The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means it’s time for the Annual Pomona Chalk Art Festival. Hosted by the City of Pomona Cultural Arts Commission, the festival is in its 12th year – and still totally free!
A variety of artists will be on hands and knees drawing, coloring and shading whimsical, wacky, and wistful street art creations – and all artists are welcome. The festival begins with a free breakfast and check-in, and then it’s straight on to dressing up the Downtown streets in thematic artwork – with free a box of pastel chalk provided to each participant. (Yes, more free stuff!)
Students from Pomona Unified School District, School of Arts & Enterprise, City of Knowledge School, Pomona Catholic, home schools and multi-age families all compete in the student category theme of “Route 66 or My Favorite Book.” Professional artists choose their own themes, and prizes for both groups include art supplies, gift cards, gift certificates, and $100 for the best contribution from an artist at the professional level.
Winners are announced at the recognition ceremony mid-afternoon, and every participant, receives a festival T-shirt. For additional information, contact the Pomona Planning Division at (909) 620-2191.
Later that evening, the Downtown galleries invite you to explore the works of mid-career artists and new voices. Metro Gallery presents painter and muralist Julius Eastman for “1928,” a collection of pieces by this self-taught artist from Lancaster who works in acrylic and experiments with recycled/found wood, and The Alley Gallery launches into a “One Day Nintendo Pop-up” shop, so jump back in time and relive your favorite childhood moments through artworks, murals and stickers. Yes, another yet another chance to cringe over Toad from Mario Kart! Yay?
The Latino Art Museum opens “Imagination,” a group show featuring work from Geoffrey Levitt, Charisse Abellana, Cherie Redlinger, Sonia Talukder, Rigo Rivas, Mati Russo, Juan Carlos Boxler, Carla Chavez-Keller, and Alma Moctezuma, and the School of Arts & Enterprise (SAE) continues its “Horror” exhibition of work from over 50 of the school’s digital and visual arts majors – with additional works added to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
The Progress Gallery opens two shows in their East and West locations. On the Westside, Pomona native Domonique Brown presents her illustrative drawings and paintings in “To Color America: Blurring the Boundaries Between Traditional and Contemporary Modes of Representation,” and on the Eastside, noted printmaker Denise Kraemer has brought together the best works from her printmaking students in “The Shape of Things.” Kraemer’s hot off several Inland Empire shows and still manages time to whisk anyone interested into a magical world of printmaking – go find out if this is your new calling!