2nd Saturday Artwalk October 12, 2019

Fall is supposedly in full swing, but we in the IE never pay mind to rules – even Nature’s rules. That means there’s still time to get out and enjoy the SoCal Second Summer and pop into the local hot spots to soak up what you missed during last month’s sweltering, as well as check out the all the new autumnal artistry in bloom!

In honor of the upcoming best holiday ever, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents its annual “An Exhibition of Horror,” featuring the best of creaky, freaky, bump in the night works from their top student cadavers – I mean creators!

Progress Gallery dives into colors galore through the watercolor, acrylic and oil works of Ginger Lai, who is trained in the Sumi Ink medium and ingrains within her work the Western aesthetics of abstraction. Created by automatic and spontaneous repetitive markings, Lai’s goal is to uplift and remind that what is temporary can, in fact, become permanent.

Ginger Lai, Progress Gallery

Ginger Lai, Progress Gallery

Ginger Lai, Progress Gallery

Ginger Lai, Progress Gallery

Latino Art Museum opens a solo show by Mati Russo, “Global Warming,” and continues its group show, “Mes de la Hispanidad,” celebrating Hispanic heritage with works from artists Aura Suarez, Carmen Teal, Daniel Quinionez, David Orion Blanco, Eduardo Medrano, Edwin Vasquez, Enrique Espinoza, Hernando Carrizosa, Iris Vodopivec, Juan Solis, Kat Gaddis, Trevino, Marcos Dorado/Lupe Lopez, Marisol de las Casas, Marthe Aponte, Mati Russo, Rebecca Nabarrete, Roy Poma, Silvia Woboril, Terry Cervantes, Valeria Marchio, Warren Scherich and Enrico Mario Santi. 

Mati Russo,  Mixed media on wood, LAM

Mati Russo, Mixed media on wood, LAM

57 Underground continues Jeanne Anderson’s exploration of our environment through abstraction and color in “Our Own Genocide,” a collection of work that calls-out the human drive toward self-extinction through disastrous climate denial and endless excavation of our natural resources. Focusing on the machines that strip our lands to create an epidemic of consumption and commerce, Anderson attempts to call more attention to the destruction and spur discourse around possible solutions.

Jeanne Anderson, 57 Underground

Jeanne Anderson, 57 Underground

Metro Gallery also continues last month show of works from Guatemalan-born digital artist Edwin Vasquez in “Refractions,” featuring a host of “new media” abstractions inspired by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who pioneered the mathematical analysis of chaos and complex systems, and digital artist Dr. Brian Rutenberg. Using vibrant colors, Vasquez’s mix-media fractals embody the idea of “viewing the whole” to explore shapes in a poetic, minimalist scale.

Edwin R. Vasquez, Metro Gallery

Edwin R. Vasquez, Metro Gallery

Edwin R. Vasquez, Metro Gallery

Edwin R. Vasquez, Metro Gallery

Likewise, the dA Center for the Arts continues “16th Annual d'Aztlan: El Movimiento,” a showcase of all that is d’Aztlan, offering a multifaceted celebration of the art, tradition, culture, and stories of the Chicano in a contemporary context. Calling for simultaneous renewal and innovation, this large group show honors legacies of Aztlan and hopes to ignite more dialogue around issues that affect Chicano communities.

-Stacy Davies

The dA Center for the Arts

The dA Center for the Arts

2nd Saturday Artwalk September 14, 2019

The first day of Fall is only weeks away, and once it hits, all of this sicky, swampy heat will instantly vanish -- said no meteorologist ever. Regardless of the climate or any Sharpie alterations of the forecast, Downtown Pomona marches on, offering a chill way to spend your evenings -- temperatures be darned! 

