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.

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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).

 

Art Walk

Here are some of the exhibits on view in Claremont in September, all of which were open on Claremont’s First Friday Art Walk.

The Claremont Museum of Art’s current exhibition is called Carnival Seekers.

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce features works by three residents of Pilgrim Place.

The Claremont Heritage exhibition features a retrospective of works by Barbara Beretich in the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center.

Trees and Art: It’s Gotta Be Claremont

In our city of Trees and PhDs we have a vibrant art community. Last month art and trees intersected in several events.

The newest exhibit at RSABG features art inspired by Johnson’s Pasture, painted by Kendall Johnson, great-grandson of the people who originally purchased the land in the foothills above Claremont. Ken spoke at the opening reception on July 21.

 

 

Earlier in the month on July 17, Sustainable Claremont along with Claremont Heritage hosted a panel of artists at the Claremont Museum of Art to discuss the intersection of art and trees. The Tree Speak exhibit is now over and the current exhibit is Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers – open until November 26, 2017.

 

Little Bridges Organ Loft

IMG_6101Bridges Hall of Music (aka Little Bridges) on the Pomona College Campus draws audiences for concerts throughout the academic year. The beautiful venue also hosts weddings. Last month while playing for a wedding, I got to view the hall from the organ loft, a perspective not everybody gets to see.

Many times have I sat in the balcony, admiring the ceiling, and now I enjoyed this particular view of the intricate woodwork above.

 

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The Hill Memorial Organ was dedicated in 2002, many years after the opening of the hall in 1915.

As long as I was walking around upstairs, I enjoyed the views out of the second-story windows.

LA Street Art Tour

As far as I can tell, Claremont may have lots of art, but no graffiti street art. Maybe because that’s when someone even covers a tree trunk with yarn it gets removed. However, the Art District in Downtown LA (DTLA) has so much that it is well worth a tour to see it with LA Art Tours. There’s parking at the tour starting point, but we chose to take the Gold Line from downtown Azusa and walk from the Little Tokyo stop.

Our guide was Galo, and I think this is probably his wikipedia page. He has a special fondness for fonts.

Galo

Everywhere you look you can find LA in the shape of the Dodgers logo.

I didn’t even think to look at the utility poles, which is why it’s good to take a tour so the guide can point out things.

There are so many large murals.

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You can be thankful I did not post all of my photos….