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.
While stopping by the Last Drop Cafe last month, I spied this announcement for “The Miura Art Walk” on the community bulletin board. Seems that Facebook and the Courier are not the only ways to learn about events.
I was not aware of what or who Miura was, so I’m glad I went to the opening ceremony at Decker Hall to learn about these glass art works now scattered around Pilgrim Place.
Keiko Miura, a Japanese stained glass artist, spent a year as artist-in-residence at Cal Poly Pomona. She had once been a student of a Pilgrim Place resident in Japan, and after her time in Southern California, she gifted Pilgrim Place with a large work. At some point it was placed in a storage room and forgotten. Then it was rediscovered. Residents of the retirement community came together to restore and re-vision these stained glass panels. Instead of one large work, portions are placed in new frames around the campus, like its own forest.
After an introduction to the story of these panels, people wandered the campus to enjoy their beauty. It was a good day to wear a hat, as you can see.
Each panel is similar to the others, but still unique.
The textures just begged to be touched.
At the end of the tour, visitors saw two different Miura works in the Petterson Museum.
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.
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.
You can be thankful I did not post all of my photos….
It’s summer and Claremont life slows down, as it should. Claremontography is headed into summer mode – posts on Mondays and Thursdays until the fall.
Two of my favorite Claremont artists opened shows on Saturday, and even if you missed the opening reception, you can still see their work throughout June.
Paul Kittlaus has a show at the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park. If you like red, you will enjoy that vibrant color in his Color Improvisation.
On Bonita at Bunny Gunner, Steve Comba shows some of his works which don’t look very much like his usual work, but also fabulous.
This ARTstART exhibit (StARTitup) at the Ginger Elliot Exhibition Center in Memorial Park opened Friday afternoon and by today it is gone. Claremont High School students led children at Sycamore, Vista del Valle, Sumner, Mountain View and Oakmont Elementary Schools in various art projects, seen here.
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Even yesterday’s cool weather couldn’t keep us from enjoying a picnic lunch celebrating a friend’s birthday. She chose the Sam Maloof Foundation as the site for our potluck. Maloof, a local woodworker and furniture designer has pieces in New York’s Met, LACMA and the Smithsonian. His foundation offers tours of his Alta Loma home, showroom and workshop a few days a week, but we just enjoyed wandering the gardens and enjoying all of the sculptures and various art.
Now I will make an effort to return for a tour.
The Claremont PO, built in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration project, still preserves the Claremont artist Milford Zornes’ mural depicting scenes of Claremont’s heritage of that era. Read about this mural at the Claremont Heritage site. You can jump to pages 26 and 27 of this virtual book to read about this mural.
It rings the upper perimeter of the lobby so there is something beautiful to view at every turn.
Currently, the post office is selling WPA stamps.
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