Come on down this Second Saturday and see what’s cookin’ in the Colony, starting off at the Latino Art Museum for their new group exhibition “Mes de la Hispanidad,” celebrating Hispanic heritage with works from artists Aura Suarez, Carmen Teal, Daniel Quinionez, David Orion Blanco, Eduardo Medrano, Edwin Vasquez, Enrique Espinoza, Hernando Carrizosa, Iris Vodopivec, Juan Solis, Kat Gaddis, Trevino, Marcos Dorado/Lupe Lopez, Marisol de las Casas, Marthe Aponte, Mati Russo, Rebecca Nabarrete, Roy Poma, Silvia Woboril, Terry Cervantes, Valeria Marchio, Warren Scherich and Enrico Mario Santi. 

Also be sure to check out their solo show from Hermosillo, Mexico native Nidia Corneli.

Mati Russo, Amerikkka, Mixed Media on Wood 48x48, 2019

Mati Russo, Amerikkka, Mixed Media on Wood 48x48, 2019

Carmen Teal, Leonors Portrait, Acrylic on Wood 45x45, 2014

Carmen Teal, Leonors Portrait, Acrylic on Wood 45x45, 2014

Marthe Aponte, Los Dos Amigos ,Archival Markers 13 x 17, 2019

Marthe Aponte, Los Dos Amigos ,Archival Markers 13 x 17, 2019

Metro Gallery presents works from Guatemalan-born digital artist Edwin Vasquez in “Refractions,” featuring a host of “new media” abstractions inspired by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who pioneered the mathematical analysis of chaos and complex systems, and digital artist Dr. Brian Rutenberg. Using vibrant colors, Vasquez’s mix-media fractals embody the idea of “viewing the whole” to explore shapes in a poetic, minimalist scale

Edwin R. Vasquez, V, Digital Image Printed on Metallic Paper, 2019

Edwin R. Vasquez, V, Digital Image Printed on Metallic Paper, 2019

Edwin R. Vasquez, XVI, Digital Image Printed on Metallic Paper, 12 x 16, 2019

Edwin R. Vasquez, XVI, Digital Image Printed on Metallic Paper, 12 x 16, 2019

Local favorite Jeanne Anderson also explores our environment through abstraction and color in 57 Underground’s “Our Own Genocide,” a collection of work that calls-out the human drive toward self-extinction through disastrous climate denial and endless excavation of our natural resources. Focusing on the machines that strip our lands to create an epidemic of consumption and commerce, Anderson attempts to call more attention to the destruction and spur discourse around possible solutions. 

Jeanne Anderson, 57 Underground

Jeanne Anderson, 57 Underground

Jeanne Anderson, 57 Underground

Jeanne Anderson, 57 Underground

dA Center for the Arts presents their “16th Annual d'Aztlan: El Movimiento,” a showcase of all that is d’Aztlan, offering a multifaceted celebration of the art, tradition, culture, and stories of the Chicano in a contemporary context. Calling for simultaneous renewal and innovation, this large group show honors legacies of Aztlan and hopes to ignite more dialogue around issues that affect Chicano communities.dA Center for the Arts

Progress Gallery presents the mixed media and installation work of Conchi Sanford in "Female."

Last but not least, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) and its gallery, The Gallery at the Downtown Center, continue last month’s exhibition of visual and digital artworks from grades 6-12 SAE students. Curated by AV instructor Mark Bunner, this showcase of exceptional work is a prime example of how arts education enhances not only individuals, but entire communities – come show these talented kids some more love!
-Stacy Davies

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

2nd Saturday Artwalk August 10, 2019

Art fun in the summer sun abounds this month as Downtown Pomona not only offers up a plethora of powerful exhibitions, but also welcomes locals and fans to celebrate the artistic borough’s 25th anniversary! Yes, on Art Walk night (Sat., Aug. 10) the downtown will host an array of family friendly events and workshops including art classes, live concerts, Lucha Libre wrestlers, outdoor galleries, low-rider displays, food and craft vendors, and the usual eclectic nightlife hotspots and loft living spaces to explore. Everything’s free, so come on down to show your support for the arts, and while you’re celebrating, be sure to check out the masterful works from local, regional and guest artists at one of the downtown’s many brick and mortar galleries.

