Friday, June 10, 2011

Pomona Art Walk Tomorrow!

Latino Art Museum - Pomona CA 281 S. Thomas St. Suite 105
Saturday June 11, 6pm-9pm

For people who really enjoy art: There is an event coming up just around the corner (literally starting tomorrow with an opening reception). I just recently learned about this event though a Facebook event invitation. This is a great way to learn about artists in the area and mingle with other art loving supporters!

Check out some of the pieces by artists whose art will be on display. Photos

The Latino Art Museum itself is a wonderful place to check out. 
Hopefully soon I'll make a visit there and have photos and a more detailed blog about the art on display and how LAM contributes in many ways to the nearby communities.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Treat IV Your Gland

An event in Fontana on June 17th. 
Time: 7pm-10pm

"Treat IV Your Gland is intended to be an evening of live-art in Fontana for the community to engage with local artists and creatives. There are glands in your eyes and mouth that will be satiated by art and yogurt respectively throughout the evening. Artists will be creating work all night: from painting to screen printing. Please join us for an evening of yogurt, painting, and being merry."


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Revolutionaries in History: Written and in the Making


396 Thomas Ave.
Pomona, CA

This gallery is a small space; however the work itself incorporates interesting motifs and social themes that have been relevant for many centuries, ever since there has been a group of people trying to make a change within their community. When one walks into the gallery one can quickly survey the art on display. My gaze was immediately drawn to a wall composed of numerous bold graphic images.

PEDERSEN Projects Gallery
This is the work by Chicano artist, Oscar Magallanes, who has become known for his work on wood and his political statements made through his art pieces.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cosme Cordova: An Artistic Force in Riverside, Ca.

Cosme Cordova, an accomplished and professional artist in both oil and graphic art, was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. at a young age by his father. He has lived here in the United States ever since and currently lives in Riverside, Ca. Cordova’s artwork depicts his experience living between two worlds, being a Mexican living in America and juggling both cultures. He attributes his powerful and symbolic images and paintings to his dual cultural heritage and his adopted American lifestyle.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


MAY 3, 2011


By: Isabel Garcia, Pomona College ‘14


The Inland Empire is fortunate to have many artists in its midst.  David Charles Rosales is a life long resident and Chicano artist.   He was born on March 8, 1959 in Loma Linda, California.  His educational background includes a Bachelors’ degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, class of 1983, and his Masters’ degree at Claremont Graduate University, class of 2000.  He is a current professor of drawing and painting at San Bernardino Valley College.

Exploring Urban Spaces, Human Lives: Marco Zamora's Paintings

Marco Zamora

Marco Zamora is an artist that currently works out his studio in Los Angeles. Until recently, he lived in his hometown of Pomona, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in 2004. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions in Los Angles, and around the world, such as “Sensory Overload”, “Give and Take”, “One Nation under a Canvas”. Some of his collaborative work includes “Nuestra Historia”, “Vans Sky Gallery Exhibiton”, “Claimin Space”, and “Collabro Show”. According to his website, he juggles his time between his personal work in art galleries and his work in graphic design ( His inspiration originats from the “urban locations, the chaos of city life, awkward moments, cycling and the working class”; and his use of photographs and improvisation of figures results in a “beautiful and complex tension between humankind and the urban landscape”(

                                               Self Portrait, photograph

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

seeing through walls: Jacalyn Lopez Garcia's "Glass Houses"

Image from homepage of artist's website:
Connection. It’s the moment you look at an art piece and can’t look away.

I thought I would be able to identify with Jacalyn Lopez Garcia’s work when I read her self-description on her website:

“I strongly believe that as a documentary photographer and multimedia artist, I am able to explore California stories in an effort to deconstruct the negative stereotypes often associated with the Mexican immigrant experience. By offering a 21st century, Mexican-American perspective, I believe I am further able to present positive reflections of today's Mexican, Mexican/American, Latino and Chicana(o) families with images and stories that can inspire a new hope for a better life.”

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sum of the Parts: Juan Thorp’s Abstractions and the impression they had on me

        I was drawn to Juan Thorp’s art for several reasons. One, I’ve always been fascinated by abstract art. Two, I’ve always been one to say that it’s not the parts that matter but the whole thing. Three, I was completely wrong about reason two, and his artwork proved it to me.

