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Amira Seyoum
Staff Writer

Joan Weldon, executive director of the show “Simply Red,” is excited to celebrate the show’s 18th year at the dA Center for the Arts in the Pomona Arts Colony.

“Simply Red” is open to any artists so long as they show red in their piece.

“The redder, the better,” Weldon said.

The gallery hosts two openings, one of which has already passed. The next one will be on March 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The reason behind “Simply Red” is to celebrate the color red, which is appropriate for the month of February. However, the artists didn’t want it to be a Valentines Day cliché, so it was named “Simply Red.”

The reason the color red was chosen was because the color is so vibrant in itself.

“This was all a group effort, a lot of democratic thinking,” Weldon said with regard to how “Simply Red” was thought up.

There are many interesting pieces on display. One for example is by John Neiuber, who is also the treasurer at the dA. The piece is an interesting type of lamp where half of it is a chandelier and the other half is a floor lamp. There was also a beautiful table which had mosaic and iron work on it.

The gallery is non exclusive, and all inclusive. There are over 100 pieces of sculpture, paintings, lamps, tables, mosaic, ironwork, woven tapestry and much more. There is a group of 20 artists at the dA Center for the Arts who have displayed their art work in the gallery.

The dA also holds many activities for the public. There are life-drawing classes, children art classes, after school programs and poetry sessions. Because of art programs being cut from many school programs, this is an alternative to many students.

“Art is a very important part of our well-being and how we problem solve,” Weldon said. “Art is integrated more in people’s lives allowing them to express themselves more as individuals.”

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