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.”
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.”
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.
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 .