The Holiday Season is upon us, as evidenced by the torturous mainstream radio and Muzack resurrections of pop earworms such as Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time,” but fear not – Downtown Pomona plans to put some shake, rattle and roll back into the Yuletide!
Once again, the Downtown Pomona Owners Association invites one and all their annual holiday parade, this year titled “the Sounds of Christmas.” Featuring school marching bands and drill teams, boom boom car clubs, service organizations, local dignitaries, and spectacular floats, even more holiday festivities await at the Shaun Diamond Plaza – including Santa Claus, snow, crafts, and music you can actually groove to. The parade’s Grand Marshall this year is Harold Ray Brown, Pomona resident and founder of the funk band War, which topped the charts in the 1970s with songs such as “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” There’s no good reason why we can’t, of course, so roll on into the Downtown and inspire a little peace on Earth!
The Downtown galleries will also be celebrating the holidays in spirit, and the Latino Art Museum opens two new shows: “Jambalaya,” a solo show by Mati Russo, features “thought-provoking” works that “champion the truth,” and a duo show from Rigo Rivas and Juan Carlos Boxler take center stage in the Main Salon.
The Progress Gallery dips into history with “Millard Sheets: Coming Home,” a retrospective of the iconic artist’s work sponsored in part by the Claremont Heritage association. Presenting recently acquired murals originally produced by the Millard Sheets Studio for Buffum’s department store that anchored the east end of the Pomona Mall, these paint on wood panels depict the history and glory of Pomona. Also included in the exhibition are mosaics and sculpture, and a short film comprised of interviews with Sheets and other Pomona Valley artists. Books, artwork and DVDs on Sheets will also be available.
The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents “The 2018 Creative Arts Year in Review,” a collection of the best student art of the year as selected by a jury of arts teachers and educators. From more than 1000 student artworks over the course of 2018, 50 unique and original works have been selected for the exhibition, and of those, 13 will be chosen by popular vote to be featured in the upcoming “The Art of the SAE” calendar, debuting this year. Due to the parade activities, the DTC gallery will open early this weekend at 11am.
Last but not least, Metro Gallery continues its exhibition “1928,” a collection of works in acrylic and recycled/found wood by Lancaster painter and muralist Julius Eastman.