Anders Gustave Aldrin was born in Varnland, Sweden on August 29, 1889, into a family of ten children. He came from a long line of Swedish craftsmen. His father was opposed to impractical pursuits, so, in secret, Anders took a correspondence course in drawing and painting. Anders came to the United States and served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He contracted tuberculosis while serving in the Army, returning to the USA as a disabled veteran. He moved to California in 1922.

Anders studied at Otis Art Institute, Santa Barbara School of Art and the California School of Art in San Francisco. In 1983, Cucamonga Siding was selected Best of Show from over 3000 pieces in an exhibit. Millard Sheets said of Aldrin: "The work of this man is a declaration of independence from the style and manner of his contemporaries and is the most forthright work I have seen in California."

Anders Aldrin was well known for his color wood block prints. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is a nephew.

Click on a thumbnail below to see a larger image or start a slide show of CCMA's Aldrin works.

Paintings in the Permanent Collection:

Signed “A. Aldrin”, lower right   
Oil, 33” x 25”, circa 1945
1987 gift of Francis and Helen Line
Value at acquisition: $5,000

Howell’s Hardware, Ontario
Signed “Aldrin” lower right
Oil, 25” x 19”, n.d.
gift of Francis and Helen Line
Value at acquisition: $2,500

The Frolic (Oregon Coast)
Signed “Alders”, lower right
29” x 23”, circa 1934
1981 gift of Francis and Helen Line
Value at acquisition: $1,200
Norwegian Church
Signed “Aldrin” lower right
Oil, 17½” x 13”, n.d.
gift of Francis and Helen Line
Value at acquisition: $3,000
Portrait of Frances Line (#13)
Signed “ Aldrin”, lower right
Oil, 12” x 14”, circa 1945
1999 gift of Francis Line estate
Value at acquisition: $300
Portrait of Zel Meier (Formerly thought to be a self portrait)
Signed “Anders Aldrin”, lower right
Watercolor, 14” x 12”, 1931
1981 gift of Francis and Helen Line
Value at acquisition: $400


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

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, 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

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Ontario, CA 91761-1623

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Thursday through Sunday
noon — 4:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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