“X-Files” filmed its Jan. 13, 2002 episode “John Doe”, in which Agent Doggett (left foreground of the picture) is in a Mexican jail with amnesia, in the 500 block of West Second Street. A Virgin Mary “Nuestra Madre” mural, done for the shoot, is still visible on a brick wall in the Sculpture Park. You can see LOFTon2nd in back on the left.
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
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/
Angel 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).
Bring 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:
Downtown Pomona is loved by photographers. On any given day, there are photographers shooting in the alley, in front of fountains, in the middle of the train tracks, up against a brick wall or in our Loft.
With north & south facing windows, the unique light that seeps through the windows in our Loft, painting dramatic shadows across the wood floors and the vintage furniture. The soft light from our North facing windows is ideal for portraits, however the dramatic southern light makes for some fabulous artistic shots. The space is large enough to have both or simply move towards the middle of the space and set up studio lighting.
Many of the photographers utilizing the space fall in love with the furniture. Feel free to move a few things around push your shoot to tell a story.
Standard portraiture, boudoir, fashion, editorial, children, wedding, engagement, product, and more are all welcome. Need extra lenses, dolly, glidecam, lighting or even a second camera body, IE Photo Rentals has reasonable prices and a great selection of items available to rent for your next shoot. Tell them LOFTon2nd sent you.
Photographers: Joe Adea, Mattheau Abad, JMP Artistry, Hairface, EvansEyePhotography, Arali Melendez, Jonathan Mediana, Jay Open, Eduardo Ceballos, Eric McFarland, Patrizha Va-Ra, Tammie TerVeen, Amy Salessi
Models: Bruna Nessif, Jaslyn Ome, Julissa Bermudez, TiJahnni Newton, Hector Ruiz Romo, Gracie Rose Chapman, Kai Streets, Aaron Encinas, Alexa H. with Zuri Models, Shelley Bruce, Erika Fermina, Jessica Weaver
Vicky Thomas | Jewelry / Sculpture / Watercolor
Vicky 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
May 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.
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
Congratulations to the many students who’ve worked hard and spent countless hours finishing up papers, service hours, internships and whatever else was needed to be able to walk across a stage and receive your degree, diploma, or certificate.
We welcome you to celebrate your graduation & commencement with us at the LOFT. Book soon so you we can hold your date and time.
Cal Poly Pomona, University of La Verne, Western University of Health Sciences, Mount San Antonio College, Citrus College, Chaffey College, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Riverside, Cal State San Bernadino, USC, UCLA, APU, Azusa Pacific University, Life Pacifc University, Pomona College, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln, Claremont High, Pomona High, Pomona Catholic, Garey High, Ganesha High, Ranch Hills, Village Academy, School of Arts and Enterprise, Bonita High, Damien High, San Antonio High, Chino Hills High
LOFTon2nd is proud to present the talented Christopher Xavier Hernandez. He will be showing some unique pieces recovered from the depths of storage. Along with some friends, Xavier’s one night show will undoubtedly be one you won’t want to miss. He is a local Pomona Artist who has been involved in the Arts Community for at least fifteen years.
April 12 from 6-10p
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.