New Slate of Classes at SPACE

Mar 31, 2015

Abira_Ali_aFables & Folk Tales, Nature’s Elements, Everyone Can Draw, and The Path of Story are a few of the new slate of classes being offered at SPACE Art Center in South Pasadena.

The Path of Story: Writing Lab for Adults will be taught by Karen Rizzo, author of last year’s Famous Baby, and Jim Macdonald. Exercises and prompts, listening and sharing, short story and nonfiction writing. “You’ll get an imagination-to-pen workout.” Meets Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.


Karen Rizzo

Karen Rizzo


Everyone Can Draw for adults meets for 6 weeks every Saturday 10 a.m.-noon starting April 18th. Beginners and returning students welcome. Develop drawing skills working from live models, still life, and creating one’s own compositions. “The emphasis is on feeling free to create with confidence and enjoyment in a supportive atmosphere, while learning new drawing skills.”

Little Hands – Nature’s Elements for children ages 4-5; Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. beginning April 16th. “Students will explore, draw, paint and make green crafts with various mediums and nature’s elements, creating projects using petals, leaves, twigs and more, with introduction to artist Georgia O’keeffe.”




Fables & Folk Tales for children ages 6-9; Tuesday’s 3:30-5 p.m. starting April 14th. “In this class, students will tap into the world of Fables and Folk Tales, bringing stories to life making masks, puppets, and more. Introducing inspiration from illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger. ”

Other options include animation design, ceramics, and “Drawing Academy.”




SPACE Arts Center, 1506 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030. For complete details, visit


Red Leaf

Red Leaf by Abira Ali


“Crossing the Line” is the current art exhibit at SPACE.

“Crossing the Line” is a selection of recent oil paintings by local artist, educator and founder of Pasadena’s Wisdom Arts Laboratory, Abira Ali. Crossing many lines: between reality and fantasy, wilderness in the urban landscape, representation and abstraction, Ali continues to pay loving homage to her variegated Highland Park neighborhood and the magic she finds in its many facets.

On view through April 18.

(Official text)


There's a Fog Upon L.A.

There’s a Fog Upon L.A.


Abira Ali – Artist Statement from

March 3, 2015

I live and work as in Los Angeles, California. There has been a serious drought for the past few years, but our water habits for the most part, remain unaffected and out attitudes are detached.  In the summers my family often travels to Oregon where clean clear water is plentiful. We visit a river that travels down Elkhorn Mountain called the Santiam. I bow to naked nature: the mountain, ground, forest, trees, air, clouds, rocks, water and sun. My studio is perched on a hillside in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Crossing the Line is a retreat to that place in the mountains –painted from Los Angeles. I have tried to be economical and honest. These paintings are a culmination of observation, emotion and experimentation. They are stories about my relationship to the river, the forest and city. They are my tribute to the spirit and the light within the process.


Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line




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