July is National Anti-Boredom Month! Seriously. It’s also National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, but good luck with that one! Nonetheless, as my mother used to always say, and I mean ad nauseum, “only boring people get bored,” so don’t be whiney whinerpants and head on down to the Pomona Art Walk and fill your brain holes with a flurry of fascination and fantasy -- brought straight to you from an incredible array of illustrious artisans!
Metro Gallery opens with a solo show by Ulrica Bell, “Layers of Change,” a veteran of the LA Experimental Artists group who specializes in collages featuring images of birds, flowers, iconic art creators, and magical and historic figures from whom Bell draws inspiration. All of her works sprout from her spiritual grounding and uplift through Buddhism, and show themselves through the contexts of fabric, transfers, layering and mixed media
The Latino Art Museum takes the theme of America’s July 4th holiday and expands it in the group show “Independence vs. Independent,” a collection of works from 22 countries around the world in celebration of the individual and the freedoms for which we all struggle, and they also continue their Huipili Exhibition in the Grand Salon West, which features Paola Carcamo Cotero’s selection of traditional Huipil garments worn by indigenous women from Guatemala.
Progress Gallery presents “Varying Perspectives” in their East gallery, a group show from the graduate students of Azusa Pacific University’s MFA program, displaying a wide range of medium, including photography, paint, sculpture and mixed media from Joshua Freedman, Amara Sarmiento, Christine Lee Smith, Christianna Soumakis, and Eric Valencia. In the West gallery, “Full Tilt Boogie” takes over, highlighting a variety of surreal and street art from Joe Ded, Johnnie Dominquez, Jason Baldridge, and Nychole Owens.
The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) at the Downtown Center continues its debut of work from four of their brightest graduates, Lu Orona, Dulce Ochoa, Daisy Egan, and Andrea Perez, in “Futures,” and the dA Center for the Arts continues its group show, “Pomona Generation Now,” featuring work from local Pomona residents aged 30 and younger – so go support all of these fantastic young artists in their quests for visual and personal achievement!
Last but certainly not least – be sure to check out the “Skateboard Art Show” over at Dia De Los Puercos, where badass creations on four wheels from Xingon & Xingona Artistas will be displayed amidst a throwback hip hop backdrop provided by Los Angeles DJ Renato!
- Stacy Davies