South Pasadena – A Creative Community
There’s a focus on the arts in South Pasadena, perhaps because so many industry professionals live here. Film and television insiders, musicians, artists, architects and authors are plentiful. Theater patrons and art lovers abound. In fact, South Pasadena has been identified as being in the Top Ten list of Creative Communities in LA that are havens for "the Creative Class". This, according to Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities, results in a burgeoning gallery scene, live concerts, Art Walks and Eclectic Music Festival.
World Class Music
Since 1995, residents of South Pasadena have been able to enjoy world-class musical performances right in their own community because of the Restoration Concerts series, sponsored by the Friends of South Pasadena Library. The program attracts award-winning musicians to play in the Andrew Carnegie library's historic Community Room.
Every Wednesday evening there's a spirit-lifting hootenanny at Firefly Bistro when Brad Colerick's Wine & Song series presents up and coming singer-songwriters side by side with seasoned pros.
The South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory is also home to an exciting series of free concerts featuring the best in Jazz, Classical, World Music, Folk, Experimental and much more. SPMCC hosts monthly open mic nights and jazz jams open to all.
Concerts in Garfield Park are regular features in the Summer, presented by the City of South Pasadena and local business sponsors. And throughout the year many live acts are booked by the South Pasadena Public Library for the visiting author series, and by the Chamber of Commerce for various festivals and events.
South Pasadena is home to the Fremont Centre Theater. The cozy stage with a lovely courtyard is a favorite of the locals and draws patrons far and wide. It has been the darling of the media, the critics, and the public for over a decade. Its owners, the husband and wife team of James Reynolds and Lissa Layng Reynolds, are accomplished actors and producers who love their home town South Pasadena.
Arts at the Library
The South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library present live music, author nights, classic and Indie movies with actors and directors on hand for Q&A, and many other wonderful special events. The library entrance is adorned with Merrell Gage sculptures, and the interior of the Children's Library has original murals by famed author/illustrator Leo Politi.
Eclectic Music Festival
South Pasadena hits a high note on the first Saturday each May with the Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk—an inspiring evening of live music in three festival areas, exhibitions in art galleries and open houses in the Indie boutiques. Thousands come from South Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley to hear dozens of musical groups in an eclectic cross-section of styles, from folk and jazz to rock and roll. Two beer gardens, food trucks and great festival treats are located at the two main outdoor stages. For details visit www.eclecticmusicfestival.com
The South Pasadena Arts Council, SPARC, provides interactive art projects, visual and performing arts programs, and collaborations with local businesses, the South Pasadena Unified School District and community organizations.
The South Pasadena Arts Council believes that the arts enrich our lives and are vital to the social, educational and economic well-being of South Pasadena.
SPARC is open to all artists, actors, musicians, playwrights, directors, producers, set designers, costume designers, dancers, singers, storytellers, writers, art lovers, art patrons, and anyone who wants to help the arts survive and thrive in South Pasadena.
Cuban & Latin American Fine Art
Explore this innovative gallery with a unique “at home” setting that showcases the best in Latin American art. You will discover colorful fine, folk and contemporary art from Cuba, South American and Mexico. Whether it is a small piece or one that is the key focal point of a room, this inviting gallery will help inspire your love of art.
Call (626)799-1880 for information or an appointment.
Contacts: Carrie Adrian
Fremont Gallery of Fine Art
FREMONT GALLERY is a fine art gallery located in the heart of downtown South Pasadena. The gallery is renown for showcasing a spectacular array of talented international, national and local artists, exhibiting original art to a discerning collector base.
Laurie Hendricks Gallery
The Laurie Hendricks Gallery at Reimagine Your Home features Plein Air and studio paintings by South Pasadena artist Laurie Hendricks. Laurie is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, SOCALPAPA and Laguna Plein Air Painters; her original oils and watercolors are featured at art shows around the country and in private collections.
Contacts: Laurie Hendricks
Santa Fe Crafts
Authentic, high quality Native American jewelry and art; historic and contemporary.
Regular business hours are Wed. & Thurs. 12-5 and Fri & Sat 10 - 5; open by appointment.
Contacts: Barbara Goldeen
SOPAS GALLERY The Chamber of Commerce sponsors this community gallery to feature art, photography and sculpture created by local artists.
Contacts: Tom Field
South Pasadena Mercantile Co. - SPMC Gallery
SPMC is joint venture between Artist/Illustrator Scott Gandell and Designer Anneline De Croos. The showroom showcases their combined love of art and design. Offering eclectic home furnishings, accents and accessories, original art, and books to consumers and collectors that are seeking to express individual personality and style.
SPACE Arts Center
SPACE ARTS CENTER The South Pasadena Arts Center features artwork by Los Angeles-based artists in the gallery, offers arts workshops for both children and adults, and provides a eclectic selection of art books and handcrafted gifts for sale. SPACE is a passionate advocate of the importance of the arts in people's lives and the community.
Laurie Hendricks is a South Pasadena resident, artist and teacher. See her listing for the Laurie Hendricks Gallery for more information.
Contacts: Laurie Hendricks