Sliding in to Sports Pages 11-12 February 13, 2012 inside Getting dirty Volume 22. Issue 9 NEWS: Thebreezeonline.com Chaffey students display artwork at PermaDirty gallery President Obama promises hope, change for students Page 3 FEATURES: Chinese New Year Page 6 Meet the clubs Page 7 Valentines Day: A love/hate relationship Page 8 SPORTS: Men’s basketball moves up Page 12 Follow Us On Chaffey alumni Kevin Alexander drew admiring viewers as he painted in the new PermaDirty Gallery in Claremont. @ChaffeyBreeze Like The Breeze on Search for Chaffey Breeze Check us out on Youtube Youtube.com/chaffeybreeze Visit our website! Thebreezeonline.com SARA GODING T his is Dirt, The opening event of PermaDirty Project Space in Claremont's Packing House, merges an art gallery with an art studio. Originality and imagination illuminate the walls, hang from the ceiling and infuse the air at the first art gallery/art studio opening in downtown Claremont. Cynde Miller, art professor and gallery owner, attributes her vision for PermaDirty to a variety of sources. "My father passed away this summer, and my sister sent me an email asking me what I was going to do to carry on his legacy," Miller said. "Shortly after that I had a dream to open up a place that would be loud and fun, open, and welcoming for everyone." In a press release for PermaDirty, Miller stated that she wants local artists to have a working studio with an open door policy that would allow viewers to engage in the process of art-making. After much work, her vision was pushed into action, and all that was needed was a name. "I was trying to clean my friend's sun- glasses one time, and he told me not to worry about them because they are 'permadirty,'" Miller said. Her friend and fellow artist was referring to the fact that his sunglasses could never seem to keep clean and his choice of words fit perfectly into the idea Miller had for her art gallery. More than a traditional art gallery, the public is invited to come and watch the art develop as several artists make this gallery their own, creating works that will also be available for purchase. "I live far, but I work close to here so I plan on being here before and after work," Monique Villanueva, fine arts major, said. "This is great because people can come and be part of the art and ask questions." Camille Alaras, health care administration major, welcomed visitors to the grand opening on Feb. 3. With a warm smile and buttons with the PermaDirty logo enhanced, Alaras showcased her skill in watercolor. Along with her buttons, Alaras had three pieces on display in the gallery. "I've always loved to draw, and I looked up to my uncle who was an artist when I was little," Alaras said. JULIE COSGROVE "Healthcare administration is more of a hobby for me, you know,” she said. “I like to dress up and play office sometimes, but art is what I am really into." The opening had something for all types of art lovers, from drawing, painting and sculpture to a tattoo artist working on his human canvases and an altruistic robot that gave away postcards and practical advice. As the night progressed, the focus of each artist's passion was transformed. Whether it was an explosive, vibrant canvas or a modest block of wood being molded into the embodiment of eternal peace, the works were welcoming. Minh Vo, art major, cut and molded sheets of PVC into magical sculptures that came to life for an enchanted audience that mesmerized by his artistry. "I've never worked in a space like this before, but it's pretty wonderful," Vo said. "You won't have to look for inspiration because it's going to be right there and all around you." The current artists will be showing — and working — at the PermaDirty gallery until April 13. For more information visit www.permadirty.org.