Creative Types


Lachlan Turczan, Artist

Lachlan Turczan, Artist

Art.Write.Now, an exhibition of student art from around the country and featuring winners of this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, opened recently in Pasadena, and one of the exhibited winners is a local student, 17-year-old Lachlan Turczan. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, this competition has been going on since 1923 [...]

Red Rosie, the Doo Dah Queen

Red Rosie, the Doo Dah Queen

Rosie Schoen, aka Red Rosie, is a 17-year-old actress, vintage movie and clothing buff, and the 2011 Doo Dah Queen. Tall, thin, brunette and gorgeous, she’s an Alverno High School junior whose favorite class is AP U.S. History. I’ve known her since she was in diapers, and I have always been struck by her sense [...]

Joe Rohde, Imagineer

Joe Rohde, Imagineer

Altadenan Joe Rohde is an Imagineer – which means he designs theme parks for Disney. Not long after graduating from Occidental College, he started out as a model maker for EPCOT back in 1980, joining a troupe of young artists and the old-timers who had worked on Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Joe’s painting skills – combined with a well-honed gift for theatrics and set design picked up from his drama-teacher mom and camera-operator dad – helped him move into the ranks of design executives…

Mike & Tina, the Magic Couple

Mike & Tina, the Magic Couple

We’ve often noticed that couples who are in the same business seem to be polar opposites, even if they share some deep connection. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter may sport similarly winsome hair, but they don’t even live in the same house. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty are both classy, but while she’s perky, [...]

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Painter

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Painter

It is always uplifting to get to know someone who is spending her life pursuing work that gives her great pleasure, and so I was greatly inspired after meeting Pasadena native and artist Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski. I sat down with this cheerful painter, teacher, and student to talk about her nearly 20-year love of painting and the [...]

Melkon Khosrovian, Organic Spirits Maker

Melkon Khosrovian, Organic Spirits Maker

Organic is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of alcohol, but as Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew of Greenbar Collective in Monrovia know, and as I learned from just one taste of their complex and refreshing hibiscus liqueur, it really is the way to go. A couple with a shared [...]

Santiago Gonzalez-Garza, Skater

Santiago Gonzalez-Garza, Skater

Three years ago, 20-year-old Pasadena native Santiago Gonzalez-Garza was headed down the same path as all his Loyola High classmates: work hard in high school, get into a good college, graduate in four years, get a job. And indeed, that was exactly his plan after he graduated from Loyola and enrolled at Santa Clara University [...]

Cherie Twohy, Cook, Author & Trader Joe’s Maven

Cherie Twohy, Cook, Author & Trader Joe’s Maven

Cherie (pronounced shuh-ree) Twohy has earned a cult-like following for her two cookbooks, the I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook and the new I Love Trader Joe’s Party Cookbook, both available at Vroman’s and pretty much everywhere. A trained chef, she teaches classes and does corporate bonding events at Chez Cherie, a cooking demonstration space on Foothill [...]

Georgie Kajer, Architect

Georgie Kajer, Architect

Georgie Kajer has had her own firm since 1989, specializing in residential architecture. In that time, Kajer Architects has handled the minor (re-designing friends’ laundry rooms in the early years), the major (Pasadena Showcase House architect of record, 2003) and everything in between. Georgie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and went solo after commercial architecture [...]

Krystina Castella: Baker, Writer, Designer, Entrepreneur

Krystina Castella: Baker, Writer, Designer, Entrepreneur

Some people focus for years and learn to do one thing very, very well. Such a person is Krystina Castella, a RISD graduate and industrial designer who parlayed her talent and training into a successful product design and manufacturing business and a professorship at Art Center. Others have so many interests that they jump from [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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