Farmers Market! Sunday, February 25, 10am-2pm

We are thrilled to announce the Pomona Harvest Certified Farmers Market. The market will take place every Sunday on the corner of Garey and 2nd St. from 10am-2pm in Downtown Pomona.  You can expect fresh locally grown fruit, veggies, eggs, citrus, honey, artisanal goods and local eats. Hope to see you there.

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2nd Saturday Artwalk February 10, 2018

Although January felt like it was 87 days long and flew by in about 20 minutes – February promises a month filled with worthy distractions to anchor your time, such as Black History Month, Rosa Parks Day, Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday, and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

Before the Church appropriated the day and rechristened it for Saint Valentine, Valentine’s Day was a pagan celebration of fertility in which women were slapped on the backside with bloodied goat hides to aid in their fallopian frenzy. Today, of course, the slap comes on your credit card statement after myriad couples drop hundreds of dollars in an effort to prove their devotion (to their beloved, or at least to their Facebook team) – and the ceremonial color for this consumer chaos is, of course, red. 

That means the da Center for the Arts’ annual “Red Show” opens in the downtown, offering a cornucopia of interpretations of the hue and all it represents. 57 Underground embarks on a similarly titled companion show in the dA basement, featuring works by Desiree Engel, Doug Ward, Karen Duckles, Oscar Leal and others.

Oscar Leal, Mother's Eyes, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 17,  57 Underground

Oscar Leal, Mother's Eyes, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 17, 
57 Underground

Desiree Engel, Pomegranate, Ceramic, 57 Underground

Desiree Engel, Pomegranate, Ceramic, 57 Underground

Karen Duckles, Pink Flower, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30, 57 Underground

Karen Duckles, Pink Flower, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30, 57 Underground

The Latino Art Museum had  zero time for Valentine’s Day, however, and instead celebrates Mardi Gras, which falls on the day before VD this year, and sounds like a much better party. “Mardi Gras in Pomona,” curated by Dulce Stein, features wild and wacky masks and paintings by Viktoria Romanova, Claudia Cogo, Therese Verner, Kenny Altamirano, Rudy Torres, Ondria Rees, Nirali Thakker, and Carolina Garino-Tabit, with live music during the opening reception by David Holguin and Nelson Alberquenque, as well as foods native to New Orleans. Also, in the main salon, artworks by Peruvian artist Enech Maldonado are featured in “Reflejos del Interio.”

 Alex S. Arizpe III, Installation, LAM

 Alex S. Arizpe III, Installation, LAM

Claudia Cogo, A El Soy una Mascara, Acrylic on canvas, 17 x 12, LAM

Claudia Cogo, A El Soy una Mascara, Acrylic on canvas, 17 x 12, LAM

 
Ondria Rees, The Joker, Acrylic on board, 12 x 17, LAM

Ondria Rees, The Joker, Acrylic on board, 12 x 17, LAM

The SAE’s Gallery at the Downtown Center branches out into nature with their “Middle School Spring Showcase,” in which students under the instruction of Mark Bunner present work with naturalistic themes and elements, and students working under Digital Media Arts instructor Bertha Aguilar-Garcia exhibit photography and illustration with an emphasis on light manipulated through long exposure.

SAE Gallery

SAE Gallery

SAE Gallery

SAE Gallery

SAE Gallery

SAE Gallery

Progress Gallery offers “Polymorphic Experiences,” a duo show by Sharon Ye and Mayra Villegas that explores relationships and connections that deal with social encounter, relationship with the self, and feelings and perspectives that reflect universal incidents and emotions.

Metro Gallery goes “B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” with illustrator and designer Alex Torrez’s homage to pop culture and pop art – with a modern twist. Featuring drawings created from stippling and ink, Torrez’s monochromatic images are detailed in technique and bold in subject matter, reflecting youthful nostaligia, love of history and music, and a hunger for life.

Alex Torrez, Dole44, Metro Gallery

Alex Torrez, Dole44, Metro Gallery

Alex Torrez, Great Yella, Metro Gallery

Alex Torrez, Great Yella, Metro Gallery

The AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) continues Patsy Cox’s “Mouthpiece,” a new body of work that celebrates diversity and reveals the compelling times in which we live. The work, literally a collective assembly of mouths biting their lips without voice or sound in frustration and angst, attempts to capture a personal reaction that is all encompassing and visceral. The museum also continues the exhibits  “Plunder Me, Baby,” the first West Coast exhibition by Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde; “We the People: Serving Notice,” an examination of 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.”

