Summer’s just over the horizon, but before you sizzle and sweat your soul away, check out the hottest offerings from Downtown Pomona in June!
The Latino Art Museum offers up their signature style group show, featuring works from artists hailing from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Chile, El Salvador and Columbia. Curated by Graciela Horne Nardi, this series of acrylic, oil, watercolor, mix media, ink and rock installation expressions come from artists Silvia Garcia, Rosa Elena Osicka, Iris Vodopivec, Eduardo Medrano, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Maria de los Angeles Espinosa, Claudia Cogo
Carla Chavez-Keller, Rebecca Nabarrete, Angie Culasso, Su Horne, Juan Carlos Boxler, Rigo Rivas, Mati Russo, Yolanda Londoño, and Luis Molina – and promise to ignite passions and perceptions galore!
57 Underground celebrates longtime Pomona artist and Cal State Fullerton MFA alum Mervyn Seldon with a retrospective of her early work in “The First 20 Years: Mervyn Seldon’s Favorite Paintings, 1998-2018.” Filled with unique expressions of color and design taken from myriad experiences in her life, the artist’s development can be traced over the years – from her beginnings in still life fruits plucked from her husband’s garden to modern abstractions that reflect the conflicts of our modern time.
Likewise, encaustic artist Karen Ruth Karlsson is a much-heralded creator in the downtown scene, and opens her solo show “Something Just Like This” at the Metro Gallery, featuring printmaking monotypes, collagraphs and etchings.
The Alley Gallery attempts to cash-in on the current Deadpool love with “Daddy Needs To Express Some ART,” an exhibition themed around the iconic character that also includes an evening of vendors, live art, prizes, raffles and cosplay – which is both welcomed and encouraged!
And last but definitely not least, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) spotlights three of its most impressive AP art students – Jenneyda Rojas, Andrew Carter, and J. Sayer – in “Futures,” featuring everything from the sassy to the surreal
Wishing all the Moms out there a very heartfelt Happy Mother's Day!
Closed this Sunday
The Downtown Pomona farmers market will be closed Sunday for Mothers Day. Hope to see you the following Sunday May 20. Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms out there.
The world is a heap of crazy these days, and with information overload— and most of it not ideal—art swoops in like a warrior to take your pain away! Unlike a hilarious female comedian who brilliantly speaks truth to power at fancy journalist dinners, art won’t give you the same ratatat – but it can provide a refuge where your head and heart reconnect and your optimism flourishes.
The Latino Art Museum is high on the list of positivity, especially this month as they unveil their “Immigrant Mural” by Yolanda Londoño and Luis Fernando Molina, a 6x12 vision of humanity and hope. Londoño and Molina also take over the Main Salon East for a duo show, and in Main Salons South and West, the group show “Immigrants in Pomona” features the lush works of Charisse Abellana, Nurit Avisar, Juan Carlos Boxler, Arthur Carrillo, Ayumi Dickson, Marcela El-Ayoubi, Steven Felix-Jagger, Sergio Hernandez, Eduardo Medrano, Moises Mendoza, Rosa Elena Osicka, Eva Perez, Rigo Rivas, Mati Russo, Iris Vodopivec, Gabriela Zapata, Guillermo Lefranc, Rebecca Nabarrete and Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza.
The Progress Gallery presents “Intuitive Paintings of Inspiration,” a collection of positive-agenda works by Shellise Berry, who was once a law enforcement professional (including a 911 operator, a jailor, and a crime analyst). Berry uses her experiences of intuition to inform her lush and vibrant work, this time showcasing the talents of her right-side brain.
Metro Gallery explores the use of medium and format film in “Obsolete Perspectives,” a collection of work produced by the students of Chaffey College’s intermediate photography class. The prominence of digital photography has usurped celluloid photography, causing film to become an obsolete craft facing termination from curriculums at many schools and colleges. This exhibition serves as a reminder that old-tech is not necessarily old-art, and showcases a group of artists who forge onward in the analogue realm to produce photography in its rawest form.
The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents the “Second Annual SAE Arts Festival,” featuring performances and work from students in the 6-12 grade who share with the public the skills they’ve acquired while attending The SAE.
The entire Art Walk day is filled with workshops and demonstrations, including a Symphonic Band Performance and Sight Reading Demo, a Jazz Combo Performance and Improvisation clinic, a Pop/Rock Ensemble Performance featuring Original Protest Songs, an Acting Technique Showcase, Street Pop Up Monologues, a Chance to Dance open class catered to dancers with special needs, the Family Grooves open level hip hop class for dancers to enjoy with their families, a Documentary Filming Booth, and the Exhibition of Student Work and Assorted Art Activities at the Downtown Center. See the SAE site for times, locations and additional events.
Art is in bloom as the Downtown bursts forth with a host of new exhibitions from a diverse group of visionary creators.
