The 2nd Story Gallery highlights local artists with monthly shows. The gallery is located in the historic Walker House and is open to the public, free of charge, on the 2nd & 3rd Friday and Saturday evenings of each month.
Parking is also free.
Mingle with the artists and enjoy their unique techniques first hand. Hors d’oeuvres, provided by LucaBella Restaurant, will be served on Friday evenings.
The 2nd Story Gallery will be closed during April. Check in again for news of our May show.
Ceramics with Modern Updates at 2nd Story Gallery
Friday, March 10 & 11 and Saturday, March 17 & 18 / from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
The San Dimas Festival of Arts presents the 2nd Story Gallery.
The 2nd Story Gallery is the ‘Best Kept Secret in Town’ and has had ongoing shows since 2009.
Four exciting local and diverse ceramicists will show their work this month at 2nd Story Gallery: Genelle Peterson, Jillian O’Dwyer, Maureen McProud Wheeler, and Jenny Simison.
The Festival suggests you make it a party evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres (no charge) and dinner at Lucabella restaurant in the Walker House, 121 N. San Dimas Ave. For more information call the Festival of Arts at (909) 599-5374.
As the owner of Claremont’s International Glass and Bead Company, Genelle Peterson has traveled the world looking for artists to represent. Upon realizing that she had been designing her own jewelry and Pate de Verre glass pieces most of her life, Genelle needed a change. After 30 years, Genelle closed her business in order to focus on combining glass and ceramics into new art forms.
Influenced by renowned glass lamp makers, Genelle’s work has moved toward new directions, allowing her to create ceramic lamps with beautiful color palettes that will suit any home.
Most noted for her skill in creating hand built, functional pieces, Jillian O’Dwyer, is currently an instructor at AMOCA Ceramics Studio. Her work is exhibited at AMOCA’s Museum Store, Redlands Art Association, Riverside Art Museum’s Museum Store, Artisans Etc. in Big Bear and at various art fairs throughout Southern California.
Texture is what drives her forms. Jillian’s earliest experiments in texture were simplistic – a single pattern continually repeated, and so on. As her love of textures evolved, she began to gather passerby’s shoe impressions and worked in ‘marathon’ creative sessions to devise her own clay impression stamps from found objects.
Maureen McProud Wheeler
The dynamic and eclectic artist, Maureen McProud Wheeler, received her BFA from the University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture in 1977. She worked as an architect for thirty years and served as president of the Inland California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. For the past fifteen years, she has been sculpting and watercolor painting.
Maureen’s watercolors have garnered many awards from the National Watercolor’s Member Show and the NWS’s International Exhibitions. She is a juried member of Watercolor West, Jack Richeson’s shows, California Watercolor Association, and the San Diego Watercolor Society’s international exhibitions.
Maureen studied with famed ceramicist, Betty Davenport Ford, whose stylized influences can be seen in Maureen’s own work. Having dedicated the last few years specifically to ceramic sculpture at the AMOCA studio in Pomona, Maureen’s subject matter in clay embodies the “romantic” or whimsical with stylized abstract realism.
In 1971, Jenny Simison began making pottery at La Canada High School and continued to hone her craft while in college at Central Washington State, Ellensburg WA. By 1978, she was hired by a production pottery studio in La Crescenta, CA and her mastery over the craft began.
After the birth of Jenny’s first child, she opened “Jenny’s Wheel House” and she continued to create stoneware pottery that she sold to local merchants and residents. By 1986, Jenny’s growing family left her little time to work on her craft. After many years away from her art, Jenny’s husband built her a new studio and she made up for lost time by creating unique, hand-thrown pottery.
In 2011, her daughter, Jolyn Thompson, owner and chef of Twisted Sage Café, asked if she could make the coffee mugs and crocks for her new café. Jenny was thrilled and since then has sold her pottery in the café.
Join the Festival of Arts in San Dimas, at the city’s ‘Best Kept Secret’, 2nd Story Gallery, located in the Historic Walker House. Artist’s Reception with wine provided by the San Dimas Festival of Arts and hors d’oeuvres provided by LucaBella. Walker House 121 N. San Dimas Ave., San Dimas, CA, or call (909) 599-5374. This is a Free Event.