Under the night light in downtown Pomona

If you’re ever on the search for an escape and night out filled with people to meet, delicious food and art to explore, the Downtown Pomona Art Walk and Market Night is the place for you.

This event is located at the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony and occurs on the second Saturday of every month from 6-9 p.m., giving local artists and vendors a platform to display their work under the night light. 

In the marketplace area, you will find vendors selling items such as handmade jewelry, clothing, vintage records and eccentric pieces to decorate living spaces. 

Jose Romero, a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus who graduated in 1990, along with his wife, sells glass liquor bottles with twinkling lights inside as small lamps. 

“One day we just decided it would be a good idea to put lights and bottles together…it sort of just worked,” Romero said. 

Various vendors come together to the Downtown Pomona Art Walk marketplace to display their work and share it with the community.
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Their small business began with a simple hobby of theirs but is now available for purchase at every art walk. 

Another vendor stationed at the art walk was Claudia Flores. She runs a honey business and dedicates her life to going to market places such as these to sell her honey. 

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Her step-brother is a beekeeper and together they work to make natural honey to sell to the community. 

According to Flores, making the honey is fairly simple and the different types of honey that she carries actually just depend on what flower the bee had visited. 

While making your way down the market place area you will find that all vendors you come across are amiable, creating such a positive and welcoming environment as they share their work. 

Meanwhile, people enjoyed  local musicians such as Frances Livings. 

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Crowds of people stopped and noticed a British woman dressed in a beautiful, red dress. She had a soothing voice, making it impossible to not want to stop and listen as she sang songs in both English and Spanish.

Some of the food items that are available for purchase are kettle corn, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and more. 

Aside from the marketplace area of the art walk, local stores and businesses also open up to hold events for people to walk around and explore. 

Vital Pomona, a boutique in the Arts Colony,  displayed the work of “penclique,” poetry that belongs as art in a canvas. Meanwhile, DJ Nickiboi Ilagan was spinning his tracks for people passing to hear and for some to dance around to. 

Cafe con Libros, which is right next door to Vital Pomona, was holding a poetry open-mic event. Guests walked around the store to check out the books they had for sale and waited to hear the original work of local poets. 

“We love the beautiful energy of (the) community sharing together the art of spoken word,” wrote Cafe con Libros on its Instagram. 

The Downtown Pomona Art Walk and Marketplace is filled with genuine people and allows you to appreciate  the locals artists around you. 

Daniela Avila | The Poly Post

Pomona is overflowing with people with hidden talents and the event allows them to come out and display their work.

If you didn’t make this one, you can always go to the one happening next month on Dec. 14. 

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