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.

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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….

First Saturday Art Walk

Dear Readers,

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.

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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.

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Evanescent Children’s Art

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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.

via Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Gardens at the Maloof Foundation

IMG_5813Even 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.

 

 

 

WPA Art at the PO – Claremont’s Heritage

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.

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It rings the upper perimeter of the lobby so there is something beautiful to view at every turn.

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Currently, the post office is selling WPA stamps.

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via Photo Challenge: Heritage

Mall Murals

Even if you are not a mall person (I certainly am not), you might want to pop over to Montclair Place (what we used to call Montclair Plaza). The first mural of a yearlong art installation has brightened up a long wall in the parking lot. It has been there since the end of April. It depicts Montclair’s view of the  San Gabriel Mountains.

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Last weekend, another mural went up inside the mall. It’s near the top of the escalators on the east end of Montclair Place.

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More art will continue to appear throughout the year. Stay tuned!

Orange

IMG_5593Podges Claremont Juice Co., a 20-year mainstay on Yale, recently commissioned Janine Hattas Wilson to create two murals for their back patio walls.

In a tribute to the town’s agricultural past and the century-old status of the building housing Podge’s, Ms. Hattas Wilson has opted to paint a scene of local citrus workers in the early 20th century, reported the Claremont Courier.

With the recent summer-like weather in So Cal, it is worth a visit to Podges for a smoothie and to sit in the shade, listen to the fountain, and enjoy Claremont’s new murals.

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This poem comes from Kenneth Koch’s book Wishes, Lies and Dreams, in which he works with children to create poetry.

My Favorite Color

My favorite color is orange. Everything is orange. Trees are orange, birds are orange, snow is orange, grass, you, me and goats, rain, sky and many more things. I like orange because it is a light color. Orange is like a melody singing by. Orange reminds me of floating in air. That’s why orange is my favorite color.

Mayra Morales