Art Walk: “Paperwork” with Fred One Litch

Fred One LitchThe LOFT is pleased to present Paperwork by Fred One Litch on Friday, June 7th with an opening reception from 6:00 – 10:00pm. The show will run from Friday, June 7th, 2013 until Saturday June 29th, 2013 and be open 6/7, 6/8 (Art Walk), 6/29 and by appointment.

The California-based Fred One Litch presents meticulously crafted, precisely cut-and-pasted paper collages fabricated from his vast personal accumulation of vintage books, magazines and paper detritus. The intimately scaled collages are the artist’s attempt “to press pause” from the onslaught of visual imagery incurred in daily life “and offer up a chance for the viewer to draw the conclusion as to the exact meaning.” Many of the pieces were recently shown in a joint exhibit at the Maxwell Colette Gallery in Chicago.

Fred One Litch is a self taught artist born and raised in Los Angeles CA, as a youth he grew up skateboarding and writing graffiti. At the age of twenty and the urging of his now wife, he began his passion with and love for art. Formerly a painter now working solely with collage and mixed media he attempts to make sense of the collected paper he accumulates. He is married with two small children and maintains a home studio in La Verne, CA.
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Fred One Litch will be on hand both Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th (during Art Walk).
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ART WALK: The Art of Movement

When many of our visitors think of ART, they may think of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Many of them think of ART as a visual item to be hung over the mantle or displayed on the coffee table. We are pleased to focus this month’s “Student Art” exhibit on the ART of Movement. This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY show and will be full of energy and life. Don’t miss it.

IanFeaturing photographer, Ian Elston, a gifted and detailed engineer who has worked with EdisonBoeingNorthrop Grumman. His eye for detail has made him a worthy candidate for capturing the meticulous facets of a moving dancer. As a distinguished graduate of the University of Southern California and the Art Institute of California – Orange County, Elston has had the honor of photographing numerous subjects, including the USC Repertory Dance Company and USC Chamber Ballet Company. He will be exhibiting a collection of images from these groups.

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 1.07.36 PMWe are also honored to have with us, students from the renowned School of Arts and Enterprises. Auditions are being held to showcase the talents and creative movement of these exceptional High School students. Those chosen to participate will be showcasing within the LOFT during Art Walk. Come out and support these young dancers.

MarissaAlong with the Art of Movement exhibit, we are proud to present the Art of Marissa Merida. Marissa is a sophomore at the School of Arts and Enterprises and recently was honored to be chosen as Artist of the Season in Visual Arts. She will be displaying a collection of paintings and drawings. Marissa is one of our amazing interns at the LOFT and we are ecstatic to give her an opportunity to show.

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ART WALK: Meet the Swodecks

MEET THE SWODECKS webThis month, we bring you a very special treat. An intimate look into our lives/passions/humor/goals via art. We present, “Meet the Swodecks”. A group show with Joshua Swodeck, Chara Nicole Swodeck & Brooklyn Swodeck.

Joshua (39) has been painting and sketching since he was a young boy. He spends his days supporting and coaching clients in branding and marketing themselves. This time, he brings his sarcasm and wit to life via words on wood, canvas and old mattress springs.

Chara Nicole (33) is a gifted wedding & event designer and relishes in the creatively bringing client’s dreams to life. She will be displaying photography by Marlin Munoz from some of her weddings and creating a table so inviting, you’ll want to sit down and eat.

Brooklyn (7) has grown up around the arts. Whether singing, writing, sketching/painting or playing the djembe, she brings life and passion to everyone she comes in contact with. She will be displaying some abstract paintings on paper as well as a few surprises.

Come by and meet the family. Join us also, as Joshua & Chara celebrate 11 years married (nearly 15 years together).

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Robert Morgan – A Seasoned Artist

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We are honored to host seasoned artist, Robert Morgan, 83 year old Australian painter and graphic artist, throughout the month of March. “The Works of Robert Morgan” opens during 2nd Saturday Art Walk, March 9th from 6p-10p and will remain available for private showings. The show closes March 30th 6p-9p for Collector’s Night. This exhibition represents the culmination of over 60 years worth of amazing stories encountered by Morgan. Robert Morgan will be present to share his tales and insight into his life as a seasoned artist on March 9th.

