Claremont Lewis Museum of Art Gala to Celebrate the Threads that Connect Art and Community

For Immediate Release  

August 28, 2023

Press Contact: Catherine McIntosh

909 626-1386, cell 713 829-9338

The Claremont Lewis Museum of Art Fall Gala “Interwoven: Arts, Creativity, and Community” will be held on the lawn of the Claremont Depot on Saturday, September 23.

The Gala theme is inspired by the remarkable fiber work by artist Ferne Jacobs, whose sculptural forms and ancient basket-making techniques remind us how art and community are entwined. It is most fitting that this year’s honoree, Ligorio A. Calaycay, Jr., MD, epitomizes that connection through his lifelong passion for education, the arts and Claremont. His family chose to name the Museum’s Gallery three in his honor and memory as a lasting tribute.

The festivities begin at 5:30 pm with a reception on the Depot Plaza while enjoying jazz by “Vintage Music.” The Museum galleries will be open to view the exhibition Ferne Jacobs: A Personal World. Dinner follows seated on the lawn with a special menu created by Chef Henry of Spaggi’s. Special thanks to Gala Platinum Sponsor Patricia A. Lobello, Lobello Lamb Lewis & Riley LLP; Gold Sponsor Ruth & Joseph Reed Foundation; and Silver Sponsors LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Claremont Lincoln University, Valerie Martinez of VMA Communications.

Highlights of the evening will include dedication of Gallery three in memory of Ligorio A. Calaycay, Jr., MD. As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon Calaycay was an artist of the human body. A longtime Claremont resident, he served on the medical staffs of 14 hospitals in the region. He also organized and participated in annual medical missions to the Philippines.

The event will include bidding on unique live auction items, as well as a paddle auction to benefit Project ARTstART celebrating its thirteenth year in the Claremont Unified School District.

The community is invited to participate in the Gala celebration and the online auction, with a rich diversity of art from Claremont’s legacy artists and current local artists. The online auction will begin at noon on Sunday, September 17, and continue until noon on Monday, September 25. Visit the auction webpage at to register and preview items.

Individual tickets to the Fall Gala are tickets are $150 for members, and $175 for non-members. Make your reservations online at To request more information email or call 909 621-3200.

The Claremont Lewis Museum of Art is located in the historic Claremont Depot at 200 W. First Street next to the Metrolink Station. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.