by Leslie M. Estrada
Rebecca Hamm, art professor at ULV and program director for the First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont, has become involved with a fresh new website that works side by side with the city’s own website, www.claremontca.com.
Claremontca.com is the website for the city of Claremont, which has information on local news, weather, politics and entertainment within the Claremont area.
“It all started when the city of Claremont invited us [the First Street Gallery Art Center] to be on their web page,” said Hamm.
The First Street Gallery Art Center is a facility of artwork from local to more recognized artists such as Laura De Cuir’s “World of Rubies” painting.
Other than Hamm, some of these artists include Dan Kellar, Marta Munguai, Tom Carrion, Patty Poteet and Mary Rose Tellez, to name a few.
In addition, the Gallery provides a place for aspiring artists, including those with disabilities, to display their work.
Hamm is the program director for this gallery, as well as an art teacher at ULV.
“Currently, we are working on the exhibit ‘Abstraction II,’ which will be held from Thursday, March 16 through April 20,” said Hamm.
The “Abstraction II” exhibit will present a collection of artwork from 18 different artists.
Aside from her directing position at the Gallery, Hamm herself is an artist whose passion is presented not only in the First Street Gallery Art Center, but also in her own art studio, located in the College Business Park in the city of Claremont.
“I have spent eight years teaching different art classes at ULV, aside from seven years being program director,” said Hamm.
Classes that Hamm has taught are Advertising, Graphic Design, Introduction to Art, as well as Introduction to Art in elementary schools.
“I started the first 10 years of my art profession as a gift artist,” said Hamm. “After that, I started becoming more involved when I taught different classes at ULV.”
The First Street Gallery Art Center is located at 250 W. First Street, Suite 120, Claremont, CA 91711 at (909) 625-5455, or website www.claremontca.com.