Tuesday, September 30, 2008

SCA Art Film Festival a Success!

The first annual SCA Art Film Festival was success. Last Saturday upwards of 100 people attended the free outdoor event in Thomas Plaza, right here in beautiful Downtown Pomona. The event was the brainchild of Bob Peece and had the backing of Cheryl Bookout of SCA and the DPOA. The weather cooperated too, a beautiful evening, perfect for this outdoor event. "Looks like this will be an annual event" said Bob...so we'll see you there next year!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Come Read with Us!

Pomona Reads! Come Read with Us! Program and Reception celebrating this year’s Big Read selection, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Friday, October 3rd, 6:00 p.m. Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center. 300 W. 2nd Street

Featured speakers to include:
Dr. Marten L. denBoer, Provost, Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Philip Pumerantz, Founding President, Western University of Health Sciences, Mr. Jim Henwood, President and CEO of the LA County Fair Association, Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, Superintendent, Pomona Unified School District, Ms. Gwen Robinson, President, Friends of the Pomona Library

The Pomona Big Read is led by the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, in c ollaboration and partnership with the Pomona Publ ic Library, City of Pomona Community Services, Pomona Unified School District, City of Pomona Cultural Arts Commission, Historical So ciety of the Pomona Valley, Fairplex, Fr iends of the Pomona Library as well as other c ommunity partners.
For information call Jonnie Owens at 909.869.4689 
or e-mail jjowens@csupomona.edu
This event is part of The Big Re ad, an ini tiative of the Nati onal En dowment for the Arts in partnership wi th the Insti tute of Museum an d Library Se rvices an d Arts Midwest.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

AMOCA Night At The Movies

A Night at the Movies
Saturday, October 11th, 4-6pm

On Saturday, October 11th, the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) will present The Village Potters of Onda. This fascinating 27 minute documentary film, created in the 1960’s, by artist Robert Sperry explores the production of the historic pottery making village of Onda, Japan before it was forever changed by machine production. This documentary, which has been re-released by AMOCA, was formerly only available film and is now available on DVD at the museum for $29.95. This event is free with admission and is in conjunction with our exhibition, Robert Sperry, Bright Abyss through November 8th. Refreshments will be served.

A full color 271 page book titled Robert Sperry, Bright Abyss covering the lifetime achievements of Sperry, published by AMOCA with text by Matthew Kangas will accompany this exhibition. Hard cover $69.50, soft cover $49.50.

Special Events:
A Night at the Movies, featuring the Village Potters of Onda
A 27 minute documentary film by Robert Sperry
Saturday, October 11th, 4-6pm
Refreshments will be served
FREE with admission

Art & Pottery Market
Southern California Artists sell their handmade ceramics in our outdoor patio
Friday, November 7th, noon-5:00pm
Saturday, November 8th, noon-8:30pm

Books, DVD’s and original ceramic artwork will be available for sale in our museum store.

American Museum of Ceramic Art
340 S. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766
Open: Wed.-Sat., 12-5 pm & 2nd Saturday of the month, 12-9 pm, or by appointment.
Admission: Adults $3; Seniors & Students $2, Members & Children 12 yrs. or under are free.
Phone (909)865-3146 / Fax (909) 629-1067
E-mail: frontdesk@ceramicmuseum.org
Web site: http://www.ceramicmuseum.org

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Antique Collectors Faire

Antique row is hosting its regular Collectors Street Faire this Saturday from 8am-3pm.  Treasure hunters from far and near pack the stores and explore three blocks of sidewalk vendors.  Part flea market, part festival, part open house, this is a fun, free and popular event.  Located on 2nd street east of Garey Ave.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tequilla Bar Approved

At last night's Pomona Planning Commission meeting the commission voted unanimously to approve the Conditional Use Permit for a Tequilla bar to be located at 184 W. Third St (The Prog building and former home of Postal Annex).

A power point presentation was made to the commission by Assistant Planner Heidi Fanous and several people spoke in favor of the project. There were no dissenters.

