Monday, April 27, 2009

"Fundraiser / Beer Party"

Come one, come all ...
dA Center for the Arts is hosting the introduction party for Dale Bros. Brewery's late spring seasonal beer, Dude of York. They will be raffling off great prizes, and every raffle ticket you put into the jar will be rewarded with a sample of this new beer, a creation inspired by the session beers of England. Dale Bros. Brewery T-shirts and glasses will be available for purchase with a portion of the sales going to benefit dA Center for the Arts.
Your support of the dA is always important to its survival. In these tough economic times, the dA needs your support more than ever. Come out and celebrate the dA with friends and a beer.
Monday, April 27, 2009
5:00pm - 8:00pm
dA Center for the Arts
252 S. Main Street
Pomona, CA

Friday, April 24, 2009

Smogdance Film Festival at the Fox Pomona

The dA is selling tickets for Smogdance and hosting after parties each night.

They will be open today, Friday, at Noon until 7PM, and will re-open around 9PM to host the after party for Smogdance attendees and filmmakers.

Saturday they will be open from Noon to Midnight.
Smogdance starts at 7PM and the gallery will stay open for last Saturday fun and the after party for Smogdance.

Sunday, Smogdance starts at 5PM, the gallery will open at 6PM in preparation for the final after party for the Smogdance Film Festival.

Monday, it doesn't stop, they have a fund raiser from 5PM to 8PM,
Sponsored by Dale Bros. Brewery, where they will introduce their new beer: Dude of York!
Stop by have a beer and help the dA!

Smogdance starting times
Friday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Smogdance Schedule of Films
Smogdance Silent Art Auction
dA Center for the Arts

The 11th annual Smogdance Film Festival with it’s tradition of showing independent films will also present an art auction that has an intimate connection with one of the films being screened at the Pomona Fox Theater.

Six prominent Downtown Pomona and Inland Empire artists will be representing the viable and thriving art scene in the area, and it is not by accident that a majority of these artists were involved in one of the documentaries being shown at Smogdance.

The project, TENTS OF HOPE, with the film entry "TENTS ~The Patchwork Project", a documentary by Francesca Roveda, is a film about communities gathering support for the people of Darfur, symbolically and literally.

Local communities across the U.S. raised money, purchased and painted tents in locations nationwide committing their efforts not only to a political cause, but in practical terms, allowing these tents to be donated to the struggling refugees in the Sudan.

Though our own local area artist’s segment in the film was modest, their spirit, energy and effort to this project was not, and again, these artists are offering up their talents and works to support Smogdance and raise money for dA Center for the Arts.

During the Smogdance Film festival, in the main lobby of the Fox there will be six artists displaying 12 pieces of art (two paintings per artist).

The artists participating are:

Fr. Bill Moore SS. CC., A. S. Ashley, Manny LeGaspe', Thomas Stubbs, Juan Thorp, and Alex Couwenberg.

The Silent Auction will last the entire three days of the Smogdance Festival with bidding closing 15 minutes after the end of the last film on Sunday.

Some of the artwork in this auction is listed into the thousands of dollars, but starting bid price on all works is 50 dollars each, with $10 minimum raises thereafter.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get incredible art at a bargain, and help support the dA Center for the Arts!

The greatly anticipated opening of the Pomona Fox Theater will present for its first truly public event since its restoration, the 11th Annual Smogdance Film Festival, bringing this dA Center for the Arts production back home to downtown Pomona.

This three day event, beginning Friday, April 24 will feature a broad range of independent films including comedy, animation, drama, documentary, etc., and what better venue than the Fox Theater to showcase these film makers and their cinematic work?

When: Friday, April 24th 7pm
Saturday, April 25th 7pm
Sunday, April 26th 5pm

Admission: $10.00 per night or $20.00 Festival Pass
General Admission
$ 8.00 per night or $16.00 Festival Pass

Where: Pomona Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Avenue

Silent auction winners will be announced during the Sunday after party at the dA after the Film Festival.

