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Fenna Maureen Evenhuis Houghton

1939 — 2021

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Fenna Maureen Evenhuis Houghton, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on January 27, 2021 at her home in Chino, California. She was 82 years old.
Born in London, England in 1938 she witnessed incredible changes to her world: the Blitz in World War II London, a brother with tuberculosis, a sick husband, and raising three girls as a single parent on her secretary’s salary. Yet she did not let it get her down, instead focusing on the happy parts of life. She was a mother and a grandmother. She attended every family event and never forgot to send a birthday card.
She met her husband, Peter Houghton, at a dance in London and later married in England in 1961. They immigrated to America in 1964, settling in California. She was the beloved mother of Berenice (Stephen), Carina (Michael), Fenella, and a proud grandmother of Keira, Dylan, Tyler, Jenna, Delaney, Fiona, Ryan, and a various assortment of great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her devoted husband Peter and brothers Patrick and Michael. 
Fenna lived a full life as a mother, homemaker, and secretary at Magnolia Junior High School for 35 years. She was always the socialite and dedicated volunteer. She planned fundraisers, was on the reception committee, and served as a trustee of the collection for the Chaffey Community Museum of Art; was a docent and in charge of hospitality at the Ontario Museum of History & Art; and headed the home and garden committee of the Upland Women’s Club.
She was a doer and well-loved community volunteer. She made jam and flower arrangements and appetizers for everyone’s party. And she was an adventurer. She traveled through Europe, to Costa Rica, and throughout the United States, eager to see the world. Most of all, she loved her family and instilled in her daughters the strong values that have served them well. She was kind, she was generous, and she was tenacious. She will be dearly missed by family and friends, and will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Fenna’s name to The Upland Women’s Club, 590 N 2nd Ave, Upland, CA 91786; the Chaffey Community Museum or Art, 217 S. Lemon St., Ontario, CA 91761; or the Museum Associates of the Ontario Museum of History & Art, 225 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, CA 91762.

Current Exhibitions

Main Gallery:
Eye for Beauty
An Historically Significant Collection of Regional Art

May 15 - November 8, 2020

This exhibition reclaims CCMA's rightful position as an advocate of the arts as well as the custodian of an historically significant collection of Pomona Valley and California Regional art. The artists have reputations at the national level as well as among local collectors. CCMA continues to fulfill the vision of its founders, Francis and Helen Line, whose daughter Barbara had an Eye for Beauty.
Through November 8, 2020

South West Gallery:
Artists of the Year

May 15 - July 18, 2020

The concept of Artist of the Year was established in 2005 to honor Milford Zornes for his life-long contribution to the art world and his support of Chaffey Community Museum of Art. John Svenson was honored in 2006, Martha Menke Underwood in 2008, Andree Mendenhall Mahoney and Bob Smith were chosen in 2009, Betty Davenport Ford in 2010, Sam Maloof in 2011, Harrison McIntosh in 2012, Sylvia Mergerdichian in 2013, JoAnn Formia in 2014, Jan Wright in 2015, Dee Marcellus Cole in 2016, Tom Fong in 2017, Steve Thomas in 2018 and Gina Lawson Egan in 2019.
Through July 18, 2020

Line Gallery:
The Original Nine

May 15 - July3, 2020
The Chaffey Community Museum of Art was founded in the spring of 1941 by Francis and Helen Line of Ontario, California in memory of their daughter Barbara who died of leukemia at the age of eight. The collection began with nine paintings now designated the Barbara Line Memorial Collection. The Lines wanted to stimulate interest and the enjoyment of art in the Chaffey Community, roughly defined as the eastern part of Los Angeles County and the western part of San Bernardino County – a geographic area influenced by the early pioneer and Ontario founder George W. Chaffey.
Through July 3, 2020

North Gallery:
Wet and Wild

May 15 - August 30, 2020
Journey to the cooler temperatures of the California Coast with works from our collection on the coastal theme. Featuring artists Anders Aldrin, Rex Brandt. Richard dey De Ribcowsky. Phil Dike, JoAnn Formia, Fred Leach, Helen Lundeberg, Robert Majors, Marciano Martinez, Robert Lyn Nelson, Don O’Neill, Bud Shakleford, Millard Sheets and Milford Zornes. 
Through August 30, 2020

