Workshop: Día de los Niños / Day of the Children
June 18, 1 to 3 p.m
Celebrate Day of the Children in a program that embraces all that it is to be a child! Children will have the opportunity to paint and be creative in the museum. Workshops require a reservation at (909) 395-2510.
named museum director
Marissa Gonzalez-Kucheck has been named the new director of the Ontario Museum of History & Art, bringing an extensive background in the arts and in museum management to Ontario.
Marissa joined the
museum staff on
Jan. 13, coming to
Ontario from her
previous position in
the Cultural Arts
Division of the
city of South Gate.
And while she is a native Southern Californian – she attended high school in Irvine – her college education came many miles away. She received a bachelor’s degree in art history and a minor in urban studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Michigan.
“I was pleased to find that the city, like me, has its own Canadian connection, with George Chaffey," said Marissa, whose mother is Canadian.
Marissa brings a wealth of experience having worked at the Huntington Library, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. She is an alumnus of Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE program, holds a certificate in community teaching artistry from Cal State Los Angeles, and has completed the 2021 Rautenberg New Leaders Project.
She says she is up to the challenge of using the museum’s strategic plan to build greater interest and growth while overcoming the hardships produced by the covid epidemic of the last two years.
Melissa said among the challenges facing the museum are construction improvements underway to upgrade facilities in the 1930s former City Hall, as well as developing programs to reach out to new communities in Ontario and adjacent cities. The museum has a new and expansive water exhibit due to open this year while also undergoing the museum accreditation process.
“It’s a very exacting time for the museum and the city,” she said. “But it is just a matter of taking each challenge one piece at a time. I think we are very much ready for the future.”
Joint exhibit of women
artists to open June 2
A joint exhibition highlighting the legacy of women artists in the Pomona Valley will open June 2 at the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.
The exhibit, “Then & Now: Women Artists of the Pomona Valley,” will run jointly at both museums through Sept. 4. They are open Thursdays through Sunday with free admission.
The Ontario Museum of History & Art’s portion of the exhibit is “Creating a New Legacy,” featuring contemporary artists who have established a footprint in the artistic culture of the Pomona Valley, which was centered in Claremont and the Claremont Colleges.
The OMHA portion focuses on teachers, professionals and mentors who have brought different backgrounds and expertise into the local art community. They are Mary Beierle, Dominique Brown, Cellibacello, A’Kailah Byrd-Green, Gina Lawson Egan, Sumi Foley, Rebecca Hamm and Dulce Soledad Ibarra.
“Founding a Legacy” is the Chaffey Community Museum of Art’s portion of the exhibit, focusing on the lesser-known innovative women artists of the Claremont art community.
They are Jean Goodwin Ames, Florence Arnold, Loren Barton, Betty Davenport Ford, Esther Bruton Gilman, Susan Lautmann Hertel, Helen Lundeberg, Andree Mendenhall Mahoney and Martha Menke. More details are available at Chaffeymuseum.org.
Several exhibition-related programs are planned including a community reception on June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. It will celebrate the artists from the joint exhibition.
Museum hours extended on Thursdays
The Ontario Museum of History & Art has extended its hours on Thursday nights
until 8 p.m.
The museum, 225 S. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, is open Thursdays through Sundays beginning at noon. The museum closes Friday through Sunday at 4 p.m. but remains open Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Information: (909) 395-2510.