Fundraising Event at Walters
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015

Claremont Heritage and Walters Restaurant to Celebrate 125 Years of Public Education in Claremont and raise money to help augment our Education Programs including the Third Grade Local History Program that is offered free to all local elementary schools!
Guests enjoyed a wonderful selection of Walters signature mouth-watering Hors d'oeuvres, Live Jazz and a Silent Art Auction featuring many local luminaries!
This was an exciting opportunity to enjoy good company, live music and the wonderful creative offerings by Walters (308 Yale Ave, Claremont) while giving back to the community!

Ginger Elliott Gallery . Garner House . Memorial Park
Weekend of Nov 6-7 2015
Paintings by Claremont artist Jeanne Steffan move you “presently into the past”. Imagery bounces between Classical, Medieval, and Mid Century Modern periods. Her paintings honor subjects before her time, while steering us back to the present. She is inspired by the timelessness of good art, whenever and wherever it was made. Tom Skelly’s work alludes to the split-second drama of the performer in motion. Musicians and actors are the subjects of his inventive and glowing artistic output. The swift and expressive movements of performers influence his drawings and are often blurred to resemble an embryonic state of appearance. These “pictures of sound” are connected to his radio program called “The Sound of Pictures”, which features a diverse collection of music for the screen, stage, and street corner. It can be heard on Sunday evenings from 7-10pm on KSPC 88.7 FM and

Heritage Flea Market
Sunday March 22, 2015 • 9:00 - 2:00
Garner House Courtyard
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont 909-621-0848

Come and experience the now infamous Heritage Flea Market at the Historic Garner House in Memorial Park.

Over 20 dealers of vintage memorabilia including art, jewelry, objet d'art, furniture, garden, decorative arts and more!

Also, donated works by local artists as well as citrus industry ephemera will be featured.

Speaker Series ICC Housing Project 2015 Feb 26

called the "Mama of Dada"

RECENTLY: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Renowned ceramicist, lover of Marcel Duchamp, and a prime suspect in the Dada art movement of the early 1910's. She died in 1999 at 101 years of age.

This unique, hour-long documentary provides an unusual glimpse into the life, the loves, and the influences of this incredible woman. Rare archival photos, original artwork, insightful commentary by respected art historians and interviews with Beatrice herself, combined to make this film an unforgettable experience.

INTERSECTION: The Art and Architecture of
Martha and S. David Underwood

Exhibit Closed on May 17, 2014
Click to read our online publication of the Underwood + Underwood Exhibit

Photo: Martha and S. David Underwood
An Exhibition featuring two of Claremont's richest talents,
artist, Martha Menke Underwood and architect, S. David Underwood.
Although brought together by Millard Sheets, Martha and David individually left an
indelible mark on Claremont and beyond!

OpenART Studio Tour Exhibit
Opening Reception:
Friday, June 6 - 6-9pm
Ginger Elliott Center @ Garner House

Exhibition will be a group show of work
by the local artists on the art tour
the following day

. OpenART Studio Tour
Saturday, June 7 '14 ... Studios open 11-4
Artists’ party 4-8 pm

Presented by the Claremont Museum of Art.
Dozens of Claremont artists will open their studios to the public for a day-long celebration of the creativity that continues to thrive in Claremont. This biennial event encourages art lovers to explore the multitude of studios tucked into local neighborhoods and business parks. View website
Admission is $40. Check-in at Memorial Park,
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

Claremont Heritage is proud to present

Documenting work from one of
Claremont’s most prolific art families

at Claremont Heritage
Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont
Exhibit ended Dec. 24, 2013

Exhibit features paintings and drawings by Barry Cisneros, mosaics by his sister
Alba Cisneros, as well as ceramics by their brother Tony.

Never before seen paintings by the siblings’ mother Helene will also be presented.
Nephew Andy Cisneros' inaugural showing of his multi-media works will be on exhibit.

Many works will be available for sale with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting
Claremont Heritage’s educational programs.

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
Claremont Heritage presents...
Showman • Author • Humorist
Ambassador of Americana!

