San Bernardino County Museum celebrates the coming spring renewal with Life in the Cracks exhibit

By on February 24, 2018
San Bernardino County Museum

A month celebrating spring renewal is about to begin at the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum with the opening of the month-long Life in the Cracks exhibit of contemporary art. The exhibit is slated to open Saturday, March 3 and will run through Saturday, March 31. The SBC Museum will be closed Sunday, April 1 for Easter Sunday.

Additionally, on Saturday, March 10, the museum will join with the national Festival of Life in “Cracks Day” with participatory art experiences led by the Fallen Fruit art collective from noon to 4 p.m. This special event is included in the museum’s general admission.

The Life in the Cracks exhibit expresses the poignancy and meaning in the small slivers of life that flourish in unexpected places and features sculpture, painting, and photography by artists from throughout the Inland Empire and Mojave Desert:  Cathy Allen, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Mary Bierle, Doug Blanc, Mariah Connor, Frederick Fulmer, Barbara Gothard, Sant Khalsa, Thomas McGovern, Paul Morehead, Andrew K. Thompson, and Danielle Giudici Wallis. An artist reception takes place on Saturday, March 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is also included with the museum’s general admission.

“In spring, weeds and sprigs of grass sprout through cracks in asphalt and other interstitial spaces where life may be typically unnoticed or disregarded,” said Melissa Russo, SBC Museum director. “The San Bernardino County Museum, in collaboration with regional artists, Arts Connection Network, and Fallen Fruit invite guests to experience the profound metaphor in these unexpected and tenacious signs of life. Art is an illuminating way to appreciate nature that is all around us.”

In announcing the coming exhibit, the SBC Museum and Arts Connection — the Arts Council of San Bernardino County – shared that Fallen Fruit is an art collaborative that began in Los Angeles in 2004 by making maps of “public fruit” – fruit that grows on or over public property. Fallen Fruit’s projects have expanded to include diverse site-specific artworks that embrace public participation, temporary art installations and social media focused public participatory actions. Fallen Fruit’s art works encourage the public to experience their city as a fruitful, generous place, inviting people to engage in sharing and collectively exploring the meaning of community and collaboration.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except of stated holidays. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children aged 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free.

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. For more information, visit  or call 909-798-8605.