Please contact A. S. Ashley about any questions concerning the Smogdance Silent Art Auction:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fun day in Pomona with good friends

Bunny Gunner and crew was at the "5th Annual Taste of Pomona" sponsored by the Pomona Chamber of Commerce. We had a nice booth with merchandise, pictures of our gallery and shop, and some framed art to show off. Some of the restaurants in attendance included, Tony's Famous French Dip, The Sheraton, McKinley Grill, Safron Catering, DBA256 Wine Bar, Double Tree Hotel, and some others. Also the City of Pomona had a booth along with other organizations such as the YMCA and Western University. It was a great night with lots of good food and good music. The stars of the show seemed to be a group of students from Village Academy who were lucky enough to meet President Obama. Our mayor, Eliott Rothman was in attendance and even helped us load our truck as we packed up. The night was a good time, thanks to Frank Garcia and Pomona Chamber for throwing another successful event.

After the "Taste" we headed back to the Arts Colony just in time to catch a stellar performance by Kimya Dawson. She was kind enough to return to the arts colony were she has played in the past in places like 51Buckingham and 5iftybucks gallery. Her set was amazing, including songs from newer kids albums and some old favorites that make your heart weep and jump for joy all at once. Thanks Rolo, Terry, Joe and the dA for bringing such cool talent to the ears of us Pomonians.

We finished off a great day with a couple of beers at dba256, thanks Johnny for a fun night at Dabooya!
-Juan and Susie

Sunday, April 12, 2009

April Artwalk

Yet another great Art Walk. The star of the show again would have to be the dA Gallery and their CGU show. Rolo, the curator has been frequenting Claremont Graduate University's shows held every Tuesday and picking through the grad students studios to find the right stuff. And stuff he found, the show features work from over 20 students ranging from a huge brightly colored fabric stage with stuffed hanging forms, to a spray foam monkey swinging from a tire. Nothing traditional at this show, its all over the edge make you think and look twice kind of work. Just around the block was the "Vegas Show" hosted by Franz Keller and Bob Pece of SCA Gallery. This show pulled out all the stops, and the dice, and the cards. The feature of this show seemed to be the painting-assemblage of 17 year old budding artist Cecilia LeGaspe. You might recognize the name since her father is a famous local who was working on a giant totem pole painting at the Po Gallery. Manny also had work hanging at the Glass House Record Store, including some 4 new paintings specially for the show. Moving on down the block, Alex Brown put together yet another benefit show with ceramic pots available at a mere $5. Just next door Magic Door 4 books was having a book signing and talk with a quite famous author. There was a nice crowd gathered there to listen to his words of wisdom. Back on the home front, Bunny Gunner featured the work of Ryan Chorbagian, who's first show ever was quite a success. Ryan's pieces were continuously being praised and admired. His assemblage pieces consist of wood and metal found boxes filled with other found trinkets such as religious statues, flash bulbs, wire, candles, old discarded photos and other interesting gems. Just next door, Inkd Chronicles displayed the drawings and paintings of David Cook. A regular to the space, David's graphite drawings have a sort of surreal and psychedelic feel with faces transforming into other beings and animals. All in all, another great Art Walk to keep the year on the right step. Get ready for next month, and summer, its going to be hot in more ways than one. Art walks are every 2nd Saturday of the month from 6pm - 10pm.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pomona Art Walk this Saturday April 11th

Our Friends from Bedlam Magazine posted this on their website....Check it out!

The Pomona Art Walk is a wonderful opportunity to discover a quaint, tree-lined community centered on an approximately ten-block square area that has retained much of its classic Main Street charm (this was where the exterior town scenes were shot for The Cat in the Hat) while adding some quirky and architecturally intriguing elements that make it an ideal strolling zone. But it is the quality of the newish galleries, such as the da Center for the Arts, the Bunny Gunner Gallery and more than a dozen other arts venues, that draw crowds from across L.A. to this enticing event on the second Saturday of each month, six p.m. to whenever. A map of the Walk is included among the Art Walks Maps section of this website (see the menu bar at the top of the page).

The assemblages of Ryan Chorbagian featured at Bunny Gunner Gallery are reason alone to make the trek, as are the always-innovative installations at the da, just around the corner, which this month features work by Claremont Graduate University students, curated by Rolo Castillo, who is more or less the godfather of the Pomona arts scene (kissing his ring is not, however, mandatory). This is NOT your usual show of student work, however. Castillo has hand-picked the works of gifted and startlingly original artists that will not disappoint visitors.

