A couple of years ago, J. Peder Zane, had the hubris to compile a list of the top 10 books of all time. It wasn’t his list, really, but a compilation from great current writers who made their suggestions and recommendations. His book is called “The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books. How many […]
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     More than 1,500 people turned out for the Celebration of the Arts hosted by the Church of the Brethren, May 2-3. They celebrated the paintings, photographs, sculptures, woodworks, ceramics, weavings and musical performances by the local area’s talented artists.  “I was thrilled by the turnout that came to see the wonderful art and […]
A champion of the arts will play his cello at La Verne’s Celebration of the Arts, May 2-3.
In the hit NBC TV series “Chuck,” Chuck Bartowski might be the world’s nerdiest secret agent, but you have to appreciate his taste in art. He is surrounded by lush and vibrant paintings of brilliant sunflowers, aquamarine beaches and blazing red grapes you’re more likely to see in a fiery sunset than hanging on a […]
A pair of recent University of La Verne graduates will see their original student productions presented as part of the 11th Annual Smogdance Film Festival scheduled for April 24-26 in historic downtown Pomona. Gina Sandoval and Chris Davis, who each graduated in 2008 with bachelor’s degrees, are the first La Verne students to have work […]
We’ll pardon you if you don’t know this, but La Verne is part of the Heatherwine shire, a name given our city by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Several of its members camped at Kuns Park on a recent weekend to brew, bake, paint, draw, sing, dance, feast, fight, weave and while away the […]
Some people never seem to stop reinventing themselves. At the top of this select list, you can put La Verne’s Paul Click. His full, thick mane of hair might be whiter than the snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but don’t let it or him fool you. He’s young at heart and enjoying life and his new […]
Could La Verne be the next hot arts district like trendy SoHo in New York City or the Pearl District in Portland, Ore.? The question might be a little presumptuous, but what is art without ego, without vision, without dreaming? In La Verne’s case, several local artists earlier in the decade were just audacious enough […]
Diamonds have fascinated mankind from Confucius  (Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one) to Zsa Zsa Gabor (I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back). They are the exemplary gift of choice for engagements, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and a host of other special and celebratory […]
One of the paradoxes involving Southern California is that, despite being perched beside a vast ocean, many view it as a parched land under constant threat of drought. Los Angeles-based artist Chris Oatey has created what he refers to as an optical paradox in his temporary large scale drawing, “Fountain,” on display through December 18, […]