Opening Reception for 2013 Member Exhibition

The November 17, 2013 reception for three new exhibits:
  • Main Gallery: Salute!, 2013 Member's Exhibit
  • Spotlight Gallery: The Color-Go-Round, Featuring the works of Jan Wright
  • South Gallery: Mythmakers, Featuring the works of John Greco & Tammy Greenwood, curated by Leslie A. Brown
Click on the image below to open a slide show of the reception:

Second Thursday
a monthly series of informal and informative art-related presentations

February 12, 2015: Woodblock Printing with Laura Barnes
Laura holds a BA in Fine Art from Chapman University. Her style combines realistic depiction with abstract and decorative elements. In her paintings she uses intense color and natural subjects such as animals. In addition to painting, she prints using wood block carving. She will be demonstrating this technique of making art.

January 8, 2015: Plein Air Painting
En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air" and is often used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Working in natural light under an umbrella that diffuses the light, plein air artists seek interesting locations to create their works of art. Luz Maria Perez is a  founding member of Plein Air Artists of Riverside. She has been painting since she was a child and now paints weekly with PAAR and teaches in her studio.

November 13, 2014: The Medium of Encaustic

Encaustic is an ancient painting medium that uses pigments mixed with hot wax to create art. CCMA artist member Karen Karlsson will describe the history, manufacture and use of encaustic as a medium for painting, collage and sculpture. The talk will conclude with a guided walk through the encaustic works on display in the Burnt Offerings exhibit in the museum's South Gallery.

October 10, 2014: Painting with Pastels
An artist for over 40 years, ada m. passaro is now focused on using soft pastels in sticks as her predominant medium. She is a signature member of Sierra Pastel Society as well as a member of Pastel Society of the West Coast, Pastel Society of San Diego and Watercolor West. Ada is demonstrating how pastels can be used to create a painting.

September 11, 2014: Painting on Silk
Diane Ricks is a watercolorist who combines her passion for art with her passion for fashion design. She dyes and paints her own fabric, then uses the fabrics to create clothing and quilts. In addition to demonstrating the art of painting on silk, Diane is giving a trunk show -- a display of her fashion collection.

August 14, 2014: Right Brain Drawing
Sylvia Megerdichian, founder of Art Box Studio and CCMA 2013 Artist of the Year shared a technique to help artists draw. By focusing on the negative space surrounding an object rather than on the object itself, the artist uses background to bring out qualities of the object being drawn. Sylvia also shared anecdotes about the founding of Art Box and the self-portraits in the current exhibit Red Out Loud!

July 10, 2014: Considerations in Creating an Art Book
CCMA artist member Kirk Kain recently published a children's book entitled Stilts -- A Tale of Two Circus Misfits. Kirk wrote and illustrated the book, and shared his experience of preparing and publishing it. Kirk's presentation was of particular interest to artists who have considered using a book to  publicize their work, gain interest from galleries, or offer to family and friends.
June 12, 2014: The Art of Collage with Aleta Jacobson
Aleta Jacobson, the owner of 511 Art Studio in Upland, exhibited at CCMA in 2013 as part of Rough Around the Edges, the annual member exhibit of the Southern California Collage Society, which she serves as president. She presented a step--by-step demonstration resulting in a completed collage work of art.

May 8, 2014: Monoprint Demonstration with Todd Smith
  Upland artist and CCMA member Todd Smith demonstratesdthe technique of monoprint, a single impression of an image made from a wood block, litho stone or metal plate. Participants each made a monoprint.

April 10, 2014: Milford Zornes -- Connections with Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson, watercolorist, author, art gallery owner, and friend and painting companion to Milford Zornes presented a behind-the-scenes commentary on some of the paintings in the current Milford Zornes exhibit and described his experiences of painting with Milford weekly during the last 11 years of Milford's life.

March 13, 2014: Archival Framing with Juan and Susie Thorp of Bunny Gunner Art Services
Artist Juan Thorp and his wife Susie, owners of Bunny Gunner Art Services in Claremont, explained the importance of archival framing for conserving works of art and discussed options for glass, matting and hanging wire.

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 through June 30.

During closure, please direct inquiries to CCMA board chairman Nancy DeDiemar (
or 909-214-3459.

CCMA is continuing to accept applications for Art at Airport while closed.
Check here or on our Facebook page for updates to this notice.

Statement of Support

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.

 Events at the Museum

No events are currently scheduled.

 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
Postponed Until Further Notice

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

 Open Studio at CCMA
Postponed Until Further Notice

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

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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