2nd Satutday Artwalk December 2017

Festivities abound this month – especially in downtown where the eleventh Pomona Christmas Parade kicks off at 6pm. There’ll be LIGHTS! There’ll be ACTION! There’ll be people wearing UGGS and MITTENS even though it’s only 60 DEGREES!

Meanwhile, the artists of Pomona unleash their own Spirit of Christmas Present (totally the best Christmas spirit), with inspired creations that span the array of the human spectrum.

57 Underground re-ramps up “Resist!”, their group show featuring Ken Johnson, Mervyn Seldon, Jeanne Andersen, Sharon Algozer, Jason LaMotte, Karen Duckles, Georga Garside, Chris Toovey, Yi-Li & Doug Ward, and Oscar Leal, who all decided to throw their political views into the melee and take a knee behind the statement: 

“Every week America’s miserable political melodrama reveals yet another traitorous tragedy. Resist!”

Joey Martinez takes us to some “Places and Faces” in his solo show at Metro Gallery that chronicles his recent travels and experiences, and the Latino Art Museum goes a little yuletide with "Angels in Pomona." Curated by Graciela Nardi, group show features the work of 

Claudia Cogo, Viktoria Romanova, Ayumi Dickson, Alma Moctezuma, Alberto Leon, Claudia Cox, Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza, Jose Angel Hernandez, Gloria Montelongo Vazquez, Ondria Rees, and Derek Engdahl – all giving their interpretation of angels, which Nardi explains signify the blessings that peace can bring and  symbolize the release of fear. Their Main Salon South will host a fundraiser for artist Susana Diaz Rivera who is currently battling cancer. 

And, the dA Center for the Arts continues its 15th Annual exhibit, “Aztlan: A Sense of Place,” which is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Co-Curators: Frank Garcia and Margaret Garcia have corralled artists, tinkers, thinkers, engineers, and urban planners who construct creative solutions and express voices of concern for our inherited and future, with works by Leigh Adams, David Botello, Art Carrillo, Jimmy Centeno, Margaret Garcia, Mario Guerrero, Wayne Healy, Naiche Lujan, Heather McLarty, Cathi Miligan, Frank Romero, Nancy Romero, Marc Salazar, Mario Trillo, Ivan Deavy Zapien, and others.  

In the back of the dA, the Joan Weldon Gallery offers “Western Hemisphericals” a rotating, curated invitational featuring artist renditions and interpretations of the still mysterious term, “western hemispherical.” 

                                                                                                 -Stacy Davies

Downtown Pomona's 2nd Saturday Artwalk November 11, 2017

Holiday festivities are just around the corner, and the Pomona Art Colony is gearing up with colorful cultural exhibitions, powerful political proclamations, and myriad Technicolor trips through the artistic mind!

In Metro Gallery’s “Unreal,” Stevie Love delves into three-dimensional acrylic paint forms, mixing a variety of pigments and mediums that lie somewhere between painting and sculpture – and don’t forget the faux fur! 

Stevie Love, All the Love, acrylic paint on vinyl mesh with faux fur

Stevie Love, All the Love, acrylic paint on vinyl mesh with faux fur

57 Underground goes after politics with a vengeance in  “Resist!”, a group show featuring Ken Johnson, Mervyn Seldon, Jeanne Andersen, Sharon Algozer, Jason LaMotte, Karen Duckles, Georga Garside, Chris Toovey, Yi-Li & Doug Ward, and Oscar Leal, who all aim to share their revolutionary viewpoints, perceptive truths, and the occasional well-deserved jab.

Multiple artists SAE, Untitled, acrylic 

Multiple artists SAE, Untitled, acrylic 

The School for Arts and Enterprise (SAE) celebrates middle school student artists in “Winter Visual and Digital Arts Student Exhibition” at the Gallery at The Downtown Center, showcasing

an impressive display of burgeoning skill that utilizes a wide variety of methods and mediums from traditional linoleum-cut printmaking to digital composition.

The Latino Art Museum presents “Art Festival from Argentina,” a group show of 20 artists and 60 works, curated by Marcela Temes, and “30 Peruvian Artists,” curated by Ivan Fernandez Davila – with both shows exploring the dynamic cultural roots of the artist and their visions of humanity.

     Edson Chacon, Trotamundos (Globetrotter),  oil on canvas                                      Jorge Ramirez , Nuclero (Nuevos Fuegos), oil on canvas                                                                                                                                 

     Edson Chacon, Trotamundos (Globetrotter),  oil on canvas                                      Jorge Ramirez , Nuclero (Nuevos Fuegos), oil on canvas
                                                                                                                                

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The Alley Gallery throws it into anime high-gear with “Kamehameha,” a Dragon Ball Z exhibit and cosplay event that features your favorite characters life-size – in both mural and costume! They’ll also have live music, and the best cosplayer wins a prize, besides just being AWESOME.

The Progress Gallery welcomes a slew of artists in “Myriad,” featuring works by Nicholas Black, Hadassa Castro, Paul Davidson, Katherine Dinh, Andrea Driver, Jenna Jacobs, Cassidy Lewis, Emily Myers, Dominique Nevarez, Bryn Riihimaki, Amanda Santos, Eleanor Stelter, and Rachel Wathne.

