2nd Saturday Artwalk March 10, 2018

The Mayans called the first day of spring, or vernal equinox, “the return of the sun serpent,” due to the sun’s exotic light patterns that formed on the Chichen Itza temple, still located in modern day Mexico, on that particular day – usually around March 20. Likewise, from the ancient Babylonians to the modern Iranians, the vernal equinox is an essential maker – the starting point for their calendars – and in Jewish tradition, Passover is celebrated at the equinox. In the Christian tradition, Easter follows the equinox in short measure, and in Annapolis, Maryland, they celebrate the arrival of spring with The Burning of the Socks Day, indicating fishermen no longer need to bundle up their tootsies thanks to the coming spring warmth. 

For most Americans, however, March 20 is still a recouperation day, since St. Paddy’s is on the 17th and just about every American thinks he or she is some part Irish. Downtown Pomona embraces these and a multitude of celebrations and even rolls its own, exploring and uplifting the budding visions and expressions of artists both local and international.

AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) gets out in front this month with “Fahrenheit 2018,” an inaugural biennial featuring 80 artworks from ceramists from all over the world, and juried by renowned ceramic artist Patti Warashina. The show doesn’t have a theme, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t messages aplenty among these various sculptural, functional, and figurative works. Each piece represents the excellence and diversity of ceramic art from the US, Denmark, Brazil, and France, among other regions, and promises to ignite both the imagination and the inspiration.

AMOCA also continues its previous exhibitions “We the People: Serving Notice”; “Patsy Cox: Mouthpiece”; and “Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales.”

 Elliott Kayser, AMOCA

Elliott Kayser, AMOCA

 Mimi Logothetis, AMOCA

Mimi Logothetis, AMOCA

 Robbie Heidinger, AMOCA

Robbie Heidinger, AMOCA

 Marina Kuchinski, AMOCA

Marina Kuchinski, AMOCA

 Juliette Clovis, AMOCA

Juliette Clovis, AMOCA

57 Underground invites you to experience their “Life Force,” a duo show from Karen Duckles and Sharon Algozer. Duckles’ paintings were inspired by nature and its rapturous vitality, celebrating life and renewal, while Algozer’s work was inspired by a trip to Greece where she viewed paintings of octopi, an experience she injects into her exploration of harnessing the energy of the sea in the world of man.

 Karen Duckles, 57 Underground

Karen Duckles, 57 Underground

 Sharon Algozer, 57 Underground

Sharon Algozer, 57 Underground

The Latino Art Museum features a solo show, “Fire and Diversity,” from Charisse Abellana (and curated by Dulce Stein) in the Grand Salon West, and also celebrates women in their “14th Annual Women International Show: My Desire for the World,” which includes various artists from all over the globe, including Claudia Cogo, Marthe Aponte, Terry Cervantes, Alma Moctezuma, Naty Medina, Shrinidhi Kumar, Therese Verner, Viktoria Romanova, Silvia Garcia, Mati Russo, Rosa Elena Osicka, Curtis Gutierrez, Carmen Teal, Lina Garcia, Cherie Redlinger, Sabine Meyer Zu Reckendorf, Diana Moya, Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza, Charisse Abellana, Su Horne, Victoria Muniagurria, Silvina Fernandez, Alma Grondona, Tere Liberati, Roberto Rodriguez, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Elizabeth Sides-Preston, and Ayumi Dickson. They’ll also be honoring their Women of the Year 2018: artist Yolanda Londoño and business woman Dulce Stein.

 Silvia Garcia, The Latino Art Museum

Silvia Garcia, The Latino Art Museum

 Tere Liberati, The Latino Art Museum

Tere Liberati, The Latino Art Museum

 Carolina Garino-Tabit, The Latino Art Museum

Carolina Garino-Tabit, The Latino Art Museum

Progress Gallery presents “Anthro-Obscene,” an exhibition from the Inland Empire artist collective Group 483, who aim to explore the detrimental effects of humans on environmental, social and cultural events and issues in the IE, and seeks to advance a dialogue about human influence over our surroundings. Alongside the exhibition, Group 483 will host a discussion panel in which they address the meaning and purpose of their work.

                                                                                                                         

 Cynthia Camacho, The Progress Gallery

Cynthia Camacho, The Progress Gallery

 Frank Perez, The Progress Gallery

Frank Perez, The Progress Gallery

Metro Gallery shines a spotlight on “intuitive” painter Shellise Berry in “Divine Design,” and the SAE (School of Art and Enterprise) presents its “Spring Visual and Digital Exhibition,” featuring artwork from their high school students.

                                                                                            -Stacy Davies

 Shellise Berry, Metro Gallery

Shellise Berry, Metro Gallery

 J. Sawyer, The Gallery at the Downtown Center

J. Sawyer, The Gallery at the Downtown Center

 Sam Vela, The Gallery at the Downtown Center

Sam Vela, The Gallery at the Downtown Center