Cobá CEO, Arnulfo Ventura speaks on Immigration Reform

As the founder and CEO of a small business himself, Cobá CEO, Arnulfo Ventura spoke with the Small Business Majority regarding Immigration Reform. The conversation took place this morning after results from the recent Opinion Poll: Small Business Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform were released.

For more on the conversation, see below. Also feel free to take a listen to the call.

Listen to the Small Business Majority and Cobá CEO speak on Immigration Reform 

More info on the Small Business Majority


 

Mango Madness!

With all this March Madness going down… we figured… Who doesn’t want to learn about a fun Cobá concoction they can create on their own while watching March Madness?

We got together with our team and tried out a couple of the Cobá cocktails we make on our own to share a favorite. This Mango Madness mix is off the chain and easy to make. Definitely DIY friendly and many more to come. Oh, we almost forgot: We added a fun outfit for the ladies to pair with the cocktail!

We like to call this a #KillerCobáCombo!

Salud!!

The Cobá Team

Cobá Gallery to Feature 2010-2012 Works of José Ramírez

As part of Downtown LA’s monthly Art Walk — this Thursday September 13th, the Cobá Gallery has the honor of featuring the work of Chicano artist José Ramírez.

picture of José Ramirez campesino in coba gallery
Ramírez is an LA-based Chicano artist who practices in the mediums of paint, sculpture, mural work, as well as charcoal. An alumni of UC Berkeley, Ramírez expresses it was there that his work was first politicized. He felt his art gained purpose and was influenced by those that came before. Ramírez was influenced not only by the Chicano movement but just as heavily by the iconic Mexican muralists Los Tres. The works of Rivera, Orozco, and Siquieros paved the way for Post-Colonial Mexican and later Chicano art.

Rivera in particular, seems to influence Ramírez’ focus on the human figure. That emphasis traces back to Pre-Columbian works featured on pyramids and artifacts. Ramírez draws from the importance of the human figure and synthesizes those images to create his style of work. Most important to that style is his attention to marker work that outlines further the layers of color and black lines.

Ramírez finds comfort in that his art is organically becoming more simplified. He stresses the importance of accessible art, in addition to indie galleries such as the Cobá Gallery, Ramírez also features his work at local indie coffee shops and bookstores.
picture of jose ramirez tools in coba gallery

In addition to his generosity providing this month’s Art Walk feature, Ramírez graciously lent his work “Marcha” for the launch of Cobá’s most recent flavor, the iconic Horchata! You can see “Marcha” on the horchata bottle at your local store or in our virtual gallery.

Visit our Virtual Gallery for a preview of the pieces we will be featuring this Thursday during Downtown LA’s Art Walk.

You can RSVP for the event here.

Cobá’s Jacky Herrera shares OCCUPY August Art Walk experience with Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0810-occupy-artwalk-20120810,0,895655.story

Art Walk remains peaceful amid Occupy L.A. and LAPD presence
The downtown L.A. Art Walk’s typical party vibe won out Thursday as Occupy protesters armed with chalk and the LAPD faced off again, this time without violence.

Downtown’s historic core aims for a peaceful Art Walk
By Frank Shyong and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
August 10, 2012
A party atmosphere prevailed Thursday night at downtown Los Angeles’ Art Walk, a month after violence erupted at the popular event.

Art Walk, which began as a local art crawl in 2004, has evolved into a showcase for a revitalized downtown, attracting thousands of people who crowd sidewalks, visit clubs, eat at restaurants and food trucks, and turn the historic core into a colorful festival on the second Thursday of each month.

But at the July event, Occupy L.A. activists armed with chalk scrawled political slogans and drawings on the sidewalks to protest downtown gentrification, which has pushed out some of the area’s poorer residents. Hundreds of Los Angeles Police Department officers clashed with the protesters and fired less-than-lethal projectiles into the crowds. Four officers were hurt, and 15 people were arrested.

PHOTOS: Chalk protest at Pershing Square

Early Thursday evening, police began taking up positions along Spring and Main streets as merchants watched warily and wondered whether violence would again mar the event.

Rachel Elisheva, who manages Archa clothing store on 5th Street, said the increased police presence was an unfortunate necessity.

“Protesters don’t bother us, but when they start throwing bottles and stealing shirts because they think everything is free, that’s different,” Elisheva said as two LAPD officers on horseback rode by. “It’s a shame to have so much police here, but what can you do?”

Art Walk patrons seemed undeterred, some pushing their children in strollers and others leading dogs on leashes. Store owners and Occupy members alike blared music as a party atmosphere settled over the area.

“It’s going to be on tonight! It’s going to be all good,” said Laronda Hartfield, who was selling clothing on 5th Street.

