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.