Then & Now: The Legacy of Women Artists in the Pomona Valley

An Exhibition in Collaboration with CCMA

June 2, 2022 – September 4, 2022

The exhibition at the Ontario Museum of History & Art features contemporary women artists from the Pomona Valley who have established a footprint in the area while working as teachers, professionals, and mentors. This collection of people is a mixture of emerging artists and established creatives who are exploring a range of topics and display artwork in a variety of styles and media. The exhibition highlights the creativity of people with different backgrounds, coupled with the ongoing challenges and successes to inspire the next generation of artists.

Image courtesy of the artist: Mary Beierle, View of Harlequin Lake, 2, Ceramics, glaze, minerals, wood, 2014.

Dia de los Muertos

Cempasúchil: Instruments of the Wind

October 6, 2022 – November 27, 2022

This year’s exhibition will focus on the Cempasúchil, also known as the marigold flower, and how it relates to the traditions of the holiday. It is said that the souls of the dead can reunite with their loved ones twice a year.  The ofrendas or altars are filled with offerings such as candles, flowers, and food that guide the soul from the land of the dead to the living. Items such as the Cempasúchil, were believed to illuminate the night during their journey, so the spirits do not become lost. The Cempasúchil calls to the afterlife much like the sound of a musical instrument draws people in with its notes.

The Ontario Museum of History & Art hopes you can join us as we celebrate Día de Los Muertos, Cempasúchil: Instruments of the Wind opening Thursday, October 6, 2022, to Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the Museum. The exhibition on view will include paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, altars, illustrations, and sculptures. Join us to embrace the roots of the holiday’s indigenous origin and continue to celebrate with each other and our departed loved ones. The community can participate in the festivities at our community reception and other programs being held on site at the museum.


Exhibition Related Programs

We welcome you to the galleries and to participate in our free public programming! For more information, please call (909) 395-2510. Reservation links will be posted soon. Please note, that programs are subject to change.  

Workshop: Instruments of the Wind

Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Ontario Senior Center | 225 E. B St, Ontario, CA 91764

Satuday, September 10, 2022 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Ontario Museum of History & Art | 225 S. Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762

Be part of our exhibit! Follow the sounds of the Mexican marigold in this community installation where participants will create their own ‘Instruments of the Wind’ artworks using wind chimes and their imagination. Artwork created at the following locations will be included in the Museum’s upcoming annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition, Cempasúchil: Instruments of the Wind open October 6 through November 27. Spaces are limited at the workshop locations.

Open House Reception: Día de Los Muertos Exhibition 

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 12 PM- 3 PM                                                                                   

Celebrate the opening of our annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition, Cempasúchil: Instruments of the Wind on view through November 27th.  Meet the artists and learn more about the significance of the Mexican marigold, Cempasúchil. Folklorico performers, calavera face-painting and art-making activities will be available during the event. 

Art Cart Activity: Calavera Mask Making

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Stop by the Museum this Thursday evening and participate in this month’s Art Cart activity by making your own Calavera Mask in preparation for Day of the Dead. This is a drop-in activity and supplies are limited.

Community Talk: Mexica (Aztec) History of Día de Los Muertos

Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Join us this evening for a community talk with professor Dr. Elisa Mandell, Professor of Art History at California State University Fullerton. Dr. Elisa Mandell will explore the Mexica origins of Día de Los Muertos which is nationally celebrated in Mexico.  

A live stream will also be available over Zoom found on the museum’s website.  

Ontario Art Walk: An Evening at the Museum

Saturday, November 19, 2022  | 6 PM – 9 PM

The Museum is one of the many locations to catch in the evening, make your way to the Downtown Ontario Art District, shop artisan vendors and support local businesses throughout the evening.  The museum will host community Folklorico Dancers led by Maria Elena Alavarez as part of our Día de Los Muertos, Cempasúchil: Instruments of the Wind exhibit. 

Built On Water Exhibit  

Coming 2022

Ontario Museum of History & Art (OMHA) is developing a new core exhibition in the coming year, along with related educational programs, and an online component, devoted to an examination of the history, present and future of water conservation in Ontario and the surrounding region.   

The history of water development, distribution and conservation has a huge continuing impact on the City of Ontario and surrounding area of Inland, Southern California, as well as our continued prosperity into the future. By focusing on local and tangible history, and by partnering with other area water-related institutions and collections, the project will greatly increase access and engagement on this vital issue with the public, especially area youth.  

Our goals for this permanent exhibition include illustrating the sources of our water, as well as sharing water conservation practices, and providing resource and educational materials on how water is managed and delivered not only historically but also presently and in the future.