Art Auction will Benefit Youth Program

Art Auction will Benefit Youth Program
Cybele Garcia, coordinator of the Downtown Center, looks over paintings that will be part of the Literacy Through the Arts Auction on Sept. 24.
Garcia adjusts a rare Salvador Dali print that will be auctioned off.
Kids from the Summer Arts Academy strike a pose at the downtown gallery.

Mrs. Betty Ortiz, the first lady of Cal Poly Pomona, is hosting an art auction at the Manor House on Sept. 24 to raise money for the Academy for Literacy through the Arts.

The academy, which is headquartered at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, offers after-school and summer sessions engaging students in an innovative approach to learning through the arts. The Literacy Through the Arts Auction will help raise funds for academy programs as well as scholarships for low-income families.

“Exposure to the arts provides just the type of valuable outlet that children and youth in our community need to motivate them to excel in school,” says Jonnie Owens, community outreach coordinator for the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. “These programs help build self-esteem, provide valuable skills and offer opportunities for youth to feel connected, all factors that help protect them from all-too-often negative influences.”

More than 40 pieces of fine art will be offered from prominent artists including Michael Aschenbrenner, Salvador Dali, Steve Tobin, FR. Bill Moore SS.CC., William Catling, Shirley Moss, Craig French, Chris Toovey and Ken Sheffer.

All the art has been donated by the respective artists or collectors. Works available for auction will be on display at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center gallery through Sept. 22.

Some of the pieces come with interesting histories such as the certified Salvador Dali print titled “A Vieillard a la tete de mort.” The title is in French, and roughly means “an old man at the head of death” – implying that he is facing his death. The print is believed to be circa 1970 and the only one of its kind. It was designed for the re-printing of a book by Spanish playwright Calderon de la Barca and was one in a series to be used as illustrations for his play “La Vida es Sueno.” The series was arranged by Captain Moore at the Cooperativo Intaglio.

“This print, and one other in the series, did not make it into the final printing, hence we believe it is the one and only,” says Cybele Garcia, coordinator of the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center.

On the day of the auction, the art will be displayed at the Manor House, the home of Mrs. Ortiz and university President Michael Ortiz.

“It's going to be a really nice affair,” Mrs. Ortiz says. “I'm really excited to use the Manor House to support this wonderful program.”

The auction will include both live and silent formats. About a dozen pieces, which include works by academy students, will be included in the silent auction.

Tickets for the auction on Sept. 24, from 3-6 p.m. are $100. The price of one's ticket will be applied to the cost of purchased live-auctioned art. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, call (909) 869-6848.

Patrons attending the auction will receive a color catalogue commemorating the event. The art is on display at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center at, 300 W. Second St., Pomona. The gallery free and open to the public, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. For more information visit: