Art Walk: Vicky Thomas

Vicky Thomas | Jewelry / Sculpture / Watercolor

Screen shot 2014-06-10 at 10.24.49 AMVicky began her career in jewelry making in a high school class at Claremont High, and then went on to earn her Associates Degree in Commercial and Fine Arts from Citrus College. She has worked as a production hand design jeweler at Figg Jewelry, a company serving stores such as Nordstrom’s and Macy’s. Additionally, She has shown her artwork in mixed media at galleries, stores, and libraries. Vicky has been twice honored by the Friends of Pomona Library as a Master Artist. In 1997, she began teaching at Tri-Community Adult Education as a wire wrap jewelry teacher and expanded her classes to include lapidary, silversmithing and bead stringing. She has taught art through the DA Center for the Arts community outreach program, Artlink, and also taught jewelry making at Hacienda – La Puente Adult education and after school programs for the
Ontario-Montclair School District. Vicky also works as a teaching aid to special need students throughout LA County.

Vicky Thomas will be doing a one night show at the LOFT during Second Saturday Art Walk. She will be showcasing and selling her handmade jewelry, as well as a handful of various mixed media art pieces.

Saturday, June 14, 2013 | 6-9PM

543 WEST 2ND STREET, DOWNTOWN POMONA, 91766

 

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Art Walk: POLYchromatic

DeMonteverde AdMay is Student Art Month and the Loft is proud to showcase Sarah DeMonteverde, a student at Azusa Pacific University

A reflection of passion for expression, heritage and diverse colors envisioned through the creative process. Polynesian influenced work, embracing color theory and movement, paired with a live performance of traditional Polynesian dance.

Sarah DeMonteverde

Sarah DeMonteverde

Currently a first-year student at Azusa Pacific University, Sarah DeMonteverde is beginning her second year in the Fall of this year. Majoring in Graphic Design, with a passion to help serve in illustrating for a cause; aiding those who want or need more of a voice culturally, spiritually, or even just personally.

Creativity has always been a strongly rooted part of Sarah’s life, but it wasn’t until she started dancing Polynesian dance that she realized how vast her passion for the arts was, as well as the love I had for intertwining culture with fine art. Though not Polynesian, Sarah has made it a point to embrace the culture with an open mind, and a willing artisan’s heart to create her own style that is influenced by both roots of the tradition of the Pacific, and ideas for the future. Whether through the making of art on a canvas, or dancing to colorful rhythms, Sarah expresses wholly her deepest thoughts and understanding of what this life has to offer.

All art is priced to sell, including prints. Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift ;)

SATURDAY, MAY 10TH 6-10P

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Art Walk: Once A Girl Scout

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The Loft is pleased to present 4 distinct artists, all who happen to be Girl Scout Alumnae. Sally Egan, Nicole Frazer, Shelley Bruce, and Samantha Montag. A night to honor women of courage, confidence and character.

Troop 2974 will be on hand with Girl Scout cookies (as well as down the street), so be prepared.

MARCH 8, 2014 | 6P-10P

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Art Walk: We Journey

WE JOURNEY AD1Black 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. For the second year, we present a very special show, We Journey.

We are honored to present new art from Photographer Trellis Evans, Painter John Lee & Metal Sculpturer Dan Romero.

They will all be displaying BRAND NEW works, telling the story of people’s journey.

6p-10p February 8, 2014

Three loved artists, unveiling brand new work, all in one night. Their art will remain up for the duration of the month (by appointment only) and most pieces will be for sale (priced for all budgets). Come out and meet the artists.


Trellis EvansTrellis Evans of EvansEyePhotography is an editorial fashion photographer working with some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful talent. Last year Trellis made a trip to Ethiopia and was privileged to bring back a beautiful array of photos that warmly share the soul of those he came in contact with. Trellis will display both works side by side, exhibiting both the contrast and similarities of cultures. Both environments instinctly beautiful, yet both uniquely diverse.

John LeeJohn Lee, a seasoned photographer, is displaying a unique flag painting that will speaks of the pain, joy and perseverance many experience throughout the journey. John studied at the Memphis College of Art and is continuing his art education at the University of La Verne. John was co-owner of the innovative TwentyMilesEast gallery in Pomona, which was instrumental in bringing legendary African-American artists from around the globe, right here on our block.

Dan RomeroDan Romero, world-renown Metal Sculpturer, will be presenting a collection of new sculptures entitled “Busting Thru!” A collection of rebardoorknobs, angst and flight. Dan’s work is featured through Europe. Recently, he worked with various artists in Germany, serving as the US Ambassador. You can find his work locally at the Sam Maalof Museum, the 2nd Street Sculpture Park and in his private studio located at the Pomona Packing Plant.

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Ugly Sweater Party

UGLY SWEATER PARTY 2013Join us in celebrating this holiday season by donning your tackiest holiday sweater, tie, vest, pants, or whatever else you can think of. An award will be presented for the most horrific attire to keep as bragging rights for years to come.

