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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