The Wooden Floor

Wooden Floor Depot

Claremontography has an in with someone who works for The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana (just 30 miles south of Claremont). This fabulous non-profit has a mission to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic, and family programs.

Not only is the Wooden Floor celebrating its 35th year, 100% of another class of seniors is graduating from high school and is enrolled in higher education.

On Saturday the Wooden Floor had an open house to show off its new second location.

Having never seen the Main Street location, Claremontography stopped by (the two spaces are not far from each other).

Students are rehearsing for their upcoming annual concert May 31-June 2.

Costumes are ready.

Wooden Floor Costumes

Wooden Floor


Claremont Children – Art and Books

The annual ARTstART exhibition at the Ginger Elliot Exhibition Hall in Memorial Park came and went last weekend. As usual, the room was filled with children’s creations.

Ginger Elliot gallery

The 7th Annual Children’s Book Festival hosted by the Friends of the Claremont Library was in Taylor Hall this year due to the renovation of the library. The theme was Oh The Places You’ll Go, and many children and families took advantage of the activities.

The best part was that each child got to take home a free book.

Free Books


Albert Stewart Doors Renovation

The main entrance to the CUCC faces Harvard Avenue with four impressive doors crafted by Albert Stewart, Scripps Art Professor from 1939 until he retired. These wooden doors have suffered the effects of the elements, but are being restored to their former glory.


As you can see, the door on the left is next in line for restoration.

CUCC Door before

The side panels have already been restored. The left panel depicts Moses and the Burning Bush.

Albert Stewart CUCC door Moses

The panel on the right portrays the Sower and the Seed.

This entrance opens the way to a treasure trove of art inside and throughout the church, which is featured the documentary, Claremont Modern.

Kindred Natures: Casanova and Fuller

The Claremont Museum of Art is celebrating one Claremont Depotyear in it’s new home at the Claremont Depot. At last Friday’s Art Walk the museum opened a new show – Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller.┬áThe show runs through March 25.

Both Casanova and Fuller taught art at Scripps College, and the show features sculptures and watercolors of nature. Claremontography has enjoyed all the exhibits this past year, but this one stands out as a favorite.




Claremont Art Museum



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

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.


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).