Aerial Photographer Renee Rusak Strouse

May 3, 2016

9c43cc61118e9a81f546dfd83db42266We are delighted to feature one of the dozens of local artists participating in Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena, the next of which will be held June 4-5.

Renee Rusak Strouse is an Altadena resident and a photographer. Her husband is a pilot. Says Open Studios artist Leslie Delamater:

They combined passions and Renee now does mostly aerial photography. She has many amazing photos of Pasadena in particular, as well as views of Southern California that most people never see. I was impressed by her work from the minute I first saw it.

After 14 years being a commercial aerial photographer, Renee began creating what she calls her “Gee Whiz” images—”the beauty of the man-made and the natural world.”

“Her images provide a birds-eye-view of our local area and Pasadena’s stunning landmarks.”


Renee Rusak Strouse, "Winter Practice"

Renee Rusak Strouse, “Winter Practice”


See Renee’s work during Open Studios, June 4-5, at Rusak Strouse Studio, 1716 Morada Place, Altadena (#36 on tour map).

The Open Studios Tour features over 75 artists in 41 locations around Pasadena and Altadena. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists, see where they create, hear some live music (find schedule below), enjoy a little nosh, and have your senses filled by incredibly varied and worthy art.

At the eastern edge of the tour, near Allen Avenue and Washington Boulevard, you’ll find Andri Christodoulides’ mixed media works while at the northeastern edge, you’ll find Ana Marini Genzon’s paintings in her lovely home studio near the tippy-top of Lincoln Avenue and West Loma Alta Drive.

Dave Lovejoy, “maker of things,” will be exhibiting this time around with Leah Knecht at her home studio. Read about Dave and see examples of his assemblages and ceramics at his home and downtown shop above The Last Bookstore in “Dave Lovejoy’s Art.”



Renee Rusak Strouse, “Del Mar Station”


The northern-most spot on the Open Studios tour is Zorthian Ranch. Last June we toured with local author, photographer, and Hometown Pasadena contributor Petrea Burchard. Our whole Saturday morning was spent meandering through the former home and outdoor studio of Jirayr Zorthian—every wall is a work of art, every available nook and cranny reveals art, the remnants of art, or elements to make art. It is truly “A World All Its Own.”

After that stimulating and slightly overwhelming morning, we stopped for fuel at Pizza of Venice (which offered an Open Studios lunch deal) before heading back out onto the tour. We committed to both Saturday and Sunday and still we couldn’t fit in all the stops we wanted. The concept of Open Studios is manifested and realized, for us—we linger over art, chat with artists, listen to a jazz quartet, and drive slowly from stop to stop, enjoying our towns’ assorted neighborhoods. This experience is not to be rushed.

So this year, we’ll be visiting first the artists we missed last June, then we’ll refuel at Hen’s Teeth and the Sidewalk Café, which we really like, but have not enjoyed in too many months, before re-visiting some of our yearly favorites such as Lovejoy, Leah Knecht, Patrick and Mary Gothard, Toti O’Brien, and Debbie Swanson Patrick.

Here’s hoping we cross paths!



Renee Rusak Strouse,” Zabriskie Point”


Maps may be picked up on June 4 and 5 at Pizza of Venice, Merge Framing, McGinty’s Gallery, Hoopla Emporium, and Sidewalk Café. Many of these venues will also be exhibiting artists’ work.

To see more participating artists—sculptors, jewelers, ceramicists, performers, and assemblage and textile artists—visit



Renee Rusak Strouse, “Shadow Horse”


Patrick Gothard at Gothard Art
Leah Knecht at
Debbi Swanson Patrick at Telling Images
Leslie Delamater at L. A. General Store Design Studio
Toti O’Brien at
Dave Lovejoy at



Renee Rusak Strouse, “Huntington Pier”


Open Studios Tour, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5 with Opening Night on Friday, June 3rd

Special Events/Live Music Schedule

Art-space Gallery
Fri., June 3rd.6-10pm – Open Studios Presents an “Evening of Art” Silent + Live Auction
We will have art donated by our Tour artists and others, food and drink, live music, and a chance to see the art and meet the artists before the Tour begins. Free admission.

McGinty’s Gallery
Fri. June 3rd. 6-10pm – Opening Reception, “I Love LA – Street Project” by Cammie Jones.
Just down the street from Art-space Gallery, so be sure to stop by!

Altadena Library
Sat.11am-5pm – Families, come to make art, act out stories, and write your own with Story Chicks, CE Jordan and Terri MartinLujan; and at 3pm see these zany gals perform their own true tales of childhood!!

Knecht Studio
Sat. 2-4pm Jerry Waller, Blues and Rock
Sun. 2-4pm Trio Kait, Innovative Jazz

Gothard Studio
Sat. 1-4pm Robert Kyle and Friends, Brazilian Jazz

Hoopla! Emporium
Sat. 1-4pm Joey Maramba
Sun. 1-4pm Joey Maramba

Zorthian Ranch:
Sat.  11:30 – 1:30 Marston Smith, Lord of the Cello
Sat. 1:30 – 3:00 MC Aaron Hernandez brings Featured Poets/Open Mic
Sat. 3:00 – 5:00 Shaman Ali Baba, Musician Sound Healer
Sun. 11:30 – 1:30  Shaman Ali Baba, Musician Sound Healer
Sun. 1:30 – 3:00 MC Aaron Hernandez brings Featured Poets/Open Mic
Sun. 3:00 – 5:00 Marston Smith, Lord of the Cello
Featured Poets: Ricardo Acuna, Don Kingfisher Campbell, G.T. Foster, Brandon Hammerli, Sean Hill

Yoga for Balance:
Sat. 11:30 – 1:30 Shaman Ali Baba, Musician Sound Healer
Sat. 1:30 – 3:00 Yoga Demonstrations every half hour
Sat. 3:00 – 5:00 Marston Smith, Lord of the Cello
Sun. 11:30 – 1:30 Marston Smith, Lord of the Cello
Sun. 1:30 – 3:00 Yoga Demonstrations every half hour
Sun. 3:00 – 5:00 Shaman Ali Baba, Musician Sound Healer







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