Architecture in Los Angeles!
Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix’s fun-fueled whirlwind adventure extravaganza in search of SoCal’s greatest undiscovered and underrated mid-century architectural gems and jewels past and present.
Seeley G. Mudd Theater
Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Ave. (at Foothill Blvd.)
Claremont, CA 91711 - View Map

16 Architects Exhibition
Exhibition ended November 10, 2013
Free Admission - Presented by Claremont Heritage
Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center / Garner House / Memorial Park
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont CA

Claremont Heritage is proud to pay homage to the 1950 groundbreaking exhibition entitiled "16 Architects" that was mounted in the galleries of Scripps College that brought together some of the most significant Modern Architecture produced in the Southern California area after WWII. Material for the exhibition was collected and organized by Architect Whitney Smith with the assistance of students in the Architecture Department. The exhibition was documented in the April 1950 issue of Arts & Architecture Magazine with photos by Julius Shulman. You are invited to our exhibition which features examples of mid-century modern architecture that was produced in Claremont by sixteen architects and designers.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Guided Walking Tour
of Important Mid-Century Design
Institutional and Commercial Architecture by Important Architects

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Sunset Reception
at Custom View Home in Claraboya
(Location provided after ticket(s) were purchased)
Special Guest: ALAN HESS

Annual Gala:
Gatsby at the Garner
Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:00pm

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Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 7 - 9 pm
Location provided with RSVP

Period appropriate cocktails and refreshments will be provided and vintage dress encouraged!

Taking place in an exquisite mid-century modern Claremont home designed by Fred McDowell and built by Ken Mcleod, think martini's and Mad Men decor!

A fundraiser to help Claremont Heritage document and survey the mid-century architecture that exists in our community to create both a publication and exhibition that will be presented this fall.

This is a great opportunity to experience and support modernism in your own community. There will be live jazz, a presentation of Julius Shulman photographs of projects in Claremont as well as a special speaker and silent auction of modern art and design.

Exhibit: May 2013
The Collages and Cartoons of Paul Darrow


Closing Day May 12, 2013
Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center

in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont CA 91711

Paul Darrow came to Claremont to study art at Claremont Graduate School
after serving in WWII. He began submitting cartoons to the Claremont Courier
when Martin Weinberger purchased the paper in 1954 and soon created
a devoted fan base in the community.
Darrow used his attention to detail to create thousands of cartoons,
representing his interpretation of the social and political atmosphere of the time.
Presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, the exhibition is curated by Skip Pahl
retired director of the Oceanside Museum of Art,
and Catherine McIntosh with assistance from CMC student Bailey Yellen.

Sponsors include Claremont Heritage, Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management, Inc.,
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's International Realty, and Claremont Courier

Claremont Modern Film Series

Designing Women

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Following the screening of
“Throwing Curves”
a film about designer Eva Zeisel,
a Panel Discussion and Book Signing of
“California’s Designing Women 1896-1986”
by Bill Stern

Moderator: Bill Stern, Curator, Author and Executive Director, Museum of California Design
Designer panelists: Marilyn Austin, Judith Hendler, Cher Pendarvis

Art + Architecture in the Foothills

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Join Claremont Heritage and the Claremont School of Theology for an evening of art and culture! Our monthly film series features films that look at the architectural and cultural influences at mid-century and how they relate to happenings in Claremont.

Featured this evening will be a preview of a new documentary film entitled: "Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community, 1935-1975".
Produced by filmmaker Paul Bockhorst and and the Claremont Museum of Art, this film will tell the story of the "Claremont School" as it is sometimes called, a confluence of art, craft and architecture in a small foothill college town, lead by visionary artist Millard Sheets, that ultimately changed the world.

The preview will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the phenomenon that transpired in Claremont at mid-century and will include Paul Bockhorst, Tony Sheets, Brian Worley and others.

April 10th, 2014

One of the most respected functional potters in the United States, Harrison McIntosh is recognized for his simple classical thrown forms in stoneware. He embellishes his pieces with geometric designs painted in bold or muted colors. Understated glazes reinforce the timeless substance of his art. Strong early influences on McIntosh's work were Bauhaus design, Swedish ceramics of the 1950s, and nature. A film about his work, his life and his love of clay.

