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Pomona Pride: My Saturday In The Historic Downtown Arts District

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Pomona, California just may be among my new favorite hangs. The historic downtown district feels a hint like home. A small town feel, Pomona comes alive with the arts scene. I highly recommend you explore Art Walk.

To my surprise, there is a Pomona I never knew, Arts Colony Pomona. I knew of Pomona in that one of my adoptive families from Wednesday's Child lives there. A decade ago I had a boyfriend who lived in one of the quaint craftsman style homes. Sadly, I've reported on one too many crime stories as Pomona's murder rate continues to make news. The Art Walk and art scene is a pleasant contrast and worthy of recognition.

THE LATINO ARTS  MUSEUM

I was recently introduced to the Latino Arts Museum and found it to be a hidden gem. Museum founder Graciela H. Nardi is passionate in heart and spirit. Not only does she open her doors to artists from around the world, and here at home, she teaches school children to continue the craft. This past Saturday she hosted 400 people. www.lamoa.net

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

With this month being Women's History Month The works of leading ladies line her walls, not only the artists, but art showing famous faces like Frida Kahlo. Nardi herself has a fascination for abstract expressionism and describes herself as a "post-abstract" painter.  Her art makes a statement on the front and the back. She showed off one painting with a poem on the back side of the canvass. Nardi founded the Latino Arts Museum in the basement of a business building into 2001. www.GracielaNardiFineArt.com - http://www.downtownpomona.org/arts-colony/ 

ART WALK POMONA

2nd and last Saturday each month from 6:00-9:00pm 

30 art galleries...and it's free!

MY SATURDAY IN POMONA

After our museum experience my entourage strolled the streets of this historic district that takes you back in time. It reminded me of the tiny towns I grew up in. One friend bought a piece of artwork at the street fair bragging that it only cost $10, thinking it should cost $10,000. "This is from an original Pomona homie" he bragged.

A car, club came riding by. I love the lowriders as they remind me of my Arizona high school days where a best friend's brother was president of a lowrider club.

We shopped at La Bomba vintage clothing store and grabbed caps, bow ties, shirts, one girlfriend even bought a red dress hanging in the storefront window to wear for a red carpet gala.

We then dined at The Burger House with its relaxing open air patio. The owner recognized me and said something like "I watch you on the news." Well, Pomona I'm watching you, and pleasantly impressed!

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