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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

December 12, 2011 |  7:00 am

Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. Due to windstorm damage, you should call ahead to make sure venues are open.   

Dec. 16: Shop for holiday gifts during Bergamot Station’s “30 Open Doors,” an open house at the arts complex that includes nearly three dozen galleries. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.

Dec. 16-17: Illuminated evening walks at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's celebrate the holidays. Includes live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 600 glowing luminarias lining a quarter-mile, accessible loop. $5. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Also  Dec. 23. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Dec. 17: Curator Daniel Ostroff leads a private “behind the scenes” tour of “Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection,” an exhibit of more than 450 rare pieces of design by Charles and Ray Eames, pictured above. The collection includes iconic chairs as well as rare posters, toys and graphics. 10 a.m.  $15 to $30. 941 N. Highland Ave.

Dec. 17: Native plant consultant and horticulturist Barbara Eisenstein leads a class on creating a sustainable wildlife garden populated with birds, butterflies and other beneficial creatures such as robber flies, lizards and spiders. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, Tuxford Road, Sun Valley. $25 to $35. (818) 768-3533.

Dec. 17: Families are invited to explore the conifer and evergreen section of the South Coast Botanic Garden, where the upper and lower meadows are open for picnicking. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $4. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. (310) 544-1948.



Chinese mirrors: The exhibit “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and highlights 80 highly decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.

Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art reopens at a new location with “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California ceramics features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31,  8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610.

California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends June 3. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

Maison de Luxe: Designers Barclay Butera, Holly Hunt, Kathryn Ireland, Oliver Furth and others present the latest design house at the Greystone Mansion. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Ends Dec. 22. Tickets $35. 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills.

Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. Ends Jan 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends June 3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 on some evenings. (323) 857-6010.

Woodworking: More than 30 bowls and other exemplary works by Sam Maloof, Ed Moulthrop and Bob Stocksdale, along with recently discovered correspondence and related documents, are on exhibit as a part of the Maloof historic residence tour. “In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale & Ed Moulthrop continues through Jan. 28. Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma.

— Lisa Boone

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Photo credit: Stefanie Keenan