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Art Walk reflects eclectic mix of styles

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Deja Goode
Staff Writer

Guests observed various vibrant art pieces showcased through six different galleries at the Claremont Art Walk on Saturday all while enjoying cheese, crackers and tasteful wine.

Artists created pieces varying from wooden fixtures to watercolor paintings on thin canvas. Performance artists which are overseen by Claremont Arts Coordinator Francine Baker.

The Claremont Art Walk is held on the first Saturday of every month and features a new group of artists that are featured in designated art galleries that stretch the two blocks of the Claremont Village.

Kirk Delman, the registrar at Scripps College, has created functional and non-functional fixtures in his spare time as a hobby for several years.

“I can make pretty much anything I want whether it’s a glass jar full of objects or something functional like a coffee table,” Delman said.

A disproportionate wooden table was on display at the gallery. The top was a large, bended oval shape that was being held up by two thin v-shaped pieces that acted as a base. The table was a brown sprinkled with darker shades of black and brown with a shiny gloss finish.

The Bunny Gunner Gallery featured local artist Michael Ladner’s works. Ladner is known for his gouache paintings which consist of opaque pigments that create a natural look and are typically used for painting landscapes.

Southern California’s outdoor life and culture is Ladner’s muse, clearly seen through a series of his paintings showcased at the gallery.

The painting “Beaches, Bicycles, and Skateboards” by Ladner depicted the image of a warm beach day through a series of yellow and orange shades to represent the sun where a woman is walking her dog, a group of boys are riding their skateboards, and the front half of a bicycle was left poking out of the bottom left corner.

Art walk attendees surrounded this particular painting and discussed how interesting it was the very light colors were still so vibrant despite the transparency of them in the paintings.

Mariah Ford, a senior psychology major at the University of La Verne, said one of the main reasons she attends the art walk is because there’s always something to learn through the pieces and through discussion with other people.

“I have always found art really cool, but experiencing it in this way is even better,” Ford said. “Events like this are so important because you never know who you are going to impact.”

This event encourages participation from artists everywhere and accepts new potential vendors every month.

The next Claremont Art Walk will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 4 in the Claremont Village.

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