A celebration of art, creativity and community

 by Peter Weinberger | pweinberger@claremont-courier.com

It’s hard to find a more picturesque setting for a fall event than the Claremont Depot lawn along First Street. And on Saturday evening, September 24, the annual Claremont Lewis Museum of Art gala had much to be thankful for in 2022. In fact, it was truly a year of transformation.

The Claremont Depot front lawn is the perfect venue for an evening celebration. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger

 

In front of more than 230 supporters, this year’s event focused on donors who helped make CLMA’s renovation possible with the completion of the final two large rooms. The museum was open during the gala to show off its latest exhibit, “Claremont Collects: Art, Creativity and Community.

The evening also focused on founding CLMA President Marguerite McIntosh and philanthropist Randall Lewis, who were honored for their significant contributions over the years.

Catherine Mcintosh, left, with her mother Marguerite, share a moment together before festivities begin. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger

 

Marguerite McIntosh was married to the late Harrison McIntosh, one of the most accomplished ceramists in Claremont’s long, rich, artistic history. She was the founding president of the museum, and has been a presence ever since. She’s now in her 90s and has remained vigilant in her support of CLMA. The museum honored her Saturday by dedicating Gallery One in her name.

Lewis and his family have long been known for their philanthropy for causes near and dear to Claremonters. They call Claremont home, and have a strong connection to the people and places of the City of Trees. Lewis’ $1 million contribution to CMLA was a transformative gift that will impact the nonprofit in every facet of its work. It will also establish an endowment fund to secure CLMA’s future.

The Lewis family just before the gala begins. They include Randall Lewis, left, Janell Lewis and their son, Riley. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger

 

The museum continues to support local artists, including Project ARTstART, with comprehensive educational programs for students of all ages. In order to spread the word about great art, the museum offers free admission Fridays, during Art Walk on the first Saturday of the month, and for families on the first Sunday of each month.

The evening included a silent fundraising auction for more than 45 items with robust participation from the attendees.

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