrays kids at play in a cardboard boat and being attacked by a Kraken.

Mural Wheeler Park Claremont

Mural in progress

 

Mural Wheeler Park

Finished mural

Wheeler Park

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Cliff May Houses

IMG_7235Sunday’s Claremont Heritage Home Tour featured homes in the Towne Ranch Estates. Our suburban city, like so many in California, features many ranch style homes which came to prominence in the 50s.

Alan Hess gave a talk at the Garner House on Sunday about the history of the ranch house. He mentioned the architect Cliff May who designed a few houses on Butte Street.

I took a walk along Butte to see if I could figure out which ones were May houses, and these are the three I found. I like that all of them have native drought-tolerant landscaping.

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ReForm Arts Festival

IMG_7222 copyThe new Arts Guild at Claremont UCC hosted their first event on Saturday. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Arts Festival theme of ReForm showcased local visual art as well as performing arts.

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther himself (and looking pretty good for being over 500 years old) showed up and marveled at all the changes in the church since his time.

Visual art ran the gamut from paintings, to sculpture and pottery, a mobile, and fabric arts.

Performances ranged from organ music to dance to a short story reading, piano improvisation and poetry reading (accompanied by recorder).

 

Biking Town

I’m almost done reading this fun book about the history of bikes in Amsterdam and one American’s integration into Dutch bike culture.

In the City of Bikes

It made me think about our times in Holland. (Obviously.)

There is no way that Claremont comes close to having a love affair with bikes the way the Dutch do, but I usually see bikes every day. The college students use them frequently.

There are some dedicated bikeways, but even a street like Foothill is wide enough for bikes and cars. (That doesn’t mean that drivers are especially kind to bikers, though.)

Once I saw this group of riders having a fun Sunday ride through the Village.

In 2011 the Amgen Tour of California came through town. That was exciting!

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But usually we don’t have need for signs such as these which we saw all over Holland.

Geen Fietsen

Don’t you dare put your bike here!

Pomona College Ballet Fountain

In Claremontography’s last report of Pomona College Fountains, it was lamented that the ballet fountain was no longer there. But, joy of joys, it has returned! Not quite as a fountain, but the lovely dancing sculpture is back.

It remains the centerpiece in the courtyard between the Art Museum and the Thatcher Music Building, along with these other works of art.

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September 2017 Photo Round-Up

Walker Wall at Pomona College started out completely whitewashed, ready for new news. I don’t think that Banksy really Wuz Here, though.

Art at the Last Drop Cafe

Last Drop Cafe

Another Little Free Library popped up on 10th Street.

Claremont Little Free Library

Claremont UCC celebrated 23 years of becoming an Open and Affirming Congregation.

Claremont UCC

Rocco the Raccoon at Trader Joe’s is already showing of his Halloween Costume.

Rocco Raccoon

We’ve had lots of construction on the streets lately.

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And a cloud photo, just because.

Claremont Depot