POMONA - September is traditionally the
month of the new exhibit season, and downtown Pomona's
Arts Colony isn't missing a beat this Saturday.
During the Second Saturday Art Walk, the 36 art venues
in the colony will be in full swing with events and exciting
Cherie Savoie, of Savoie Hair Salon in
downtown Pomona, is launching the new season by producing
"Futures," a hair show/fashion extravaganza
at the multi-functional space called Night Driving,
296 W. Second St., Saturday at 8 p.m.
The show will include some out-of-this-world hair and
clothing worn by 20 super-cool models "strutting
their stuff" to the post-futuristic musical menagerie
of Franz Keller.
At the dA Center for the Arts, 252-D
S. Main St., patrons can view a completely different kind
of themed art show in "Heavy Metal," an exhibit
not directional in subject, but in material, where artworks
are required to be made of metal, or have metallic qualities.
The dba 256 gallery, 256 S. Main St.,
will host an exhibit of works by Anna Marie Francesco,
whose paintings embody bold and aggressive modeling of
textual media that becomes wonderfully explosive and colorful
at the same time.
57 Underground, 300-C S. Thomas St.,
features the exhibit "Form and Figure," the
works of Mervyn Seldon and Yi-li Chin Ward.
Both Seldon and Ward are veteran members and exhibitors
at 57 Underground, and the show seems perfectly appropriate:
Seldon, whose paintings conceal forms within shapes, and
Ward, whose figurative drawings seek out the shapes within
the human form.
Another duo exhibit can be found at Armstrong's
Gallery, 150 E. Third St., with simultaneous
solo shows of two contemporary ceramic artists.
"Hello Chimera" brings the luminous and genetically
altered animal figures of ceramic artist Molly Schulps.
This unique body of work displays an exploration of animal
sculptures and examines the continuous battle of "high-end"
and "low-end" art.
"Clay Street" offers the ceramic social artifacts
of Gerardo Monterrubio, exposing the various aesthetics
and philosophies of Los Angeles street culture. Breaking
through clich art and design, Monterrubio depicts monochromatic
scenes of his own stories and imagination onto unconventional
The SCA Project Space, 281 S. Thomas
St., presents "The Great Divide" a group installation
by six Cal State Fullerton students exploring the breakdown
of the traditional family unit through personal inspection
of a domestic space ... "please, make yourself at
Lucha Gallery, within Galeria
Rustica, 320 S. Thomas St., is having a mouth-watering
show called "Comiditas - An Art Exhibit Dedicated
to What Nourishes Us." Here patrons can see all the
yummy depictions of Latin cuisine, artwork maybe better
fit for the eye than the stomach, but delicious just the
Bunny Gunner, 226 W. Second St., is continuing
its series of exceptional one-person shows with an exhibit
of paintings, monotypes, photographs, drawings and collages
by the industrious Sioux Bally-Maloof.
Named "The WOW Show", it's the "wow factor"
that Maloof wishes to exemplify from her life and world
travels in this particular series of works.
The Blue Core Gallery, 558-A W. Second
St., is also hosting a solo exhibit, "Mojave Motivation/Desert
Wildlife," sharing the wonderfully rendered creatures
from the arid world of California's desert plains and
highlands by Chuck Caplinger, an oil painter of such deftness
and style, you can feel the heat and the fur coming right
off the canvas.
For more information and to download a map of all 36 art
venues in Pomona's Arts Colony, go to www.pomonaartscolony.com.
A.S. Ashley is a Pomona Arts Colony artist.