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.
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!
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!
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.”
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!!