Under the theme of “Carved, Chisled, Cast: Figurative Sculpture,” the Millard Sheets Gallery at the 2002 L.A. County Fair, which runs Sept. 13-29 at Fairplex in Pomona, will feature sculpture pieces from a variety of artists. One of the artists to be featured is Claremont’s own Barbara Beretich.
Born in Chicago, Beretich graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with her bachelor’s degree. She later went on to graduate from Claremont Graduate School with her master’s degree in 1965. Shortly there after Beretich studied in Paris for one year.
From 1973-78 Beretich served as director of Gallery 8 in Claremont and from 1978-94 Beretich served as director of Galleria Beretich, also in Claremont. From 1984-88 she completed a four-year independent study in bronze casting in Italy.
Since 1965 Beretich has focused on her independent studio work, which includes both painting and sculpting, in her Claremont studio. She has done curatorial work at all six Claremont Colleges and has completed numerous commissions, portrait and architectural studies. She has also arranged more than 120 gallery exhibits.
Besides doing independent studio work and being a successful art director and curator, Beretich is also an award-winning artist. In April 1994 she was awarded the Architectural Award for Excellence in Design from the city of Claremont.
Beretich’s love of cats is evident in her artwork. A sculpture piece titled “Mother and Child” is not of a human mother and child but instead that of a feline mother and child. The majority of her sculptor pieces are of cats. Beretich’s pieces that will be on display in the Millard Sheets Gallery at the L.A. County Fair include “Deliverance,” “Karen,” “Coco,” “Wicked Winifred,” “Rose Luna,” “Torso,” “LaDona,” “Mother and Child,” “9-11” and “MFA”. For more information on the Fair call (909) 623-3111 or visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com. <