I often get asked “what exactly is this ‘UPMA’ thingy you keep posting about?” Well, the La Puente Art Walk is located along Main Street and its surrounding streets in Old Town La Puente, CA. It’s a collection of over a dozen businesses that have opened a tiny portion of their heart and the doors to their venues to allow artists the ability to showcase their work and vend to the general public. The acronym U.P.M.A. stands for ‘Un Poquito Mas Arte’ (‘A Little More Art’ in Spanish) and has been the theme for several of the past art walks. The exhibits include painting, sketching, street art and photography. There will be over 50 different vendors in several areas throughout the course of the Art walk selling different items ranging from art to wearable and for the first time ever there will be 2 stages with live music entertainment throughout the afternoon.

This art walk will also feature some very special guests in the ‘Disney Legend Gallery‘ that include the original model for Tinker Bell, Margaret Kerry, amazing puppeteer, sculptor and former Imagineer, Terri Hardin, Romper Room’s Miss Mary Ann King, voice actor Mark Silverman (who did the voice of Rod Serling for Tower Of Terror). Animator for Disney Animation, Brian McKim will join us along with his equally talented brother, Lighting/Production Designer Matt McKim. For those of you Disney freaks, does the last name sound familiar? That’s because they’re Disney Legend Sam McKim’s boys. If all of those amazing people weren’t enough, Disney Legend Bob Gurr will also be joining us! How exciting is that?! Most Disney fans are familiar with the fact that Bob Gurr pretty much designed anything that moves at Disneyland like the Monorail, Autopia and the Matterhorn Bobsleds to name a few.

September 21st 2013 will bring us the latest installment of our growing Art Walk and we are all working very hard to make this the biggest and best to date! With all the links that fly down our Facebook walls it’s difficult to see everything that will be available so I decided to put together this quick reference list of the participating venues and their corresponding Facebook pages (if available).

 

 Main Page:


Exhibits:


Curated by:
Bob and Rose Berdin

Location:
15821 Main Street, La Puente CA 91744

Curated by:
Heyzen Contreras
Melissa Gubernator
Sal Gomez

Location:
Kandy’s Vintage
123 First St, La Puente CA 91744

Curated by:
Heyzen Contreras

Location:
Kristal Kuts
15852 Main St, La Puente CA 91744

Curated by:
Chris “Cakeshop” Penalber
DeadLindy Flores

Location:
RiT Gallery
15866 Main St, La Puente CA 91744

LIBERTAD 1810…

Curated by:
Miguelito Calaverass

Location:
One Hour Taxes
15850 Main St. LA Puente, CA 91744

Curated by:
Timo Curtiss
James Plasencia
Socorro Ochotorena

Location:
Tic Tac Restaurant
15811 Main St, La Puente, CA 91744

Curated by:
Joey Ortega

Location:
Girls Just Wanna Boutique
15815 Main Street, La Puente, CA 91744

Curated by:
Kimberly Cobian

Location:
Main St, Old Town La Puente

Curated by:
Ruben J. Acuña

Location:
JB Burgers Stage
(corner of Main St. and Glendora Ave.)

No Limit To Creation

Curated by:
Baldomero Perez

Location:
Fairy Tales Boutique
109 N. First Street, La Puente, CA 91744

Rosie Girl Art (featuring Mixed Media Art by Rosie Guajardo)

Curated by:
Grasiela Rodriguez

Location:
Nina’s Cafe
15835 Old Valley Blvd, La Puente, CA 91744

Some of the other venues that will have an exhibit that day will include:

Vinyl Saurs Records

Scrapbook Cafe – Scrapbooking Workshop

I hope you’re able to come out to our family-friendly event on September 21st from 4-10pm. If you get a chance to make it out and have a Twitter and/or Instagram account, feel free to hashtag you tweets and photos with #upmalpa so that we can show you some love! Hope to see you there!


EVENT UPDATE: I am sad to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances ‘Rocket Roasters Presents: Love is Equal’ has been cancelled. The owners of Rocket Roasters Coffee Co. and curator Armando Contreras are would like to thank everyone for their support and patience. Head over of the the Rocket Rosters website for more info on the cancellation of this show: http://www.rocketroasters.com