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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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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Wedding: Jamie & Jonathan

When my husband and I first opened our art gallery, I secretly dreamed of the opportunity to design a wedding amongst the historic brick walls, tall windows and aged wood floors. I’ve been designing weddings for close to twelve years and could of nothing more thrilling to design one in our gallery.

Jamie & Jonathan came to me after finding the Loft on yelp.com and knew this space was perfect for them.

We started with simple ceremony in the Loft followed by a unique cocktail hour in the Sculpture Park (across the street) before heading back up to the Loft for dinner and dancing. It was a truly beautiful experience designing a simple tasteful unique wedding for an equally unique couple.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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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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Demar Douglas

Nychole Owens

John Barge III

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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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Art Walk – LÁ RAW by Los Angeles Rawwater

LÁ RAW by Los Angeles Rawwater presents their very first gallery show. Rawwater is the brainchild of Efehi Ogbebor and Kaymar Haye, both who are Cal Poly Pomona Alumni. They felt their views and opinions were missing in the world of fashion. They created the LÁ RAW magazine and LÁ RAW apparel.

“LIFE is that existence that is given to man to live for a purpose, to live to his own satisfaction and pleasure”.
“DEATH is the end of all life in the individual or the thing; if physical, the crumbling of the body into dust from whence it came. He who lives not uprightly, dies completely in the crumbling of the physical body, but he who lives well, transforms himself from that which is mortal, to immortal.” -Marcus Garvey

FEATURING PHOTGRAPHY FROM:

Nate LubbenDavid KwockApollo StaarRachel Wright & LÁ RAW

Saturday, November 10, 2012
6P-10P (Reception begins at 8p)

543 West 2nd Street, Pomona 91766
Upstairs in the M&M Electric Building

GET A DRINK, A BITE TO EAT & GROOVE TO THE MUSIC

Large and small prints will be for sale along with LÁ RAW products and apparel

Downtown Pomona Art Walk is every 2nd Saturday. Over 3 dozen galleries, food trucks, restaurants, a craft fair and music. Voted best Art Walk in the I.E. for 2012, we regularly get anywhere from 3000-7000 visitors roaming our streets. It’s a monthly event you won’t want to miss. Hope to see you there.

Learn more at Facebook.com/PACA.Pomona or PomonaArtsColony.com.

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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

Elton John & Caleb Quaye

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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