September is the month for the new gallery season with Pomona's Arts Colony pulling out all the stops for this season's debut. The Second Saturday Art Walk (Sept 13th, 6-10pm) will feature a L.A. migration, of sorts, into the Colony in two separate venues: The dA Center for the Arts brings "CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT ... Earth, Body, Rhythm, Form, Life," by L.A. curator Lilli Muller. She will be introducing her band of spatial artists from Los Angeles for this large scale sculptural and visual installation extravaganza. Artists include: Lilli Muller, Rick Robinson, Jonna Lee, Rick Mendoza, and Kathryne Layne Paxton.
The other Art Hombre from Way Out West is Richard Godfrey; This L.A. rattlesnake will bring his six-shooters to Bunny Gunner in "GODFREY4WAY-2008", a one man bar-room brawl of aesthetic delights. If that wasn't enough, to add to the wagon train, there will be a bus overflowing with Artists and patrons from L.A's "Arts Colony" to join in our Second Saturday festivities, courtesy of the dA.
Bunny Gunner, 266 W. Second St. www.bunnygunner.com
That's just the L.A contingent, there are many openings of merit this September in Pomona:
Craig French, "Paradigm Shift" at Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, curated by George Cuttress, examines the evolution of Craig's work from the early years of vibrant colors and neon to the contemplative simplicity of his recent wall sculptures. French's use of aluminum, resin, glass, copper, stainless steel, and wood in his recent pieces of arching shapes and forms are bold and brilliant.
Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, 300 W. Second St. www.class.csupomona.edu/downtowncenter
AMOCA is bringing a spectacular exhibition in "Robert Sperry, Bright Abyss", a retrospective exhibition showcasing over 90 ceramic works by multi-talented artist and innovative ceramist, Robert Sperry (1927-1998). For over 40 years Sperry, a figure of the post World War II American Studio Ceramics movement in the Pacific Northwest, was a professor at the University of Washington. In addition to being a great contributor to the advancement of ceramic art, Sperry is remembered for further developing an excellent ceramics department at the University and birthing a long line of ceramic instructors.
AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art), 340 S. Garey Ave. www.ceramicmuseum.org
Ink'd Chronicles brings "Tattoos & Trash" to Pomona and features paintings by Dirk Vermin and numerous other artists from PussyKat Tattoo Parlour, in Las Vegas. In addition, his band, The Vermin will be playing at 10:00 PM. Additional bands will begin at 9:00PM.
The Ferguson Fine Arts gallery will be presenting a group show featuring Ocean Clark, whose pop icon portraits of Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, including recent paintings of Barack Obama, has made him a national sensation. Clark will be making a personal appearance at Ferguson Fine Arts gallery during Second Saturday. Rounding out the bill will be artwork by Star Foreman, Joe Ded, Ron Brown, and pin-up art master, Ralph Burch.
Ferguson Fine Arts, 181 W. 2nd St. www.ffadgallery.com
Nineteen artists demonstrate the art of persuasion in advertising at SCA Project Gallery's "Through the Looking Glass of Indirection" curated by The 'Nguyen. " 'Indirection' refers to the advertising techniques of planting inferences or using third party authorities to create demand for consumption, or to manipulate public opinion." How appropriate that this show is in one of 5 underground galleries along Thomas Street? ---we get to delve deep below the surface, and into the sub-conscious world of art and mind.
SCA Project Gallery, 281 S. Thomas St. www.scagallery.com
The exhibits listed here are just a fraction of opening events happening this Second Saturday. For more information, maps, and future show listings in Pomona's Arts Colony go to: www.pomonaartscolony.com and www.metropomona.com