REX BRANDT  1914-2000

Rex Brandt was born in San Diego, California. His family moved to Riverside, California in the early 1920s. Brandt began painting with watercolors at about age sixteen. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute while still in high school and later continued his art education at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his way by painting for the National Park Service.

During the 1930s Brandt taught art at Riverside Community College while producing Regionalist style watercolors of the Southern California landscape.  After the 1940s, he painted many harbor and beach scenes in abstract and cubistic styles. He and Phil Dike co-founded the Brandt-Dike Summer School of  Painting at Corona Del Mar, California. Brandt wrote eleven books on watercolor painting and contributed to twelve more on the same subject. His illustrations have appeared in many nationally-distributed magazines. He made six educational films and produced several large murals.

Brandt's paintings were included in the California Group exhibitions. He is recognized as one of the most skilled watercolor artists who worked on the West Coast. He was president of the California Water Color Society, vice-president of the American Watercolor Society and a director of the W.P.A, art project in the 1930s.

(Biographical information taken from The California Style, McClelland & Last.)

Click on a thumbnail below to see an enlarged image and start a slide show of Brandt works.

Paintings in the Permanent Collection:

Day at Corona del Mar
Signed “Brandt”, lower right
Oil, 29” x 39”, 1943
1944 gift of the artist
Picnic at Rockport
Signed “Brandt”, lower right
Casein, 17” x 27”, dated 1940
1986 gift of Helen and Francis Line
Storm, 1944
Signed “Rex Brandt”, left center
Watercolor, 19” x 26”, 1944
1981 gift of Mrs. Sanford Ballou (Marian)
Value at acquisition: $1,800


Events at the Museum

David Allen Book Signing and Reading

Join CCMA and Ontario Heritage for a joint event featuring Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen.
David's latest book, On Track, is a selection of his columns originally published from 2001 to 2004. David will be at CCMA for a book signing, followed by potluck dinner and readings from the book.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Book signing - 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Potluck Dinner and Program - 4 pm to 6 pm

Artist Reception

February 10, 2019 - 2 pm to 4 pm

IEA International Open Juried Exhibition
Friday, Friday, Love That Day - Open Studio Artists
Piece by Piece - John Bagley, Jr.

Enhance! Member Exhibition Winners Purchase Prize - Steven Long
Members Choice - Judi Christensen

Art at Airport

Installations of artist exhibits can now be seen at Ontario International Airport. Exhibiting artists are:

Dee Marcellus Cole, Cosme Cordova, Jesus Cruz, Jr., Gina Lawson Egan, Sumi Foley, Cathy Garcia, Karen Karlsson, Sant Khalsa, Denise Kraemer, Steven Long, Cindy Rinne and Larry White.

CCMA is managing the public art program at the airport on behalf of the Ontario International Airport Authority and the City of Ontario Community Life & Culture Agency.


Open Studio at CCMA

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.

Open Studio at CCMA is held every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. Artists should bring all their own supplies + a sack lunch, drinks and snacks as desired. CCMA will provide a coffee maker, refrigerator and small microwave for the use of participants.
Free for CCMA members
$20 for guests

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

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in the Foothills Reader

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