At 5th and Spring streets, several men and women waved signs offering free hugs, which were declined by one LAPD officer.

“I would if I were off duty,” the officer said.

Inside nearby Coba Gallery, as a handful of patrons roamed the space, manager Jacky Herrera complained that all the police had sucked the energy from the typically jovial event. She said fewer people were at the gallery than during previous Art Walks.

“I think it hinders a lot of folks from coming out,” she said of the police presence. “It definitely slows the traffic down.”

A chartered bus filled with Occupy activists from Oakland had arrived a day before Art Walk, causing authorities and city officials to wonder whether the visitors would incite trouble. But activists and others had visited galleries and stores in the area to improve communication and stress the need for a peaceful night.

At Pershing Square, Occupy Los Angeles protesters got a visit Thursday night from a top city official.

Andrea Alarcon, who heads the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, which issues permits for Art Walk and other special events, spent a few minutes mingling with protesters.

As a group of demonstrators strummed guitars nearby, Alarcon and the protesters discussed alternative protest spaces for Occupy, including the feasibility of allowing the group to stage demonstrations at Art Walk itself, inside gallery spaces. Alarcon said that was a possibility, although property owners would have to agree to it.

They also talked about what, exactly, the Occupy protest was all about.

Ryan Rice, 27, mentioned one gripe: the high cost of education and sky-high student loans.

Alarcon nodded, saying that she was still saddled with college loans. “I always tell people I’ve got a mortgage in my head,” she said, adding that it would be a long time until her loans are paid off.

She walked around for a few minutes, apologized for not having business cards to hand out, then headed back to Art Walk.

About 150 people gathered in Pershing Square. Chalk drawings and slogans were all over the place — on the sidewalk, on walls, on the park’s large spherical sculpture.

Protesters were keeping a wary eye on the movements of police, texting each other about where they saw officers gathering. Others employed smartphones and video cameras.

Police, who earlier in the day had arrested two people at the park, said they had decided to allow a certain amount of chalking.

Will Rogers, a member of Occupy Los Angeles, said confrontation was not the purpose of the protesters.

“We’re here to raise awareness of free speech, reject police brutality, participate in community involvement,” he said.

frank.shyong@latimes.com

kate.linthicum@latimes.com

Times staff writers Angel Jennings and Robert J. Lopez contributed to this report.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

#5th & Spring Photo Album from Art Walk — July 12, 2012

As most of you know our gallery is located on 5th St. between Spring and Main in Downtown Los Angeles. Our gallery was square in the middle of events that took place at Art Walk on July 12, 2012. The result was a clash between the LAPD and OCCUPY LA protestors (hashtag #5th & Spring)

picture of 5th & Spring sidewalk chalk with Cobá Aguas Frecas Horchata

5th & Spring Chalk with Cobá Aguas Frecas Horchata

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picture of aguas frescas innovator coba gallery on 5th & Spring

Cobá Gallery on 5th & Spring on July 12, 2012

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picture of aguas frescas innovator coba gallery on 5th & Spring

Corner of Cobá Gallery on 5th & Spring

picture of pershing square chalk scrawls after occupy protest at 5th & spring artwalk

Chalk Scrawls at Pershing Square on July 13, 2012

For more information on the events that took place on Art Walk this month please visit this site. 

 

Child Art — Expression, Creativity & Success

For the first time since we opened our gallery, over a year ago, we are keeping an installation for an additional Art Walk. We wanted to give the Art Walk community a chance to help such a meaningful program as Casa Cultural, Saybrook. This Thursday we will be taking donations for the program and present them to the program’s director. Any contribution will help the program purchase art supplies, repurposed chairs and art books.

picture of Casa Cultural Saybrook's child art

Casa Cultural Saybrook in Cobá Gallery

All proceeds will go to Casa Cultural and help put a paint brush in a child’s hands. If you are an artist or have any artistic inklings you know art means so much more than that.  The collection includes works from children ages 3-12, two chairs were collaborated on by a pair of three year olds.