Unpacking an Untold History: Gonzales-Day's "Erased Lynching"

Before I came across Ken Gonzales-Day's work, specifically his work in Erased Lynching, I thought that the historical weight of lynching was only located in the south where hundreds of Black bodies were targeted because of racist ideologies that became fused with law, sexuality, and the policing/criminalizing of (certain) bodies. This history, much documented by the late Ida B. Wells-Barnett in Southern Horrors (1892) and A Red Record (1895) is more known in our national discourse. When it came to terrorizing communities of color with that practice, Ken Gonazales-Day brings to light this historical significance in our own Californian backyards; the history of lynching in the west. 

Ida B. Wells, Southern Horror. Lynch Law in All Its Phases, 1892

Art, Leadership, and Struggles: One Chicano Artist

Being an artist can at times be a very big challenge. Now I‘m not saying that the challenge comes from within the artist such that the artist is unable to find adequate inspiration or finds that their talent and skills are not sufficient to accomplish what they envision. Rather, several other challenges that many artists face can be discovered from a simply one-on-one conversation such as the one recently had with Chicano artist Oscar Magallanes.The issues facing artists, and in this particular instance Chicano artists, are having the right amount of exposure and support so that the work is noticed. Artists also face the challenge of creating art that can draw in the viewer and stir up thoughts that lead to meaningful and learning conversations.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"... a retro twist with Mexican flavor."

                                                                  -Mi Corazon

Gustavo Rimada, a lowbrow artist with a surrealist twist, was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1981 and is the youngest of 4 children.  Gustavo’s parents moved to the United States when he was just seven years old to Indio, California, which is where Gustavo was raised and currently resides and proudly calls home.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Chicano y que? A look at El Movimiento through photographs.

Chicano y qué?
Exhibition at the San Bernardino Museum of Art
Photography by Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
From March 26, 2011 – November 6, 2011

“Chicano y que?” is not exactly what I asked myself as I wondered through Manuel Mena Garza’s exhibit at the San Bernardino County Museum. His exhibit, “Chicano y que?” will be up for the next couple of moths. The exhibit documents crucial Chicano history in a series of photograph taken by the photographer during the 1970s. While I found myself extremely pleased with the exhibit overall, I would have probably went with “Chicano pero porque?” I say this simply for one reason: the exhibit provided me with plenty of examples of what makes a Chicano a Chicano. Thus, I feel “Chicano pero porque?” would have perhaps been more fitting. Regardless, I’m not here to criticize the exhibit in some sort of analytical way but instead tell you about the impact it had on me.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

EXPLORING POMONA: visiting the DA Center for the Arts and Latino Art Museum

I’ve visited art museums before, but I never visited an art gallery till the day I visited the Pomona Arts Colony.

In order to live more about Chicana/o art in the Inland Empire, I decided to visit the Pomona Arts Colony.  Even though I live less than 10 minutes away from it, none of my friends @ the Claremont Colleges has visited the art galleries at the Colony. The Pomona Arts Colony is located in Pomona (surprise) – here’s a map There are a number of art galleries within a three block radius, and I visited the Latino Art Museum & the DA Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mujeres de Maiz: the voice of a hundred women, including mine

Mujeres de Maiz is a grassroot organization started in 1997 by Chicana/Latina artists that unites women artists of color from all over Los Angeles.  Through this organization women of color are able to express their voice through performance art in local communities and educational events. On April 6th 2011 Pitzer College was able to bring Mujeres de Maiz to the Claremont Colleges with performances by D’Lo, Lak Ech, La Santa Cecilia, Mujeres de San Jarocho, and Paria B.  D’Lo is a Tamil Sri L.A.nkan American artist/ writer, director, comedian, and music producer of political theater. Lak Ech is collective song group of Xicana artist, writers, students, and organizers who tell their story through poetry comprised of artists Masrisol Torres, Felicia Montes, Claudia Mercado, Cristina Gorocica, Rachel Thorson Veliz, Liza Hita, and Marlene Beltran. La Santa Cecilia is a modern hybrid music group combining Cumbia, Bossa Nova, Rumba, Boleros, Tango, Jazz, Rock, and Klezmer music with artists Miguel Ramirez, Hugo Vargas, and Marisoul. Paria B is a spoken word EMCEE that mixes poetry and hip hop.  My entry is an abstract description of the artists’ performances, and an interpretation about those performances through my own life experiences and ideas. I believe that art is a medium through which we can view the world and our lives.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Graffiti Artist, Timoi Meets Claremont College "Rare Diamonds" Womyn of Color Collective

