The 2nd Story Gallery highlights local artists with monthly shows. The gallery is located in the historic Walker House and is open to the public, free of charge, on the 2nd & 3rd Friday and Saturday evenings of each month.
Parking is also free.
Mingle with the artists and enjoy their unique techniques first hand. Hors d’oeuvres, provided by LucaBella Restaurant, will be served on Friday evenings.
Friday August 10 & 17 and Saturdays 11 & 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
The San Dimas Festival of Arts presents the 2nd Story Gallery.
The 2nd Story Gallery is the ‘Best Kept Secret in Town’ and has had ongoing shows since 2009.
This month we welcome two local artists: Ellen Schultz and Bobby Romero, in their first Art Exhibit and Sale, here in the 2nd Story Gallery, in the Walker House, San Dimas.
These very accomplished artists, who both use acrylic on canvas, will show some spectacular artworks. More information on the artists below.
About the Artists
Local resident Ellen Schultz has been painting for the last eight years. Ellen admits she has always had an artistic flair in fashion and decorating along with a love of artwork by both classical masters and unknown artists.
Her work can best be described as “stylistic realism.” Through the use of acrylics on canvas, she attempts to realistically duplicate the landscape, still life, or photograph she uses as “seed material” hoping to draw the viewer into the setting.
“Painting brings me such joy; I’m delighted to have found this personal artistic expression in me and to share it in a lasting way on canvas. I wish to convey to the viewer the sense of calm, peace and renewal I receive when I create my art.”
Ellen often carries with her a sketchpad to capture something she sees, to be included in a future painting.
In 2017, Ellen was commissioned by the City of Hope to create ten original paintings which have been incorporated into online teaching materials for palliative care professionals. Recently, she was invited to show her art at the ever-popular annual event, The Taste of Claremont, and will be showing there again in the future.
Ellen is currently a member and regular exhibitor in the Pomona Valley Art Association’s, Art Place, located on the second floor, at Montclair Place.
Roberto “Bobby” Romero
During his childhood years, Roberto “Bobby” Romero’s biggest influence was his next-door neighbor, who was an artist and seemed to paint all day. Watching him whenever he could inspired Bobby to become an artist too. His enthusiasm in grade school carried through High School where he entered several drawings in Art Competitions.
His formal art studies started in college, where one of his instructors introduced him to the surrealist style of painting. He received his degree as a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design in 1977, and painting was just one of the topics studied. Bobby continued to enter several painting competitions and art shows while in college.
Working as a Graphic Artist, Bobby became an Art Director/Graphic Designer during the late 1970s and 80s in one of the prominent advertising agencies in the Philippines. All the work was done by hand, as desktop computers and the software now being used was still to be invented.
However, he did not abandon his love of painting, and in his free time Bobby continued working, mainly in the surreal style and using watercolor. He also attended art shows in the Philippines with other members of a local surrealist group.
Bobby emigrated to the United States in 1988, joining family members in Southern California where he initially worked as a picture framer at the Aaron Brothers Art Mart in Rowland Heights. While working there, Bobby rekindled his love of painting and entered several painting competitions and art shows. This time he changed his medium to acrylic on canvas and had his first solo show in 1991 at the Ipso Facto Gallery in Fullerton CA. Married, with a family, Bobby continued painting and attending several group art shows around the valley.
His second solo show was at the Claremont Community Foundation Art Gallery, in 2010, followed by several group shows during the Art Walk in the City of Pomona. His third solo show was at the Art Gallery of Baldwin Park “Made in California” in 2015. The following year Bobby won a white ribbon award in the DIY division at the Los Angeles County Fair, and also entered a juried Art Show at the Brea Gallery, winning the Staff Pick award. In 2017 he won the “Best of Show” award at the Los Angeles County Fair in the DIY division, and just recently won the Staff Pick award again at the same Made in California Juried Art Competition 2018.
“As a surrealist painter, ever since my college days, my greatest influences are from the surrealists of Europe, especially Magritte and Salvador Dali plus my idol, Michelangelo Buonarotti. My interest in politics, Eastern Philosophy, and Native Americans, plus my observation of the environment and my fascination with outer space have greatly influenced all of my artworks and I will continue to paint until I retire!”.
We invite everyone to come and enjoy the Art displayed at the 2nd Story Gallery in the Walker House in San Dimas. Gallery dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, August 10, 11 and 17,18, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
One of the unique features of the 2nd Story Galley is that the artists are usually in residence during our gallery hours, so you have an opportunity to ask them any questions about their artwork, what inspired them to create that specific piece, the challenges they faced, how they knew when the work was finished, and so on – whatever you wish to know!
The Friday evening Artist’s Reception, presented by Luca Bella’s Restaurant and the San Dimas Festival of Arts, will complement your viewing experience.
All artwork displayed is available for sale, so we hope you find something to take home and enjoy!
While visiting the Walker House we hope you will also enjoy the Luca Bella Restaurant and the San Dimas Historical Society, at 121 North San Dimas Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773.
For more details, please contact San Dimas Festival of Arts at 909-599-5374
This is a Free Event.