So rest up.
It’s the inaugural Non-Conformist Arts Convention on July 26th in Pomona.
Edward Beardsley, American artist. He was a professor and dean of the Division of Fine Arts, and the founder and program director of the University of California, Riverside, California Museum of Photography.
In the fall of 2012, Beardsley’s exhibit “Ecco Homo” hung in the Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR. David Flaten wrote:
Beardsley’s works are informed by a rich tradition of European painting, that would include the political and satirical work of George Grosz, the dark side of Hieronymus Bosch and Egon Schiele, and the playfulness of a tradition labeled by the Nazis as ‘degenerate art.’ But Ed is not limited by either intellectual or social agendas, though he is both an exquisitely informed intellectual and a social activist. His images are disturbing and amusing, at times taking on dark subjects with both humor and with anger. His paintings are not conclusions, not an op-ed page summary, but robust challenges delivered with sometimes carnival-like playfulness. (UCR ARTSblock)
Terry Givens is an artist who sculpts and does woodworking and abstract expressionism. He is currently retired but spent spent years working for the continued funding of the arts in California schools. He taught at San Dimas High School and would invite cartoonists such as Charles Schultz (Peanuts) and Jim Berry (Berry’s World) to come and talk to his students. He’d also secure a signed original work from them. Givens will be sharing his vast collection of cartoons, including an original Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), at Non-Con.
Matthew Hill of Logic Ink is an illustrator, stage designer, production designer, art director, screenplay writer, storyboard artist, adjunct faculty of theater (design) at University of La Verne, and comic artist who has worked from Zagreb, Croatia to Hollywood. Hill met Ed Beardsley at ULA.
Allen Callaci, the founder of Non-Con, is a comic enthusiast, was involved in the zine scene in the 80s and 90s, and supports regional art. Mark Givens, artist, raiser of kids (two), involved in the indie rock scene, and publisher at Pelekinesis books, has been working with Callaci, organizing panels and recruiting speakers for Non-Con 2014. Rounding out the planning committee are Tim Hatch, a poet with a lifelong love of comics, and his wife Annette who is an art teacher at The School of Arts and Enterprise.
Mark Givens spoke with us this morning and explained that initially Non-Con started as a reaction to Comic-Con, which has become expensive and “gone Hollywood,” he says. “It’s hard to find information on comics.” But over time, Non-Con has progressed from a “reaction” into a positive, pro-active event, “an alternative arts convention dedicated to the exploration and entertainment of regional art, artists, comics, zines, and local graphic works.”
Besides the panel, panelists, and speakers, the Non-Conformist Arts Convention will include a zine-making workshop in Uncle Bacon’s Zine Zone and screen printing. Uncle Bacon is an Artist in Residence at dA Center and is, according to Mark, a “brilliant” printmaker. Also on the schedule are drawing sessions with Kirk McConnell, “Captain America’s Top 40” with David Allen (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist) and DJ Nat the Fly, and anime and graffiti by students of the School of the Arts & Enterprise in Pomona.
The night will peak with a masquerade ball and parade hosted by entertainer Joel Huschle. (Huschle and Mark Givens are members, along with Dave Carpenter and Kyle Brodie of the band, which some call “legendary,” Wckr Spgt.) Huschle will be the emcee for the “mask-parade.” A mask-making table with feathers, paper, glue and other craft supplies will allow convention attendees to release and show off their creativity, parading across the stage (8-8:30 p.m.) while Huschle provides critical, and humorous, commentary.
Non-Con will be held at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. Mark mentioned several times that the Center has been entirely supportive on Non-Con, stating that the people are “really awesome; good people.”
The Non-Conformist Arts Convention
Saturday, July 26th, 5-9 p.m.
dA Center for the Arts, 252 S. Main St. #D, Pomona 91766
All are welcome, donations accepted
NonConArts.com or call 909.784.1470