The following is a guest post by Sara Linssen of SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, a student-run organization that brings strategic thinking and results-oriented analysis to local nonprofits in order to positively impact the Claremont area. To learn more about SOURCE, you can visit their website.
On November 3rd, the Claremont Museum of Art hosted the 10th annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta, an innovative and fun event that invites the community to enjoy the work of local artists. Rekindled in 2011, the current incarnation of Padua Hills Art Fiesta mirrors an earlier Claremont artist event that ran from 1953-1959. This year’s Art Fiesta took place at the Padua Hills Theater and was centered on an incredible exhibition featuring Betty Davenport Ford, a well-known local sculptor and Scripps alumna. Her work features both clay and bronze sculptures and focuses on the animal and natural forms. At the Art Fiesta event, Davenport Ford worked on her next piece and engaged attendees in an explanation of her current work.
In addition to the Davenport Ford exhibition, the event also featured a wide array of local artists. At the entrance to the theater, twenty-five local artists displayed their work for sale. The art ranged from watercolor paintings, intricate woodworking, hand-made jewelry, to clothing. Not only did the event provide an opportunity for these artists to gain a following in the community, but displayed Claremont’s vibrant artist community.
On the terrace of the theater, high school students from the Claremont Museum of Art’s ARTstART program offered an art lesson. In addition, there were a variety of musical artists playing throughout the event, as well as displays from local art institutions, and hands-on craft demonstrations. For instance, the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts (SAMFAC) sponsored a woodworking demonstration, where the artist explained his process of creating a rocking chair, including how he chose the sanding paper and how each tool is used to craft the piece.
Overall, the event is definitely a must-attend event for any individual in the Claremont community. Not only are events like this a fun way to engage with friends and family, but it is also a very valuable opportunity to support the unique Claremont art community.