The proprietors of the bar will be Ed & Alejandra Tessier. After listening to the power point presentation and Ed Tessier's comments
this observer is very impressed with the research and committment displayed by the Tessiers. The bar will feature over 200 premium tequilla brands and boasts a dessert menu like nothing ever seen in these parts. Some tequillas will retail for as much as $600 a bottle, but have no fear, there will be cactus squeeze to fit any budget.

Speakers included Dwayne Kaiser, George Cuttress, Terry Dipple, Arturo Jimenez, and Mervyn Seldon. Summarizing the comments; "Bring it on! A wonderful project which is a class act!".

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Monday, September 22, 2008


The Pomona City Council by unanimous vote tonight decided to change the name of Madison Park to Tony Cerda Park.

The process, started almost a year ago by Cerda proponents finally paid off. The Chamber was full of Tony's family, friends, and supporters, which in the end won the day. Congratulations Tony!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Live Entertainment at Sakura Ichi

Our very own Sakura Ichi restaurant will be featuring live entertainment every Friday night through October. Check out the schedule at www.3x5music.com. It's just one more component that is making Downtown Pomona a destination place for dinning and entertainment. Sakura Ichi is located a 101 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona. In the Mission Promenade.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Artisan

Does anyone know the real status of the Watt Companies "Artisan" project in the downtown? We all remember the demolition work which took down two city blocks to make room for the $100 million Artisan project.

Recently the Vault building was yellow tagged by the City for fear of falling debris as an aftermath of the recent earthquake. Watt Companies responded quickly by reinforcing parts of the building with plywood and installing still more chainlink fencing to keep the area around the building safe for passing pedestrians. So now there are two city blocks encircled with chainlink fencing.

The economy slowed and the housing market went into a tailspin...certainly no time to build more housing units. So it's perfectly understandable that the Watt Companies would put the Artisan project on hold. But now, it seems, the Artisan Project has been removed from the Watt website. Is the project so delayed that it doesn't warrant space on the website, or has the project been canceled, or perhaps sold to another developer?

Anyone know?


Saturday, September 13, 2008

2nd Saturday Art Walk Night

Tonight is September 13th, 2008. Time for another 2nd Saturday Art Walk! Here are just some of the events happening tonight. Click here to see images from past 2nd Saturdays and to get a full list of galleries in the downtown.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blue Metro to Perform!

Blue Metro will perform at the Farmers Market Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Come to the Market and enjoy the sounds, have some good food, meet friends...and have a good time. Oh yes, the best fresh produce this side of the farm. Corner of 2nd St. & Garey Ave in Downtown Pomona.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

SCA Short Film Festival Sept. 27th

Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy an evening under the stars watching a collection of short films, artist videos and animation from around the world. - See the scheduled list of movies here.

Presented by R.T. Pece and sponsored in part by Downtown Pomona Owners Association, SCA Project Gallery, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 

R. T. Pece is an associate of SCA Project Gallery and produces his own films and animation as well as organizing short film festivals throughout Arizona and California. R. T. (Bob) has a Master of Fine Arts, Studio, University of California, Irvine; Bachelor of Arts, Art, California State University, Los Angeles and Associate Arts, Architecture, Pasadena City College. 

Short film buffs may recognize You Can Awesome by Michael Mohan, Los Angeles or Shuteye Hotel by Bill Plympton, New York. Nineteen Films with one 15 minute intermission are on the schedule.  

Questions: SCA Project Gallery, Cheryl Bookout 909-620-5481 or director@scagallery.com. More information @ www.scagallery.com

See the scheduled list of movies here.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Envisioning the Future Mural Finished!

After almost 5 years the beautiful mural that is so much a part of Downtown Pomona is finally finshed. With the dogged persistence of Cheryl Bookout, and the generous financial assistance provided by the Vehicle Parking District (VPD), the artists have finished the project and even given the mural a few coats of varnish to protect it for years to come.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wednesday's Farmers Market

Don't forget Wednesday is the Farmers Market on the SE corner of Garey ave and 2nd St., with plenty of fresh produce and music 4-8 pm.

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