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The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) and its gallery, The Gallery at the Downtown Center, jump right into the Art Colony’s anniversary with an exhibition of visual and digital artworks from grades 6-12 SAE students. Curated by AV instructor Mark Bunner, this showcase of exceptional work is a prime example of how arts education enhances not only individuals, but entire communities – come show these talented kids some love!

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

Gallery at the Downtown Center-SAE

The Latino Art Museum hosts two new shows, the first, a solo from Guadalajara artist Adela Calderon, presents eye-popping abstract and surrealist visions of humanity and majestic beasts that seem to leap off the canvas and into our world of dreams. The second show features miniatures from artists Eduardo Medrano, Tom Fontanes, Alberta Walker, Paola Carcamo Cotero, Cindy Mayoral, Mati Russo, and Graciela H. Nardi, covering a wide range of subjects with a special nod to the Fab Four!

Adela Calderon - Bosque Azul con Luciernagas - Acrilico sobre Tela 75x95cm-LAM

Adela Calderon - Bosque Azul con Luciernagas - Acrilico sobre Tela 75x95cm-LAM

Tom Fontanes Beatles Mini 3-LAM

Tom Fontanes Beatles Mini 3-LAM

Metro Gallery welcomes photography artist Kiara Barcelo in “Live Life in Black and White,” a series of monotone images of Downtown Pomona that Barcelo has digitally manipulated to evoke the feeling of nostalgia and history of the region, and 57 Underground presents the digital collage work of DA Ward in which the artist attempts to present his ideal vision of the 21st Century art world “where artists produce art by pulling elements in from the worldwide trove of images on the web…to create a communal stream of consciousness.”

Fire Escape, Digital Print. Kiara Barcelo 2018

Fire Escape, Digital Print. Kiara Barcelo 2018

DA Ward- 57 Underground

DA Ward- 57 Underground

2nd Street View, Digital Print. Kiara Barcelo 2018

2nd Street View, Digital Print. Kiara Barcelo 2018

DA Ward- 57 Underground

DA Ward- 57 Underground

Last but not least, Progress Gallery hosts three new exhibitions. “Under the Influence” features mixed media sheet metal work by Stephen Rybacki, who is particularly focused on the delicacies of oxidization and broken-down organic material. His work will be enhanced alongside pieces by local favorite Father Bill Moore in this show. The gallery also presents “Cosmic Jazz Literacy,” a series of sculptures by Gary V. Lett, and in “Citizen Science,” Parker Graffham and Andrew Villanueva invite you to enjoy their collection of photography and conceptual art imbued with scientific themes! Go, nerds!!
-Stacy Davies

Boxing is Back in Shaun Diamond Plaza August 16-17

Come out and enjoy two-nights of exciting boxing , music, food, raffles, and beer garden. Youth Boxing Bouts are on Friday August 16th and Emergency Responders Boxing Bouts scheduled for Saturday August 17th. Fights start promptly at 7:00 PM. Outdoor venue, Shaun Diamond Plaza, 209 W. 2nd Street Pomona, CA 91766. Please come out and join us. All proceeds go to support the youth program

LA County Free Concert in Shaun Diamond Plaza- Saturday, July 13, 7-10pm

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Other Mother Brother Band (OMBB) is an eclectic instrumental short-form jam band based out of Los Angeles. OMBB weaves together influences from bluegrass, world, Latin jazz, reggae, rock, funk and classical music to form a singular sound that has delighted audiences from Southern California to Yosemite to Colorado.