Kicking off on Art Walk night, Metro Gallery welcomes Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen, who’ll be reading from his two books, Pomona A to Z and Getting Started, sharing experiences and anecdotes and answering questions from the audience. Allen will also be signing books, and light refreshments will be served.
LOFTon2nd presents “LOTUS Creative Experience,” curated by Disney design artist Christian Thompson and featuring work from Thompson and his colleagues that experiment with digital design, color, and photography that invites onlookers into the life of a not-so-glamorous creative world.
The Latino Art Museum opens two shows. The Main Salon presents the solo work of muralist and digital photographic artist Guillermo Bejarano, whose paintings are influenced by American Post-Expressionism and the Mexican School of Art (mural tradition) in Mexico City. Diving deep into abstraction, Bejarano’s paintings center on the transformation, transfiguring, and transporting of energy and beauty throughout the universe, a creation aspect that directly feeds into the Mayan philosophical concept about one’s own creativity or existence as manifested through art.
The Grand Salon West and Main Salon South feature exhibitions from Spain, as well as the “International Collection,” curated by Diana Moya and Gorgonio Sanjuan that presents the work of 50 artists from all over Europe.
57 Underground offers you a “Bail Out!!” – a group show featuring works from Jeanne Anderson, Karen Duckles, Georgia Garside, Susan Ilsey, Ken Johnson, Mervyn Seldon, Chris Toovey, DA Ward, Yi-li Chin Ward, and Peter Zou who use everything from found objects to Confucianism to re-imagined classic movie collages to tell the stories of primal nature, industrialized societies, and humanity.
Progress Gallery welcomes Joe Ded (Joe Walsh) for the solo show “Transmission 57,” a series of works that explore the concept that human bodies are the transmitters of signals from unknown dimensions. According to Ded, the number five symbolizes man and the number seven is the divine number of completeness. Ded’s work is a blend of street art, abstract expressionism and art deco styles, and keep the subject matter playful and filled with hints of pop culture references.
Also on display, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents their annual AP Visual and Digital Arts Exhibition, featuring works from 22 advanced-placement art students who have all been accepted into four-year colleges or private universities – half of them on scholarship.
Pomona leaders have signed off on a pact which will allow the addition of 15 cameras to be installed onto city street light poles in the downtown area.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pomona will not charge the area’s business improvement district, Downtown Pomona Owners Association, to use the poles. The association taxes itself to raise money for improvements in the downtown area.
“It is (the association’s) goal to make sure the security they are providing is adequate for the patrolling of the downtown and the services they provide,” said Councilwoman Adriana Robledo, who sits on the DPOA board along with Councilman Rubio Gonzalez.
The agreement, which was unanimously approved at the March 19 City Council meeting, is part of the association’s ongoing effort to deter crime downtown.
The association first installed security cameras 10 years ago and has 56 cameras in the city’s core, said Carolyn Hemming, president of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association Board of Directors. The association spends $50,000 a year operating and maintaining the equipment, she said.
The DPOA’s existing security cameras are installed on Garey Avenue, Main Street and Second Street, according to a staff report to the council. Most of those cameras have been hardwired, while the new cameras will be wireless.
“This will help us have the height and line of sight that we need covered,” she said.
In June 2016, the City Council set aside $26,000 from the Vehicle Parking District budget to the DPOA for the installation of security surveillance cameras. The association can tap into those funds if the equipment is located in lots within the parking district of the downtown.
As is the case with the existing cameras, Pomona police will have unfettered access to the feeds, Hemming said. Officers who patrol the area access the feeds from mobile apps, and the department’s watch commander can also monitor the feeds, she said.
“For the officers, it helps them out if they’re in on area of downtown, but they are still able to keep an eye on another of the downtown,” Hemming said.
The association has the ability to download and save any of the feeds, she said.
Services for Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas will be on Thursday, March 22nd at 9:30am at Purpose Church- 601 N. Garey Ave. Pomona. Church doors will open to the public at 8:30am.
Immediately following the service will be an emergency vehicle procession. The route of the procession will go as follows, southbound Garey Ave. to Mission Blvd., westbound Mission Blvd. to White Ave., northbound White Ave. to IS-10, westbound I-10 to Via Verde, exit Via Verde southbound into Forest Lawn Covina Hills.
Street closures beginning at 6:00am on March 22nd will be:
- Garey Ave. in both directions from Holt Ave. (near Purpose Church) to Alvarado St. This street closure could extend as high as Orange Grove Ave.
- Main St. from Holt Ave. to Pearl St.
- Pearl St. from east on Main St. to Garey Ave.
** Please consider alternate routes around this area.**
ALL arriving vehicles should enter southbound on Garey Ave. at Orange Grove Ave.
General parking will be available in the parking lot located on the northwest corner of Garey Ave. and Pearl St.
