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.

Art Colony Anniversary .jpg
E10DECC5-6D36-44A3-ABD0-485A6A291B9F.JPG
Cold Duck.jpg

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

OMBB_2.LAC Arts & Culturepsd.jpg

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

2nd Saturday Artwalk June 8, 2019

May gray is on its way out and by the look of things, SoCal may just skip all the June gloom and head straight for boiling – but not yet! Before the pavement curly fries your toes, head on down to the Pomona Art Walk and breeze through an array of wild and whimsical works by artists bent on giving you the visual ride of your life!

Progress Gallery kicks things off in their West Side space with one of Pomona’s iconic masters (and all-around awesome dude) Manny LeGaspe in “The Long Ascension,” a collection of vibrant and inspiring cubist works of the mystical and mundane. Their East Side space hosts “On and Off the Street,” a group show featuring photographic works from Cindy Bendat, M. Robert Markovich, William Purcell, Tommi Cahill, Douglas McCulloh, and Philip Adam that examines “public, private and personal space in street photography.”

Bull , Manny LeGaspe

Bull, Manny LeGaspe

Fish , Manny LeGaspe

Fish, Manny LeGaspe

On and Off The Street- Progress Gallery

On and Off The Street- Progress Gallery

The Latino Art Museum opens three new shows: “Metamorphosis” in the Main Salon South, featuring the work of Alicia Ricciardelli, Analia Laxague, Azul Makk, and Lilia Mota; “World Oceans Show” in the Main Salon South, presenting mixed media works from Mati Russo, Rigo Rivas, Juan Carlos Boxler, Aura Suarez, Hernando Carrizosa, Amanda Unzueta, Paola Carcamo Cotero, and Erika Boxler; and in the Grand Salon West, Paola Carcamo Cotero’s selection of traditional Huipil garments worn by indigenous women from Guatemala are on display in the “Huipil Exhibition.” 

Erika Boxler-Latino Art Museum

Erika Boxler-Latino Art Museum

Juan Carlos Boxler-Latino Art Musem

Juan Carlos Boxler-Latino Art Musem

The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) at the Downtown Center presents “Futures,” the first professional art show of four of their brightest graduates, Lu Orona, Dulce Ochoa, Daisy Egan, and Andrea Perez, and over at the Metro Gallery, artist Stevie Love opens “Fantascapes,” a collection of supernatural mixed media pieces using flexible sheathes of acrylic paint backed by faux fur, inspired by the colorful and shifting landscape of the glorious SoCal mountain dessert. 

Stevie Love , Mojave Dreamin’,  18 x 26, Metro Gallery

Stevie Love, Mojave Dreamin’, 18 x 26, Metro Gallery

Last, but certainly not least – Pomona is thrilled to welcome back into the downtown abstract artist extraordinaire, Fr. Bill Moore! Yes, Fr. Bill has returned to the congregation, opening a studio behind the SAE Middle School and launching the Fr. Bill Moore Foundation, a non-profit that supports emerging artists in Southern California. Get all the tea at his new website: https://fatherbill.art !

-Stacy Davies .

Alejandro Aranda Day in Downtown Pomona

Alejandro’s homecoming visit to Downtown Pomona was a huge success. The community really rallied together and welcomed him with open arms. A special thank you to the following; City of Pomona, Pomona Police Department, Pomona Public Works Department, Fox Theater Pomona, DPOA Board of Directors, DPOA Maintenance Team, organizers and volunteers which include: Mark Gluba, Rene Gurerro, Sam Lama, Larry Egan, Ismael Arias, Sally Egan, Mary Prendergast, Adriana Robledo, Linda Farman, Jessica Leon, Pomona Public Library, PUSD, Carol Glass, James Dale, Pomona Valley Hospital, Western University of Health Sciences, Elite Car Club, Mark Alcala, Ralph Alvarado, Anthony Limon, Garey High School Marching Band and Drill Team, Anthony Bonner, and the entire Downtown community of businesses and residents for their generous hospitality. Most of all a huge thank you to Alejandro Aranda for sharing his day with us. Pomona truly supports you!

Alejandro Aranda's Pomona Homecoming Parade and Live Performance

ALEJANDRO ARANDA HAS MADE IT TO THE TOP 3 ON AMERICAN IDOL...

American idol's Alejandro Aranda.jpg

Join us for a Hometown Parade and Free Concert in Downtown Pomona on Tuesday, May 14th. Beginning at 10am, multiple streets in and around the downtown area will be closed due to the planned events. Please plan accordingly and follow City of Pomona, Pomona PD, and Downtown Pomona on social media to get the latest updates. (This note will be updated periodically.)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change without notice):
• 3 p.m. - Public is encouraged to start lining the parade route (see map)
• 4 p.m. - American Idol cameras begin filming parade route (bring your signs!)
• 4:30 p.m. - Parade starts at Thomas & Second St. and ends at Fox Theater
• 5:30 p.m. – Presentation to Alejandro Aranda in front of Fox Theater
• 6:30 p.m. - FREE outdoor concert

SHUTTLES to and From Parade/Concert
Pomona Valley Transportation Authority (PVTA) will be providing FREE shuttle rides OPEN TO ALL starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 5/14. All under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. The following are the three locations where you may catch a shuttle:

1. Pomona High School (475 Bangor St.)
2. Ganesha High School (1151 Fairplex Dr.)
3. Freemont Academy (725 W. Franklin Ave.)

For general ridership questions, please call the PVTA at (909) 596-7664 during regular business hours. Afterhours calls at 909-212-5300.