Playing with Fire explores the life and art of Paul Soldner, the revolutionary ceramic artist who helped turn a three thousand year old craft into an accepted form of Fine Art. As a child, Paul never thought he was an artist or would ever become one. But after living through the harsh realities of World War 2, Paul, like many Abstract Expressionist artists, realized the fleetingness of life and decided to pursue a life following his passions. At age 32, he made a career change and moved to LA to become a ceramist. As they say in the books...the rest is history.

March 13th, 2014

Filmmaker Peter Kirby will be screening recently edited interviews with local art giants,
Sam Maloof and Karl Benjamin. The Sam Maloof interview was filmed at his workshop in 1990
as he prepared furniture for a commission from Pacific Enterprises. He demonstrates some
of his working methods and his feelings about his work.

The Karl Benjamin interview was filmed in his home and studio in 2009 for the Getty Research Institute
as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative. Karl talks about how he became interested
in painting and his career and his approach to work.

Oct. 10 2013... 11th film in our 2013

Claremont Modern Film Series

"New Housing Then" is a term coined by series curator David Shearer to acknowledge the incredible experimental and forward-thinking architectural design that blossomed at mid-century to address the critical need for housing post WWII. Films to be shown include: "Futuro - A New Stance for Tomorrow", "Monsanto House of the Future" and "The Case Study House Program 1945-1966". A discussion will follow the films.

Sept 12 2013- 10th Film in our 2013
Claremont Modern Film Series
Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat
by filmmaker Mike Dorsey

This film is about the 1959 post and beam house built by "working-class government employee" Richard Oyler in the tiny Inyo County town of Lone Pine. Architect Richard Neutra was already mega-famous by the late '50s, but loved the site so much that he agreed to the tiny commission and eventually developed a long-lasting friendship with Oyler. The house is currently owned by architecture-loving actress Kelly Lynch and writer/producer Mitch Glazer, who appear in the documentary along with Neutra's sons and Neutra-championing real estate agent Crosby Doe (who helped sell the house in the '70s and again in the '90s to Lynch and Glazer).

Filmmaker Mike Dorsey is the step-grandson of Richard Oyler and says in press materials that "All of my life, my step-mother and her brothers and sisters have told stories about the amazing Lone Pine, California house that they grew up in ... They talked about its stunning desert views, the open floor plan, the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the freedom of young kids running around a wild desert valley." Dorsey brought Oyler to the house to film in July 2012; he died nine weeks later.

Vimeo links...

August 8 2013 - 9th Film in our 2013

Claremont Modern Film Series
The Life and Work of Donald Wexler
Director: Jake Gorst
Executive Producers: Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III
Producers: Heather Purcell and David Shearer

During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for clients such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company and Walt Disney World Resort. Wexler’s designs for public buildings in the Coachella Valley of California, including the dramatic Palm Springs Airport, served as both soaring and practical models for other municipalities to emulate. Today Donald Wexler’s work is garnering new appreciation worldwide and providing inspiration for a new generation of architects.

July 26 2013 - 8th Film in our 2013 Series
Claremont Modern Film Series
COAST MODERN: From LA to Vancouver
Directors: Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard
Producer: Leah Mallen, Twofold Films
Editor: Peter Rock

Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of
West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies.

Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we feel how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the natural environment.

July 11 2013 - 7th film in our 2013
Claremont Modern Film Series

The Art of Architecture
Guest Speaker:
Click to read more about this film...

June 13 2013 -
6th film in our 2013
Claremont Modern Film Series
The Art of Architect and the Painter
Narrated by James Franco

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office
also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II,
to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism,
to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood.
Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death
dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

May 9 2013
- 5th film in our 2013
Claremont Modern Film Series
The Spirit in Architecture :
Directed by Bette Jane Cohen

Film Screening and Talk

Mural Unveiling

Painted by two well-known Claremont artists during the "golden-age" of SoCal murals and mosaics:

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Keck Graduate Institute

535 Watson Drive, Bldg 517, Claremont

For decades, the 8' x 48'mural welcomed customers at the historic Hendricks Pharmacy.
Now on permanent loan from Claremont Heritage, the mural has been newly-restored.