Research confirms that youth vandalize and join gangs in search of recognition, achievement and self expression. A longitudinal study of 25,000 students revealed that involvement in the arts leads to greater success in school, regardless of socio economic status. The study links significant cognitive and developmental benefits to involvement in the arts (higher grades, increased community service activity, and lower dropout rates) (NAPD).

picture of framed art painted by deported and lost children part of Casa Cultural Saybrook

Voices of the Disappeared Children, Casa Cultural

When you walk in to our gallery you will see a row of framed art to your right (see above), this is the collection of the “Voices of the Disappeared Children.” These are unclaimed works of art created by children who have been deported or who disappeared with their families.

picture of art work done by deported child, picture of a skull on a buried treasure map

Buried Treasure

US citizen or not, children of undocumented workers are faced with a tough choice if their parents’ status is discovered. These children have the option of being deported with their families or stay in the US as citizens and live in the foster system. Many times, as is the case with some of these children, families have to move under the cover of night– leaving their homes and lives behind to avoid deportation. Art, not only gives children an opportunity to express themselves but also shine a light on a greater issue.

picture of collection of child art in totem shape casa cultural at Cobá gallery

Art Totem

Regardless of your feelings on immigration and undocumented workers, what is certain is the Casa Cultural program helps children learn team building skills (collaborating on chairs), coping mechanism (art as therapy for autistic students) and channel creative expression (for at risk youth who would otherwise be home alone after school).

 

 

The World’s First All-Natural Ready-To-Drink HORCHATA!

picture of aguas frescas cobá horchata bottle

Horchata

For many of you horchata is synonymous with aguas frescas. You might wonder why it took us a year to launch such an iconic flavor. The answer is simple, we wanted to keep it real, authentic. Getting horchata just right was more important to us than rushing to market with an inferior product.

You’ll notice something about horchata right away, agave. That’s right, horchata is not sweetened with agave. The fact is, agave is a fruit and it was adding too much of its profile to the horchata. A great horchata should be light and hit you with just the right amount of cinnamon — it’s not meant to be a fruity drink like other agaus. Fear not, we used the highest quality organic cane sugar and it’s still far lower in carbs and sugars than comprable rice drinks.

If you’re unfamililar with horchata, its a rice/cinnamon drink that is lightly sweetened (in our case, with organic cane sugar). Our European friends, the Spanish, make a similar drink out of chufas. The name comes from the Valencian Catalan “orxata.” Legend has it that James I of Aragon proclaimed “Açò és or, xata!” (“That’s gold, darling!”). The drink may date back to the Moors who made the drink from almonds as well.

Horchata is so special to us, we used its label to share a social mission that is near and dear to us: art access and awareness. It hits the shelf later this month and will feature the work of the very talented José Ramírez. Downtown Los Angeles as well as other urban epicenters, have been the centerpiece of recent movements such as the OCCUPY LA and May Day. We chose “Marcha” for our Horchata launch because of the fascinating way Ramírez captured social movements in urban space.

For more information on artist José Ramírez please visit his site. 

3Seven — Local House DJ

photo of dj 3Seven

3Seven

Did you enjoy the haute sounds we provided at this week’s Art Walk? For more music from 3Seven please visit her Soundcloud account here. You can also follow her on Twitter or Fan her Facebook Page.

Inner City Child Artists Land Prominent Art Installation

Cobá to Unveil Local Child Art for the Grand Opening of its New Gallery During June Art Walk 

Casa Cultural Saybrook Art in Coba Gallery

Casa Cultural Saybrook Art in Coba Gallery

Los Angeles, CA- Joining the Cobá Gallery this month will be the very talented art students of local inner city after school art program: Casa Cultural Saybrook.
Aguas frescas innovator and Downtown Los Angeles resident Cobá, will be hosting June Art Walk from their new space. The new Cobá Gallery will be located just two doors down at 125 W. 5th St.

Established in 2004, Casa is the first art program of its kind in the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Recreation. Guadalupe Bojorquez founder and matriarch made it her mission to bring art to the children of Saybrook Park. Each child is placed into individualized programs according to age and experience. Casa invites artists to talk to the children about their work and to share their techniques. Although drawing and painting are the main components of the class, children also learn about different cultures through arts, crafts and music. For more information on Casa or to sponsor a young artist: http://www.casaculturalsaybrook.com/.

Success stories of the program include Repetto second grader London Garcia. He was named a winner in the 2011 Latino Heritage Month Poster Competition. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa recognized Garcia at the Plaza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education in Los Angeles. The program also boasts the support of 1st District, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. “Ms. Molina has been a heaven-sent for the program,” says Casa founder Guadalupe.

All proceeds from art sold during Art Walk will benefit the Casa program directly. Guests will have the opportunity to take home one of a kind art pieces that include paintings and hand painted chairs. Each piece is labeled with the name of the child who painted it.

Cobá, the first ready-to-drink all-natural aguas frescas company, hosts a local artist in its gallery once a month for Art Walk as part of its social mission. For more information on Cobá and its work with local artists please visit: http://blog.drinkcoba.com/.

Cobá will be hosting a fundraiser for San Francisco School Board Candidate Matt Haney in a soft opening for their gallery this Monday June 11th.

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