UPMA! Artwalk heats ups Old Town La Puente

On the 18th day of August  in Old Town La Puente, in spite of scorching heat, community, artists, business, vendors, classic car clubs, musicians, public officials, and poets came together to put together Un Poquito Mas Arte! (UPMA!) along 1st, 2nd, Main St. and Glendora Ave in La Puente.

UPMA! Old Town La  Puente Artwalk is a quarterly event in cooperation with the La Puente City Hall, the Old Town Business Association, Twin Palms Recovery Center, East Valley Boys and Girls Club, the La Puente Senior Center, La Puente Branch of the LA County Library as well as local businesses, and involved community members.

This 3rd edition of the La Puente Artwalk hosted a reported crowd of 0ver 500 attendees as the event unfolded across various venues in Old Town La Puente.

Here is a listing of events/galleries involved:


Arte Cabalturo Studio & Gallery
, the resident Old Town La Puente gallery curated by Art Lopez, hosted a themed group art show entitled “Troll Below Monster Bazaar”, an art show that hosted over 20 artists, oddity vendors, live music, and performances. Arte Cabalturo’s show featured the dark and light side of faerie and fantasy, with images evocative of such iconic films such as HellBoy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

 

Café Coco Na Dre Gallery, the coffee house that began the entire artwalk, hosted a group art show as well as house a featured art show with live entertainment. The open arts show will feature local community art submissions. The featured art show was an curated exhibit of the ongoing “Activate Vacant” art project organized by the South El Monte Arts Posse. Live music and entertainment played throughout the day and well into the night, as the cafe also housed artistic vendors.

 

 

RiT Center, a local non-profit focusing on the holistic wellness of the person, in cooperation  with Trunk Trends Fashions Boutique, collaborated with galleRoy @  to host an artistic event curated by Roy Anthony Shabla that housed a featured artist gallery, a live music and performance stage curated by Gabriel Armenta hosting over 10 bands, and interactive elements for an event entitled “I am Awake In The Garden of Dreams”. Folks attending were encouraged to dress up as their favorite deity, 50 gift bags were raffled off to various guests, and refreshments were provided. An after hours artwalk event also took place with DJs spinning and crowds dancing. 

 

 

Francisco’s Hall (formerly the Fabric Shop) sponsored a group art exhibition of SGV artists and LA wide concert tour that together, took part in creating an artistic space full of art, poetry, music, and other performances at the former Fabric Shop locale in Old Town La Puente. The group exhibition featured an interactive art installation and experience, live graffiti art, photography and mixed media, as well avant garde traditional art on canvas. Live music, as well as a tour stop for Poetry Palooza, a LA wide touring concert of poetry, music, and art organized by the ZZyZx WriterZ group.  This event featured local La Puente poets, artists, and musicians.

 


Blazin’ PC Computer Repair  hosted a solo art show  entitled Into the Mind of Mark Gleason, which featured an Art Gallery, live performances, and live art.

 

Tic Tac Restaurant,  an Old Town La Puente local restaurant, hosted the a solo art exhibition featuring the works of Kiki Reina.

 

 The La Puente branch of the LA County Library hosted a children’s sidewalk chalk art program that was organized by members of the La Puente Library and the East Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Rocket Roasters Coffee Company, an upcoming Old Town La Puente café, opened their doors and hosted a featured artist gallery that also hosted several live music and performance sets by local musicians and acts. Attendees and participants in this event will be filmed and broadcast via web podcast to make this event interactive for all present at the event, and those interested from afar.

One Hour Taxes hosted “La Puente’s Got Talent” a talent showcase and competition that put music, dance, and performance on display at the Twin Palms Recovery Center vendor/booth area.

The La Puente Senior Center housed an exhibition of art work submitted by La Puente Senior center attendees.

The Scrap Book Café hosted an interactive scrap book workshop that welcomed all walk ins to participate in creating unique take home art projects.

Vinyl Saurs Records hosted a bring your own vinyl event, where attendees who bring their favorite record will be able to play a side for common enjoyment as well enjoy additional discounts on records, t-shirts, and other memorabilia.

Twin Palms Recovery Center hosted over 20 vendors of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other items. There was also DJ Mike Mercado who provided live music and on site broadcasting throughout the event.


UPMA! La Puente Artwalk ran from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday August 18th, 2012 in Old Town La Puente between Glendora Ave and Stimson Ave, along Main St, 1st and 2nd Streets. 

Nuvein works to establish a SGV Literary Arts Council

The SGV Literary Arts Council was an idea based out of the 3LP project. Both the council and the project are not currently focuses of Nuvein, but many positive outcomes were met by pursuing these goals. 

“We gather together now, all of us, simply on account of four reasons and four reasons only.

First, because it is beyond silly and escapes understanding that all us organizations, individuals, and groups that are working towards related ends [promoting literature, literacy, and creative expression or letters] should be so separate and apart from one another.

Second, because as much as our individual groups have achieved with our respective communities, and group of supporters, how much more could we achieve if we but work together, and we all need some form of help.

Third, because the San Gabriel Valley deserves our combined effort to unleash all of its suppressed, oppressed, and otherwise silent creative genius and force to be seen all around so as to rival other areas known for arts and culture.

Fourth and last, because we must think of those that will succeed us, those young artists and writers, poets and authors, that need us now more than ever, in stark times, to tell them ‘above all, in spite and despite it all, no matter what, write, write well, and write your heart out.” – Chris Trevilla

Beginning in March 2012, and meeting every two months afterwards, a collection of non-profits, writers clubs, poetry groups, and community organizations dedicated to the encouragement and support of writers of all genre began to meet in hopes of establishing greater partnerships between groups and members, as well as join together to provide greater support for each respective group.

Moderated by Christopher Trevilla, acting president of the Nuvein Foundation, and hosted by John Brantingham of Mount San Antonio College Creative Writing and curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, this collective welcomes any and all groups, individuals, and organizations working towards the empowerment of human expression in the written and spoken form. Thus these groups have gathered to form the Literary Arts Council of the San Gabriel Valley.

Among the groups represented, involved, or included in this collective are:

Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts aka Nuvein Foundation

Un Poquito Mas Arte! La Puente Art Walk (UPMA!)

San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival aka SGV LitFest

Valley Poets

Writer’s Club of WhittierPoetry Workshop aka Whittier Poetry Group

ZZyZx WriterZ Group aka ZZyZx WriterZ

PoetryPalooza

San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group aka Coffee House Writer’s Group

A Few Lines Magazine aka A Few Lines

Creepy Gnome Magazine aka Creepy Gnome

Emerging Urban Poets

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival

Between the Bars Open Mic


Parties interested in participating in this collective are encouraged contactany of the following members:

Chris Trevilla at ctrevilla@nuvein.org

John Brantingham at johnmbrantingham@aol.com.

Christine Marie Bryant at depodol@aol.com