arts in Claremont

Handcrafted Mysteries: The immersive magic of Greg Van Holsbeck

Handcrafted Mysteries is an immersive magic performance featuring the original illusions of Greg Van Holsbeck. Greg’s goal is to create a unique experience by putting the magic in the hands of the audience. The magic takes place all around the room and gets everyone involved.

“Handcrafted Mysteries” previously ran at The Claremont Forum Bookstore for 56 weeks in 2019/2020 and it is finally back home with plenty of brand new illusions.

The mission statement of Handcrafted Mysteries is to only showcase illusions that are created by Greg and can’t be seen anywhere else.

Who is Greg Van Holsbeck?

Greg Van Holsbeck is an experienced magician and frequent performer at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He was voted “Best Local Illusionist” by Inland Empire Magazine for his public shows in Claremont including “Handcrafted Mysteries”.

Reviews:

“Greg Van Holsbeck presented a very entertaining and personal performance. The setting is quaint and intimate for an interactive show for the entire audience.” -Rod C.

“I loved the intimate setting of the bookstore, Greg engaged the audience by getting us involved in the act. Very enjoyable!!!!” -Gail P.

” If you like magic shows with elegant sleight of hand in an intimate setting, go!” -Carla C.

New Benton Museum at Pomona College to Open for Visitors on May 18

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College will be opening for appointment-based viewing starting Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Benton Museum in Claremont, CA exterior
Benton Museum in Claremont, CA exterior

One year ago, the Benton was preparing for the fall opening of its new, state-of-the-art building designed by Machado Silvetti and Gensler. When the museum closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Benton staff completed the move of the collection, installed its inaugural slate of exhibitions, debuted its new graphic identity and redesigned website, continued its robust internship and school outreach programs remotely, and hosted online events that drew hundreds of participants.

Visitors to Claremont are now invited to see the exhibitions installed over the course of this last year: Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe; Alia Ali: Project Series 53; Art, Object, Specimen; CrossBorder Photography: Images of the US and Mexico from the Permanent Collection; In Our Care: Institutional History in Material Form; and Helen Pashgian: Primavera.

Reservations will be accepted for groups of up to 6 people for one-hour visits on the hour at 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please visit the Benton’s online reservation system to make a viewing appointment. The museum will be following the safety protocols and practices of Los Angeles County and Pomona College, including required masks, social distancing, a limited number of people in the building at one time, and an online health check to be completed the day of your visit.

 

CBS Los Angeles: Spend A Day With The Arts in Claremont

Freelance writer Danielle Farve takes a good look at some of the arts options here in Claremont, including Hip Kitty Jazz, Candlelight Pavilion, and the Honnold Mudd Library.

She writes:

The city of Claremont offers the unique contrast of being both a quiet, quaint, antique-friendly community as well as a Bohemian college town. Home to the Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles day-trippers will find no shortage of fun, exciting entertainment here with everything from botanic gardens to independent theater to fill up a one-tank trip here.

Check it out at Claremont: Spend A Day With The Arts « CBS Los Angeles.

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