CMA Honors Aldo Casanova and James Fuller in Kindred Natures Exhibit

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Kindred Natures Exhibit
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Ali Mesiwala, MD, works as a neurosurgeon and researcher in California. Shortly after completing his postdoctoral training, he joined the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, where he serves as a co-medical director. A dedicated philanthropist, Ali Mesiwala, MD, also helped establish the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA).

In an effort to celebrate the artistic legacy of the region, CMA regularly welcomes new exhibitions, such as its recent Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller exhibit. Running from December 2, 2017, to March 31, 2018, the exhibit focused on work from painter James Fuller and sculptor Aldo Casanova, two local artists who divided their careers between creating their own work and teaching new generations of artists.

Born in 1929, Aldo Casanova was inspired by nature’s splendor. Much of his work was a comment on the environmental and political condition of the planet and included both abstract organic forms and naturalistic portrayals. During his career, he was recognized repeatedly, including by being designated a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and taught at such institutions as San Francisco State University and SUNY Albany.

Meanwhile, James Fuller was born in 1927 and matured as an artist in California during the years after World War II. Although he was an accomplished painter, printmaker, and sculptor, much of his life was dedicated to teaching other artists. He served on the faculty at Scripps College for close to three decades and has his work in public and private collections throughout the state.

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ARToon at the Claremont Museum of Art

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ARToon
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A resident of Claremont, California, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a neurosurgeon with years of experience as a doctor, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise as chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center Division of Neurological Surgery and the medical director of Chaparral Medical Group. Outside of his career, Dr. Mesiwala supports the Claremont Museum of Art.

The Claremont Museum of Art was incorporated in 2004 to promote the city of Claremont’s art and cultural history. In addition to exhibition and events, the Claremont museum maintains several educational programs in support of its mission. These include ARToon, an after-school education program that targets preteens.

Currently in its second year of operation, ARToon is an after school art instruction program for pre-teens. The program teaches skills related to the development of unique cartoon characters with the ultimate goal of creating a comic book or graphic novel concept.

While enrolled in the ARToon program, up to 40 students create a large format page for their concept, which is later exhibited at a public art reception. ARToon is made possible through a partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and is led by an art teacher and a professional cartoonist.

Art Activities for Families at the Claremont Museum of Art

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Educational Art Programs
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Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery and as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in Pomona, California. Named an Inland Empire Top Doctor, Ali Mesiwala is also a philanthropist who supports charitable organizations such as National Geographic and the Claremont Museum of Art.

The Claremont Museum of Art, founded in 2004, is a community museum located in Claremont, California. In addition to displaying exhibits that celebrate Claremont’s artistic heritage at its physical location, the museum maintains several educational art programs that benefit the local community. These efforts include the ARTpix and ARToon programs as well as Project ARTstART and family art activities.

Family art activities offered by the Claremont Museum provide young children with hands-on, creative art activities. These are offered at city festivals that include Art in the Garden at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, the local Fourth of July Celebration, Village Venture, and the Padua Hills Art Fiesta. Directed by a nationally exhibited artist and made possible by local volunteers and art educators, the activities often include hundreds of children at a single event.

ARTpix Nourishes Middle Schoolers’ Creativity Through Photography

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Claremont Museum of Art
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Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves San Bernardino County and the Greater Los Angeles region as a member of the medical staff at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine. The experienced neurosurgeon has published widely in his field, and maintains membership in professional societies such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ali Mesiwala, MD, also actively supports nonprofit organizations such as the Claremont Museum of Art, of which he is a founding member.

The museum, in the eastern Los Angeles County city of Claremont, exhibits the works of local artists and provides arts education to students. ARTpix is among the museum’s newest programs, offering middle school students a chance to learn photography and develop their own creativity.

In the two-month after-school program, seventh and eighth graders at El Roble Intermediate School in Claremont get an up-close look at their own village as seen through the lens of a camera. Each student receives a digital camera and extensive instruction in using it on field trip excursions to document the community. At the close of the program, the students’ photographs become a backdrop display at the Art Wall of the Packing House building on First Street.