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Sharon Austin named winner of

Biennial Open Art Exhibition 

Sharon Austin has been selected as the first place winner for the 12th Biennial Open Art exhibition sponsored by the Associates of the Ontario Museum of History & Art.


Her work, “Painted Face,” was selected as the winner among about 60 works entered in the contest.   

The other works received awards:

Second place:  Hannah Raykhenberg: “I Will Bury You in Flowers #2”

Third Place: Juan Varela: “Our Lady of the Angels”

Honorable mentions:  Sarah Arnold: “Echo Park Tree”; Chris Keung: “On the Verge”; Stephen Rybacki: “Unoccupied”; Lisa Tomceszyn: “Salt Marsh Daylight.”

City Council Liaison Awards: Dan Frembling: “Running Free”


Steve Thomas Photography/Conservation Award: Leah Knecht: “Double Exposure.”

This year’s juror was Jennifer Kane, an artist, arts organizer, and teacher from Los Angeles, who currently resides in Joshua Tree. She serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County. 


The Ontario Open Art Exhibition gives regional artists of all ages and skills the opportunity to display their artwork and a chance to win a cash prize. 


The Museum Associates is a non-profit organization that actively supports educational programs and community events at the museum through volunteer staffing, fundraising, and membership.


Sharon Austin, "Painted Face"

Museum Programs



The Art of Healing:

Holistic expressions

June 27-Oct. 20

It is part of the biannual joint exhibition with the Museum and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art. It explores the diverse healing opportunities ansd efforts taken by artists, institutions and communities throughout history.  It assumes that the healing process leads us through a journey in which we transform our relationship to our body, mind and constructed  spaces


Built on Water


Learn how water shapes our lives!  The new permanent exhibition, "Built on Water: Ontario and Inland Southern California" explores the history, present and future of water in Ontario and the surrounding region. Experience our new mobile app, listen to the voices of our community’s water guardians, and  see the power of nature through historic photos. 


Gem of the Foothills



This shares the story of Ontario's founding, 

people and organizations. Explore its roots, beginning with the Tongva and the Californio rancheros to the city’s founding by George Chaffey. Learn why citrus and grapes dominated the landscape or how the airport became a logistical anchor for the Inland Empire. Discover why Ontario is the “Gem of the Foothills.” 




Studio Saturdays: Fabric Art

June 29

Session 1: Noon to 2 p.m.; 

Session 2: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

For ages 10 and older. Learn how to create fabric art using your recycled clothing and fabric. Bring fabric or clothing you are willing to rip or cut. Textile artist Sumi Foley will walk you through her art-making process for working with fabric and recycled materials. Space is limited;

reservations are required at 909-395-2510.


Exhibition Reception: The Art of Healing 

June 30, 2 to 4 p.m. 

Celebrate the artists from "The Art of Healing: Holistic Expressions" exhibition at the Museum. Enjoy light refreshments and art-making

activities inspired by the exhibit.


Studio Saturdays: Mindful Art-Making  

July 13, noon to 2 p.m. (English) and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Relax and take a break with your family at the Museum using mindful art techniques. Discover and practice grounding exercises that can help ease stress. Take part in a watercolor painting session while also practicing mindfulness. Each family will be given a booklet containing the exercises that they practiced.


The Art of Healing Walkthrough

and Artist Talk

July 20, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Join the Museum and the exhibiting artists from "The Art of Healing: Holistic Expressions" exhibition for a panel discussion. Learn about

their techniques for creating artwork and listen to the artist's stories about how art has been an essential part of their daily lives and how

its presence can be a healing element in the community.


Emerging Artist Meet-Up:

Setting Up Your Booth for Arts Festivals

 Aug.  1, 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

Join us for an in-depth look at the many ways to build out your artist booth for arts festivals. You’ll gain insight from veteran Ontario Arts

Festival exhibitors and learn how to transform your space from start to finish. All participants will leave with a free checklist in preparation

for setting up your artist booth.


Ontario Art Walk

Aug. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. 

Visit the Museum, shop artisan vendors and support local businesses as the Downtown Ontario Arts District hosts open studios, gallery

exhibitions, and extended store hours. To find out more about Ontario Art Walk, visit


Studio Saturdays:

Poetic Narratives for Healing

Aug. 31, 2 to 4 p.m. 

Heal with the power of spoken-word poetry. This creative writing and performance workshop will be conducted by Duan Kellum of

Creative Grounds, a community-based art studio in San Bernardino whose vision is to provide a workshop space where local artists in

the Inland Empire can showcase their work.






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