“It was a splendid place and time! I’m sure we didn’t realize it then – doesn’t every young boy have four miles of water frontage to play about and run all over, a great expanse of water over which to adventure on, a rowing club and sailing club and our own fleet of tin canoes?”

The artist grew up by the shores of Iron Cove Bay in the western suburbs of Sydney NSW, Australia. The bay is part of the estuary system that feeds into the Parramatta River and on towards and under the harbor bridge into Port Jackson, Sydney’s Harbor. Someone was always building a watercraft on one block or another in the area – sailing dinghies and canoes – but usually something more ambitious, 30ft to 40ft ocean-going yachts, which took years to complete. Some of his earliest attempts at self motivated drawing and painting involved subjects from there.

The artist continues, “My formal art education was pursued spasmodically during the between stints on newspapers, magazines, art studios, advertising agencies etc. I attended the Julian Ashton School of Fine Art under Henry Gibbons and Sydney School of Commercial Art with William Holman.”

“The arrival in Canada had been planned with my wife, initially as the first stage of a grand tour working trip around the world. I was able to continue development through several opportune job situations in the Vancouver BC and Toronto Ont. Areas. One of these last had enabled the development of skills in design and presentation. That in turn led to taking time out to study at the Instituto Allende and to paint full time for another semester in San Miguel de Allende Gto. Mexico.”

“When we came out of Mexico to the Los Angeles area – My wife, children and myself, the painting continued anyway, through to a series of large abstract works in synthetic media. Then it became apparent that it was time to move back into regular remunerative work. There followed several years of work on architectural graphics programs, mostly of the more pragmatic kind – until, I found myself assigned to design for a project utilizing more wall space than most artists would dream of handling in a whole lifetime.”

Rob’s years of painting must have been preparation for something. As a Designer within a large professional Architectural Office, he designed the graphic walls of the secure below plaza level spaces and other large walls of a large national bank. Total wall areas were in excess of 35,000 square feet!

It seemed he was on his way, but circumstances changed again and there followed several difficult but still interesting years. During that time, outside of some unforgettable projects which included directional graphics in the Los Angeles Zoo, he designed and coordinated an ambitious extension of the exhibits for the public tour of Lawry’s California Center. On a personal level, he also developed a modular panel system for large graphic walls. Conceptual Designs for exhibits at George C. Page Museum, La Brea Tar Finds, were produced, while consulting with the Architects of that project.

Across the road was Museum Square where he was also heavily involved in the revamp form Prudential Building that it once had been. He had also picked up on his association with Electrical Advertising – Park Plaza near Palos Verdes, Alamedas Bay Harbor at Long Beach, Studio City Plaza on Ventura Blvd., and Arbor Faire in Fresno area, are some of the new or ambitious makeovers which utilized his design skills as an employee or independent consultant.

On more recent painting efforts: The artist is quoted, “Since becoming even more aware of the strong painting themes manifest along Pacific Rim coasts, the focus of my painting activity has been the development of suitable techniques to exploit that material. That and the potential interchange between developed hand skills and refined technology is what excites me!”

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Robert Morgan will be with us during 2nd Saturday Art Walk to discuss his work. We hope to see you there. This will be a very special show unlike any you have experienced here in Pomona.

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Black History Month

Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States. The LOFT is proud to celebrate the innovation, art and strength of African Americans past, present and future.

2nd Saturday Art Walk

Saturday, February 9th from 6-10pm we are proud to present the art of Nychole “Nikki” Owens, Demar Douglas & John Barge III.

“WE JOURNEY – A Black History Month Art Exhibit”

They will all be displaying BRAND NEW works. Nikki has been working tirelessly on some of the most amazing works she has done so far. Demar has been digging deep and has a few new pieces that we won’t even see until we hang them. John has a studio full of work he is relentless finishing in time for this show. This is a very special show and you will not want to miss it.

Three local artists…one night. Their art will remain up for the duration of the month and most pieces will be for sale (prints are available as well). Come out meet the artists.

Collector’s Night (Last Saturday Art Walk)

We will close our show with a very special “Collector’s Night” on Saturday, February 23, 2013 (Last Saturday) at 7PM.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 | 2PM to 5PM

We are honored to have with us in the LOFT, Boxing trainer and artifact collector, Bernard Roberts. A celebratory yet difficult look into Black American History.

