In the late 1950s Los Angeles Times art critic Jules Langsner included Florence Arnold as one of the key Southern California artists contributing to what he called the Hard-Edge School of painters. The other artists in this group included Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, Helen Lundeberg and John McLaughlin.
In a time and place where 20-somethings are botoxed and 30-somethings routinely get “a little work done”; whose dominant industry is peddling our youth-obsessed, airbrushed culture to the rest of the world; what is a woman of a certain age to do? Old Broads features the work of female visual artists over the age of 50, currently working in Southern California. The exhibit seeks to showcase and celebrate artists who bring a lifetime of experience and experiences to their work.
During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, the geographic region known as the Pomona Valley was alive with artists working, teaching and living in the area. Working at Scripps College and in studios around the Pomona Valley, these men and women contributed to innovations in art, particularly in watercolor and ceramics.
Although the contributions of the male artists are both well-known and celebrated, less attention has been paid to the women who often were the lead studio artists rather than studio heads. In this exhibit, CCMA features a selection of those women artists who in their own way were artistic pioneers.
Every month a group of artists get together at the Museum to have a Figure Drawing/Painting workshop. They have a live model and reproduce their interpretation of the model. Artists include: Judi Christensen, Hollie Couron, Martha Cowan, Jacqueline Knell, Alan Swartz and Alfred Tse.
Artists who are painters, sculptors or use other traditional art forms mostly stay in one direction in their work. Other artists venture out taking objects, left by other people, and recycle those objects into an art form. This exhibit by John Bagley, Jr. Jim Behrman, and Alan Swartz express their art by assembling made and found objects into imaginative 3D sculptural work. Their inter-disciplinary and consular art outlook advocates a different approach, testing the bounds of art.
WEPO is a venue for all those who use photography to express their vision. The objective is to inspire the region with an engaging selection of artworks and celebrate the efforts of those who use photography as their medium.
Over the past 45 years of experience with the clay material, my passion for it has never waivered. It’s the soul of the Earth and the soul of my being as an artist/teacher. There is no other way to better express my creative thoughts. These thoughts are fueled by my other pursuit which is archaeology. My forms and imageries evolve out of this evolutionary discipline of history. Archaeology projects time, history, mystery, and leading to an understanding of cultures. I try to be its best partner with these ideals.
The diversity of California has lent itself to the translucent quality of watercolors. Whether a vibrant California landscape, a stylized portrait or the subtlety of a quiet scene, these works exemplify out state. The California Style is celebrated with selections from the Museum Collection.