Art Walk: Stigma One

LOFTon2nd is proud to host Stigma One. World renown graffiti, tattoo and traditional artist known for his unique style of script writing and portrait. Stigma One opens up his BlackBook to show a series of sketches and drawings.

Usually, the public only gets to see his finished work on large walls, bodies, and canvas. During this one night only show, we get a glimpse into the mind of Stigma One. See finished and unfinished sketches and drawings, many of which have evolved into large murals throughout the world. Continue reading

Remembering Robert Morgan

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Seasoned Artist, Robert Morgan, passed away this week and will be dearly missed. We are grateful for the opportunity to have been part of his story. Our condolences go out to his family.

Today we take a moment to pause and remember him. In March of 2013, LOFTon2nd was honored to host seasoned artist, Robert Morgan, 83 year old at the time, Australian painter and graphic artist, for a retrospective art show titled, “The Works of Robert Morgan”. This exhibition represented the culmination of over 60 years worth of amazing stories encountered by Morgan.

“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!”

Bio by Robert Morgan 2013

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Art Walk: SMILE by Brooklyn Joy

smileThis Saturday, April 11, is the Pomona Art Walk and LOFTon2nd is proud to feature “Smile” – a Photography Exhibit by Brooklyn Joy.

Brooklyn is 9 years old and has captured an array of smiles from throughout the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony for this show.

Perception is everything. Downtown Pomona is beautiful. View the Arts Colony from the perspective of a 9 year resident. See the beauty she sees every day in the smiles of her neighbors, in the community she calls home.


Life Adjacent is a documentary short web series that tells first-person stories that paint the larger picture of our LA neighborhood: community.

Episode 11 features Brooklyn Joy (daughter of LOFTon2nd owners Josh & Chara). Check it out.

HAIRFACE: BLOOD, SWEAT, AND WHAAAT?

Following up, after a successful debut of his show “On Display”, SGV raised artist Hairface, is looking to spread the message of love through a play on words with clever & witty quotes.

Current works to be displayed are guided by Love and all her crazy beautiful moments. Which are as familiar to you and I as the excitement of a first kiss. Medium of choice? Hand drawn in water color pencils, painted with the artist’s very own saliva. He’s about his craft but most importantly bringing people together, as that is where he is truly inspired.

The ambitious artist actively uses his P.R. & promotional skills from his nightlife as a DJ, to fuse arts, food, and music at his monthly event known as Taco Disco. Lucky for you, Hairface is hosting an interactive solo show on:


Saturday, March 14th

6pm – 11pm at LOFTon2nd

543 West 2nd Street, Downtown Pomona


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We Journey (3rd Annual)

We Journey - LOFTon2nd Art Walk PomonaLOFTon2nd is proud to celebrate the innovation, art and strength of Pan Africans past, present and future. For the third year, we present a very special show, “We Journey”.

Los Angeles resident artist, Shamala Bennu Auset, was catapulted into art, color, forms, and ancestral reverence. Exploring a unique narrative, her three-dimensional, textured use of acrylic, called scultpaint, honors the strength of African peoples, both in Africa and in the Diaspora, sharing not merely a common history, but a common journey.

Join us and about 30 other galleries for 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Art for sale, food, craft vendors, music and even a pretty cool late night buzz. Whether you’re with your special Valentine or just hanging with your anti-Valentine friends…it’s a great night out. Check out http://downtownpomona.org/

 

Christian Ornelas & Liselotte Marin

Does this Art make me look FAT?

ONE NIGHT ONLY

NOVEMBER 8, 2014 | 6-9PM

An eclectic array of work composed of found objects, metal sculpture, paint and young angst.

A duet art show bringing painting and metal sculpture together. Artists, Liselotte Marin, an Art History student at Cal State San Bernardino, and Neighbor Kid (Christian Ornelas), a High School Senior at the School of Arts & Enterprise, have been working creatively to bring a fresh collaboration. All art is for sale and priced reasonably.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 6.51.04 PMLiselotte Marin gets her inspiration from things she views as ugly, highlighting the beauty within them.

Neighbor Kid (Christian Ornelas)’s paintings are a mixture of bold colors and hard lines, while his metal sculptures are more organic and flowing. He gathers his inspirations from his environment and its uniqueness.

Angel ONCE

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 7.48.55 AMAngel ONCE, the “real pink elephant kat. His well known Angry Elephant pieces started showing up on walls, signs, canvas and toys in 2011. @angleonce | Instagram

While a large majority of Angel’s art can be seen publicly on walls and on his custom Angry Elelphant products, he agreed to show off a collection of his gallery works in the LOFT.

The LOFT is proud to display these works, Saturday, October 11, 2014 during the Pomona Art Walk. The LOFT will be open from 6p-9p(ish).


pop up art showBring your wallet, blackbook and camera to the Closing POP-UP show on Friday, October 24, 2014 and experience even more of AngelONCE. There will added pieces and a ton of small works (like ornaments, journals, toys, and more).


Angel will be in and out throughout the night and will also be set up in the “Farmer’s Market” down the street, selling his custom toys and smaller painted items.

Here are some of his other works:

Revery & Memory

Friday, July 18 7-9P

Revery & MemoryCurated by Jordan Mullen, Revery & Memory showcases the work of 9 visual artists, exploring the many facets of the human experience and how they manifest themselves as memory. From distant memories to the present daydream, each personal and observed experience is revisited and repurposed. When revisiting a memory it can become present and alive, taking on a new life, a new form, and a new purpose. From cathartic mark-making to capturing the remnants of past lives of a particular space, new revelations are revealed. Monsters emerge, mythical beasts take flight, and portraits speak to their identity, all in the act of revery where the artists invite the audience to participate in a new narrative.

Featured Artists: Katy Gilmore, Mary Song, Nancy Hines, Lucinda Chalmers, Cindy De Mesa, Elizabeth Hornbeck, Justin Evans, Rachel Farrington, and Jordan Mullen.

Join the artists as they close out the show. Friday, July 18 7-9p, you are invited to view the art, discuss the artists’ process and take a piece home.

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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