Remembering Robert Morgan

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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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




It has been quite a journey since we opened the doors to The LOFT.   We have had more than 20 Art Exhibits, 2 Weddings, several Birthday Parties & Celebrations, Product Launch parties, Workshops, tons of Photo Shoots and even a few Film Shoots.

Come celebrate with us and help say a BIG THANK YOU to all those who have gotten us this far.

More info to follow…

Holiday in the LOFT


This holiday season, consider a unique space for your holiday photo shoots and parties. Don the ugly sweaters, sip some nog, toast to the new year and celebrate.

Book immediately, space is filling up fast (hint: weekdays are always more available).



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.






See the rest of JAMIE & JONATHAN’S photos via MORA PHOTOGRAPHY

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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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