LEONARD ALBERT DAVIES 1925-1995

Leonard Albert Davies was born in Perth, West Australia. He began drawing cartoon characters at a very young age. He was a natural artist who never took lessons. By the age of eleven, he was selling newspapers in the city and drawing caricatures of his customers on a note pad he always carried. He was written up in the city newspaper applauding his talents.

When he was 18, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and flew Lancaster bombers. On his plane, he painted a logo of a kangaroo wearing boxing gloves. This was the pride of the crew. He was shot down over Germany and taken prisoner of war.

When the war ended, he continued to pursue a career in the art world. He traveled to several countries doing political cartoons, illustrating advertisements and painting watercolors. Before retiring, he settled in Perth where he was given tenure at Curtin University. The Dean was very impressed with his art, saying there was nothing he could not do.

Len never sold his paintings but gave them as gifts for birthdays, for favors done and for the sheer joy of having others enjoy his work, which is scattered around the world.

Courtesy of Joy King, sister, 2003.

Painting in the Auxiliary Collection:

Historic Ontario House
Signed lower right corner
Watercolor, 13½ x 10½
2003 Gift of Joy King

Historic Ontario House


  





Events at the Museum

Artist Reception

October 6, 2019 - 2 pm to 4 pm

West End Photo Open (WEPO)
Announcement of Prize Winners at 3 pm

Thumbnails
Mid Valley Art League

Imagination in Clay
Richard Perre


2019 Ontario Festival of the Arts

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11 am to 7 pm 
 
Over 50 participating visual artists
Music and dance performances
Arts Learning and Demonstrations
Mini walking tour of historic buildings
Food trucks and craft beer vendors
 
Free admission
in the Arts District
217 S. Lemon Ave., Ontario.
 

Art at Airport

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.Artist installations can now be seen in both Terminal 2 and Terminal 4.

Current 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.


Life Drawing Session at CCMA

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


 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.com
 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
909.463.3733
info@chaffeymuseum.org

Free Admission
Thursday through Sunday
noon — 4:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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