The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) continues “Plunder Me, Baby,” the first West Coast exhibition by Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde. Velarde’s works can be confrontational, challenging the racism she experienced at home as a child, as well as illuminative when she explores the struggle to preserve the pre-Columbian indigenous ancestry that was almost rendered extinct.

AMOCA’s duo exhibit from Mexican artists Diego Valles and Carla Martinez also continues, along with “We the People: Serving Notice,” which examines themes of political divide, immigration, equality, gender and sexuality, racial injustice, money and power, the current administration, the environment, and war.

         Lesley Claire Baker, If I Only, Porcelain (top)          Jessica Brandl, Buttons, Earthenware, slip, glaze (bottom left)         Colla Apocholable, Cheap and Delicious, ceramic (right)

         Lesley Claire Baker, If I Only, Porcelain (top) 
        Jessica Brandl, Buttons, Earthenware, slip, glaze (bottom left)
        Colla Apocholable, Cheap and Delicious, ceramic (right)

And, the dA Center for the Arts continues its 15th Annual exhibit, “Aztlan: A Sense of Place,” which is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Co-Curators: Frank Garcia and Margaret Garcia have corralled artists, tinkers, thinkers, engineers, and urban planners who construct creative solutions and express voices of concern for our inherited and future, with works by Leigh Adams, David Botello, Art Carrillo, Jimmy Centeno, Margaret Garcia, Mario Guerrero, Wayne Healy, Naiche Lujan, Heather McLarty, Cathi Miligan, Frank Romero, Nancy Romero, Marc Salazar, Mario Trillo, Ivan Deavy Zapien, and others.  

In the back of the dA, the Joan Weldon Gallery offers “Western Hemisphericals” a rotating, curated invitational featuring artist renditions and interpretations of the still mysterious term, “western hemispherical.” 

                                                                                              -Stacy Davies


Downtown Pomona's 2nd Saturday Artwalk October 14, 2017

The only thing scarier than the ghoulish groans and demonic dances of All Hollow’s Eve is the onslaught of Christmas décor that’s already invaded your local brick and mortar. Fortunately, the School for Arts and Enterprise (SAE) rejects the early tidings of St. Nick, et al, and presents “Horror Showcase,” a group show of students’ exploration (and exorcism?) of fear through art. Curated by Mark Bunner, the exhibition dives into the “gnashing teeth of beastly creatures that wait for us in the night, the soulless eyes of a doll sitting innocently in an empty room” and all things that remind of us our fragile mortality. FUN!

Joshua Rivera, A Witch's Persecution, 8x10 Woodcut, 2017 SAE Gallery

Joshua Rivera, A Witch's Persecution, 8x10 Woodcut, 2017
SAE Gallery

LOFTon2nd joins with multiple other galleries on the West 500 Block to give students an even wider platform in “Within Reach,” a PTA Reflections Showcase.
Curated by the Pomona Council of PTAs and Joshua Swodeck (Cultural Arts Commissioner, PTA), K-12 students exhibit their work in visual arts, literature, film production, choreography and music composition, all supplied by Reflections, a nationally- acclaimed program that encourages artists of all grades and abilities to express their inner imaginings.

 

57 Underground goes wily and wild with “Masks and Eyes,” an exhibition of recent work from Jason LaMotte that features iconographic oil paintings exploring identity and perception, from cultural representations to subjective abstractions; The Metro Gallery presents “The Art of Picoté,” a unique contemporary art show of craft and pierced paper by Marthe Aponte; Progress Gallery gets into your nightmares with Arteco’s “Art from the Dark Side”; and dba256 Bar & Gallery invites you to enjoy some libations while perusing “Emanating Inner Being Through Physical Identity: Horror Edition” – which totally sounds more stimulating than boring old yoga.

dA Center for the Arts merges all of the above (probably) in its 15th Annual exhibit, “Aztlan: A Sense of Place,” which is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,
a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Co-Curators: Frank Garcia and Margaret Garcia have corralled artists, tinkers, thinkers, engineers, and urban planners who construct creative solutions and express voices of concern for our inherited and future, with works by Leigh Adams, David Botello, Art Carrillo, Jimmy Centeno, Margaret Garcia, Mario Guerrero, Wayne Healy, Naiche Lujan, Heather McLarty, Cathi Miligan, Frank Romero, Nancy Romero, Marc Salazar, Mario Trillo, Ivan Deavy Zapien, and others.  
In the back of the dA, the Joan Weldon Gallery space offers “Western Hemisphericals” a rotating, curated invitational featuring artist renditions and interpretations of a “Western Hemispherical.” If it turns out to be an environmentally-friendly Southern musical, count us way in.

In the back of the dA, the Joan Weldon Gallery space offers “Western Hemisphericals” a rotating, curated invitational featuring artist renditions and interpretations of a “Western Hemispherical.” If it turns out to be an environmentally-friendly Southern musical, count us way in.

Lastly, the Latino Art Museum continues its show “International Yearbook 2017,” which explores themes of heritage through the work of artists from Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Mexico, and the US, and AMOCA keeps rolling along with its exhibitions “Kukuli Velarde: Plunder Me, Baby,” “We, the People: Serving Notice,” “Love, Resilience, and Bad Memory: Diego Valles + Carla Martinez Vargas,” and “Mettlach: Folklore and Fairy Tales.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Stacy Davies

Claudia Cogo, Angel, Acrylic, Latino Art Museum

Claudia Cogo, Angel, Acrylic, Latino Art Museum

Cara Wang, The Ballerina Dancing Through the Night, 24x36, Mixed Media Lofton2nd

Cara Wang, The Ballerina Dancing Through the Night, 24x36, Mixed Media
Lofton2nd

Jason LaMotte, Presence through Midnight, 24x36, Oil on canvas, 2017 57 Underground

Jason LaMotte, Presence through Midnight, 24x36, Oil on canvas, 2017
57 Underground

Marthe Aponte, Alone on the Vast Ocean, Mixed Media, 2017 The Metro Gallery

Marthe Aponte, Alone on the Vast Ocean, Mixed Media, 2017
The Metro Gallery

Chola de Mierda (Resentida social, socially resentful, she believes she is an equal. Dismissible.), Collection of the Artist AMOCA

Chola de Mierda (Resentida social, socially resentful, she believes she is an equal. Dismissible.), Collection of the Artist
AMOCA

Downtown Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk September 2017

Fall is on the way, and it can’t come too soon for sweltering Inland artists, who’ve no doubt seen their oil dry-times extended by days, if not weeks, during the recent heatwave (don’t even start us on the ice sculptures).
 

AMOCA

AMOCA

The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) has the right attitude about it all in “Plunder Me, Baby,” the first West Coast exhibition by Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde, who moved to the US in 1988. Velarde’s works can be confrontational, challenging the racism she experienced at home as a child, as well as illuminative when she explores the struggle to preserve the pre-Columbian indigenous ancestry that was almost entirely rendered extinct.

Also opening at AMOCA is a duo exhibit from Mexican artists Diego Valles and Carla Martinez, and the museum’s continuing shows include “We the People: Serving Notice,” which examines themes of political divide, immigration, equality, gender and sexuality, racial injustice, money and power, the current administration, the environment, and war; and “Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales,” which continues through summer 2018.

57 Underground presents “Life Elements,” curated by Jeanne Andersen and featuring work from Andersen and her family that includes Robb, Tadd, Lonny, Kelly and Tiffany. These six photographers set out to illustrate the five Art Elements – one photo each that explores space, line, value, color, and texture – using images they searched for across the globe.

57 Underground

57 Underground

57 Underground

57 Underground

The School for Arts and Enterprise (SAE) showcases the work of former students in “Prodigal Artist and Lessons Learned,” an alumni exhibition that not only examines each artist’s work, but where their art careers have taken them.

The Latino Art Museum presents two shows, “International Yearbook 2017,” curated by Graciela H. Nardi that explores themes of heritage through the work of artists from Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Mexico and the US, and in the South Salon, an additional ancestral exhibition featuring the work of Jose Angel Hernandez, Alberto Leon, Rosita Gottlieb, Ondria Rees, Susana Diaz-Rivera, Claudia Cogo, Juan Carlos Boxler, and Derek Farias.

Latino Art Museum

Latino Art Museum

Latino Art Museum

Latino Art Museum

LOFTon2nd spotlights the digital art and fashion/lifestyle photography of Glamorous Living Kids, a project helmed by Christian Thompson that seeks to encourage self motivation and building communities through art, and Metro Gallery holds an encore forthe LeGaspes in “Family Ties,” an amalgamation of pieces from artists Manny LeGaspe',  Cecilia LeGaspe', and Leonardo LeGaspe'. The dA Center for the Arts, along with the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, continues its“Imagine II: The Art of Children’s Book Illustrations” showcase, celebrating the contributions of Leo Politti and featuring an illustrators reception and puppet show that evening.

                                                                                                -Stacy Davies

LOFTon2nd

LOFTon2nd

The Metro Gallery

The Metro Gallery

Fist of Gold gives special attention to young people. Cooperating with the City of Pomona California and local nonprofits like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club, Fist of Gold attempts to reach the youth who will benefit most from the programs. Students in the at-risk years of 8-18 have access to physical fitness training and a relationship with other students who are working hard to realize their potential. Grants and membership dues offset the cost of operations. Scholarships are available subject to eligibility.

Outreach is by referral, local schools, other youth non-profit programs and the City. Since 1993, more than 500 young people have participated in the program. For students interested in competitive boxing, Coach Castaneda provides additional instruction and oversight to assist in the eventual involvement in USA sanctioned amateur boxing. The boxing team travels to various local, regional, national and international competitions.

Learning the technical side of boxing through determination and competition, young men and women challenge themselves to a new level of strength both physically and mentally. They learn skill, focus and perseverance, accumulating character-building determination. They walk a little taller, aim a little higher, and realize their dreams are within their reach.