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Various talents featured in Pomona art walk

The walking gallery, curated by Megan Flanders of Cal State San Bernardino, is dedicated to helping artists get their work displayed to the world. The group met Saturday during the monthly Pomona Arts Colony art walk, as the streets filled with pedestrians looking to visit the many art galleries that open their doors for the event. / photo by Christopher Guzman

Kristen Campbell
Editor in Chief

Surrounded by five major highways in downtown Pomona, the Pomona Arts Colony held its 21st semi-monthly art walk for 2010 on Saturday.

With more than 40 galleries and shops involved, the art walk usually brings in 3,000 visitors, according to Larry Egan, executive director of the downtown Pomona owners association and of the Metro Gallery.

The Metro Gallery sponsors the 24 art walks every year.

“We expect anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people at these art walks,” Egan said. “The second Saturday of every month art walks open the new art shows and the last Saturday closes them, just to start over the next month.”

Each of the more than 40 venues featured one or more artists, most from local areas, and offered refreshments of finger foods and wine.

There was one unconventional artist, however, whose gallery was just the sidewalk.

Barking at visitors to get off of his pieces and then inviting them over for a closer look, Dino Qintana, street artist, constantly had a crowd of at least 15 people surrounding him.

After an invited look, onlookers could see he was making a chalk and pastel image of a pin-up woman with a flaming frame.

“This is actually my first time doing an art walk,” Qintana said. “I usually do art that nobody ever sees; I do pin-up shots and paintings for women to give to their husbands. I have never wanted fame; I just do this because it makes others happy. It’s unfortunate because five minutes after I leave, this is going to be destroyed.”

“When I do my art for specific people, it changes from an art piece for a gallery into an heirloom that will be cherished,” Qintana said.

Another popular venue was the Bunny Gunner Gallery, which also operates a frame shop.

“We like to feature artists that are not from this area to introduce them to the Arts Colony,” owner Susie Thorp said. “We have had artists from as far as Ireland.”

The gallery, titled “Meta,” was created by Long Beach resident Patrick “P” Williams. Williams has been creating art pieces since he graduated from the Art Center in Pasadena 10 years ago.

The art was colorful and included many carefully designed dots and swirly brush strokes.

Some of the thicker pieces also had excess dried paint drips amassed along the bottom of the canvas.

“The dripping look of some of the pieces is just a plaster-like substance sealed with paint and texturized,” Williams said. “The dots took a lot of paint and a lot of patience. The largest one took a few weeks, but since I had to wait for each layer to dry completely before moving on, I created others in the process.”

Williams said he has been doing instillation and sculpting pieces for a few years and wanted to try something new.

He originally planned on working on pieces that were image-based but, as a visitor could see, it obviously changed. None of the pieces were given titles.

Next door to the Metro Gallery the Antique Gallery, owned by Carolyn Hemming, possessed antique pieces usually in the Antique Row of Pomona.

“Carolyn tends to be a big supporter of the art walks,” Michael Schowalter, worker at Antique Gallery, said.

“She loves jewelry, costume and fine, and likes to find old linens and crystal. The oldest piece she has is a turn of the century Victorian English bedroom set.”

La Bomba Vintage Clothing was a hit venue at the walk. Upon entering guests were greeted with a blast from the past seeing 1980s-style sunglasses and fedoras from the 1940s.

“We tend to get a good portion of used items because this stuff isn’t made anymore,” Shawn Curley, sales associate, said. “I have been working here for a long time and the stuff that is new rarely stays here for long.”

The current art walk will be at the Pomona Arts Colony until Nov. 27 where there will be a closing walk from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit pomonaartscolony.com.

Kristen Campbell can be reached at kristen.campbell@laverne.edu.

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