Sunday, August 9, 2009

August Artwalk Review

Who says August is a dead month for art?

Well, that was not the case last night during Pomona's Art Walk. I got a chance to make it around the block this time and took a few pictures. Man was it packed out, there were lots of people hanging around the galleries, farmer's market and all the restaurants. By far the largest crowd was congregating around the dA Center. They were featuring the works of over 100 artists for the "Gone Fishin" show that consisted of fish based art. The highlights of the show were Chris Toovey's collection of fish paraphernalia installed in the back room, the ping pong goldfish game and the giant fish photo shoot by Cherie. There was a huge crowd in the gallery all looking around at the fish art. Just around the corner were a few new exhibitions. One was David S. Wade's paintings at the PO for this "Corrugated Heroes" show and the other was a group show at dba256 by local artists. Besides that, "Out of the Blue", a show by the Blue Core Group did well to bring crowds of people to the "West Side". And while in the West Side people stopped by to visit Ross Thompson's ceramic studio and picked up a few bowls. On the other end of 2nd St., Miramar put together a provocative photography exhibit bringing people down to that area and continuing on to Joey's BBQ where there was another new art exhibit with band and all. There were lots of other things going on, but I can't tell you here, you'll just have to come next 2nd Saturday and experience them for yourselves.

Back at the home front, we at Bunny Gunner are featuring a show with paintings by former Pomona Artists, Carlos Estrada-Vega. His colored square paintings and Ross's Ceramics in the window did well to draw a nice crowd to our gallery. So did a new show at Ink'd Chronicles next door which exhibited paintings by artist Psyco James and others.

Photos by Jill Carol, Juan Thorp and Susie Eaton

Friday, August 7, 2009

August Artwalk

It's Second Saturday again and there's a lot going on. We have our new show "Works on Paper" by Carlos Estrada-Vega, the dA has the "Gone Fishin" show and Blue Core gallery has "Into the Blue." Make sure you check each one of these shows out and don't forget to get you picture taken with my giant 7' fish that's hanging at the dA. Also on the list is Jenelle Lowry's show at Sakura Ichi Gallery, she did some new paintings for the space. Miramar will be hosting a Photography show and judging by the flyer, it looks edgy. If that's not enough to get you to come, there are lots of other galleries and the farmer's market and car show. See you then.

You can read more about from our Arts Colony Correspondent, A.S. Ashleys article in the Daily Bulletin

or visit Pomona Arts Colony website

Also this from: Colony Art Gifts

If the collaborative partnership between the dA and SCA is like a marriage made in Heaven, Colony Art Gifts is their firstborn child.

Colony Art Gifts, located at 281 S. Thomas, #101 (above the SCA in the Founder's Building), will offer affordable, original objects d'art as well as t-shirts, cds, cards and more. The mission of Colony Art Gifts is to connect local artists and artisans who create really fantastic things with people who just happen to be in the market for things that are really fantastic.

A percentage of each sale will benefit the continuing arts programs of the dA Center for the Arts and the SCA Project Gallery.

Our Grand Opening will be Saturday, September 12. Store hours will be 11am - 7pm on Wednesday thru Saturday, with extended hours during Art Walk and Metro Night events.

If you are an artist who would like to have your merchandise considered for sale, contact Cher Ofstedahl at , or call Colony Art Gifts at 909-865-0252.

If you are someone who is looking for unique, beautiful art gifts at great prices, just come on by and c'mon, BUY!!!!

Bunny Gunner is pleased to present the New
Works of Carlos Estrada- Vega

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Carlos now resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he has just completed a new studio space overlooking the wide expanse of the breathtaking New Mexican landscape. Having lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, his recent move to New Mexico has enabled him to reach new heights in his already well known sense of luscious color sensibility. Upon completion of his Bachelor in Arts, Art/Religious Studies from California State University at Bakersfield he then continued his graduate studies in art at Claremont Graduate University.

Estrada-Vega is represented in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cologne, Germany and Sydney, Australia. His work is in the collections of the Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg, Germany, Portland (Oregon)Art Museum, Long Beach (California) Museum of Art, University of California at Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, The Oakland (California) Museum, Norton Family Foundation and many private collections in the USA, Europe and Australia.

This month they are showcasing The Blue Core Artists the title of the show is "Out of the Blue" look forward in seeing all of you here for great art, food, and music. August 8th 6:00 P.M - 11:00 PM 558 west 2nd St. "A" Pomona Ca. 91766

The dA gallery

August is the month many folks go on vacation and local shops hang their Gone Fishin’ signs on door knobs. The dA Center for the Arts thought it would be a good idea to do likewise during Second Saturday Art Walk by presenting a summertime show exclusively about fish.

“Gone Fishin’” is a group art exhibit featuring over 100 pieces of artwork depicting our fishy friends, many of which will never be seen in an aquarium, but in a gallery setting the range of strange underwater beasties is endless.

And if the peculiar renditions of fabulous fish fodder aren’t enough, the dA will have a “Big Catch” photo area where patrons can get snapshots of themselves in waders and fishing cap, alongside a 600 lb grouper fish for their trophy mantle.

Plus for the kiddies, there will be a ping-pong-ball fish arcade where little tykes of all ages can toss for live gold fish.

Additionally there will be fish trophies, plaques and certificates of merit for the following fish award catagories: