IT was an extra busy 2nd Saturday this month with some new Galleries, lots of Music and new visitors from all over Southern California. Parts of Second St. were closed off to allow a few bands to play their music for the "Tattoo for the Cure" event at Ink'd Chronicles. And what a crowd they had, people were lining up to get their ribbon tattoo or piercing. The bands also provided entertainment for the hundreds of people in line to get into The Glass House to see the Swedish Metal band "Children of Bodom."
On the other end of Second St. or what we like to call "the West Side," and new gallery sprung up in the newly renovated Edison Building. "Silence Gallery" did well to bring a new crowd of artists and lookers to the ever-growing area. Also on the West Side, Fahter Bill Moore Studio Gallery, Blue Core Gallery and A.S.Ashley Studios reported being "swamped" with record numbers of new visitors.
Back to the dA Gallery and SCA, they also felt the crowds having to stay open a little later as people were still looking after 10pm. Two other events on Thomas Street also contributed to the record numbers of the night. Platform Skate won a contest and a touring skate park set up across from them where people got to enjoy skating all day. Just next door, Galeria Rustica celebrated 10 years in the Colony with a huge group art show with all from the Colony and beyond.
Overall, the good weather, the music, new galleries, big events and the art all contributed to another successful Pomona Arts Colony Art Walk. If you missed it, you have a second chance on Metro Night out Last Saturday Art Walk on the 31. Photos by: Ren, Jill Carol, and Bunny Gunner
Thanks to the support of the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona's lively downtown art district, AWBW will present its "BREAKING FREE: Art as a Healing Tool" Exhibit through the month of October in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Curated by Sandra Mueller, AWBW's Community Arts Liaison, the exhibit will focus on the healing power of art and the resilience of women and children in domestic violence shelters. Other works on display will include a large scale Family Story Tree mural and selections from Cathy Salser's Portraits of Survivors series. Opening on October 1st, the exhibit will also feature a reception on Saturday, October 10th, and a domestic violence resource fair and vigil in honor of survivors on October 24th.
AWBW thanks in advance Artist Advisory Circle Member J. Cheryl Bookout, director of the SCA Project Gallery, and Terry Castillo, managing director for dA, and their respective boards of directors for opening their doors to mobilize the public to help end domestic violence.