July may be the hottest month of the year (hence the name Dog Days of Summer), but there’s plenty of awesome weaved in there, too. Not only is it National Blueberry Month (break out the granola and/or pie crusts), it’s also National Cell Phone Courtesy Month -- which sounds like blissful, wishful thinking. The second week of July is Nude Recreation Week (because who doesn’t want to roast all of their delicate bits), but most importantly, it’s National Anti-Boredom month. That means it’s basically illegal to be bored in July (“only boring people get bored!” mother used to wail) and the galleries in Downtown Pomona can ensure you don’t get cited for displaying ennui if you trek on down to the Art walk to give your brains a bump.
Metro Gallery opens “Detour,” a solo show by Charisse Abellana, an American-Filipino artist whose paintings are inspired by the values and cultures of both sides of her heritage, and 57 Underground presents the work of ART LAB GROUP in “HARMONY + ART = PEOPLE.” Curated by Oscar Leal, the project features paintings created by differently-abled artists as they listened to a variety of music styles, including classical, country and hip hop, and painted what they felt. The result is a fascinating exploration of how music influences creativity and produces unique understandings.
The Latino Art Museum presents the group show “Independence vs Independent,” featuring the work of Mati Russo, Eduardo Medrano. Charisse Abellana, Rigo Rivas, Lina Garcia, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Celeste Illazki, Juan Carlos Boxler, and David Cruz in their Main Salon East, as well as a Fundraising exhibition from their permanent collection of “Art on Paper,” in the Main Salon South.
Progress Gallery opens “InBetween,” a group show from Azusa Pacific University MFA graduate students Daniel Hall (installation), Norris Archer Harrington (photography), Diana Isho (narrative illustration), Brianne Witt (narrative drawing), John David Yanke (mattress spring sculptures), and Molly Zakrajsek (fine art pattern and design). Focusing on the spaces in-between art and understanding, the exhibit offers up images and objects for viewers to reconsider, and reflect upon the way connections are made between multifarious worlds.
The Alley Gallery dips into the spicy side of life and art with “Bondage Art Exhibition,” focusing on the exotic, erotic, and fetish worlds that create their own kind of artistic expression. Guests must be 18+ to attend.
Last but not least, the dA Center for the Arts continues last month’s group show “Sanctuary,” which explores the current climate of fear and isolation thrust upon vulnerable populations in our own country and across the world, offering love, hope and solidarity with those seeking refuge in the light.