By Claudia S. Palma, Staff Writer
There was “a little more art” infused into Old Town La Puente last Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts of the San Gabriel Valley kicked off the first of a quarterly art walk series, “Un Poquito Mas Arte!,” meaning a little more art.
“(The foundation) is trying to reach out to small communities to showcase community art and talent,” said Christopher Trevilla, acting foundation president.
The event works to unite local artists, educators, businesses and community members to showcase artworks at various establishments across Old Town La Puente.
The event featured a poetry/music open mic, art gallery displays at various businesses along Main street, a vinyl record hop and scrapbooking event.
The series kicked off with the poetry readings and live music during the open mic at the La Puente branch of the L.A. County library.
“We create opportunities for the community. We want to educate, encourage and showcase art,” said Trevilla.
He hopes more community members, including businesses and artists, will take part in future art walks, growing the event and hopefully including booths throughout the Old Town area.
Poets Kimberly Cobian and Mary Torregrossa led the open mic in the library where artwork from children at the East Valley Boys and Girls Club was also on display.
“We hope to wake up Old Town La Puente culturally and artistically,” said Cobian.
Art in various mediums from ceramics to papier mache, were on display at the Cafe Coco Na Dr , ARte cabalTURO Studio, Main Line CG and Twin Palms Recovery Center.
The Vinyl Saurs Record Store let patrons bring their own favorite vinyl record to play in the store or listen to in a private station.
The Scrapbook Cafe led a Crop and Shop scrapbook workshop where patrons were able to bring in their own items to scrapbook together.
At Coco Na Dr , owner and La Puente native Jason Armstrong is happy to showcase artists in his coffee house and was more than willing to take part in the art walk.
“I think it’s something we needed in this town. It’s pretty quiet here,” he said. “I would like to see it continue. It’s good for business.”
The owner welcomes all kinds of artists from novice to professionals.
During the art walk, the cafe featured a professional artist, Jarrett Camp, who focuses in stipple art. Stippling is the art of creating outlines or a picture using single dots.
“It’s smart business to allow artists to come in and showcase their art,” said Camp. “I would like to see what (artists) will bring in from La Puente.”
The artist enjoyed talking about his work to patrons who entered the cafe. He said each of his works has a great story behind it.
“You want to have a good story and then you add eye candy,” he said.
The art walk will be held every three months with the next one set for the third Saturday in May.
“(The art walk) is great,” Councilman Dan Holloway said. “It’s important to encourage the arts in the community.”
For more information on the series, visit the event facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/events/169422089828364/?ref=ts. For more on the businesses and artists, visit artecabalturo.carbonmade.com; Main Line Custom Graphics, Silk Screening, and Tattoos (Gallery owned by Joe Ortega) at www.mainlinecg.com/; Coco Na Dr Cafe (Gallery owned and operated by the Armstrong Family) at www.coconadre.com/; and Jarrett Camp at jarrettcamp.net.
626-962-8811, ext. 2110