The Neighbors

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Having a Creative Gallery space in the Downtown Pomona Arts Colony is sometimes surreal. To the naked eye, the neighborhood is remembered more for it’s history than it’s present. But beneath the surface lies a vibrant community of artists that’s influence reaches far beyond even Los Angeles. Here are few of the people we call neighbors.

20120826-mcsupernatural-595x-1346001985Reco Price, better known by his stage name Supernatural (aka Super Nat or MC Supernatural) is a gifted lyrical artist, best known for his “on-the-spot” freestyle and battle rap abilities. He has been a regular performer and host of the Rock the Bells Music Festival since its beginning in 2004. He recently began painting and we have been talks for an upcoming art show in the LOFT.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.23.46 AMPro, a talented renaissance man, is the manager at IE Photo Rentals. But when he’s not at the shop, he is also a Real Estate Investor, producer, web designer, and a talented writer/musician. Watch his music video.

thomas-pathe-imageThomas Pathé is an artist. His paintings strike an electric balance between the technological and the sublime. He is known for his color work and is intended to be both strong and seductive, communicating on a gut level with the observer. Layers of paint and varnish unite with their sculpted surfaces to present color as a physical experience.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.26.01 AMKen Barrientos aka KenBts. is a producer/engineer/sound-designer who’s local loft/recording studio is nothing short of astounding. Full of analog synthesizers, an organ, upright piano, a vintage Moog, and obscure recording devices. He’s a gifted musician who’s known for creating a landscape of mood heightening beats.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.27.15 AMFor over two decades, Gabe Real has prevailed as one of Southern California’s top DJ’s. Gabe has rocked countless dance floors with every kind of music possible, focusing on Reggae, Funk, Old School, and Hip Hop. With the experience of DJing at big concerts like Coachella, to small Dinner parties, he knows how to keep the vibe right, and the party going. Gabe also spent several years on College Radio, owned a Record Store, and now operates a Recording Studio in his loft.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.29.14 AMPaul Nguyen is an amazing tattoo artist who also paints, sketches and and does wood burning. Working at the infamous Shamrock Social Club for years, his cliental began sending him world-wide to create everything from full body tattoos to small intricate pieces. He is also owner of the gallery, 11th Door Studio, hidden away in a Downtown Pomona alley.

verge-wJoseph Todorovitch is a contemporary painter who looks to the past for clues about the future of painting.  His work is primarily figural and aims to create a visual field of atmosphere, space, and light, occasionally evoking subtle narratives within the viewers.  He’s working to create paintings that draw viewers in and hold them by providing technical interest that makes it difficult to stop investigating. His studio is located in the Downtown Pomona’s Progress Building and he holds small Figurative Painting Workshops throughout the year.

19447993Raised and bred in Detroit, Michigan, Ta’Raach, takes his music seriously. Never compromising and always innovating, this veteran (a decade and some change in the game) is a triple threat with lyrics, beats and vocals. Ta’Raach has worked with a host of notables inside and out of Motor City between Dwele to J Dilla, Carl Craig to Elzhi (of Slum Village), Waajeed to Amp Fiddler. Nowadays, in between showcasing his talent behind the decks, making beats and dropping lyrics for the likes of Platinum Pied Pipers, Dabrye, As One (Kirk Degiorgio), and Exile. He lives and creates in the Progress building in Downtown Pomona.

316262_307335962616688_1524117258_nTrellis Evans (AKA Travis), is a fashion photographer and owner of EvansEyePhotography. Working with agency models, he is quickly becoming an emerging light in the fashion and editorial photography scene. Complete with a cyclorama seamless cove wall, his studio, located across the street from the LOFT, is always full of models, eager to be shot by Trellis.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.32.08 AMAndrew Manley, photographer and owner of IE Photo Rentals and Wanderwall (across the street form the LOFT), is a extraordinary entrepreneur. You’ll see him buffing out one of his cars (Honda s2000, Acura NSX, Porsche 964) on sunny days in front of the shop. He’s the guy to ask if you want to want to get the down low on new photography hardware or learn new shooting techniques.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.35.30 AMMaria Ongpauco is the owner of Vintage Renewals shop and gallery. Coming from FIDM, she has a unique sense of style and design. She crafts her unique clothing and accessories from reclaimed fabrics and blends them with vintage fashion from the 80s and 90s. Check out her loft during the next Art Walk.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.20.49 AMAntonio Mejia is the owner of Smoking Mirrors gallery (next door to the LOFT), resident tattoo artist at famed Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland and gifted painter. Featured in Eric Schwartz’s recent film Tattoo Nation, Antonio has played a major part in tattoo culture. Known for his hand drawn Chicano-style tattooing, Antonio’s flow of work has sparked interest in many artists and collectors worldwide.

mia karterMia Karter is a conquering real estate agent and an amazing vocalist. Known recently for her Amy Winehouse tribute show, her and her band (Mia Karter and the Hits) takes charge of the stage. She is a multifaceted entertainer artist with extensive film, television and voiceover credits. Returning to the studio, she has collaborated with an array of incredible producers and musicians for a new project, “Poison”. It’s a hip-hop/pop/jazz hybrid, with the debut single “Sweet Poison” dropping this year.

There are so many more amazing creatives in our neighborhood. We thought we would share just a few. Take the time to look past the old buildings, vacant lots, and nightclubs and you will find an active Arts Colony that is sure to leave you breathless.

Art Walk: Legion of Gents


Mencius said, “A man has to live with himself; so he should see to it that he is always good company.” A celebration of the art of being a gentleman via music, video, art, spirits and fashion.


Amanda Allphin  – Photography  |  Shane Belcher – Photography

Christian Marotta – Pencil  |  Gus Quintana  – Painting


Music by Dj Sulcus (Electronica, Trap, HipHop)  |  Visuals by Major Gape


Louis Gregory – selected vintage goods  |  More TBA


JANUARY 11, 2014

6P-9P Art show  |  9P-12A Lounge

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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:


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.

Skill & Skin


Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)


Beauty & Charm Artistry presents: Skill & Skin! Come learn from industry, professional make-up artists, Clarisa Ulloa-Martinez and Erika Martinez as they share their beauty tricks & secrets they have accumulated over years of experience. A night out for those interested in polishing up their make-up skills, pampering their skin and shopping current beauty & fashion trends.*Mix & Mingle in a private Art Studio, secretly tucked away in the Art District of Downtown Pomona

*Refreshments & hors d’oeuvre’s provided

*Beauty Secrets

*Beauty Workshops covering: Lash application, eyeliner application, contouring, skin prep & much more!

*Experience the launch of Beauty & Charm’s new lip color line!

*Skincare, Skinny wraps & boutique shopping

*Event & appointment bookings


Dare to bare your skin to follow along, Clarisa Ulloa-Martinez during the skin care workshop.

Bring your personal make-up bag to follow along Erika Martinez during the make up workshop for hands on training.

We can’t wait to see you there!


Beauty & Charm Artistry

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Prov 31:30

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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


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


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.

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Vintage Renewals Photo Shoot

Model: Monroe Page

Vintage Renewals did their first of the summer product shoot at the The Loft. We can’t wait to see how photographer Melissa Krystel‘s photos turn out.

Vintage Renewals is a sustainable business / “eco-friendly” (economy budget friendly also) Products are recreated from upcycled linens, obsolete fabric prints, and random pieces that you wouldn’t expect to use again. As well as original vintage clothing, deadstock items and accessories. Production is all done by Maria Ongpauco, creator & stylist to keep cost low and give you one of a kind items at a decent price =)
They also provide personal styling, special request orders, wholesale, & more!