Claremont Insider: Exhibit Opening Next Sunday

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Exhibit Opening Next Sunday

The Claremont Museum of Art's next exhibit opens this coming weekend. The exhibit, "First Generation: Art in Claremont 1907 - 1957," will run from January 27th to April 27th.

The museum's website has this description of the exhibit:

Since the late 19th century, prominent artists have been among those attracted to the foothills of Mt. Baldy and its neighboring peaks – and the city of Claremont, in particular. Whether it was the allure of the "great bald mountain" and its surrounding chaparral that first attracted painters and photographers to Claremont, or the opportunities provided by the birth of the schools and colleges founded to serve a rapidly growing population, a large number of distinguished visual artists settled here, greatly enriching the culture of the region and establishing early-on its prominence as an artistic haven.

The Claremont Museum of Art's next exhibition, First Generation: Art in Claremont, 1907-1957 (January 27 - April 27, 2008), focuses on art in Claremont in the first 50 years after the city's incorporation in 1907, tracing the art history of the region from the work of such artists as Hannah Tempest Jenkins, Emil Kosa, Jr., and William Manker to that of Millard Sheets and his circle in the 1930s. Sheets's influence as artist and teacher extended as well to bringing artists such as Henry Lee McFee, Phil Dike, and Jean Ames to Scripps College, thereby enhancing the existing art community and assuring its lasting influence.

If you missed the Sheets show at last year's LA County Fair, make sure to get out to see "First Generation."

You can read all about the exhibit here. The museum's planning some excellent programming to go along with the exhibit, so make sure to check it out.

There will be a public opening reception Sunday, January 27th, from 3-5pm. Sunday's opening will also feature a family artmaking project as part of the museum's Family Sundays program, so bring the kids.

The musueum will also have an informal exhibition tour with guest curator Steve Comba on Saturday, February 2nd, beginning at 3pm.

The Claremont Museum of Art
536 West First Street
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-3200