Darrow’s surprising, delightful ‘Dark Moods’ closes Sunday

Heirs of the late Paul Darrow — a giant of Claremont art whose COURIER cartoons ran in these pages for 64 years — made a surprising discovery when going through his papers following his 2019 death at age 98: a trove of jarringly dark drawings, paintings, prints, and etchings that belied Darrow’s reputation as a formidable, influential artist, but never a brooding type. The result is “Dark Moods,” which opened October 15 at the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Space at the Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., and is closing this Sunday, October 30. Darrow’s granddaughter Mahlea Jones-Bergmann will be on hand to answer questions on closing night. The show is free, and the gallery is open Friday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Pictured here is “Hero,” an undated mixed media work. A slide show of this and other works from “Dark Moods” is viewable on our website at claremont-courier.com. Mr. Darrow would have turned 101 on Halloween. More info is at pauldarrowart.com.

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