The only African-American owned art gallery and wine bar in Southern California is having a virtual fundraiser with a deadline Friday, February 15, 2013 to generate operating funds.
The HourGlass Art & Wine Gallery opened in 2011 as the Inland Empire’s newest destination point exhibiting fine art from both local and national artists as well as showcasing fine wines from California and other regions of the world.
The Gallery also has Friday night live jazz.
The goal is to raise $ 20,000 with donations being made in person to the Gallery on online via the website.
Click here to visit the Gallery's website and donation page.
Stephen and Diane Cooper, owners and operators, offer jazz and showcase artists to enhance the arts culture and education in Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas.
Diane told me that she sees a favorable trend of more people interested in the arts.
"During the past holiday season, we had phone calls from residents wanting to bring guests from out-of-town. Older adults, professionals and retirees, are also looking for a place to relax and enjoy the arts without being in the club scene."
Diane mentioned that visual artists coming out of college needing a place to further their skills and exhibit their works may also find a home at the Hourglass.
Stephen is the artist-in-residence who "works in both oils and pastels, blending his colors to create gentleness in his pieces."
During a 2007 visit to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Stephen observed first-hand the extraordinary works of art of Michelangelo and was left with a profound awe for what a person could create and accomplish.
The Coopers are hosting the fundraiser at the advice of friends and patrons wishing to see the Gallery continue providing jazz, art exhibits, fine wine and related events.