In the Pomona Arts Colony on every second Saturday of the month, art galleries, shop owners, clubs and restaurants all open their doors during the Art Walk and give the public a chance to gather around and applaud the weird and unusual.
This was a time when freedom of expression flows in the breeze of the night and the abnormal turns into the norm.
The Art Walk on Feb. 11 had the Pomona Arts Colony displaying works from well renowned artists as well as those looking for an opportunity to put their foot in the door of the art world. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. the artists stood proudly by their work, eager to meet fans and inspired souls.
Many of the galleries established themes in which each artist participated.
The SCA project gallery followed a theme from the movie, “Metropolis.” Hilary Norcliffe organized the exhibit, “Metropolis: This Other Eden,” which displayed works that mirrored vast differences in modern social classes.
In the middle of the gallery was a set up of a city and surrounding this were displays that showed the differences of the social classes within the cities. Paintings were created by children to add an innocent factor within the theme of the exhibit. A large portion of the gallery was used for flowers that were created in part by children and symbolized a paradise within the chaos.
The flowers were meant to be picked for a small donation that would be given to the homeless on the streets of downtown Long Beach.
Merchants of downtown Pomona left their doors open to the public as a way to boost their business during the crowded evening.
Jason Baldridge, an aspiring artist and student, displayed his unique drawings outside of the Pomona Frame House during the Arts Walk in hopes for his talent to be seen.
Commenting on his works of art and the Art Walk, Baldridge quoted famed author Hunter S. Thompson by saying “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
Across town, the Pomona Valley Art Association, a non-profit community organization, used the Art Walk as a way to inform the public of their organization and promote sales.
Along with the Art Walk, on the second Saturday of each month an auction takes place and all pieces are up for bid. All of their merchandise is donated by the public to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art.
The Art Walk displayed various forms of artwork and exhibits that gave the public a chance to further an appreciation and understanding of the arts first hand. From conservative pieces to out of this world paintings the Pomona Arts Colony has it all every second Saturday of the month.
Renee Bamford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.