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Lois Stelzer, Master Quilter

Lois Stelzer, Master Quilter

“Painting with fibers and fabric.” This is how the labor-intensive and meticulously crafted quilts made by Lois Stelzer have been described. Mrs. Stelzer began her art career in 1993 after she retired from elementary teaching in Garvey Unified School District. She had been a photographer, but did not care for the chemicals involved. Her first […]

Chantal Giddens

Chantal Giddens

The first weekend in June brings the annual spring Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena Tour, which, impressively, has garnered Altadena’s 2016 Business of the Year Award. In an effort to share it’s ever-changing and growing list of participating artists, this week Open Studios is highlighting the works of Chantal Giddens. Chantal was born and educated in France. She […]

In Conversation with Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco

In Conversation with Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco

The first time we heard Ozomatli was at Farnsworth Park’s small amphitheater in the foothills of Altadena. It was magical from the first note played. The crowd—mostly parents with the kids of all ages—was on its feet immediately, clapping, heads bopping, and feet moving. Before long, people were dancing in the aisles, kids filled the area down front, […]

Kathleen Swaydan on Kleitsch @ PMCA

Kathleen Swaydan on Kleitsch @ PMCA

I’m back with a review of a dynamic exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931), featured in this exhibit is shown above in a 1915 self-portrait (age 33).  Originally from Hungary, Kleitsch immigrated to the United States in the early years of the twentieth century and lived in Chicago until 1920 […]

Artist Residency at The Andalucia with Holly Boruck

Artist Residency at The Andalucia with Holly Boruck

HP: What is this residency, exactly? Through what organization, for how long, and are there any requirements? Holly: In general, an ‘artist residency’ is where an artist goes outside of their normal studio space and inhabits an alternative space so that they can have time to experiment with materials, explore ideas, do research on future […]

Allergies: The Flower Show

Allergies: The Flower Show

Sugar Mynt Gallery in South Pasadena has a sense of humor. For one, they’ve embraced the nationwide trend of organizing a group of folks to sip wine and attempt to replicate a famous painting. Sugar Mynt’s moniker is “Paint & Pinot.” Secondly, is its new exhibit opening on April 8: “Allergies.” “Sugar Mynt is showcasing a bouquet […]

Swanson Patrick at Craft Hill Monrovia

Swanson Patrick at Craft Hill Monrovia

This Thursday, Altadena artist Debbi Swanson Patrick opens her solo show at Craft Hill in Monrovia. On March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., guests may peruse Swanson Patrick’s art and Caroline Ducout Jewelry, be serenaded by “Sleepy James” Jim Fowler, snack on appetizers, and enjoy a libation at the cash bar. Swanson Patrick’s works of art […]

Eat This Poem

Eat This Poem

“Reading a poem and cooking a meal are, quite simply, acts of self-care.” So writes Nicole Gulotta, author of Eat this Poem, who will be discussing and signing her book at Vroman’s on March 23. Eat this Poem includes twenty-five poems from the likes of Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, […]

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

Now more than ever, the topic of immigrants has been on most people’s lips. Our family’s immigrant story begins with our great-great-great grandfather Hugh Ward who came to America, sailing aboard the ship “Charlotte” from Belfast, Ireland on July 28, 1885. His son, Robert Boyd Ward, became a first generation American success story, founding the Ward Baking […]

Open Studios Call to Artists

Open Studios Call to Artists

The Open Studios Tour artist application deadline is Sunday, March 5. All visual artists are invited to apply to participate in this juried event, and even be a host on the tour, which is June 3-4, 2017. From assemblage to ceramics, crafts to jewelry, mixed media to digital media, or painting to photography, Open Studios […]

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