Holiday in the LOFT

HOLIDAYS 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).

HOLIDAY SPECIAL | 25% OFF WHEN BOOKED BY 11/1/13

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Art Walk: Urban Alchemy : Da Vinci [meets] Basquiat

JelaniUrban Alchemy : Da Vinci [meets] Basquiat with artist Jelani Ticum Lateef utilizes a figurative process to bring forth his vision of an overwhelming prevalent spiritual influence throughout the universe…the symbolic relationship between the celestial realm and the Urban Alchemist.

Friday, September 13 at 7:00p for the opening of the exhibit with live performance artists: Capoeira Angola Inland Empire, KenBts, Ta’raach, Judah1, The Catchatones.

Saturday, September 14 at 6:00p we open for Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk (over 40 galleries). Come experience and support.

Saturday, October 13 at 6:00p we close this show during October’s Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk (over 40 galleries). A last chance to see Jelani’s work on our walls and take one (or three) home with you. 

Jelani Ticum Lateef‘s art will be for sale and you can also visit our new Gift Shoppe.

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Urban Alchemy

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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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 – Alexandra Godoy

January 12, 2013 | 5PM-10PM

The LOFT welcomes photographer, Alexandera Godoy for her “She Will Evaporate” show.
Photographs taken by a gifted spectator attempting an understanding of light and romanticizing the search and chase of anything that slithers in the light provocatively, eats across from us, or carefully stands in the same position long enough for us to notice.
Curated by local Art Enthusiast, Abraham Jove Santos of We Love You!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
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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 1500-7000 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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This Weekend

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Saturday Morning from 9:30-11:30AM, the folks at Like Minded will be getting together for their monthly UNITE meeting. Young dreamers and entrepreneurs coming together with the common goal of living out their purpose in their world. They will be accepting new toys and children’s books to give away for the holidays. Justin Sapp, founder of Like Minded, will be speaking and inspiring the group.

The energy, focus, and physical nature of UNITE meetings are one of a kind. Participants will have no choice but to leave empowered, encouraged, and connected.

*It is the policy of LM to welcome everyone to UNITE without regards to appearance, religion, race, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

POTTERY PARTY

Isabella Hackerman

Saturday, December 15th, from 5 to 10PM, The LOFT by Chara Nicole hosts The Pottery Party by Isabella Hackerman.

Isabella Hackerman began creating unique pottery pieces at the age of fourteen in a Claremont High School ceramics class. She went on to study at Cal Poly University and later with a private studio. She is a gifted young artist and we are honored to host her for this one night only sale. This is not only an exhibit of her maturity in ceramics, particularly in the arena of porcelain and sculpture, but also an end of the year Pottery Party.

Come out and celebrate with Isabella. She is displaying near to one hundred pieces, all priced to sell. To see some of her unique pieces, visit her Pinterest at pinterest.com/isabellalarose.

AgnesA SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

We are proud to be hosting the first birthday of one of our newest members to the Pomona Arts Colony, little Agnes. This private party will surely be the talk of all kids. Happy birthday Agnes!

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The Pottery Party with Isabella Hackerman

Isabella Hackerman began creating unique pottery pieces at the age of fourteen in a Claremont High School ceramics class. She went on to study at Cal Poly University and later with a private studio. She is a gifted young artist and we are honored to host her for this one night only sale. This is not only an exhibit of her maturity in ceramics, particularly in the arena of porcelain and sculpture, but also an end of the year Pottery Party.

Come out and celebrate with Isabella. She is displaying near to one hundred pieces, all priced to sell. To see some of her unique pieces, visit her Pinterest at pinterest.com/isabellalarose.

The Pottery Party is on Saturday, December 15th, from 5 to 10PM. Located upstairs in the M&M Electric Building at The LOFT by Chara Nicole.

Isabella Hackerman