                                                                                                  -Stacy Davies

 Hope Rovelto - You really need to vote next time., 2017, porcelain, screen printing, AMOCA

 Hope Rovelto - You really need to vote next time., 2017, porcelain, screen printing, AMOCA

Kukuli Velardes - India Patarrajada, She will do all the acrobacies the Master orders, Mexico. 1200-800 BC, 2008, White clay, wax casien paint, resin, AMOCA

Kukuli Velardes - India Patarrajada, She will do all the acrobacies the Master orders, Mexico. 1200-800 BC, 2008, White clay, wax casien paint, resin, AMOCA

Joan Takayama Ogawa - Sushi, America's Fast Food, AMOCA

Joan Takayama Ogawa - Sushi, America's Fast Food, AMOCA

Patsy Cox, Untitled, 2017, colored porcelain, AMOCA

Patsy Cox, Untitled, 2017, colored porcelain, AMOCA

Congratulations Augusto Vivanco!

DPOA Maintenance Supervisor Augusto Vivanco obtains U.S. Citizenship. Congratulations all around from the DPOA Board of Directors, community members, and Pomona City Council members Adriana Robledo and Rubio Gonzales.  Certificates of appreciation from Congresswoman Norma Torres, State Senator Connie Leva,  Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez,  and Pomona Mayor and City Council were presented. 

Street Closures

 A friendly announcement. There will be filming in Downtown Pomona this weekend. Beware of No Parking signage & Street closures on:

Friday January 26: Restricted Parking on Lot 12 behind Big D's Burgers due filming.

Saturday January 27: East 3rd Street at Garey Ave and Locust.

Sunday January 28: Temporary Closures of Garey Ave between 2nd and 4th Street. Traffic flow will be allowed between filming sequences. Closures of East and West 2nd Street 150 feet from the intersection of Garey Ave. Closures of East and West 4th Street 150 feet from the intersection of Garey Ave.

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2nd Saturday Art Walk January 2018

The New Year is upon us, and with it comes new adventures in sight, sound, and exploration. If you can’t afford the plane fare until you get your new yuge tax break, however, just pop on over to the Pomona Art Walk and get the same experience – without a travel ban or having to remove your shoes.

57 Underground kicks off the new year with “Home Grown: Revisiting Roots,” a duo show by Kendall Johnson and Desiree Engle. Engle, one of the founders and member emeritus of Gallery 57, stretches the limits of clay, using it to explore the connections of day to day life with a focus on the earth from which it arose. Johnson’s work includes paintings and writings selected from his recently completed series “Back to Modern,” which focuses on the aesthetics of mid-century modern painting featured prominently in the art produced in the Claremont area during the 50s and 60s – and, together, the artists seek to promote grounding in a tumultuous time. 


AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) opens Patsy Cox’s “Mouthpiece,” a new body of work that celebrates diversity and reveals the compelling times in which we live. The work, literally a collective assembly of mouths biting their lips without voice or sound in frustration and angst, has been created since January 20, 2017 and attempts to capture a personal reaction that is all encompassing and visceral. Mouthpiece responds to a constant upheaval of long-accepted American values and morals that have embraced civil and constitutional rights and comes from a place of shock, confusion, and contradiction. It is a retort to the changes in our long held ideals of freedom and liberty.

AMOCA also continues its exhibitions “Plunder Me, Baby,” the first West Coast exhibition by Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde; “We the People: Serving Notice,” an examination of 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.”


The Latino Art Museum, in conjunction with LOGCinema, presents Art Films Festival, featuring almost two dozen short films from all over the world. The museum also continues their exhibition “Angels in Pomona,” which includes work from Alma Moctezuma, Alejandro Navia, Rosa Elena Osicka, Claudia Cogo, Claudia Cox, Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza, Jose Angel Hernandez, Gloria Montelongo, Ayuki Dickson, and Tymian Williams; and in their Grand Salon West, they unveil additions to their Chicano permanent collection donated by the Kevin Peron Family. The museum also continues its fundraising efforts for artist Susana Diaz Rivera.


“Hidden Messages” from artists Keith M. Klingonsmith and Stephen Rusher takes over the Progress Gallery, and it might be a slightly controversial show since the exhibition statement repeatedly tells us that the content is definitely only a representation of the artists’ experiences (in spirituality and religion?) and no one else’s, and the artists don’t claim to be experts or virtuous. Hmmm…what was it that Queen Gertrude said? We’re intrigued!


The Alley Gallery presents “Stippling,” by pointillism artist Christian Sarabia, as well as murals by Joe Ded, the Metro Gallery continues its show “Places and Faces” by Joey Martinez, and the dA Center for the Arts continues its 15th Annual exhibit, “Aztlan: A Sense of Place,” 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. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Stacy Davies

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