PARKING DETAILS:
• Public parking in downtown will be FREE
• Obey all parking signs posted in and around the area. Failure to do so may result in your vehicle being towed
• Park in designated spots/areas only
• Do not leave valuables in your car or in plain sight
• Link to Downtown Pomona’s post on FB: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownPomona/photos/a.265996830103781/2354533341250109/?type=3&theater

STREET CLOSURES:
• 10am: Third St. between Garey Ave. and Thomas St.
• 3pm: Garey Ave. between Mission Blvd. and Monterey Ave.
• 4pm: Second St., Third St., and Fourth St. between Gordon St. and Locust St. AND Main St. between Mission Blvd. and First St.
• Street closures may remain in effect until 8pm

Street closure details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-city-of-pomona/street-closures-hometown-visit-parade-and-free-concert-may-14/2606564152705071/.

Please follow City of Pomona, Pomona PD, and Downtown Pomona on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the most up to date details. Let's make our community proud and show the nation what Pomona is truly about.

See you on Tuesday!

2nd Saturday Artwalk May 11, 2019

Just like the merry month of May, the Downtown blooms this month with an array of technicolor wild abandon! 

Progress Gallery kicks things off with Sumi Foley’s “5,000 Year Retrospective,” a series of mix-media impressions of the 5,000-year-old Bristle Cone pine tree that Foley feels serve as a reminder of our own time on earth, and the thousands of years of human art-making.

Sumi Foley,  Old Love, 12x19.  Progress Gallery

Sumi Foley, Old Love, 12x19. Progress Gallery

Sumi Foley,  Years Ago , Progress Gallery

Sumi Foley, Years Ago, Progress Gallery

The Latino Art Museum celebrates one of the most iconic and beloved of surrealist artists in “Frida Kahlo: Symbolism and Iconography,” a group show featuring a variety of mediums, including photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mix-media from artists from Peru, Mexico, Columbia, El Salvador, Uruguay and the U.S. that includes Marisol de las Casas, Aura Suarez, Hernando Carrizosa, Alma Moctezuma, Mara Odette, Isela Garcia, Kat Gaddis Trevino, BJ Lane, Nancy Heins-Glaser, Peggy Scuder, Jeanie Curtright, Gina Abdelrahman, Mati Russo, Alberta Walker, Rigo Rivas, Mariana Montes-Shaw, and Paola Carcamo-Cotero.

Marisol de Las Casa,  Feminista , Latino Art Museum

Marisol de Las Casa, Feminista, Latino Art Museum

Arturo Martine,  Fridamania,  Latino Art Museum

Arturo Martine, Fridamania, Latino Art Museum

- Isela Garcia Magdalena Carmen, 20 x 30 2016. Latino Art Museum

- Isela Garcia Magdalena Carmen, 20 x 30 2016. Latino Art Museum

The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents its “3rd Annual SAE Arts Festival,” an exhibition highlighting the work of students grades 6-12 that also features creative musical and artist performances, workshops, and, of course, selected student pieces that showcase the dynamic and award-winning arts programs of the SAE. 

The dA Center for the Arts is also spotlighting students this month in their “12th Annual Emerging Artists” exhibit, featuring selected watercolor works from students in the Pomona Unified School District, with the opening reception held on Art Walk night, and Metro Gallery continues “Imaginary Birds and Fantastic Creatures,” a showcase by Marthe Aponte of hybrid whimsical creatures created through surrealist automatism, a method of art-making that incorporates randomness by allowing the hand to perform unguided.

-Stacy Davies

Homecoming Parade for Alejandro

Hey everyone, our Pomona local, Alejandro Aranda, is on his way to making it into the finals on American Idol. Let's make sure we get him there by voting for him on Sunday, May 12. If he gets through to the finals there will be a homecoming parade in Downtown Pomona on Tuesday, May 14. We need you all to come out and support! Lets' show Alejandro how proud we are of him. More details to follow such as time of day etc. So get your signs ready for Alejandro and let's win this! 

Downtown Pomona Artwalk April 2019

Downtown Pomona bursts out the bohemian blooms this spring in an array of color, texture, and themes that provoke the exploration of worlds both internal and peripheral. 

Kicking things off, the Latino Art Museum presents “Fire and Ice: Protect Our Universe,” a multimedia group show featuring paintings, drawings and collage from Rebecca Nabarrete, Juan Carlos Boxler, Rigo Rivas, Karen Pinto Monroe, Alberta Walker, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Aida Guerra de Heiras, Olga de Leon, Tom Fontanes, Alberto Leon, Amanda Unzueta, Mati Russo and Claudia Cogo, all of whom deep dive into the struggles and triumphs of the human experience. There’s also a solo show of ambient abstractions from museum owner and curator, Graciela Horne Nardi in the main salon, and on the last Saturday of the month, the museum opens for “Paint, Drink and Have a Good Time,” where new and hopeful artists can dabble in the craft of creation amist a group of friendly and frolicky peers.

Progress Gallery keeps it local this month with an array of works from the 57 Underground gallery artists in “East & West,” while the 57 gallery itself hosts a duo show, “Submerged: Ocean-Inspired Artwork,” from ceramist Desiree Engel and painter Elizabeth Daron Redmon. Engel’s installation focuses on the effects of climate change and pollution on ocean life, and the inspiration for her clay pieces is draw directly from natural forms. Redmon’s “nonobjective” paintings are a departure from her usual portrait work and through this adventurous journey she plays with color, shape, value and design, finding new intersections as she frees herself from precognition and plan. 

Metro Gallery spotlights the work of Marthe Aponte in “Imaginary Birds and Fantastic Creatures,” a showcase of hybrid whimsical creatures created through surrealist automatism, a method of art-making that incorporates randomness and allowing the creative hand to perform unguided, and the School for Arts and Enterprise (SAE) opens its annual “Digital/Visual Advanced Placement Senior Showcase” at the DTC, featuring works from 18 of their top graduating seniors.
-Stacy Davies