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Museum opens after hours for Claremont community

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Lauren Harchut
Staff Writer

Students, families and friends all gathered for a weekly event, Art After Hours, from 5-11 p.m. Thursday at the Pomona College Museum of Art.

Art After Hours is an event sponsored by the campus radio station, 88.7 FM KSPC. There are a variety of activities scheduled throughout the night including live music, lectures, panels, workshops, film screenings and free access to the museum.

“Not a lot goes on during my shift 5-8 p.m. but after 7 p.m. when students finish dinner and get out of class, things really pick up and get a lot more interesting” said Pomona College freshman Arden Hu, who was working for the first time at the museum during the event. “I’m looking forward to the live performance and free food.”

The live music for Thursday was “Ashe Africa” performed by Ongx Mona. The film screening for the evening was “The Creators.” Both happened later in the evening after the sun set.

First-time Art After Hours attendees are encouraged to go through the museum during the early hours of the event to avoid the rush so they can get up-close and personal with the art.

“It’s a great thing, I think, for college students to…see art and be exposed to it but still get to hang out with their friends,” said one of the museum’s lead guards and previous Getty Multicultural intern, Victoria Hernandez.

The current museum exhibit, “RSVP Los Angeles: The Project Series,” offers a variety of projects like ink, printed, and 3-D art.

The exhibit includes porcelain and stoneware sculptures by Michael Parker, ink artwork by Nikki Pressley, wall-sized collages by Michael Decker, a wall-sized mural by Wakana Kimura and photography and print work by Aydinaneth Ortiz.

“I really enjoy getting to see which objects draw people in the most and then the least and report them back to my supervisors” Hernandez said.

Around 7 p.m. is when the band and movie screen begin to get set up along with the workshop tables and the free food.

“I love people watching and getting to engage with the visitors as they walk around the museum and as they participate in the activities,” said security information officer Mary Roy.

Roy has been working Art After Hours for over a year and enjoys what the event has to bring.

“It’s kind of a big deal, and a lot of students show up, so it’s a fun thing I wanted to be a part of,” Roy said.

The event provides guests with free snacks and drinks to enjoy while they check out the workshops and entertainment. The workshops are for all ages and usually consist of painting, sculpting or drawing on a small canvas.

Lauren Harchut can be reached at lauren.harchut@laverne.edu.

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