Scenes of the Region

Oct 7, 2014

Seda Baghdasarian, Deodar Lace, chromogenic print on metallic paper

This isn’t a “proper” history article. Rather we’re advocating an event that illustrates representations of our immediate, current world, which are recordings for history.

The Pasadena Museum of History invited hundreds of representational artists to create works “featuring scenes of the greater San Gabriel Valley.” The creative results of this invitation may be viewed at the Museum’s fourth biennial fine art exhibition titled Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden IV.

Ninety-nine works of art—paintings, sculptures, and photographs—by eighty artists comprise the exhibit. The Museum Purchase Prize Award and the SouthwestArt Award will be awarded on Friday, October 17th.

In the early years of California Impressionism, the unique and spectacular beauty of the greater Pasadena area was the frequent subject of beautiful artworks, many of which are now in museum collection nationwide. This exhibition recognizes and sustains the area’s rich artistic heritage. (

The show also includes a special display of vintage paintings of San Gabriel Valley, by artists such as Frank Coburn (1862-1938), Mable Packard (1873-1938), Nellie Hoffman (1868-1944), and Peter A. Stetzenko (1886-1971), to provide “historic context for the exhibition’s present-day works.”


Painting by Eugene Franquinet (1875-1940)

Painting by Eugene Franquinet (1875-1940)


On ArtNight, October 10th, 6-10 p.m., PMH will have actor and musician Matt Braaten performing with his band and Andrea Padilla on lead guitar. They will play four sets during the evening, alternating between acoustic numbers and full-on rock ‘n roll. To curb one’s appetite, Crepe’n Around will have their truck stationed in the museum’s parking lot, serving a seared, marinated chicken breast with smoked provolone, pesto may, red onions, and mixed greens crêpe or a fresh berries, condensed milk, lemon zest, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and “truckmade” strawberry sauce crêpe (just to name two random choices off of their menu).

The exhibition runs through January 11, 2015.

Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Tel.: 626.577.1660. Admission: general, $7; children under 12, free.


Frank Lennartz, Arabella at the Huntington, oil on canvas.

Frank Lennartz, Arabella at the Huntington, oil on canvas.




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