“Celebration” at 57 Underground
November 7 – December 28, 2008
Artists’ Receptions:  Saturday, November 8 and December 13, 6-9pm

Gallery 57 Underground
Contemporary Fine Art
300-C S. Thomas St. (basement), Pomona, CA 91766
In the Arts Colony
Media contact:  Mervyn Seldon (626) 919-1297
Web site:
Gallery hours: Thursday by appointment; Friday-Sunday, 12-4 pm

In November 1998, Gallery 57 Underground mounted its first show in basement space it had renovated in the former Progress Bulletin building in Pomona. Twenty artist members participated, and eight of them, plus eight more recent members or alumni will show their work in “Celebration: The 57 Underground Decennial,” at the gallery from November 7 through December 28, 2008. Among the exhibitors are painters, sculptors in metal and clay, glass and mixed media artists, and printmakers.

57 Underground is a nonprofit artists’ gallery with a contemporary focus. Located at 300-C South Thomas Street, Pomona (909) 397-0218, its hours are noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and noon to 9 p.m. on Second Saturdays. The public is invited to the artists’ receptions on Saturdays, November 8 and December 13, from 6-9 p.m. (no charge). For more information, consult the gallery’s website:

Although 57 Underground emerged in Pomona in 1998, it’s roots go back to 1984 when some graduate students at California State University, Fullerton, launched Gallery 57 in Fullerton for emerging artists. In 1997, members closed the gallery but continued to meet and to show their work in local venues, and artists from other schools joined the group.

In 1998, the group responded to the Tessier family’s efforts to bring artists to Pomona to reinvigorate the city’s center and moved into their present space. Since then, the gallery has held monthly or bimonthly exhibits of work by member and guest artists and annual shows to introduce the community to artists from the Braille Institute, Pomona’s High School of Arts and Enterprise, California State University, Fullerton, and the University of California, Riverside, among other organizations.

Media contacts: Mervyn Seldon (626) 919-1297 or Jeanne Andersen (909) 730-0803 (cell).

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