DECEMBER 17 from 7PM-10PM

Bring a bottle (wine, beer, whisky, nog, or cocoa) or dessert (pie, cheesecake, fruit tarts). Hey vegan/raw friends, feel free to show off (you may even get a couple converts). Let us know if you’re swinging by via email: lofton2nd@gmail.com

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Henry & 9th Launch

We were honored last night to host the launch of Henry & 9th, a men’s accessory company featuring a new line of gentleman’s pocket squares. The Loft was full of dapper gentleman and dashing ladies toasting the future success of Jeremy Hunter, founder of Henry & 9th.

“Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society” – Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain)

Such words underscore a universal truism:  a person’s sense of style merits the attention of others.  Thus, at Henry and 9th, we believe that even the smallest detail – yes, something as simple as an accessory – can make a substantial impression.

Inspired by the eclectic style of Red Hook, Brooklyn, USA, our company blends contemporary style with the classic suiting standards that have withstood the test of time.  Thus, whether you prefer the flare of bold patterns, or the conservative appeal of classic solids, we are confident you will find the right design to accentuate your suiting preference.

Yes, details matter.  Prepare to make an impression based on your individuality and sense of style.  In the end, accessorize your wardrobe with a view toward making an impression.

HENRYand9TH.com

Art Walk: George Pulido

Saturday, November 9, 2013 6pm-10pm



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George Pulido

George Pulido was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. George first expressed himself through skateboarding and poetry. At the age of 18 it was with a paintbrush and the encouragement of his best friend, Damon Shindler, that George found his motivation to avoid the pitfalls of his surroundings and set his sights on higher goals.
Before long, he found an audience that was drawn to his work as an artist, and the interest of local collectors/investors allowed him to earn a living on his paintings. With the growing attention of art investors, he began to make a name for himself in the art community throughout the Los Angeles area.

As a newly established local artist, George then made the decision to tour parts of Europe—where he was inspired by the environment, architecture, and cultural vibrancy and incorporated it into his paintings. For months George worked closely with art collectors in Spain who were intrigued by his work.

George PulidoToday, George prides himself in doing freelance work centered in Southern California. His art can be seen, and has been featured, in various galleries and group showings locally. George’s paintings have also appeared in a number of Hollywood’s popular TV series including “Law and Order” and “Saving Grace” as well as films such as “Yes Man”. In his spare time, George has also given lectures at local colleges that motivate young, aspiring artists to challenge their imagination to reach new heights and explore their own means of self expression.

George is currently a featured artist in his local community, where he has his own gallery open to the public.

We all possess unique talents granted to us from above. My art is a gift from God, and I want nothing more than to share that gift with you.” –George Pulido

Art Walk: Urban Alchemy : Da Vinci [meets] Basquiat

JelaniUrban Alchemy : Da Vinci [meets] Basquiat with artist Jelani Ticum Lateef utilizes a figurative process to bring forth his vision of an overwhelming prevalent spiritual influence throughout the universe…the symbolic relationship between the celestial realm and the Urban Alchemist.

Friday, September 13 at 7:00p for the opening of the exhibit with live performance artists: Capoeira Angola Inland Empire, KenBts, Ta’raach, Judah1, The Catchatones.

Saturday, September 14 at 6:00p we open for Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk (over 40 galleries). Come experience and support.

Saturday, October 13 at 6:00p we close this show during October’s Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk (over 40 galleries). A last chance to see Jelani’s work on our walls and take one (or three) home with you. 

Jelani Ticum Lateef‘s art will be for sale and you can also visit our new Gift Shoppe.

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Art Walk: Beautiful Pomona

Beautiful PomonaEvery August, many of the galleries in Downtown Pomona use this time to showcase Pomona themed shows. As our team discussed the many aspects of Pomona we could highlight, we focused in on a Downtown treasure…the “Pomona Envisions the Future” mural located in Thomas Plaza.

Local pride continues in a big way over at the LOFT’s “Beautiful Pomona: Ode to a Mural,” a group show curated by Joshua and Chara Swodeck featuring riffs on the Thomas Plaza mural “Pomona Envisions the Future,” a stunning project put together by Cheryl Bookout and Kevin Stewart-MaGee back in 2002 that was executed by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman with contributions by Pomona artists Chris Toovey, Athena Hahn, Joy McCallister and over 75 others. It’s Pomona’s most impressive and famous artistic feature to date, so it’ll be fascinating to see what artists Erns Valdez, Christian Ornelas, Dan Romero, Richard Nunez, Eric Newbern, Chara Swodeck, Johnnie Dominquez, Nathan Neighbor, and Shelly Bruce come up with.

(Written by Stacie Davies for Visual Arts Source)

Special opening night, Friday, August 9, 6-10p. All are welcome.

Join us in the LOFT on Saturday, August 10, 6-10p for 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Stick around for the Pomona Arts Festival and celebrate with us as the neighborhood showcases the sometimes disregarded, Beauty of Pomona.


Swodeck2013 DPOAFriday, August 9 (around 8p) during the opening of the show, we will celebrate LOFT co-owner Joshua Swodeck‘s 40th Birthday. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a cigar or a barrel-aged drink (scotch, rum, whiskey, etc.).

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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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