Outside Agency/Emergency Vehicle Parking
Outside police agencies/emergency vehicles who plan on participating in the procession should park their vehicle on Garey Ave. facing south in the northbound #1 and northbound #2 lanes.
Emergency vehicles not participating in the procession are to park in the general parking lot.
Chiefs of Police and Dignitary Parking
Chiefs of Police and Dignitaries will be directed to the church parking lot south of Pearl St.
Live streaming of the funeral service will be available on these social media platforms:
- Pomona PD Facebook- @Pomona Police Department
- Purpose Church Facebook- @Purpose Church Pomona
- ABC7 Facebook- @ABC7
Police agencies from across LA County will assist with police services within the City of Pomona. These agencies are part of the established LA County Area-D Mutual Aid structure and their assistance will allow for Pomona police employees to attend the funeral. During this deployment, there will not be any interruption in emergency service delivery to the community. The front desk of the police station will be closed throughout the day.
1924, California Theater Ushers. The theater was located on the corner of 3rd and Thomas St., currently the Founders Building. The theater opened in 1923, the feature was “Hospitality” with Buster Keaton. It was the principle theater in the entire valley until the opening of the Fox Theater in 1931.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pomona Police Department and their families during this difficult time. Downtown Pomona is with you.
2nd Saturday Artwalk March 10, 2018
The Mayans called the first day of spring, or vernal equinox, “the return of the sun serpent,” due to the sun’s exotic light patterns that formed on the Chichen Itza temple, still located in modern day Mexico, on that particular day – usually around March 20. Likewise, from the ancient Babylonians to the modern Iranians, the vernal equinox is an essential maker – the starting point for their calendars – and in Jewish tradition, Passover is celebrated at the equinox. In the Christian tradition, Easter follows the equinox in short measure, and in Annapolis, Maryland, they celebrate the arrival of spring with The Burning of the Socks Day, indicating fishermen no longer need to bundle up their tootsies thanks to the coming spring warmth.
For most Americans, however, March 20 is still a recouperation day, since St. Paddy’s is on the 17th and just about every American thinks he or she is some part Irish. Downtown Pomona embraces these and a multitude of celebrations and even rolls its own, exploring and uplifting the budding visions and expressions of artists both local and international.
AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) gets out in front this month with “Fahrenheit 2018,” an inaugural biennial featuring 80 artworks from ceramists from all over the world, and juried by renowned ceramic artist Patti Warashina. The show doesn’t have a theme, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t messages aplenty among these various sculptural, functional, and figurative works. Each piece represents the excellence and diversity of ceramic art from the US, Denmark, Brazil, and France, among other regions, and promises to ignite both the imagination and the inspiration.
AMOCA also continues its previous exhibitions “We the People: Serving Notice”; “Patsy Cox: Mouthpiece”; and “Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales.”
57 Underground invites you to experience their “Life Force,” a duo show from Karen Duckles and Sharon Algozer. Duckles’ paintings were inspired by nature and its rapturous vitality, celebrating life and renewal, while Algozer’s work was inspired by a trip to Greece where she viewed paintings of octopi, an experience she injects into her exploration of harnessing the energy of the sea in the world of man.
The Latino Art Museum features a solo show, “Fire and Diversity,” from Charisse Abellana (and curated by Dulce Stein) in the Grand Salon West, and also celebrates women in their “14th Annual Women International Show: My Desire for the World,” which includes various artists from all over the globe, including Claudia Cogo, Marthe Aponte, Terry Cervantes, Alma Moctezuma, Naty Medina, Shrinidhi Kumar, Therese Verner, Viktoria Romanova, Silvia Garcia, Mati Russo, Rosa Elena Osicka, Curtis Gutierrez, Carmen Teal, Lina Garcia, Cherie Redlinger, Sabine Meyer Zu Reckendorf, Diana Moya, Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza, Charisse Abellana, Su Horne, Victoria Muniagurria, Silvina Fernandez, Alma Grondona, Tere Liberati, Roberto Rodriguez, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Elizabeth Sides-Preston, and Ayumi Dickson. They’ll also be honoring their Women of the Year 2018: artist Yolanda Londoño and business woman Dulce Stein.
Progress Gallery presents “Anthro-Obscene,” an exhibition from the Inland Empire artist collective Group 483, who aim to explore the detrimental effects of humans on environmental, social and cultural events and issues in the IE, and seeks to advance a dialogue about human influence over our surroundings. Alongside the exhibition, Group 483 will host a discussion panel in which they address the meaning and purpose of their work.
This Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, catch a ride on our Trolley from the Fairplex to Downtown Pomona's Antique row during the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Event. If you love vintage shopping this is great opportunity to explore what Downtown Pomona has to offer. The first pick up from the Fairplex is at noon and the last trip back to the Fairplex is at 6pm. Sunday is also the Downtown Pomona Farmers Market from 10am-2pm. Happy Shopping Everyone!