Bernard has been collecting unique items for years and has graciously opened his collection of signed books, art, photographs and more to display in the LOFT.

His unique collection of books, artifacts, images and memorabilia promises to challenge us and solemnly look into our past as we press towards our future.

Many of these items are extremely rare and are not publicly on display.

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This Weekend

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Saturday Morning from 9:30-11:30AM, the folks at Like Minded will be getting together for their monthly UNITE meeting. Young dreamers and entrepreneurs coming together with the common goal of living out their purpose in their world. They will be accepting new toys and children’s books to give away for the holidays. Justin Sapp, founder of Like Minded, will be speaking and inspiring the group.

The energy, focus, and physical nature of UNITE meetings are one of a kind. Participants will have no choice but to leave empowered, encouraged, and connected.

*It is the policy of LM to welcome everyone to UNITE without regards to appearance, religion, race, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

POTTERY PARTY

Isabella Hackerman

Saturday, December 15th, from 5 to 10PM, The LOFT by Chara Nicole hosts The Pottery Party by Isabella Hackerman.

Isabella Hackerman began creating unique pottery pieces at the age of fourteen in a Claremont High School ceramics class. She went on to study at Cal Poly University and later with a private studio. She is a gifted young artist and we are honored to host her for this one night only sale. This is not only an exhibit of her maturity in ceramics, particularly in the arena of porcelain and sculpture, but also an end of the year Pottery Party.

Come out and celebrate with Isabella. She is displaying near to one hundred pieces, all priced to sell. To see some of her unique pieces, visit her Pinterest at pinterest.com/isabellalarose.

AgnesA SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

We are proud to be hosting the first birthday of one of our newest members to the Pomona Arts Colony, little Agnes. This private party will surely be the talk of all kids. Happy birthday Agnes!

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Art Walk – December

Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk is here. Come to the Christmas Parade (our family will be walking in it this year) in the morning, and stay for Art Walk at night. Over 3 dozen galleries, restaurants, clubs, bars, and this month we have the following food trucks…Komodo, Greasy Wiener, Bacon Mania, Pineapple Express, and Belly Bombz. See you there and don’t forget to bring some cash to do some shopping and support our local artists and businesses.

The LOFT will be featuring “Little Houses” by REN, a collection of moderately priced toy houses handmade by local artist, Richard Nunez. We will also have numerous our vendors with crafts, toys, and other interesting items to purchase for your holiday shopping. See you there…Saturday, December 8th, 6-10pm.

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Je M’appelle Artistry Photoshoot

Here is a preview from the Sunday’s Photoshoot by Photographer Shonny Isley from Je M’appelle Artistry & Make Up Artist Brandy Edwards.

Model: TiJahnni Newton | Photo: Shonny Isley | Make Up: Brandy Edwards

This was truly a 500Block Photoshoot. Photo Rentals by IE Photo Rentals, Photo Cove Rental by Twenty Miles East & Loft Rental by…us. Our space is available for photoshoots, filmings, workshops, small gatherings, art openings and much more.

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PlanetZaya Filming with Musician Caleb Quaye

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I received a call from cinematographer Jonathan Pascual from PlanetZaya about filming a musician in the Loft. He and his crew, including Emmy Award winning producer, Valerie Tucker rolled through for a two camera shoot. They even brought a jib.

They brought Caleb Quaye, his Stratocaster and a small Marshall amp. Caleb has a worldwide reputation as a signature lead guitar player since the late 60’s and early 70’s. He is known most notably as Elton John’s original lead guitarist having played on all the “early stuff”, as well as numerous studio sessions for many other name artists, such as Harry Nilsson, Beach Boys, Mick JaggerJoan Baez, Al Kooper, David Foster, John Klemmer, Eddie HendersonDusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli, Brenda Russell, Ralph McTell, Pete Townsend, The Troggs, Hall & Oates.

Caleb is working on a documentary project to coincide with his recent book, telling his story and the history made throughout the years working with music legends.

Here’s the trailer:

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You have a great idea? We want to support you in seeing it accomplished. Whether it’s by providing space for you to meet with new clients or a space to teach; maybe a space to present your greatness to the world. That’s what we are here for. Talk to us. Tell us what you’re thinking.

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