“Art, Women, and Action: Art that moves”
Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Femicide and Feminicide spread throughout the world like an epidemic. Women and feminine people are being tortured, mutilated, raped and killed just for being either a woman or feminine (Ciudad Juarez, Mex; Guatemala; El Salvador; Honduras; Dominican Republic; Haiti and others).  The School of the Americas (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), just to mention one, is responsible for the wars and crimes that consume Guatemala.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ART without ACADEMICS excels CREATIVITY every time

Artist Profile: Xavier Cázares Cortéz
April 13, 2011

Posted by: Isabel Garcia, Pomona College ‘14

Artist, Xavier Cázares Cortéz, is a self-taught artist from San Bernardino, CA.  Born in Yuma, Arizona, Cortéz’s family moved to La Quinta, CA where he was raised.  He is an artist, curator, and educator.  He has held many shows across the United States.  His upbringing, educational background, and military backgrounds have differed from the usual career path, but nevertheless he has created various exhibitions shown in museums and galleries.  Some of his exhibitions include The Frame that Frames the Framing Frame, Affirmations and Proclamations, Death of the REAL: Where the Flesh Meets the Spirit World, Altered Altar for the Altered Alacrity, Man of Letters, I Haven’t Seen Her in 108 years, and MAKE IT [K] NEW.  Cortéz’s most recent exhibition, SOMETHING about NOBODY knowing ANYTHING for sure, was shown at Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  This exhibition was on display from January 24 – March 5, 2011.  The following are photographs from the exhibit.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EXHIBITION & UPCOMING RECEPTION: Ink & Clay 37 @ Cal Poly Pomona

Dates: March 17 - April 29, 2011
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

@ the Kellogg Gallery in Cal Poly Pomona

"A competitive exhibition of ceramics, prints and drawings, Ink and Clay features richly diverse works by artists across the Western states. The 37th annual exhibition will be showcased at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery from March 17 through April 29. A reception with the arts will be April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m."

CSU Pomona Kellogg Gallery Info 



EXHIBITIONS: @Pomona Arts Colony

Fantastic exhibitions! Make sure to make it to the Pomona Arts Walk this Saturday, April 9 from 6 - 9 pm.
Here is just a sampling of what the galleries have to offer. Also, make sure to check out the website for more exhibitions here. Need google maps directions?

Remember when we mentioned Cosme Cordova? Here he is again!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ARTIST: Jacalyn Lopez Garcia


Biography (from 
"Jacalyn López García was born in Monrovia, California to a Mexican-American father (Henry Lee Lopez) from Las Animas, Colorado and a Mexican mother (Sara Quiroz Lopez) from Colonia Dublán in Chihuahua. She grew up in Santa Ana and was educated in the Santa Ana Unified School District."

Read more @

Contact Information:

A few links to her exhibitions/projects:

Life Cycles: Reflections of Change and A
New Hope for Future Generations

Good Girl Goldie: In Search of the Mago


Monday, March 21, 2011

Redlands Young Artist Festival

Are you a young artist between the ages of 5-21 and interested in showing and selling your art?

Please follow the link below to learn more about how you can participate in the Redlands Young Artist Festival taking place on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 – 4:00 in downtown Redlands on State Street and Ed Hales Park.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

EXHIBIT: Indigo Gallery (Pomona, CA)

From an article on The Press Enterprise (link: 
"Hometown: Riverside
Background: Cosme Cordova's artwork depicts his experience living between two worlds. Born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. at a young age by his father, Cordova synthesizes his cultural heritage with his adopted American lifestyle into powerful and symbolic images and paintings.
Today, Cordova is the owner of Division 9 Gallery in downtown Riverside, which he founded in 2001."

Want to learn more about Cosme Cordova? Here's a great video!


EXHIBIT: Latino Art Museum

7th. Women International Show
March 3 – March 26, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011



Student Invitational 2011
April 16 – May 26, 2011
Artist's reception: April 20, 6-8pm

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum proudly present the 34th annual student invitational exhibition, Student Invitational 2011, a juried exhibition featuring a select number of Chaffey College student artists. In this competitive program, the selected artists present new work in various media. The student artists are also trained in professional practices. This rigorous course culminates in an exhibition of work created during spring term at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. Artists include: Donald Dreyer, Chris Hackworth, Rachel Hurton, Evert Munguia, Jaime Muñoz, Rachel Alexis Park, Jessica Pavone, Nicole Rodriguez and Cherie Savoie.