Art At The Airport

CCMA would like to thank the Ontario International Airport Authority for appointing the Chaffey Community Museum of Art (CCMA) to manage arts at the airport. They have given CCMA the responsibility of maintaining a rotating exhibit at the airport with both 2D and 3D art works to entertain travelers.

The program brings original visual art created by regional artists the two airport terminals, to be seen by more than 6 million passengers who use the airport annually.

If you live in the Inland Empire area and would like to exhibit your art at Ontario International Airport, please Click Here to  fill out the PDF or Online Application.

Jacqueline Knell

September, 2022 - March, 2023

Artist biography:
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My most significant influence was my father, who taught me to spend more time looking than drawing. I came away with a lifelong commitment to striving for a likeness. In 2007 I immersed myself in oil painting, including my hands and clothing. I instinctively knew I would do what came naturally, subject and style. I continue to paint how I think and feel. My paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibits at local galleries and museums. More information is available at jacquelineknell.com.

Artist statement:
My oil paintings of people on the street are meditations on the wanderings and gatherings of people in bustling urban areas and public spaces. They depict the vitality of urban chaos, like traffic jams, lively pedestrians, and city views. I base these paintings on my travels near and far. Bon Voyage.

Steve Walag

September, 2022 - March, 2023

Artist statement:
Although these images may resemble paintings, they are digital photographs printed on textured paper. Traditional Japanese paintings inspired them in the Rinpa tradition. Rinpa artists favored simple, natural subjects, including flowers, trees, birds, and water, set against a plain or minimized background. My fascination with Japanese art led me to emulate those works using digital imaging, lighting, software, and printing techniques.

Artist biography:
Steve Walag has been a photographer for more than 45 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a B. F. A. in Photography from ArtCenter College in Pasadena. He has enjoyed a varied career as a photojournalist, public relations photographer, freelance architectural shooter, photo instructor, and campus photographer at two local schools, UCR and RCC. All the while, Steve has pursued his artistic path on the side. It was only in 2015 that his attraction to Japanese art prompted him to formulate the style exhibited here.

CBU Photo Studio

September, 2022 - March, 2023

For more images and information please go to:
http://ont.cbuphotography.org/

Judith Connelly

August, 2022 - February, 2023

Artist Statement:
I have been creating Ukranian egg writing, called Pysanky, for 25 years. I apply melted beeswax to an egg then dip the egg in hot dye. This melts the wax away and reveals the design. I have displayed my eggs at the Brea Gallery and won prizes at the Los Angeles County Fair. For the last two years, I’ve added encaustic painting to my repertoire. This medium uses melted beeswax and resin, with pigments added for color.

Artist Biography:
Judith has been creating art since childhood. The process, no matter what the medium, is what draws her in. She loves the melted bees wax, resins, pigments and dyes that are the materials she uses to create Ukranian eggs.
jkconnellyart@square.site
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Ramiro Viramontes

August, 2022 - February, 2023

Artist Statement:
Ramiro’s inspiration comes from his daily work creating meaningful social impact change. He develops new ideas and colors for his next art project by retreating to his art studio. With over one million miles of travel from airport to airport, he’s learned to relax and decompress by creating new art pieces from his experiences.

Artist Biography:
Ramiro Viramontes was born in Boyle Heights in 1967 and grew up in the city of Bell. In 1992, he married and moved to West Covina. He first learned to paint at the age of 10 from the seniors at the Huntington Park Community Center. As a Los Angeles inner-city kid, he learned to use different types of media, including leftover paint that he found in the garage. Ramiro has created his style by analyzing artists such as Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Pablo Picasso, and Carmen Herrera. Ramiro has studied at Pasadena City College, UCLA, Harvard, and Yale.

Ramiro is a real estate developer for Turner Impact Capital in Santa Monica, CA. The firm is a private social impact equity fund that creates Educational, Multifamily, and Healthcare facilities across the country in underserved communities. Ramiro has been involved in the creation of over 200+ facilities that have created social impact change for over 59,000 students, 22,000 residents, and 83,000 patients.

Shayne Mitchell

July, 2022 - January, 2023

Artist Statement:
I create abstract paintings that harmoniously flow throughout the entire work. By focusing the creative process on pure form and color, I maintain fluid transitions following simple step-by-step methods. I build my paintings from one point to another and eventually produce something that spreads throughout the entire canvas and appears alive. I experiment with opposing elements (linear and biomorphic) to enable something more pure and malleable with the potential to slightly morph. This takes a step toward pure “is-ness” of a thing or idea, washing away conclusive solidarity and communicating through subtle intimations. My work shows a balance between the seen and unseen that naturally constructs a holistic view.

Artist Biography:
Shayne Mitchell grew up moving from place to place within the Inland Empire and High Desert. He holds an associate’s degree in fine arts and liberal arts from Victor Valley College and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a minor in art history from California State University, San Bernardino. Currently, he is a full time artist, participating in gallery exhibition events in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. His style has remained constant throughout the years, staying loyal to his endeavors into philosophy and the unknown. His work offers a peek into truths beyond human perception, and an objective slate to be applied subjectively for personal insight and growth.

Nyx Alexandra Garcia

July, 2022 - January, 2023

Artist Statement:
My pastel drawings tell stories that are familiar to many, yet invite all to fill in the gaps with their own correlations and perceptions. I aim to create images that are as equally appealing as they poignant, in order to create a balance of curiosity and uncertainty. The brightly-colored vestments and regal poses of the figures contrast with the realities of their origins. I use flowers to mirror their posture, showing the effect our temperaments have on our environment. My linoleum prints are inspired by the insights available to us simply by observing nature. They reconcile the expressive mark-making of my pastel drawings, highlighting the changing nature of the universe. By using the same carved piece of linoleum to create the many variations of nature in my prints, I hope to mirror the oneness of all beings and the creative energy behind nature itself.

Artist Biography:
A resident of Pomona, Nyx Alexandra Garcia grew up in the Inland Empire. She has been actively creating and sharing her art from early adolescence to current day. Nyx’s expressionistic style has remained constant throughout the years. Her work offers an observational perspective of environmental, social and emotional landscapes. Utilizing the personal breakthroughs realized through introspection, she is able to tap into a realm anyone can recognize, allowing viewers to project themselves and their imagination.

Maria Juncaj

June - December, 2022

Artist Statement:
The natural world of colors and patterns bewitches us. How can bright yellow create a warm feeling in us? How can deep blue make our hearts feel icy cold? In my art, I explore the way color evokes an emotion.

Each painting has a distinct color palette portraying the landscape it represents, while creating a sense of fear and wonder. Fear has a visual depiction – a line design within the landscape.

The vast natural world pulls the viewer into another dimension, evoking wonder and curiosity. Nature’s beautiful bright colors create a lovely and calming image. The push and pull effect in my work expresses nature’s beauty and dangers, and communicates how they coexist.

Artist Biography:
Born in 1998 in Fontana, California, Maria Juncaj took her first art class as a freshman in high school. In 2016, she had an exhibition in the Young Artist Alcove at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art. She continued her education in Studio Art at the University of La Verne, graduating in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and a minor in Marketing. Her senior exhibition at the Harris Gallery on campus was titled A Room of One’s Own.

Michael Haro

June - December, 2022

Artist Statement:
My art is intended to raise awareness and reflect the diversity of life our planet holds, and to remind us of the universe in which we reside.

Artist Biography:
Born in Riverside, California, Michael Haro specializes in galaxy/cosmic-themed art. His medium is spray paint on canvas. He is the father of three.

Emily Joyce

May - November, 2022

Artist Statement:
My paintings investigate nature, the built world, and art history through pattern-based abstraction. The interlocking geometric compositions are at once realistic, logical, fantastic, and playful.

The stuff of daily existence inhabits my paintings: the grid of the city, the hidden system inside one’s body, the complex symmetry of a passionflower, or the geometric harmony of a Piero della Francesca composition. There is inherent beauty in visible and invisible networks that underlie everything. And it’s the topsy-turvy human conditions of alienation vs. communion, and individuality vs. connectivity, that makes investigating hidden geometries of our world so important.

Artist Biography:
Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Claremont artist Emily Joyce was educated at the Glasgow School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has participated in exhibitions and projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), Human Resources Los Angeles, David B. Smith Gallery (Denver), Inman Gallery (Houston), Machine Project (Los Angeles), Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York), Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Tang Teaching Museum (Saratoga Springs, Florida), and Palais de Tokyo (Paris).

www.emilyjoycestudio.com

Dan Frembling

May - November, 2022​

Artist Statement:
Wood art is my outlet for artistic expression. It is exciting to create a work of art with the beautiful natural colors provided by different exotic species of wood from all around the world, and to shape and assemble something that can be appreciated for years to come. I experience an enormous sense of fulfillment and accomplishment when creating something that is appreciated and desired by someone else. I love to fulfill requests, collaborating with others to make the art exactly what they want.

Inspiration for art can strike at any moment; be ready for it.

Artist Biography:
My interest in woodworking began as I worked with my father on his projects in the garage. He taught me about tools, and now I use those tools I inherited from him. When I was 20, I joined the carpenters union and spent the next 45 years in the construction industry.

