CCAA Museum of Art to hold tour today

(Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer) Nancy DeDiemar, President of CCAA Museum of Art Board of Directors, looks up at the ceiling that still needs work on at their new location in Ontario June 21, 2013. The CCAA has been very busy with interior work since they moved in last December from Rancho Cucamonga to Ontario, members of the CCAA are holding a special event on June 23 from 2 to 4 pm to show their progress, dubbed the Dusty Shoes tour.

(Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer) Nancy DeDiemar, President of CCAA Museum of Art Board of Directors, looks up at the ceiling that still needs work on at their new location in Ontario June 21, 2013. The CCAA has been very busy with interior work since they moved in last December from Rancho Cucamonga to Ontario, members of the CCAA are holding a special event on June 23 from 2 to 4 pm to show their progress, dubbed the Dusty Shoes tour

As coordinator of the CCAA Museum of Art – and the sole paid employee – Jenelle Lowry has her tool cart out and is trying to decide what to display on the walls she has the task of selecting some artwork from its collection to showcase for today’s Dusty Shoes Tour from 2p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We have been working on that cosmetic appearance so it would be ready to show artwork,” she said.

The Sunday tour will give the public a chance to see the museum’s progress since moving into its new home in the downtown back in January. Continue reading

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Ontario-Montclair YMCA statue gets new home

I just learned from Tim Walborn, branch director of the Ontario-Montclair YMCA, that a statue created by Betty Davenport-Ford has been moved from its former location at the YMCA to its new home at the CCAA Museum of Art.

“Grazing Gazelle” was a long time fixture at the YMCA, and had been donated to the YMCA in memory of Davenport-Ford’s parents, Walborn said. Because it was “dedicated to the Youth of Ontario,” officials with the organization did want to leave the statue behind when it was announced earlier this year they would be selling their building in the downtown.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for kids to enjoy nature and experience all that it has to offer,” Walborn said.

The statue was moved to it’s new location by the Ontario Parkway Kiwanis. Curators from local museums, familiar with the artist’s work, also helped in the process of evaluating, planning, and moving the Gazelle to its new home, Walborn said.

The Gazelle is being displayed at the CCAA Museum of Art during their “Dusty Shoes” open house on June 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.   The address is 217 S. Lemon St. in Ontario.

For viewing hours contact the CCAA Museum of Art at 909 463-3733.

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CCAA Museum of Art to participate in downtown tour

CCAA Museum of Art members, artists, supporters and friends are invited to a special event in downtown Ontario this Saturday

  • From 10 a.m. until noon, the Ontario Heritage Society is holding its annual Walking Tour featuring buildings in historic downtown Ontario.
  • From 9 a.m. until the tour begins, and again from noon until 12:30 pm, the new CCAA Museum building at 217 S. Lemon St. will be open for a look at the interior space, including a preview room that has been refurbished as a gallery containing selections from the museum’s permanent collection of art. The museum store will also be open.
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CCAA Museum of Fine Art to be topic of Ontario Rotary Club meeting

Nancy DeDiemar, president of the CCAA Museum of Fine Art will be the guest speaker for the Ontario Rotary Club meeting on Thursday.
DeDiemar will be speaking about the upcoming changes at museum ( I just finished writing a story about this and you should be able to see the on our site soon).  DeDiemar is a graduate of Chaffey High School, Class of 1963 and the University of California at Los Angeles in 1968 with a B.A. in English Literature.
She was the President of Printing Resources of Southern California from 1981-2011 and currently is Co-publisher of Printips, a monthly newsletter subscription service for printers.  Nancy is a board member with four community organizations; OPARC, CCAA Museum of Art, San Antonio Community Hospital Foundation and the Chaffey High School Alumni Association.
The Ontario Rotary Club lunch meeting is at the Ontario Double Tree Hotel and starts at noon.  The cost of the lunch event is $20.  For additional information, call Don Driftmier at 951-206-5731.
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