March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.

So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.

Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

2012 Monrovia Cinco De Mayo Festival - Delgado Brothers

The Delgado Brothers and guests performing this afternoon at the 2nd annual Monrovia Cinco De Mayo Festival.

Friday, April 27, 2012

2nd Annual Monrovia Cinco De Mayo Festival This Sunday

Delgado Brothers plus one of the Banda Brothers from the 2011 event.

The 2nd annual Monrovia Cinco De Mayo Multicultural Arts and Music Festival is coming up this Sunday, April 29th, in the heart of Old Town Monrovia (Myrtle and Colorado).

The event will again feature food, art, dance, culture, entertainment and lots of music (including the Delgado Brothers above) and will run from 12 noon to 9pm.

This year there is also a food drive to benefit the Foothill Unity Center.  Please bring a canned or non-perishable item with you to the festival to donate.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stan Ridgway At Berdan Records Grand Opening

Stan Ridgway and his wife, Pietra Wexstun, performed at the grand opening of Berdan Records.  The store is located at 110 W. Olive Avenue in Monrovia (Corner of Myrtle and Olive).

Stan and Pietra put on a great show.  Even though I've seen them before and know how good they are, I'm always knocked out by how good they are.  If you get the chance to see them live, do it.

Berdan Records sells strictly vinyl records, both new and used.  I'm looking forward to see what they've got planned for book signings and more live in store performances.  Check out their website - - to see what they're all about.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Fresh Paint

Another painted utility box just finished this afternoon at the corner of Foothill and Shamrock.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Filming In Old Town Monrovia Today

Set up was taking place early this morning for the filming of a new T.V. pilot called "The New Normal" from 20th Century Fox.

More info on Monrovia Patch.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Painted Utility Box At Huntington Drive And Magnolia Avenue

A new addition to the painted utility boxes around town.  This one is outside the 3 Day Suit Broker at Huntington and Magnolia.  Because of the location, I'm guessing those are flowers from a magnolia tree?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

In-N-Out Sign At Former Acapulco Location

Saw this sign up over the entrance to the recently closed Acapulco restaurant location on Huntington Drive.

My guess is that they'll tear down the current building and start fresh.  What a great location.  I'm not sure I'll believe it until I see those signature crossed palm trees out front.

UPDATE: Yes, an April fools post on April 1st.  No In-N-Out sign on the building, never was.
But...the number of views this post got in a short time, and on a Sunday, surprised me. So, In-N-Out, keep looking for a spot in town.  There's a LOT of interest in having a Monrovia location.

April 2012 City Daily Photo Theme Day: Cobblestones

Since I can't think of any cobblestone lined streets in Monrovia off the top of my head, I'm going to go in a different direction.  Cobblestone, coincidentally, just happens to be the name of the very first magazine to pay for and publish one of my photos.  Way back in the May/June 2009 issue pictured above.

Since the City Daily Photo website is down at the moment, Julie at Sydney Eye created a special page for this month where you can see how other photographers from around the world interpreted the theme of "Cobblestones".  Click here for the temporary theme day page.

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