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About the dA
The dA first took shape in the late 1970's when four artists, including dA president Chris Toovey, were hired to create a community arts program for the City of Pomona through the Comprehensive Educational Training Act.
President/Co-Founder: Chris Toovey
Secretary: Cher Ofstedahl
Im sad to see George go, ...
Im sad to see George go, said Chris Toovey, president of the dA.
"The gallery would be a place ...
"The gallery would be a place that artists at any level would bring work to hang and get feedback and have dialogue with fellow artists and other interested parties," said Chris Toovey, president and co-founder of the dA center.
Two kindred spirits we met back then, and loved right away, were Joanie Weldon and Chris Toovey.
Chris asked Rolo to be curator at the dA, so I started to do a few things again at the dA, which turned into more things and I ended up on the Board again.
So much goes into hosting a new exhibit each month, Ashley who organizes the prospectus for each show, then goes into action preparing the gallery for the arrival of the new art; Chris Toovey
and John Neiuber jump in to help with particulars, and Rolo's curatorial vision comes to life.
"Perhaps there was a curse early ...
"Perhaps there was a curse early on," mused Chris Toovey, president of the Pomona-based dA Center for the Arts, the festival's sponsor.
"We had a grumbling line," Toovey
told me. "They were promised the popcorn would be ready by intermission.
is already planning ahead for 2009.
"Next year," he
said, "maybe we'll rent two popcorn machines."
IN OTHER Smogdance news, I dug my 1999 festival T-shirt out of my dresser to wear this year.The shirt was my reward for being Smogdance's (ahem) celebrity judge that year.
Still, last week in this space I bemoaned my shortsightedness in not buying a shirt from 1998, the festival's first year.
After some research, Toovey
gave me the good news: "We didn't have T-shirts that year.