Thursday, January 29, 2009

This Saturday in the Colony

To Celebrate the Closing Reception of The Gun Show this Saturday, Jan. 31

The dA will begin festivities at 5pm with a new and improved Martini Club

Most of the galleries will be open and The Farmers Market will be open at Thomas Plaza from 5PM to 9PM. Fresh produce from Certified California farmers, organic fruits and vegetables, crafts, food, live entertainment, and more. This Saturday night we will also feature a "Cruise Night", open to all show cars, and car clubs. The cars can be seen in the parking lot behind Thomas Plaza, between First and Second Streets.
(check out and for all the cool things happening around the colony Saturday)

Then at 8pm:

KSPC 88.7FM and the dA Center for the Arts presents

"General Profanity" – A concert series


Bobb Bruno (

Halloween Swim Team (

Ojos Rojos (

Brian Dolphin (

Admission free, donations welcome!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thursday Screen Printing Classes at the dA

*Thursday Night Screen Print Exposition*

The Screen Printing Exposition is a chance to watch the process. Every Thursday instructor Rolo Castillo will demonstrate different aspects of the screen printing process. It may involve t-shirts, fine art prints, show posters, or whatever Rolo is currently working on in the print shop. The exposition can be a prelude to the Saturday workshop which is more intensive, where the class as a whole creates a piece of art or a t-shirt to take home.

Every Thursday 6pm to 10pm • $10 • (limit 10 people)
Instructor: Rolo Castillo
Ages 14 to 105
Intensive Screen Printing Workshop
Every Saturday 2pm to 6pm
dA Center for the Arts
252-D South Main Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1630
Tel: 909.397.9716
Fax: 909.629.8697

Saturday, January 24, 2009


You don't want to miss this!

Here's a chance to pick up art by some well known local artist or art supplies at yard sale prices!

Y:-Art sale is January 31 on Saturday, 8-2 . It is to be held inside the Packing House in the Claremont Forum Gallery. 586 West First St. Claremont, 91711
Art and art related materials, beads, unique fabrics at yard sale prices. It is the place to buy art and art related things and materials at low! This is their fifth year. For more information you can speak to Jan Wheatcroft 909-626-3066

My Sweetie, Juan Thorp will be there with his art and maybe some items from around the shop, panels, canvases, art supplies, frames, mats, etc...


Friday, January 16, 2009

“Let them Eat Steak”

"Let them Eat Steak" at the newest gallery in Pomona, 5IFTYBUCKS GALLERY.

Originally in L.A. 5IFTYBUCKS GALLERY has seen many venues, and mostly in Pomona. Artist Rolo Castillo along with wife, Terry have successfully run the gallery and brought much energy and excitement to the Pomona Arts Colony. After L.A. the gallery moved to 2nd St. by the corner of Park Avenue, where it spent many years hosting some of the greatest shows in Colony history. Then later it visited Antique Row and was located next to Locust Plaza, now it has it’s new home on one of Pomona’s busiest streets, Holt Avenue. It is right along side the American Legion on the corner of Gibbs, one block East of Garey at 213 E. Holt Ave.

Where do they get all the energy? Along with 5IFTYBUCKS, Rolo and Terry have also successfully revitalized the dA Center for the Arts as Curator and Director. In the past, they also created 51Buckingham which was located at “The Vault” building and later moved to Taco Nazo. Popztlan was their gallery and home on the corner of 3rd and Main, and now this!? We love the energy these two bring to the Colony, it has been a motivation for us all to “GET UP OFF YOUR BUTT!”

So What’s in store for this Saturday?

Amy Bystedt and Sally Egan have both been photographers for over ten years, and have been friends for longer. They have always wanted to do a collaborative piece and now got the perfect opportunity when approached by Rolo. “Let Them Eat Steak” is a series of self-portraits in which the Artists portray themselves in common social situations while using the idea of the classic American snapshot to exaggerate these familiar activities.

Amy and Sally will both be on hand and ready to eat steak. The American Legion, being a great neighbor, is hosting a steak dinner. The dinner is from 5:30 – 7:30pm and is only $8. So get there early and get there hungry.

If that wasn’t enough on your plate, our Mayor will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5pm kicking off the opening of our newest gallery 5IFTYBUCKS.

-Juan and Susie

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Arts Colony Continues to Grow

January 2009 Pomona Art Walk.

It was a fast fly through the galleries in Central Colony this month.
We have some great photos by our resident shooters, Jill Carol and Lee Tintary, Susie and I got some good shots as well. Two new galleries opened their doors and two more businesses devoted their space's for gallery walls.

First place you get to when you cross under the "Arts Colony" neon arch is Joey's BBQ. Oscar has done a great job of transforming his bar and freeing up some wall space to hang art. The art was tattoo inspired along with some pop stencil paintings above the bar.

