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It’s a Summer Celebration of the Arts in 
South Pasadena

Arts Crawl is Saturday July 14th, 2012 from 5 to 9pm

Artists and businesses in South Pasadena are teaming up to host another of the popular Saturday evening strolls in a Chamber of Commerce “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town”. It’s the Summer Arts Crawl in South Pasadena. At this free event, art, music and poetry lovers will enjoy gallery openings, live music, a spoken word slam and demonstrations by local artists in printing, papermaking and calligraphy throughout the business district.

Fun lovers will be encouraged to “get into the picture” with the Carnival Cut-Outs, one-of-a-kind figurative paintings on cardboard with a hole in the middle to a place your face – and take a snapshot. This collaborative project sponsored by SPACE and South Pasadena Arts Council (SPArC) is the brainchild of resident creative director Marie Miller, with many Carnival Cut-Outs being created by local artists. Located randomly among the participating galleries and businesses, guests will engage in bit of a scavenger hunt in order to see them all.

Check out the Carnival Cut-outs.


Arts Crawls in South Pasadena are always a blast!
Carnival Cut-out

SPArC will present "Visions and Voices of the Valley" from at the Fremont Centre Theatre. The evening will feature spoken word and music acts on stage, starting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Visions & Voices of the Valley by the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts of the San Gabriel Valley. This spoken word event for poets and lovers of poetry will highlight some of the voices that are helping to build the San Gabriel Valley poetry scene. The event will include an interactive open mic session, poetry readings led by “Mike the Poet” Sonksen and a double feature with poets Don Kingfisher Campbell and John Brantingham.

Then from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. singer-songwriter Tisa Adamson takes the stage. A music and art prodigy of Greek and Mexican heritage, Tisa is a native of Southern Californian who has been playing music since she was 8 years old. In her early years she opened for Romeo Void, X, Motels, Fear and others. She went on to play as part of a duo with Ché Zuro for 15 years. Recently, Tisa has been writing, singing and performing with local musicians and friends Brie Darling and Randy Mitchell.

Closing out the free public portion of the evening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be Detour Improv Comedy, the brainchild of Metamorphosis Theatre Company, resident company of the Fremont Centre Theatre. This troupe, whose family friendly, game-based improv shows have been making a splash throughout the L.A. area since 2007, promises to "Bring the Funny!”

Following the official end of the Arts Crawl, SPArC will host a special reception for its members, with food, drinks and live music by Ham Jam.

A short walk away from the theatre at the Library Community Room, the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will present a very special recital with the Tall Cello Guy, also known as Kendall Reid. Reid studied cello performance at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and has performed frequently as a soloist in most major South African concert venues, ranging from contemporary to Jazz to classical programs. The recital starts at 7:00 p.m. Chamber Ambassadors will serve refreshments.

Just around the corner at the Iron Works Museum there will be a demonstration by Sew Cranky – handcrank sewing machines. Stitching together alternative energy sources, antiques and the arts in “How to Sew” demonstrations is the idea behind these original machines from the 1800’s. And after dark, an outdoor movie night will be projected on the side of the Iron Works Museum, courtesy of Videothéque and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation.

Special activities will be found in many of the stores. For instance, author Stephen Jared will be on hand in Book ‘em Mysteries (1118 Mission St.) along with artist Barb Skoogs who is going to demonstrate paper marbeling. DeMilo Design (Corner of Mission St. and Fremont Ave.) will have ongoing letterpress printing demonstrations, and Kaldi Coffee & Tea will present pop music by C-Horse. Others will host artist’s open houses. Artisan jeweller Dana Onaga will be in Rue de Mimo, Valerio Ventura will mount a show inside Carmine’s Holy Water Room, which will also have a pianist. And Ellen’s Silkscreening will be open late, with wine and cheese, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Many more artists and musicians will be found in the businesses throughout the evening.

Ever popular food trucks will include Slammin’ Sliders, Dosatruck, Auntie’s Fry Bread and Paradise Cookies. And the new and popular South Pas eateries will be hopping – including Fiore Café at the Fremont Centre Theatre, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and My Sweet Cupcakes.

Arts Crawl is organized by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city’s unique business district. All attractions are within a few blocks so patrons can easily park and walk to each spot. South Pasadena is easily reached via the Metro Gold Line at South Pasadena Station (newly renamed from Mission Station).

Most of the galleries and businesses are on Mission Street, with others on Hope Street, Fremont Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue. More than 40 shops and boutiques will stay open late in what’s being billed as a “neighborhood night-on-the-town”. Many stores will offer specials and discounts as a celebration of summer.


Galleries & Studios

Fremont Gallery (812 Fremont Ave.) presents artist Carlos Molina with “A Nurturing City”, watercolors. The artist will be in the gallery.