Years ago, I made a humidor for a friend’s cigar store. This led to making custom humidors and unique intarsia wall hangings. In 2016 I joined the Orange County Scroll Saw Association, learning many valuable techniques from members. In 2017, I began entering works in the San Diego and Orange County fairs, winning first, second, third and fourth place awards in three categories: intarsia, sculpture and clockmaking.

danfrembling.com

Katie Sandridge

April - October, 2022

Artist Statement:
The beginning of my journey as a ceramic artist coincided with relocating to California from rainy Washington in 2018. So naturally, my first muse has been the desert-meet-mountains landscape of my new home in northern Claremont. Since the early days of living here, my family has enjoyed hiking in the Mt. Baldy wilderness, and came across a secret, hidden river on one of our hikes. The cool water and foliage of the river’s edge reminded us of our time in Washington so much that we have returned there many times. I set out to capture those moments with these pieces.

Artist Biography:
As a “post-40 creative” who only recently discovered a passion for ceramic arts, Katie’s dive into pottery has allowed her to realign this new season of her lifle with an artistic focus as she explores the art of pottery and builds a created focused business.

Painted Lady Pottery pieces are sometimes functional, always nature-inspired, and “perfectly imperfect” as Katie celebrates the beauty of her new home in Southern California with fresh eyes. Katie is an appointed member of the City of Claremont Public Art Committee, a member of the Pomona Valley Art Association and a resident artist at American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA) studio in Pomona, California.

www.paintedladypottery.com
IG: @paintedlady.pottery

Christian Kueng, Ed.D.

April - October, 2022

Artist Statement:
I am an eclectic artist. Some days I paint. Some days I cut silhouettes out of black paper. Some days I draw cartoons.

Recently I started whimsical mixed media sculptures. I use a variety of materials to build these 3D works – Styrofoam, wire, wood, pipe cleaners and paper mâche. Making art is a passion: to cause my audience to grin, smile and even laugh out loud. My inspiration comes from artists who are expressive and use color.

Artist Biography:
Christian Kueng, Ed.D. was born in Ontario, California in 1957. His first experience as an artist was drawing pictures in a sandbox at the age of four.

Art became his passion. Chris studied art at California State University Fullerton, earning a bachelor’s degree. Professionally, he taught art at the elementary school level in the Ontario-Montclair School District and later served as principal of Buena Vista Arts-Integrated School.

Due to his background as an educator and community artist, in 1999 Chris was named to the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Museum of History & Art. He currently serves as president of this advisory body.

Between 2010 and 2015, Chris won several prizes in the American Art Awards. In 2017 he was awarded the Mayor pro Tem Award for his paper mâche sculpture Jasper the Great in the Ontario Museum of History & Art Ontario Open Exhibition.

Joseph Stoddard

November, 2021 - October, 2022

Artist Statement:
Air travel is an interesting combination of excitement, exhilaration and waiting. I have spent many hours waiting for flights, and I use that time to practice my drawing skills. I like to arrive early in order to find a seat with a good view of the action out on the field.

This series is a collection of airport sketches done over many years. They are drawn in pencil and pen, with touches of watercolor, colored pencil and pastel. They are mounted to cradled birch art panels with acrylic matte medium and gesso.

Artist Biography:
I love sketching. My tools are a pencil, pen, watercolor and sketchbook. For me, the sketch is the most exciting type of art. It has energy and excitement and is usually done quickly and intuitively. It reveals what the artist was thinking and feeling. My art celebrates the sketch.

I have been sketching for over 30 years. I have produced two books of sketches and authored two watercolor instruction books. My most recent book, Expressive Painting, was published in 2018.

www.josephstoddard.com

Susan Ossman

November, 2021 - October, 2022

Artist Statement:
The French anthropologist Marc Augé called airports non-places. I disagree. Airports are vortexes of economic and social forces, and also of emotion. These works of art explore the landscapes and colors of Inland Southern California in relation to these movements. They evoke specific local colors and winds and the unceasing movement and outward reach of life in the Inland Empire. Lines tie earth to sky, mirroring the experiences and thoughts of travelers as they disembark and arrive.

Artist Biography:
Susan is intrigued by poetic equations and abstractions that provoke emotion. She is both an artist and an anthropologist who brings her fieldwork and cross-continental life experience to her paintings, installations and writing. She also curates and devises performances with The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop, a mobile art collective she created to explore mobility and migration.

Susan’s work has been exhibited and performed across the US, Europe and North Africa. She writes about her path across continents, art and anthropology in her book Shifting Worlds, Shaping Fieldwork, a Memoir of Anthropology and Art (Routledge 2021).

https://www.susanossman.com/