I imagine Frank Lloyed Write probably created a similar entourage around him.
When Sheets retired, he moved to northern California to paint, some other attrition occurred and soon the environment had changed irrevocably.
Now Claremont is too expensive for artsy folks, I doubt even a comparable personality could revive things. Brian (my boss) assures me that there are still serious artists working in the area, but the cohesiveness and cross influence no longer operate.
Sad- Marsha Tudor