Pomona Art Walk to feature diverse exhibits, artists

By Macie Heacox

The downtown art walks have traditionally been held on the
second Saturday of each month, but recently expanded to include the
last Saturday of each month. The next gallery will be showcased
Nov. 8. Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase
art, listen to music and dine along the streets of downtown Pomona.
“Typically October and November are busy months,” said Jonnie
Owens, community outreach coordinator for the College of Letters,
Arts and Social Sciences. The art gallery in the Cal Poly Downtown
Center features “Suenos de Oaxaca,” or Dreams of Oaxaca, which
shows paintings and prints from artists who live and work in the
Mexican state of Oaxaca. Featured artists include Leovigeldo
Martinez, Bonifacio Garcia and Fulgencio Lazo. A reception will be
held at 6 p.m. to coincide with the art walk. In a change from
previous art walks, the downtown center will concurrently host the
Pomona Big Read closing celebration and a concert by folk singer
Ross Altman from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “It’s free, it’s fun, there is a
great arts community in Pomona, and it’s an opportunity to get out
there and do something different,” said Owens. George Cuttress,
curator of the “Suenos de Oaxaca” exhibit, said the second Saturday
art walk attendance can reach 3,500 people. More than 22 galleries
are featured in the art walk. Multiple mediums will be represented,
including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and tattoos.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is one of the main attractions.
Other galleries include Da Center for the Arts, SCA Project
Gallery, Latino Art Museum, Main Street Gallery, SOHO Gallery and
Bunny Gunner. Cuttress said many of these galleries usually have
original artwork available for purchase and the artists available
to meet. “The larger galleries feature complimentary finger food,
soft drinks [and] wine and water,” said Cuttress. “In addition, we
have several very good dining choices [in downtown Pomona,] from
full service to fast and casual.” Each new art walk features
something different. “I have now been in the art business in the
Arts Colony for 14 years, and it continues to grow at a steady
pace,” said Cuttress. “We all have our ups and downs but continue
with our efforts because of our love for the arts, artists and
downtown Pomona.”

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