LOREN BARTON 1893-1975

Loren Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts, but grew up in Southern California. She is the great-niece of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. She was a painter, etcher, illustrator and teacher.

Barton trained at USC, toured Europe in 1929, then lived and worked in Rome until 1937. She returned to Los Angeles and taught at Chouinard Art Institute. Although she painted and illustrated books, she was chiefly known as a fine etcher and developed  strong drawing skills.

Barton worked in several different styles and painted a wide variety of subjects. She did a number of American Scene paintings depicting working-class people in industrial environments. In the 1950s she painted circus scenes featuring menagerie animals, as well as occasional still lifes. Many of her early works were painted in a solid array of rich colors that completely filled the paper. Her later paintings reveal a looser style; there is much less color saturation and more white paper visible.

Barton was a member of the American Watercolor Society and the California Water Color Society.

(Biographical information taken in part from California Watercolor Society, Nancy Moure.)

Click on a thumbnail below to see a larger image or start a slide show of the works of Loren Barton.

Paintings in the Permanent Collection:

Signed “Loren Barton”, lower right
Watercolor, 19” x 24”, 1941
Watercolor Purchase Award   $100
2008 evaluation: $1,000

Signed “Loren Barton”, lower right
Watercolor on linen, 21” x 29”, c. 1939
1981 gift Marian Ballou
2008 evaluation: $800


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)
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CCMA is continuing to accept applications for Art at Airport while closed.
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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.

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 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
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Live model
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$15 -- open to all

 Open Studio at CCMA
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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

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