South East Gallery:
A Primer of Art in Paper - Margaret Goodward

May 21 - July 18, 2020

This exhibit displays a sampler of the many ways art is created out of paper including cut paper, blind embossing, paper sculpture, cast paper and cut paper bas relief.
Through July 18, 2020

Spotlight Gallery:
Expressions in Wood - Dan Frembling

March 26 - July 23, 2020

It has always been gratifying to create something for someone else. Wood art has been and is my outlet for artistic expression. It is exciting to create a work of art with beautiful natural colors provided by so many different exotic species of wood from all around the world, and to shape and assemble something that can be appreciated for years to come. It is especially satisfying to fulfill requests, collaborating with others to make the art exactly what they want.  "Inspiration for art can strike at any moment."
Through July 23, 2020

Young Artist Alcove:
Maria Juncaj

June 4 - ongoing, 2020

Established in 2013, the Young Artist Alcove spotlights the artistic endeavors of local high school visual art students. Exhibiting in the alcove provides students with the experience of preparing for an art exhibit and helps museum visitors understand the scope of art instruction in today’s high schools. Many of the young artists who have been featured in the Young Artist Alcove have continued their studies in college with the intention of pursuing a career in visual art.





Museum Closure

 CCMA is following State, County and City of Ontario guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is currently
closed to the public until further notice.

During closure, please direct inquiries to CCMA board chairman Nancy DeDiemar (nancy91762@gmail.com)
or 909-214-3459.

CCMA is continuing to accept applications for Art at Airport while closed.
Check here or on our Facebook page for updates to this notice.

Statement of Support

CCMA is an arts organization with the word community as part of its name. And so we grieve with communities of color in our city, our country and the world, for the death of George Floyd and all the others before him who have been disadvantaged, suffered and died because of the color of their skin.
As we have seen over the past few weeks, collective grief can be channeled into positive actions that change institutions and systems to create a more just society. CCMA intends to be part of that change.

 Events at the Museum

No events are currently scheduled.

 Art at Airport

CCMA is managing the public art program at  Ontario International Airport. Exhibits featuring the art of 20 regional artists may be seen in the passenger arrival/departure area of Terminals 2 and 4.

Visual artists interested in participating in the  program can click on the EXHIBIT tab above for more information and the application form. CCMA is accepting artist applications during the museum closure period.

Life Drawing Session at CCMA
Postponed Until Further Notice

Live model
Sessions are the third Thursday of the month
10 am to 3 pm
$15 -- open to all

 Open Studio at CCMA
Postponed Until Further Notice

Fridays from 11 am – 3 pm
Where artists meet to create and share their artwork in an unstructured environment.

Open Studio at CCMA is a place for artists to come together and create art in the presence of other artists. It is intended to foster creativity, exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of artistic expression. All artists are welcome and invited to participate. Every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm at the museum.

CCMA in the News

Ontario Connects

View highlights of Sheets, Sheets & Caughman CCMA/OMHA exhibition
Art for Living and Living for Art
by clicking on the title

Joe Blackstock

Inland Valley historian Joe Blackstock visits CCMA to view the nine paintings of the Barbara Line Memorial Collection. Click here to view article.

 IEShineOn, an online source for events and activities in the Inland Empire, featured CCMA. To view the article, click here.

Suzanne Sproul

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist Suzanne Sproul reports on the Sheets, Sheets & Caughman exhibit Art for Living and Living for Art. To view the article, click here. Read about CCMA's 75th anniversary in 2016 by clicking here. 

David Allen
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen visits CCMA's outdoor sculpture at the front of the museum. The sculpture was created by Fullmer Construction superintendent Gary Rue entirely from materials leftover from construction the parking lot next door. Click here to see a photo and read David's blog.

Trevor Summons

Click here  or click here to read about CCMA
in Trevor Summon's column

Foothills Reader

Click here to read about CCMA
in the Foothills Reader

217 S. Lemon Ave
Ontario, CA 91761-1623

Free Admission
Thursday through Sunday
noon — 4:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Rent the Museum for your event

The Museum is available year-round as a venue for compatible events of small to medium-sized groups. For more information, including rental rates, available days and times, and floor plan, click here.

 217 S. Lemon Ave, Ontario, CA 91761 • 909.463.3733 • info@chaffeymuseum.org • Thursday-Sunday, noon - 4 pm • Free Admission