Laurie Hendricks Gallery (1518 Mission Street) presents new Plein Air paintings from her recent trip to Italy, “Glimpses of Italy”. Artist Laurie Hendricks will host an open house with refreshments.

Santa Fe Crafts - The Gallery (1123 Mission Street) specializing in handmade Native American Indian arts and crafts, historic and contemporary, including jewelry, baskets, Hopi katsina dolls, folk art and textiles as well as vintage jewelry from Old Mexico.

SOPA Studios (1025 Hope Street) presents Paper & Glass Cut Work, featuring the work of Patricia Alexandria, Meg Graves, and Amanda Ramirez. Enjoy live music presented by Brad Colerick & friends. The collective exists to both support and nurture established and emerging artists.

SoPas Gallery (1121 Mission Street) This community gallery will display the juried exhibition of student works from the South Pasadena High School Arts and Photography Programs.

SPACE Arts Center (1506 Mission Street) presents an exciting live painting demo with African artist Ngene Mwaura. Out front, henna artist Ellen Stavash will adorn adults and children alike with custom, hand drawn henna designs. Also, at SPACE Studio (1504 Mission Street) there will be a trunk show with art prints and handmade gifts by Courtney Oquist, one-of-a-kind totes and handbags by Jeanie Joe, jewelry designed by Anita Finnegan, and glass art pieces created by Andy Gersh.

The new SPMC Gallery (1106 Fair Oaks Avenue) South Pasadena Mercantile Company, the newest gallery on the block, invites you to view the paintings of Ana Marini - Genzon in the SPMC gallery; the printmaking and illustrations of Yevgeniya Mikhailik; the oil paintings and charcoal drawings of Andy Clark; and fresh work by a host of international artists. There will be a special event sale: all accent pillows, including down and feather filled, are only $30 ea. all sizes while supplies last!

Tah Gallery (1015 Mission Street) presents French artist, Catherine Villagran. In a time when a smile and a laugh is more valuable than gold, Catherine's fresh, whimsical works of dreamlike states of being and her wondrous trees will soothe your spirit. Her rich, vibrant saturated acrylic and gouache colors of buoyant, positive figures speaks to every human being who has ever daydreamed, and loved.

Zinnia – A Space for Contagious Creativity
(1024 Mission Street) in lieu of a gallery exhibition, Zinnia presents an Artists Rummage Sale. Paw through the treasure trove of brik-a-brak from the resident artists and make a lucky purchase!

Live Music

Brad Colerick & Friends – SOPA Studios (1020 Hope Street). Catch singer-songwriters in this intimate setting.

Enjoy the music, and try out Contra Dancing - holds community contra dances in South Pasadena three times a month!  (War Memorial hall every 3rd Friday, and Women's Club every 3rd and 4th Saturday)
Favorite Contra Dance Musicians will be playing at Meridian and Mission St:
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ Bonnie Insull, Frank Hoppe, Jeff Spero
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ~ Bob Altman & Patty McCollom
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ~ Kira Ott & Jimmy Murphy
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ~ Emil Olguin, Marie Bruno, Ned Boyer, Jim Cope

C-Horse – Inside Kaldi, (1019 El Centro Street), the coffee shop by the library, now under new ownership.

Tall Cello Guy - will be presented in the Community Room (1115 El Centro Street). The free concert showcases Kendall Reid and a pianist, presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Voices & Visions - Fremont Centre Theatre (1000 Fremont Avenue) and SPArC will present Voices and Visions of the San Gabriel Valley, a spoken word presentation capped off by live music.

Music by Ralphy - Jasleen (1020 Mission) presents live music by this eclectic vocalist.

D&S Printing – (917 Fremont) DJ spinning tunes and dub step as well as a pop-up gallery.

Camille Frances DePedrini, Rue de Mimo and Marz (1512 - 1516 Mission) will have a strolling musician, and The Dinosaur Farm (1510 Mission) will have live music inside and outside the toy and bookstore, which also houses several unique boutiques.

Sales and Specials

Many of the merchants and restaurants will offer specials and sales, to be announced in-store on the day of the event. Customers who show an Arts Crawl Program can get 15% off at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant & Holy Water Room on Fair Oaks Avenue, and Reimagine Your Home is offering $50 off on window treatments. At other shops and stops along Mission Street, patrons will be in for special treats.

Hosted by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, participating local businesses and arts organizations, Arts Crawl is sponsored by the South Pasadena Review and The Quarterly and the Chamber Trustees, including BurkeTriolo Studio, Shaw, Moses, Mendenhall & Associates, Collins, Collins Muir + Stewart, LLP, Athens Services, Kevin Bourland, John Aaroe Group Realty, Stamps & Stamps, Thomas R. Field American Antiques, The Kutzer Company, Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta and the Institute for the Redesign of Learning. Other sponsoring organizations are the South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, SPArC, and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation.