Ancient philosophies and worldviews (read: those Greek dudes) had long regarded the four elements—fire, earth, air and water—as the key to understanding the fundamental principles of the universe. Earth was associated with materialism, fire with passion and energy, air with spirituality and water with emotion and intuition. With this kind of cultural/historical cred, it is the liquid element that emerges and serves as the overarching umbrella for the dA Center for Arts’ upcoming show, Art H2O aka The Water Show. You don’t have to be a Pisces (but it might help) to enjoy this creative showcase in the heart of the Pomona Arts Colony; it will whet your appetite with an array of paintings, video installations and other objets d’agua united by the theme of water. Crashing waves, the roiling surf, a green-hued brook coursing its way through a fairyland (Lake Arrowhead artist Lisa Cook fills in nicely here), a koi goldfish in a tranquil pond—Art H2O will do full justice to that life-giving condensation, the cool and crisp liquid that fills oceans and (to some) the vehicle to give their mojo a thorough cleansing. No wet paint here, folks, just a full-sensory drenching for our artistic souls that, sadly, aren’t hydrated nearly enough as they should be.
Art H2O aka The Water Show at the dA Center for the Arts at 252 S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 397-9716; www.dacenter.org; Wed.-Sat., Noon-5PM. Opening Reception Sat., July 11, 6-10PM, closing reception July 25, 6-10PM.