Chorbagian's assemblages at Bunny Gunner have narrative, religious and festishistic elements that suggest deeply personal totems. There is a touch of nostalgia to them, and the warm materials (wood, faded photos, curious metal
Ryan Charbogian, "Fish Hook," assemblage

instruments graced with the patina of time) make these objects attractive for their pure physicality alone.
Bunny Gunner's gallery is an intimate space that is always interesting to visit, filled as it is with the paraphenalia of working artists and the tools of its custom-framing business as well as bits and pieces of artwork from once and future BG shows.

Ryan Chorbagian Fill Box
April 11th through May 6th
Opening reception, April 11th, 6 p.m.
Last Saturday reception, April 25th, 6 p.m. BUNNY GUNNER art services Art Gallery. Fine Art Framing. Graphic Design. Signage Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 7pm 266 W. Second St. Pomona, CA 91766, 909 868 2808, BUNNY

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Apr 11 2009 6:00pm - 11:00pm
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tonight at LACMA

Late Night Art

April 4, 2009
8 pm–midnight

Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures
Franz West: To Build a House You Start with the Roof,
Work: 1972–2008

Pioneer video scratcher Safy Sniper and independent filmmaker, curator, DJ Christine Lang

Engage with playful work derivative of Franz West’s Adaptives with Finishing School

New Yorker staff writer and author of Honey and Junk Dana Goodyear
Poet, journalist, art critic, and Art Center teacher Amy Gerstler
Winner of the Berlin Prize Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award for poetry, author August Kleinzahler
Writing students from USC read work inspired by the Franz West exhibition

Tom Peters performing Hanne Darboven’s Wunschkonzerte
Opera 17 A&B and 18 A&B on double bass

Sausages on the grill with German ale and wine

Call 323 857-6010 or stop by the LACMA Box Office for tickets ($10).
Advance purchase only available until March 27. tickets may also be purchased at the event.

In-kind media support provided by LA Weekly.

Education programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are supported in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Arts Education. Funding for the DJ/VJ has been provided by the Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles. The Readings have been organized by Brighde Mullins, Director, Master of Professional Writing Program, USC.

Header image: A.R. Penck, Der Übergang (Passage), 1963 (detail), oil on canvas, 37 x 47 1/4 in (94 x 120 cm), Sammlung Ludwig, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, © A.R. Penck

The Leak of Contemporary Artists

Exhibit Dates: April 11 to April 27, 2009
Opening Reception: April 11th, 6-10 pm
Closing Reception: April 25th, 6-10 pm
Exhibit Location: The dA Center for the Arts, 252 S. Main St., Pomona Arts Colony

The dA Center for the Arts proudly presents The Leak of Contemporary Artists, a curated exhibit comprised solely of art students from Claremont Graduate University. This unique show is an opportunity to showcase some of the groundbreaking work being produced by CGU today. The show includes 34 artists, with work ranging from painting to sculpture, to site-specific installations. The quality and variety of work is not only impressive, but a demonstration of the force CGU has become in the LA art scene and beyond.

Rarely do we see such an ambitious, original and professional, collective of art students in a show outside of the academic scene. The work is inventive, critically concerned, and varied in expression - exemplifying CGU’s focus on individual visual languages.

At the dA, curator Rolo Castillo’s creativity and energy produces shows that are new, exciting and outside of the box. With the guidance of his inventive and open nature, CGU artists are encouraged to take chances with their art and displays. Nicole James explains, “There is a freedom I feel here that I don’t feel in other galleries. The space doesn’t feel traditional and I really like that”. Fresh art meets a fresh space. The result is art that is enhanced by the surroundings.

The Leak of Contemporary Artists hopes to showcase the first “leaks” of this new breed into the art scene, and to call recognition to the high quality of artists and art at Claremont Graduate University.

The dA Center for the Arts is a non-profit community organization that has been the heart
of the Pomona Arts Colony marking 25 years in June 2009.
For more information contact Terry Castillo at 909-397-9716,