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January 30, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

First Street Gallery Group Show on Friday, February 4, 2011

The First Street Gallery Art Center is a place for developmentally disabled adults to make art and exhibit their work here in Claremont. I took a tour of the studio when I first moved here a couple of years ago and it blew my mind.

This is from their homepage: “It is a unique art center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual challenges.   Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities.”

Every artist should be so lucky to have a studio like this one on First Street, surrounded by other supportive artists and staff working in all different types of mediums. One of my favorite artists there makes richly detailed paintings of interior spaces – he’s also blind, deaf, and autistic. Is it “Outsider art”? Absolutely. Is it also Art? Absolutely. But don’t take my word for it, come and decide for yourself.

On Friday, February 4, 2011, there’s an opening reception for the new group show “Stories told…” featuring narrative-based paintings, drawings and sculptures. Be there from 6:00-8:00pm, because otherwise  the gallery is only open weekdays from 9-5. It’s located in a strip mall area with minimal signage, but here’s the exact address:

250 W 1st St # 120, Claremont, CA

See you there.


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