More info on the Other Mother Brother Band can be found at http://www.ombbmusic.com/

Since 1947, the Arts Commission has administered funding for free concerts at venues throughout LA County as part of the Free Concerts in Public Sites Program. From June to October, concerts are held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries, museums and more, and feature LA County artists representing a broad range of genres including Americana, blues, Caribbean, cumbia, mariachi, jazz, klezmer, pop, rock and R&B.
This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

More info on LA County Free Summer Concerts can be found at https://www.lacountyarts.org/experiences/free-concerts-public-sites/calendar

2nd Saturday Artwalk, July 13, 2019

July is National Anti-Boredom Month! Seriously. It’s also National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, but good luck with that one! Nonetheless, as my mother used to always say, and I mean ad nauseum, “only boring people get bored,” so don’t be whiney whinerpants and head on down to the Pomona Art Walk and fill your brain holes with a flurry of fascination and fantasy -- brought straight to you from an incredible array of illustrious artisans!
Metro Gallery opens with a solo show by Ulrica Bell, “Layers of Change,” a veteran of the LA Experimental Artists group who specializes in collages featuring images of birds, flowers, iconic art creators, and magical and historic figures from whom Bell draws inspiration. All of her works sprout from her spiritual grounding and uplift through Buddhism, and show themselves through the contexts of fabric, transfers, layering and mixed media

Ulrica Bell, Metro Gallery

Ulrica Bell, Metro Gallery

Ulrica Bell, Metro Gallery

Ulrica Bell, Metro Gallery

The Latino Art Museum takes the theme of America’s July 4th holiday and expands it in the group show “Independence vs. Independent,” a collection of works from 22 countries around the world in celebration of the individual and the freedoms for which we all struggle, and they also continue their Huipili Exhibition in the Grand Salon West, which features Paola Carcamo Cotero’s selection of traditional Huipil garments worn by indigenous women from Guatemala.

Aura Suarez Colombian Music Tapestry 54x40in, 2011- Latino Art Museum

Aura Suarez Colombian Music Tapestry 54x40in, 2011- Latino Art Museum

LAM - Pablo Zapata El Ultimo Rupestre Sgraffito Oil on Canvas 20x16in, 2019 - Latino Art Museum

LAM - Pablo Zapata El Ultimo Rupestre Sgraffito Oil on Canvas 20x16in, 2019 - Latino Art Museum

Tom Fontanes Four Libbys Acrylic on Canvas 18x24in, 2015- Latino Art Museum

Tom Fontanes Four Libbys Acrylic on Canvas 18x24in, 2015- Latino Art Museum

Laura Tarsitano Toros Giclee on Canvas- Latino Art Museum

Laura Tarsitano Toros Giclee on Canvas- Latino Art Museum

Karen Pinto Monroe The Lady Mixed Media on Canvas 100 x 60cm- Latino Art Museum

Karen Pinto Monroe The Lady Mixed Media on Canvas 100 x 60cm- Latino Art Museum

Rigo Rivas Dos Mujeres en el rio 22 x 28- Latino Art Museum

Rigo Rivas Dos Mujeres en el rio 22 x 28- Latino Art Museum

Progress Gallery presents “Varying Perspectives” in their East gallery, a group show from the graduate students of Azusa Pacific University’s MFA program, displaying a wide range of medium, including photography, paint, sculpture and mixed media from Joshua Freedman, Amara Sarmiento, Christine Lee Smith, Christianna Soumakis, and Eric Valencia. In the West gallery, “Full Tilt Boogie” takes over, highlighting a variety of surreal and street art from Joe Ded, Johnnie Dominquez, Jason Baldridge, and Nychole Owens.

The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) at the Downtown Center continues its debut of work from four of their brightest graduates, Lu Orona, Dulce Ochoa, Daisy Egan, and Andrea Perez, in “Futures,” and the dA Center for the Arts continues its group show, “Pomona Generation Now,” featuring work from local Pomona residents aged 30 and younger – so go support all of these fantastic young artists in their quests for visual and personal achievement!

Last but certainly not least – be sure to check out the “Skateboard Art Show” over at Dia De Los Puercos, where badass creations on four wheels from Xingon & Xingona Artistas will be displayed amidst a throwback hip hop backdrop provided by Los Angeles DJ Renato!
- Stacy Davies