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.

Healing:
Veronica Aranda

May - September, 2021

Artist Statement:
Because I need constant change in my everyday life, my work is a mix of abstraction and expression. The subjects of my paintings turn from form to formlessness as I express my thoughts and feelings with every brush stroke. Sometimes I deconstruct forms to give them new meaning in the eye of the beholder. My art reflects the ideas in my head while allowing the viewer to form his or her own interpretation.

Art is my therapy that heals and clears my head of any perplexities, concerns and confusion.

Artist Biography:
A native of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Veronica Aranda immigrated to Palm Springs, California at the age of seven. She began drawing and painting as a child to feel connected to the world. Although Veronica works primarily with oils and mixed media, she has explored other art modalities.

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Photography:
Andrew K. Thompson

May - September, 2021

Artist Statement:
I print my digital photographs on canvas, then use fabric, thread and embroidery floss as textural elements to emphasize details within the image. The tactile surface and subtle undulations create a visual tension that rewards close inspection.

Mother’s Gate is a symbolic portrait – the first photographed in Lancaster, PA and the other in Riverside, California. New Jersey Clouds is an early example of my thread painting technique. San Bernardino Weed has been exhibited at the California Museum of Photography, an institution associated with the University of California at Riverside.

Artist Biography:
Andrew K. Thompson lives and works in Colton, California. He holds a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco; a certificate degree in art business from New York University, New York, and an MFA in Studio Art and Design from California State University at San Bernardino. He has exhibited at galleries through the United States and his images have been published in regional and national magazines. He is the co-founder of The Little Gallery of San Bernardino.

Instagram: @Andrew_K_Thompson

At the Harbor:
Nada Fakhreddine

June - December, 2021

Artist Statement:
My artwork is made with acrylic on canvas, ranging in size from 8 x 10 inches to 16 x 20 inches. In my artwork, I focus on the female figure as she explores places, particularly Southern California. In several of my paintings, the main figure’s face is not shown, as I focus on the setting and the journey she is taking.

Artist Biography:
Nada began painting as a self-taught artist, and five years later studied visual arts. She currently works with oil and acrylic. Nature is her biggest inspiration, and she is especially fascinated by California’s landscape and scenery. She also has an interest in fashion and figurative art. She has been a participant in several group art shows and had two solo exhibits.

Facebook: @nadas.art1
Instagram: @oilandacrylic

Tide Pools:
Donna Larson

June - December, 2021

Artist Statement:
I’ve always been interested in all kinds of art and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Most of my paintings are landscapes, both realistic and abstract. I do enjoy painting animals, especially horses. My subject matter comes from places I have been and things I’ve seen. Watercolor lets me depict my enthusiasm for nature’s beauty.

Artist Biography:
Donna Larson earned a fine arts degree at California State University, Fullerton, specializing in drawing and painting. Through the years, she has continued taking classes: Chinese brush painting with Ning Yeh; watercolor with Tom Fong, and workshops with other well-known watercolor artists. Tom Fong has a free and easy style that I admire.

Donna is a member of the Whittier Art Association, the Mid Valley Arts League and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.

Paisley Puff:
Susan Mach

July, 2021 - January, 2022

Artist Statement:
This exhibit shows both my love of plant life and my curiosity towards building with clay. Aloe, for example, is from a series I built using slabs cut to fit my drawings of plants (rather than fitting the drawing on a commonly-built geometric form). That idea resulted in some interesting organic forms!

The three round forms were built using a slump mold, placing pieces in the reverse order of depth that you see them. Foreground pieces were placed first, then others begin to overlap, creating the depth of middle and background. Dark stain highlights the outlines created where pieces connect to one another.

Artist Biography:
Susan Mach was born and raised in the Inland Empire (Pomona/Upland). Always surrounded by creative family members who appreciated the arts, early on she recognized her own desire to create. She attended UC Santa Barbara where she earned her BA in Studio Art and a teaching credential. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa, helping women’s groups start income-generating projects. After returning from Kenya, Susan worked in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District teaching art and ceramics. She has retired from teaching, but continues to create in her home studio in Upland.

Email: susan.mach@gmail.com

Paisley Puff:
Steve Walag

July, 2021 - January, 2022

Artist Statement:
Although these images may resemble paintings, they are in fact digital photographs printed on textured paper. They were inspired by traditional Japanese paintings in the centuries-old Rinpa tradition. Rinpa artists favored simple, natural subjects – 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 and Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and a BFA in Photography from Art Center 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 Riverside City College). All the while, Steve has pursued his own artistic path on the side, beginning decades ago with a strong affinity for the black and white photography of the West Coast “straight” photo school. It is only since 2015 that his attraction to Japanese art prompted him to formulate the style exhibited here.

Email: steve@stevewalag.com
Website: stevewalag.com