, next door opened for the night showcasing a fresh batch of artists to the colony. They are mostly Orange County artists, which is great to get more people from outside to Pomona.
You can learn more about this new gallery on our press page for the Colony

Gallery 475 officially opened their doors with art from over 25 artists. They had live aerosol painting outside the gallery and a slew of artists working on their sketch books inside. This gallery is a great addition, giving the Colony another edge in the spectrum of its art. Gallery 475 is located on the West side of the colony on 2nd St.

The Globe also transformed their space to provide wall space for local artist and one time resident David Flores. True to the venue, his art has a street edge. Flores' stencil paintings are created from pop images and photo shoots he creates himself.

At the Downtown Center, there was a great exhibition of many large paintings. The work of Karen Kauffman, a Southern Ca. artist. Karen had a variety of colorful paintings with great range in stroke, color and texture.
Karen was kind enough to sign her exhibition catalog for local artist Manny LeGaspe, who was too shy to ask himself.

Also joining the artwalk was the Metro Pomona Farmers Market. Usually on Wednesday nights, it took up residence in Thomas Plaza and provided entertainment via live music to the art walkers. A welcome addition to the growing colony. See the market again on last Saturday when they will also have a car show.

The dA once again pulled out it's big guns (literally), and proved to be a destination point for the night. "The Gun Show" featured the work of countless artists, local and beyond, some from LA, including David Buckingham who created two giant guns out of painted metal sheets. All the art had some kind of gun, either in image or in sculpture form. One notable piece is the "Shot Gun" in which Armando Peralta resin formed those little tiny liquor bottles into the shape of a long rifle. Also include were a caravan of strollers and kids toys transformed into military vehicles and authentic looking guns by Dan Van Clap.

SCA is starting anew, they will be using a ground level space along with the current basement. Bob Pece along with Franz Keller, co-directors, kicked off the new season with "What the heck is that thing?". This is a group show of art that is mostly unrecognizable, no figures, no landscapes, just abstract forms. Franz projected one of his movies on the windows of the new space ustairs, as to tease us about things to come.

At our Gallery, Bunny Gunner, we had the work of four artists, Sumi, Cindy Rinne, Tomoko Suzuki, and Penn Weldon. Sumi and Cindy both created fabric pieces with stitching to create collage like pieces. Penn's paintings are landscape close-ups of vegetation on black background and Tomoko has paintings of various birds in flight with directional graphic arrows to signify wind direction.

Overall, a very busy night for the Colony as it continues to grow.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Gallery, New Bar, New Look.

Have you been to Joey's BBQ lately? Things are changing, and we like it. No, the food is still the same great grub it has always been. According to Susie, the best Chili ever and I really enjoyed my fresh made sausage. What is different is the front room which is now a bar with umpteen beers on tap!

I know it's been a bar for some time now, but they've made other changes in the past weeks. They being, brothers Oscar and Raymond Perdomo of the family owned and operated Joey's BBQ.

The floor and walls are all painted, some of the wall fixtures were removed to clear way for bare walls to hang art on, and the lighting has be come more ambient.
Outside, they have removed the awnings, giving the facade a more streamline feel.
Back inside, the
walls will now be displaying art and Joey's will now be part of the art walk, Yay. Speaking of art walk, have you noticed Joey's new Neighbor? Selkouth Fine Art is the newest member of the Arts Colony.

They had a soft opening last month and plan to have an even bigger on this time. With over 23 local and OC artists currently showing, this new gallery promises to be an exciting addition to the growing art walk. Now if we could just get someone to fill the empty next to Selkouth, we would have a dinamite block.
Joey's BBQ

Voted "Best BBQ in the Inland Valley"
Mon 11-3 Tue-Thur 11-3/4-8 Fri 11-3/4-9 Sat 12-9 Sun 12-8
117 W. 2nd St. Pomona, CA,91766

909-865-0699 Phone
909-865-1728 Fax

The art walk is tomorrow, Saturday January 10 from 6pm - 10pm and on.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Cut-A-Thon at Savoie

Two years ago Elizabeth and Kevin Pilon were expecting their first child. During labor Elizabeth suffered a AFE. A Anmotic Fluid Embolism, which is so rare most doctors will never see encounter one. More than 50% of women die when they have a AFE. Luckily Elizabeth survived the AFE but was left with a partial hysterectomy at the age 23. She can still biologically have children she just cannot carry them.

Savoie Complete Hair Solutions will be hosting a Cut-A-Thon on January 11th from 11a.m. to 3p.m. to help raise money for Kevin and Elizabeth to have another child via surrogate. Sheila Pilon (Kevin's sister) has decided to carry the child for them. Sheila is also a stylist at Savoie and will be one of the five stylist helping out with the Cut-A-Thon. Savoie is asking for a minimum of $20 donations. Haircuts only please. Thank you. 909-865-6500
More about this story in the Daily Bulletin
Family raising money to fulfill promise